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We still have a couple weeks left of Lent, and if you are in search of a great, family-friendly fish recipe than look no further. This, A Bit More Than Basic Salmon Recipe is a healthy and delicious twist on basic oven baked salmon. It requires less than 10 minutes of prep, and then you put it in the oven and walk away. It's a satisfying weeknight meal any time of year.
Utilizing classic flavors, this salmon recipe can also serve as an adventurous transition for kids looking to move from fish sticks to fish filets. My little ones, who love fried fish, both ate this after a little coercing. They also quickly discovered how yummy salmon can be if you dress it up right and don't overcook it. For some picky eaters, fish can be a tricky meal, but this light take on a timeless recipe offers an easy to prepare and palatable first step into seafood.
Pro Tip: You know salmon is overcooked if it smells fishy.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 15 minutes
Yield: 4 salmon filets
1 lemon (1 tsp lemon zest and 2 tsp lemon juice)
1/4 cup of panko breadcrumbs
2 TBS garlic-herb butter, room temperature (I use Kerrygold)
4 salmon filets (5-6 oz/each), skin removed
4 TBS mayonnaise
1/4 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp salt
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees and line a baking sheet with aluminum foil. Even space the salmon filets on the baking sheet.
In a small bowl mix the panko bread crumbs and butter with a fork, then set aside. In a separate bowl whisk together the lemon zest, lemon juice, mayonnaise, and pepper. Reserve 2 TBS of the sauce mixture, then brush the remaining sauce evenly onto the salmon filets.
Gently press the butter and bread crumbs evenly onto the salmon, so it forms an even crust. Bake the fish for 15-20 minutes or until fish is fully cooked (145 degrees).
Before serving, drizzle the fish with the reserved sauce mixture.
If you are looking for some other tasty, family-friendly recipes, then you'll definitely want to look here. Do your children eat fish and if so what are some of your favorite transitional recipes for kids?