Mediterranean Salmon Recipe

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If you follow the Mediterranean diet at all, this Mediterranean salmon is a great idea for dinner tonight.

Need a delicious idea for dinner tonight? This wonderful salmon has a marvelous Mediterranean flavor and packs a healthful punch, to boot.

A front view of a salmon fillet on a baking sheet topped with olives, feta cheese and fresh parsley.

What Is The Best Fish To Eat On The Mediterranean Diet?

Why, salmon, of course. All those healthy omega-3 fatty acids are super good for you.

Omega-3s have been shown to help with brain and heart health as well as reduce inflammation, among other things. Salmon is a wonderful source for them.

What To Serve With Mediterranean Salmon

There are a lot of side dishes that will go well with this salmon recipe.

  • Roasted vegetables (such as asparagus, broccoli, or carrots)
  • Lemon herb rice
  • Quinoa salad
  • Garlic mashed potatoes
  • Greek salad
  • Couscous with Mediterranean flavors
  • Grilled or steamed vegetables (such as zucchini, bell peppers, or green beans)
  • Orzo pasta with spinach and feta
  • Garlic bread or crusty bread with olive oil for dipping

Recipe Tip For Baking Salmon Fillets

The thickness of your salmon fillets will affect the baking time. While 12-15 minutes is plenty for most fillets, very thin salmon fillets may need less, while very thick fillets may need more. Use a meat thermometer to ensure the fish reaches 145F.

An overhead view of a fork holding a piece of salmon.

Recipe Additions

A great addition to this salmon recipe would be to roast halved cherry tomatoes in the pan with the salmon. Set them on the pan, cut side up, and drizzle a light layer of olive oil over the top. Salt and pepper sprinkled over the tops will add lots of delicious flavor.

About Mediterranean Salmon Recipe Ingredients

Salmon fillet – You can use one large fillet or a few smaller ones, as you wish.

Extra virgin olive oil – You can use any oil you prefer, but olive oil is the healthiest option.

Garlic cloves – These can be pressed or minced, but I find that pressed garlic offers a more intense flavor.

Dried oregano

Dried thyme

Dried rosemary

Paprika – Do not use smoked paprika. This should be regular paprika.

Salt

Ground black pepper

Lemon – This is used at serving.

Kalamata olives – You can use slices or pitted whole olives. Your choice. I just find it easier to buy them sliced so I don’t have to pit them.

Crumbled feta cheese – You can use any type you like. I love a sheep/goat combination.

Fresh Italian parsley – Chopped for garnish

How To Make Mediterranean Salmon

Salmon fillets on a baking pan.

Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C). Lightly grease a baking sheet with olive oil to prevent sticking, and place your salmon fillets on it.

Oil, dried herbs, and pressed garlic in a small bowl.

In a small bowl, mix together the olive oil, minced garlic, dried oregano, dried thyme, dried rosemary, paprika, salt, and black pepper.

Oil and herb mix being brushed on the salmon fillets with a basting brush.
Salmon fillets covered in herb mixture on a baking sheet.

Brush the olive oil mixture evenly over the salmon fillets, making sure to coat each piece of salmon thoroughly.

Baked salmon fillets on a baking sheet.

Bake the salmon in the preheated oven for about 12-15 minutes, or until the salmon is cooked through and flakes easily with a fork. The internal temperature needs to be at least 145℉ for food safety. Note that cooking time may vary a bit depending on the thickness of your salmon fillets. So rely on a thermometer to cook this properly.

An overhead view of two salmon fillets on a baking sheet. A corner piece has been broken off and a fork lays next to it.

Once the salmon fillets are done cooking, sprinkle them with Kalamata olives, feta cheese crumbles, and parsley over the fillets. Squeeze fresh lemon juice over the top and serve.

Storage

Store leftover salmon in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.

Freezing

Freezing is not recommended for this recipe.

Reheating

While it’s best to eat all of this fresh out of the oven and slightly cooled, you can reheat this salmon slightly in a pan or in an oven. Just don’t overcook it, or the fish will get rubbery.

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A salmon fillet on a baking sheet topped with olives, feta and fresh parsley. A fork holds a small piece of it and rests in front of the fillet.

Mediterranean Salmon Recipe

A delicious salmon main course that pairs well with rice, potatoes, vegetables, and more.
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 270kcal

Equipment

  • 1 Baking sheet

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. salmon fillets (de-boned)
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 4 large garlic cloves (pressed or minced)
  • 1 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1 tsp. dried thyme
  • 1 tsp. dried rosemary
  • ½ tsp. paprika
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. ground black pepper
  • 1 medium lemon (cut into wedges for serving)
  • ¼ cup Kalamata olives (pitted and halved)
  • ¼ cup feta cheese crumbles
  • fresh parsley (chopped, for garnish)

Instructions

  • Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C). Lightly grease a baking sheet with olive oil to prevent sticking, and place your salmon fillets on it.
    Salmon fillets on a baking pan.
  • In a small bowl, mix together the olive oil, minced garlic, dried oregano, dried thyme, dried rosemary, paprika, salt, and black pepper.
    Oil, dried herbs, and pressed garlic in a small bowl.
  • Brush the olive oil mixture evenly over the salmon fillets, making sure to coat each piece thoroughly.
    Oil and herb mix being brushed on the salmon fillets with a basting brush.
  • Bake the salmon in the preheated oven for about 12-15 minutes, or until the salmon is cooked through and flakes easily with a fork. The internal temperature needs to be at least 145℉ for food safety. Note that cooking time may vary a bit depending on the thickness of your fillets. So rely on a thermometer to cook this properly.
    Baked salmon fillets on a baking sheet.
  • Once the fillets are done cooking, sprinkle them with Kalamata olives, feta cheese crumbles, and parsley over the fillets. Squeeze fresh lemon juice over the top and serve.
    An overhead view of two salmon fillets on a baking sheet. A corner piece has been broken off and a fork lays next to it.

Notes

Please note that the nutrition data given here is a ballpark figure. Exact data is not possible.

Nutrition

Serving: 0.25the recipe | Calories: 270kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 71mg | Sodium: 435mg | Potassium: 602mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 0.3g | Vitamin A: 262IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 85mg | Iron: 2mg

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