So… salmon. It’s one of the few types of fish I’ll eat, and only because I know how healthy it is. I usually enjoy chicken, beef, or pork over any type of fish, but oven cooked salmon that can be ready in 10 minutes really can’t be beat.
And I really do feel good after a meal of salmon. It’s not too heavy, is packed full of good omega fats, and is a good source of protein. Plus, the rest of my family adores it, so I’ve got a mom win under my belt anytime I make it.
Really, there’s a whole host of reasons to get this lemon thyme salmon recipe on the table stat.
Oven cooked salmon is fast
While I love a good grilled salmon, oven cooked salmon can be on the table in less than 10 minutes. It’s seriously fast and easy when you pop it under the broiler!
Salmon is a superfish superfood
It really is one of the most nutritious foods on the planet. Here are just a few health benefits of salmon:
- It’s seriously high in vitamin B12, along with other B vitamins (aka the energy vitamins!).
- It’s chock full of vitamin D and selenium.
- It’s a good source of iodine (good for thyroid health and hormone support!).
- It’s a great source of protein (one serving is more than half what you need in a day).
- It’s the good kind of fat- not P.H.A.T but OH-MEG-AH-3s (in other words, good for your brain and heart!).
What is the best type of salmon to eat?
Because our oceans are an ever-increasing source of toxicity (including heavy metals), I don’t feel great about eating a ton of fish, but I do think the health benefits of salmon are worth eating it weekly or at least a few times a month.
If you’re going to buy salmon, make sure that it’s wild-caught, as farmed salmon is likely to be fed nasty GMOs and even artificial junk to brighten the color of their flesh.
Let’s not forget that frankenfish, aka genetically modified salmon, has been trying to break into our food supply over the last couple years, being approved, then banned, then who knows…?
We also have “responsibly farmed” salmon available, but I choose not to buy it, for the same reasons I don’t like to buy “all natural” chicken, beef, or pork. Any kind of farmed animal is not in its natural habitat, and therefore, will not contain the nutrients an animal in the wild would.
How do you cook salmon fillets?
You can grill them over an open fire on wood planks, which I adore, but if you want something fast, I find a quick broiled salmon to be just as delicious, and requires a lot less work.
Check out the recipe below to see how to cook salmon fillets in the oven for a fast and healthful supper.
Lemon Thyme Salmon
- 1 lb wild-caught salmon
- 2 tbsp avocado oil
- 1 tbsp mayonnaise
- 1 tsp fresh-squeezed lemon juice
- 1 tsp dried thyme
- ¼ tsp garlic powder
- ¼ tsp salt
- ¼ tsp pepper
- Preheat oven on high broiler setting.
- In a small bowl, combine mayonnaise, avocado oil, lemon juice, thyme, garlic powder, salt, and pepper and stir.
- Place salmon skin-side down in a casserole dish.
- Spread lemon thyme sauce over the top of the salmon, coating the top side evenly.
- Place on the top rack under the broiler and cook for 5-7 minutes, until salmon flakes away from the skin.
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