3-Ingredient Italian Salmon

Who says that healthy and frugal food has to be complicated? One of my favorite recipes is this incredibly healthy Italian salmon recipe that can be made with 3 ingredients (plus salt and pepper) in 20 minutes. This Italian salmon is our family’s #1 favorite budget-friendly, restaurant-quality dish!

We buy our salmon at Costco for $5.99 per pound. (Occasionally, it goes on sale for less.) For our family of four, we cook about 1.5 to 2 pounds at once. But keep in mind, my young kids eat adult portions of this dish. Some nights we have a little extra for lunch the next day, but most nights my family licks the pan clean. And that’s okay!

I need to give props to my husband for creating and perfecting this recipe back when we were in college. He’s from a family of really fantastic cooks and his natural skills in the kitchen are far better than mine. So when you notice a man hand in the pictures, that is why. I had him make the dish while I took notes. 🙂

How To Bake Italian Salmon

Ingredients:

  • Salmon (1/2 lb. per person)
  • Italian seasoning
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste

3-Ingredient Italian Salmon

Instructions:

1. Preheat the oven to 350.

2. Run your fingers over the salmon and check for any bones. Salmon is de-boned when you buy it, but it’s always good to double check. More often than not, I find a bone to pick out.

3-Ingredient Italian Salmon

Here’s an example of the bone we found the other night.

3-Ingredient Italian Salmon

3. Drizzle olive oil in the pan and spread it around to cover the bottom of the pan. Pour olive oil over the fish (about 1 tsp per pound) and rub it in. You want a thin coat of olive oil to help the seasoning stick.

3-Ingredient Italian Salmon

 

4. Sprinkle salt and then pepper over the fish. The specific measurement varies depending on how much salt and pepper you like in a dish, but your fish should look like this after a dusting of both spices.

3-Ingredient Italian Salmon

5. Sprinkle a light coating of the Italian seasoning on the salmon. In my experience, you’ll need about 1 tsp of Italian seasoning per 1 pound of fish.

3-Ingredient Italian Salmon

6. Bake the fish for 15 minutes per every 1 inch thick. The thickest part of this fish was a little over 1 inch so I baked it for 20 minutes and it turned out perfect.

3-Ingredient Italian Salmon

A good way to check if the salmon is done is to look for the white fat to ooze out the side. (Sorry, if that sounds gross, but I don’t know any other way to describe what you’re looking for!)

3-Ingredient Italian Salmon

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This Italian salmon is our family's #1 favorite budget-friendly, restaurant-quality dish.
Ingredients
  • Salmon (1/2 lb. per person)
  • Italian seasoning
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350.
  2. Run your fingers over the salmon and check for any bones. Salmon is de-boned when you buy it, but it's always good to double check. More often than not, I find a bone to pick out.
  3. Drizzle olive oil in the pan and spread it around to cover the bottom of the pan. Pour olive oil over the fish (about 1 tsp per pound) and rub it in. You want a thin coat of olive oil for the seasoning to stick too.
  4. Sprinkle salt and then pepper over the fish. The specific measurement varies depending on how much salt and pepper you like in a dish, but your fish should look like this after a dusting of both spices.
  5. Sprinkle a light coating of the Italian seasoning on the salmon In my experience, you'll need about 1 tsp of Italian seasoning per 1 pound of fish.
  6. Bake the fish for 15 minutes per every 1 inch thick. The thickest part of this fish was a little over 1 inch so I baked it for 20 minutes and it turned out perfect. A good way to check if the salmon is done is to look for the white fat to ooze out the side.

3-Ingredient Italian Salmon

How easy is that?! I hope you add this recipe to your weekly menu if you’re looking for a seafood dinner that is frugal and delicious. Do you like salmon as much as my family does?

Comments

  1. Rhonda White says:

    That looks so delicious! I love Salmon yum!

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