Mediterranean Salmon

    Mediterranean Salmon

    Martin Alvarez

    Martin Alvarez
    Nutritionist/Dietitian Professional Guide

    Updated on 11/26/2022

    This Mediterranean salmon dish can be prepared in just 15 minutes and boasts flaky, delicate, lemony salmon topped with a juicier, more produce-forward topping. You can make it on the stovetop or bake it in the oven for a supper that is not only beautiful but also nutritious, tasty, and lovely enough to offer at any dinner party.

    Although California Ripe Olives assisted in developing this dish and sponsored this article, all of the ideas expressed here are entirely my own.

    Here Are A Few Reasons Why You Are Going To Fall In Love With This Recipe For Mediterranean Salmon

    Mediterranean Salmon

    The highlight of every low-key get-together that takes place outside! You have a request, and I will fulfill it! When I asked you guys on Instagram stories a few weeks ago what kind of entertaining recipes you were searching for, the overwhelming majority of you responded with simple dishes for dinner parties. As a result, I'm going to share them with you today! My imagination was immediately jolted into action by a recipe for baked salmon with lemon. I even provide step-by-step instructions for pan-roasting or baking it in the oven so you can choose your preferred method. However, if the warm weather is screaming your name, you may even grill the salmon if that's how you want to prepare it if that's your inclination!

    This is the epitome of a "eat with your eyes" meal! In addition to being fast, straightforward, and uncomplicated, this method of preparing salmon is also tasty. Salmon that is tender and flaky, with light and herbaceous flavor in every mouthful. However, the piece de resistance is undoubtedly the topping. Produce like ripe summer tomatoes, salty green olives, tangy feta cheese, and aromatic herbs go into the making of this luscious dish.

    Prepare the topping in advance, please! Just ten minutes are all you need to prepare the fish and the delectable fresh vegetable-forward topping. When I'm in charge of throwing a dinner party, I need simple dishes that look like they came from a five-star establishment, and this salmon fits the bill perfectly. You may save some time by preparing the rich Mediterranean topping for the salmon the morning of the meal you serve. After the salmon has finished cooking, all left to do is arrange it on a tray for presenting, and you're set to go!

    Ingredients For Mediterranean Salmon

    Mediterranean Salmon

    On Behalf Of The Salmon Recipe

    • (4) 5-6 ounce salmon fillets
    • Oregano is freshly picked.
    • Garlic
    • Oil made from olives
    • Lemon juice
    • Salt + pepper

    For The Crowning Of The Mediterranean Salmon:

    • Tomatoes in cherry form
    • Olives from California that are ripe and green
    • Cucumber
    • Parsley
    • Basil
    • Feta cheese
    • Oil made from olives
    • Salt + pepper

    To see the recipe card and the measurements, scroll down further.

    How To Make Garlic Lemon Salmon

    Garlic Lemon Salmon

    This is one of those elaborate salmon dishes that give the impression that you toiled away in the kitchen for the better part of the day. The following is how it works:

    • Salmon Should Be Seasoned First, place the salmon fillets in a medium-sized basin. Oregano, garlic, olive oil, and lemon juice should be distributed equally over the surface. Combine everything, then coat the salmon fillets with the mixture. Kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper should be uniformly distributed on either side of the fillets.
    • Fry in a pan by preheating a big skillet made of cast iron over medium-high heat. To ensure that the bottom of the pan is evenly covered with oil, add a few drops of olive oil. After the pan has come to temperature, place the salmon fillets, skin side down, in the pan and cook for five minutes. Flip the salmon fillets carefully using a fish spatula, and continue to cook them for two to three minutes on the other side.
    • If you want to prepare the Mediterranean topping, combine cherry tomatoes, green California ripe olives, cucumber, parsley, basil, feta cheese, a drizzle of olive oil, kosher salt, and crushed black pepper to taste while the salmon is cooking. Combine everything in a bowl and leave it aside to use as a topping for salmon.
    • Putting the finishing touches on the dish, transfer the salmon to a serving tray and evenly sprinkle on the Mediterranean topping.

    Alternative Method: Baked Lemon Salmon Recipe

    Baked Lemon Salmon

    Prepare the fish for baking by seasoning it as specified and setting the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. Fillets should be arranged in a uniform layer on a sheet pan lined with parchment paper. Using a fork, you can easily flake the salmon apart after being cooked for 12 to 14 minutes in the oven.

    You may either bake the salmon in the oven or pan-fry it using a big cast-iron skillet; the choice is yours, depending on which method is healthier for you.

    Would You Consider This A Healthy Salmon Recipe?

    Healthy Salmon

    Yes! This is why:

    • Heart-healthy! Salmon is packed to the gills with healthful omega-3 fatty acids, making it an excellent choice for maintaining a healthy heart. I am constantly searching for dishes that use salmon that are suitable for the Mediterranean diet, and this one is definitely up to par.
    • Olive you! I can never get enough of cooking with ripe olives from California. They are loaded with antioxidants, have a low-calorie count, and are a source of monounsaturated fat, which has been linked to enhanced lifespan, lowered risk of cardiovascular disease, reduced risk of chronic illness, lower blood pressure, and better brain function! What a nutrient-dense superfood.
    • It has a low carb count! Those who intend to limit their consumption of carbohydrates should skip the couscous in this dish and instead serve it as a salad over a bed of greens if you are trying to reduce the number of carbohydrates you consume.
    • Are you keeping up with Whole30? If you exclude the feta cheese, this is a great dinner compliant with the Whole30 guidelines. Instead, try using some of your preferred nuts for an added taste boost!

    Serving Suggestions

    Salmon

    I am sure that the question on everyone's mind is what they can create with this recipe for salmon from the Mediterranean. You don't need to worry about finding enough sides since I've covered you.

    This fish was placed over a bed of pearled couscous and arugula when it was presented to the table. Alternately, you might use another kind of grain, such as brown rice, farro, lentils, or pasta, instead of couscous. Those looking for heartier side dishes with more mass and starch should go for mashed red potatoes, orzo lemon salad, or vegan pasta salad.

    It would go well with honey sriracha brussels sprouts, zucchini corn fritters, or broccolini salad if you were looking for a dinner that was on the lighter side.

    Tip For Cooking Your Meal: Mediterranean Salmon Salad!

    Salmon Salad

    I like making a big batch of this Mediterranean salmon and storing it in the refrigerator so I can use it as a lunch choice for a few days. I prefer to serve a fillet on top of a large bed of greens drizzled with balsamic vinaigrette, and then I pile on a generous amount of the handmade Mediterranean topping on top of the fish.

    Storage, Freezing, And Reheating

    Salmon Storage

    • Storage: Any leftover baked Mediterranean salmon and its topping may be kept in the refrigerator for up to three days if placed in an airtight container. The salmon and the topping should be kept in their containers.
    • Freezing: Neither the salmon nor the cucumber tomato topping should be frozen, and I do not advocate this. Make it from scratch and consume it within three days for the most excellent possible outcomes.
    • Reheating: Place the remaining salmon in an oven preheated to 275 degrees Fahrenheit, tent it with foil, and cook it for about 10 to 15 minutes, or until it is thoroughly heated. To avoid the soft meat from becoming dry during the reheating process, salmon should be cooked over low heat for an extended period.

    Looking For More Salmon Recipes? Look At These Things!

    Salmon

    • Salmon Stir Fry
    • Salad with Salmon Coated with Pistachios
    • Cedar Plank Salmon
    • Pineapple Salmon
    • Blood Orange Salmon Fillet
    • Asian Salmon Sheet Pan Dinner

    If you decide to try this recipe for Mediterranean Salmon, tag me on Pinterest and Instagram so that I can see your creations!

    I genuinely have the best time whenever you guys share your crafts with the College Housewife community, and I get to see what you've been working on!

    Mediterranean Salmon

    Mediterranean Salmon

    • Prep Time: 10 minutes
    • Cook Time: 10 minutes
    • Total Time: 20 minutes
    • Produces 4 Servings
    • Dinner is a category.
    • Method: Stovetop
    • Mediterranean Diet and Cooking
    • Diet: Gluten Free

    Description

    This Mediterranean salmon dish can be prepared in just 15 minutes and boasts flaky, delicate, lemony salmon topped with a juicier, more produce-forward topping. You can make it on the stovetop or bake it in the oven for a supper that is not only beautiful but also nutritious, tasty, and lovely enough to offer at any dinner party.

    Ingredients

    salmon:

    • (4) 5-6 ounce salmon fillets
    • Two tablespoons of freshly chopped oregano
    • three cloves of garlic, minced
    • 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil + more for skillet
    • One lemon's worth of juice
    • Kosher Salt
    • Black pepper with cracks in it

    Mediterranean Topper:

    • 1 cup of cherry tomatoes, halved and chopped
    • 2/3 cup green olives from California, pitted and halved after ripening
    • 12 cucumber cut off an English cucumber
    • 14 cups of fresh parsley that has been chopped
    • Three tablespoons of freshly chopped basil
    • 12 cups of feta cheese in crushed form
    • Oil made from olives
    • Kosher salt
    • Black pepper with cracks in it

    Instructions

    • Salmon Should Be Seasoned First, place the salmon fillets in a medium-sized basin. Oregano, garlic, olive oil, and lemon juice should be distributed equally over the surface. Combine everything, then coat the salmon fillets with the mixture. Kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper should be uniformly distributed on either side of the fillets.
    • Fry in a pan by preheating a big skillet made of cast iron over medium-high heat. To ensure that the bottom of the pan is evenly covered with oil, add a few drops of olive oil. After the pan has come to temperature, place the salmon fillets, skin side down, in the pan and cook for five minutes. Flip the salmon fillets carefully using a fish spatula, and continue to cook them for two to three minutes on the other side.
    • You can prepare the Mediterranean topping while the salmon is cooking by combining cherry tomatoes, ripe green California olives, cucumber, parsley, basil, feta cheese, plus a drizzle of olive oil, kosher salt, and cracked black pepper to taste, with a drizzle of olive oil and a bit of olive oil. Combine, then put aside to use as a topping for salmon.
    • Putting the finishing touches on the dish, transfer the salmon to a serving tray and evenly sprinkle on the Mediterranean topping.

    Notes

    Mediterranean Salmon

    • Season the salmon as indicated before proceeding with the baking step, and set the oven temperature to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. Fillets should be arranged in a uniform layer on a sheet pan lined with parchment paper. Salmon should be cooked in the oven for 12 to 14 minutes or until it is easily flaked apart with a fork.
    • Storage: Any leftover salmon and topping may be kept in the refrigerator for up to three days if placed in an airtight container. The salmon and the topping should be kept in their containers, and neither the salmon nor the topping should be frozen, in my opinion.
    • Reheating: Place the remaining salmon in an oven preheated to 275 degrees Fahrenheit, tent it with foil, and cook it for about 10 to 15 minutes, or until it is thoroughly heated.

    If you decide to cook this Mediterranean Salmon recipe, please let me know what you think by leaving a comment below and sharing your thoughts. It makes my day whenever you write to me.

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