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Lemon Crusted Salmon with Citrus Herb Sauce Recipe

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Lemon Crusted Salmon with Citrus Herb Sauce Recipe


Sometimes, traditions and tactics are popular and time-tested for a reason. Spicing up a dish of fish with the flavors and zests of lemon juice may seem banal and trite to some, but still, restaurants continue to bring out the lemon whenever some form of seafood is ordered.

After all, this is something that is popular for a reason. Fish quality is enhanced whenever it comes into contact with lemon. But there’s something about a lemon that is accessible in many of its citrus-based cousins. This particular seafood dish harmoniously blends the bitter, fruity flavors with the savory bite of every piece of fish you find at the end of your fork.

Herb Crusted Salmon with Lemon Sauce

This lemon crusted salmon with the recipe is not the sort of meal that you prepare and eat with your entire family. This is the sort of dish that is meant to be savored and treasured. It is a meal you look forward to and cook as a special treat for you and maybe another loved one or two during some sort of dinner party or romantic evening. It is a dish you deserve because when you find something this good in this world, you have to hold onto what makes it special and do what you can to keep it that way.

Special meals come in short supply and the majestic qualities of this dish are due in large part to its simplicity. It is herb-crusted salmon doused in the sauce of citrus and yet it is so delicious. Few things are as good as the taste of a solid piece of fish. The best piece of fish you will have in your entire life will undoubtedly go down as one of the best meals you’ve had, simply because of what separates fish from other types of meat. Seafood is special and so is this dish.

Even though ingredients are sparse and the steps are minimal, you definitely have to allot time for cooking when it comes to this meal. It is understandable, too. You cannot rush perfection and you also don’t want to make perfection lose all that makes it flawless. Overdoing the salmon would do just that.

Baked Salmon Recipe

Fortunately, this recipe goes to great lengths to ensure that nothing about the baked salmon cooking process is overdone. Ingredients are kept minimal, in the sense that you only need to use as many fish filets as mouths you are planning to feed. Lemon and herb seasoning comes in the form of a reciprocal amount of teaspoons, but everything else is kept minimal. One of the oldest known adages is definitely “less is more” and this is the philosophy of the baked salmon recipe. Orange juice, thyme, and oregano round out the batch of ingredients, but they are all used sparingly and perfectly to make the salmon taste like exactly what you hope it would be.

Obviously, some elements of the meal are out of your control. You can season seafood to perfection, but if the meal selection you ended up with is no choice, then you might run into some trouble. After all, many would posit that fish from New England is of better quality than fish you could get in, say, Nebraska. But this recipe eliminates those variables. The crunch of the salmon’s crust and the zest of its flavoring are both unparalleled. They turn a simple salmon meal into something extraordinary, even though the ingredients are easily found in the nearest grocery store.

If you have the extra time and the wherewithal to operate a number of pots, pans, and trays, then you might want to set aside an evening for this lemon crusted salmon and its citrus herb sauce. You surely will not regret cooking it.

If you enjoyed this recipe, make sure to check out our  Broiled Halibut with Garlic-Chive Sour Cream and our Baked Fish Recipe.

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Lemon Crusted Salmon

Lemon Crusted Salmon with Citrus Herb Sauce Recipe

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  • Author: Moms Who Think
  • Total Time: 25 minutes


This particular seafood dish harmoniously blends the bitter, fruity flavors with the savory bite of every piece of fish you find at the end of your fork.


  • 4 salmon fillets (about 5 ounces each)
  • 4 teaspoons lemon and herb seasoning
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano


  1. Preheat the oven to 375°. Coat a baking sheet with cooking spray.
  2. Season both sides of the salmon with salt, pepper, and the lemon and herb seasoning. Place the salmon on the prepared baking sheet and bake for 12 to 15 minutes, until the salmon is fork-tender.
  3. Meanwhile, whisk together the orange juice, thyme, and oregano in a small saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a simmer and cook for 10 minutes, until the sauce reduces slightly. Serve the salmon with the orange sauce spooned over the top.
  • Prep Time: 10 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 Minutes
  • Category: Main Course
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American
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