Sunday, May 01, 2011

Baked Salmon with Lemon Dill Butter

A couple of weeks ago Russell had a big promotion at work. I wanted to make a special meal for him to celebrate, but unfortunately the timing did not work out until now. Luckily Russell was excited about this meal, even though it was a little late. I really wanted to make something with fish or seafood. Our local grocery store had a great deal on salmon, and since I had recently come across a simple salmon recipe, I thought it would be perfect.

This dish involves very few ingredients - one of which is lemonade. I used "Simply Lemonade" since that is what I already had on hand, but your favorite brand lemonade will work. You can also use homemade lemonade. The lemonade gives the salmon a nice citrus flavor and also keeps it moist. It takes less than 5 minutes to prepare and no more than 20 minutes to bake. The salmon was so juicy and the lemon dill butter was a wonderful addition. Russell and I really enjoyed it and it made the perfect celebratory meal!


  • 1 pound of Salmon, skin on
  • 1 cup (8 ounces) of Lemonade
  • Salt and Pepper

Lemon Dill Butter:
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried dill
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • dash of salt (if using unsalted butter)
  • 1 - 1 1/2 teaspoons fresh squeezed lemon juice (I used 1 1/2 teaspoons, but I wanted a stronger lemon flavor)


Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Pour lemonade into a 9 x 13 inch baking dish. Season salmon with salt and pepper and place in lemonade.

Loosely cover with foil and bake for 15-20 minutes.

While salmon is baking, soften your butter. Stir in dill, garlic powder, lemon juice, and salt. Place in the refrigerator until ready to serve.

Once salmon is done, remove from oven and top with lemon dill butter.

Source: Salmon- Prevention RD: “Juice Box” Salmon, Lemon Dill Butter adapted from Real Restaurant Recipes
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