Simple Baked Salmon with Green Goddess Sauce is a delicious and easy weeknight dinner of flaky, lightly seasoned baked salmon with a vibrant, tangy dipping sauce.
You need Simple Baked Salmon with Green Goddess Sauce in your dinner rotation!
Salmon is a very mild and versatile fish that is easy to cook, a cinch to serve, and can be easily paired with many sides.
Green Goddess sauce is a light creamy sauce full of herbs and a punch of tart lemon and it makes the salmon bright and flavorful. The sauce is so good, I could eat it with a spoon. Yum!
Health benefits of eating salmon
Is there more than one kind of salmon?
Salmon is one of the most popular fish choices in the United States. There are several kinds of Pacific salmon, generally known as wild salmon. These varieties include Coho, Sockeye, King (Chinook) and Pink salmon. The Atlantic salmon you can buy in the grocery store is typically farmed salmon (not wild) and is less expensive than Pacific salmon but as a family, we prefer Pacific salmon!
How is Salmon good for you?
- Low in saturated fat
- Low in calories
- Food source of protein
- High in vitamin B12
- High in potassium
- Good source of iron
- Good source of vitamin D
- High in Omega-3 essential fatty acids
How to make Simple Baked Salmon with Green Goddess Sauce
This is an easy weeknight meal that is quick to assemble. It is a great way to get your family to try something new that is actually really good for them! The salmon may be basic but the dipping sauce is a total game changer. Tangy, flavorful and delicious!
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Place a rack in the center of the oven.
In a small bowl, combine mayo, sour cream, parsley, chives, green onions, tarragon, vinegar, lemon juice and anchovy paste (if using).
A note about Anchovy Paste: Anchovy paste is optional in this recipe but if you can, USE IT! Anchovy paste in a tube is inexpensive, it keeps for a really long time and doesn’t make your food taste excessively fishy. Instead, according to bon appetit magazine, “it lends it a deeper flavor, boosting the qualities of other ingredients.” (We happen to keep it on hand but not everyone does and it is not a vital part of this recipe. It adds, but if it is missing it does not subtract from the taste.)
Stir until well combined, then cover and refrigerate until ready to use. This can be made in advance. The flavor gets better the longer it sits. Just be sure to stir before using!
Brush salmon fillets with olive oil and season with kosher salt & pepper to taste.
Place on a baking sheet, skin side down, and bake for 20 – 25 minutes until fish is cooked through and flakes easily with a fork.
Serve with Green Goddess sauce spooned over the fillets or on the side if you prefer. Refrigerate any leftover sauce (tastes great with veggies too!). Enjoy!
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Simple Baked Salmon with Green Goddess Sauce
Green Goddess Sauce
- 1/3 cup mayonnaise
- 1/4 cup sour cream
- 1 tbsp dried parsley
- 1 tbsp dried chives
- 3 green onions finely sliced
- 1 tsp tarragon dried
- 1 tbsp white vinegar
- 2 tsp lemon juice
- 1 tsp anchovy paste (optional)
- 4 salmon fillets
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- kosher salt & fresh ground pepper to taste
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Place a rack in the center of the oven.
- In a small bowl, combine mayo, sour cream, parsley, chives, green onions, tarragon, vinegar, lemon juice and anchovy paste (if using). Stir until well combined, cover and refrigerate until ready to use.
- Brush salmon fillets with olive oil and season with salt & pepper. Place on a baking sheet, skin side down, and bake for 20 – 25 minutes until fish is cooked through and flakes easily with a fork.
- Serve with Green Goddess sauce spooned over the fillets or on the side if you prefer. Refrigerate any leftover sauce (tastes great with veggies too!). Enjoy!