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Baked Salmon & Citrus Broccoli Dinner: A Delicious and Nutritious Meal

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Are you ready to embark on a gastronomic journey that combines the succulence of baked salmon with the vibrant flavors of citrus-infused broccoli? Look no further than this Baked Salmon & Citrus Broccoli Dinner.

This wholesome and flavorful dinner is a testament to the magic that happens when simplicity meets creativity. The tender salmon filet, seasoned to perfection and baked to flaky perfection, takes center stage on a plate adorned with vibrant green broccoli florets, kissed by the zesty essence of citrus. The harmonious blend of textures and tastes will tantalize your palate, making every bite a moment to savor.

Whether you’re a seafood enthusiast, a health-conscious individual, or simply in search of a nourishing yet delicious dinner option, this recipe is tailor-made for you. It strikes the perfect balance between indulgence and nutrition, allowing you to enjoy a satisfying meal without compromising your well-being. The best part, it can be paired and made in under 30-minutes, making it a perfect weeknight dinner!

In this blog post, we’ll guide you through each step of the cooking process, providing valuable tips and variations along the way. We’ve got you covered, from preheating the oven to plating the final masterpiece. We’ll also address common questions and offer suggestions for food and drink pairings, ensuring a truly immersive culinary experience.

So, tie your apron, gather your ingredients, and embark on this culinary adventure together. Prepare to be enchanted by the tantalizing aroma, exquisite flavors, and vibrant colors of our Baked Salmon & Citrus Broccoli Dinner. Get ready to impress your loved ones and elevate your dining experience to new heights.

Now, without further ado, let’s dive into the recipe and discover the secrets behind this gastronomic delight that will leave your taste buds craving for more.

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What You’ll Need

Before we dive into the cooking process, let’s gather all the ingredients and kitchen equipment necessary for preparing this flavorful dish:

Ingredients:

  • 1 4-5oz salmon filet

  • 1 cup broccoli

  • 1 tsp red crushed chili flakes

  • 1.5-2 tbsp olive oil

  • Juice of 1/2 lemon

  • Pink salt, to taste

  • Pepper, to taste

Kitchen Equipment:

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How to Make Baked Salmon & Citrus Broccoli Dinner

Step 1: Preheat the Oven

To get started, preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C). This temperature ensures perfectly cooked salmon and tender broccoli.

Step 2: Prepare the Salmon

Lightly coat the salmon filet with olive oil, ensuring both sides are well-covered. Season the salmon with a pinch of salt and pepper, allowing the flavors to enhance the fish’s natural taste. Place the salmon skin side down in a tray or cast iron skillet, which helps to retain moisture and infuse extra flavor.

Step 3: Season with Spices

Now it’s time to add a kick of spice to your dish. Sprinkle red crushed chili flakes over the salmon, adjusting the amount based on your preference for spiciness. Add a touch of pink salt and pepper to further enhance the flavors.

Step 4: Prepare the Citrus Broccoli

Combine the broccoli florets, olive oil, fresh lemon juice, and a sprinkle of pink salt in a mixing bowl. Toss the ingredients together until the broccoli is evenly coated with the citrusy mixture. This combination adds a tangy twist to the dish, balancing the richness of the salmon.

Step 5: Bake to Perfection

Arrange the seasoned broccoli around the salmon in the tray or skillet. Place the tray in the oven and let it bake for 12-15 minutes. The salmon will become tender and flaky during this time, while the broccoli will retain its vibrant green color and a slight crunch.

Step 6: Crispy Salmon Skin (Optional)

If you prefer crispy salmon skin, as I do, you can remove it after the initial baking time and return it to the oven for an additional 5 minutes. This extra step will give you a delightful crunch while you prepare the rest of your dish.

Step 7: Plate and Serve

Once the salmon and broccoli are perfectly cooked, remove them from the oven. Plate your dish with a beautiful arrangement of the baked salmon and citrus broccoli. The vibrant colors and enticing aromas will surely make your mouth water.


Kitchen Tips and Variations

  • Recipe Swap: If you’re not a fan of salmon, you can substitute it with another type of fish such as trout or cod. The baking time may vary slightly, so keep an eye on the fish to ensure it’s cooked to your liking.

  • Shortcut: To save time, you can use frozen broccoli florets instead of fresh ones. Just make sure to thaw and pat them dry before mixing with the other ingredients.

  • Extra Citrus Zing: If you enjoy a tangy twist, you can experiment with different citrus fruits like lime or orange. Substitute the lemon juice with your preferred citrus juice to create a unique flavor profile.

  • Food Pairing: This Baked Salmon & Citrus Broccoli Dinner pairs wonderfully with a light and crisp white wine, such as a Sauvignon Blanc or a Pinot Grigio. The citrus undertones in both the dish and the wine complement each other, creating a delightful culinary experience.


Storing Leftovers

If you have any leftovers from this delightful meal, store them properly to maintain their freshness and flavor. Place the cooled salmon and broccoli in separate airtight containers and refrigerate them. Consume the leftovers within 2-3 days to ensure optimal taste and quality. You can enjoy the leftovers cold or gently reheat them in the oven or microwave.


FAQ

Q: Can I use other vegetables instead of broccoli?

Absolutely! While broccoli adds a wonderful texture and flavor to this dish, you can experiment with other vegetables like asparagus, green beans, or Brussels sprouts. Adjust the baking time accordingly based on the vegetable you choose.

Is it necessary to remove the salmon skin?

Not at all! The decision to remove the salmon skin is entirely based on personal preference. If you enjoy crispy salmon skin, follow the additional step mentioned in the recipe. Otherwise, you can leave the skin intact.

Can I use dried chili flakes instead of red crushed chili flakes?

Yes, you can substitute dried chili flakes for red crushed chili flakes. However, keep in mind that the intensity of spiciness may vary, so adjust the amount according to your taste.

 

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Baked Salmon & Citrus Broccoli Dinner

Keto, Paleo, Low Carb

Recipe makes 1 serving

What You’ll Need

1 4-5oz salmon filet

1 cup broccoli

1 tsp red crushed chili flakes

1.5-2 tbsp olive oil

juice of 1/2 lime

pink salt, to taste

What You’ll Need To Know

Preheat oven to 400F. Coat the salmon lightly with olive oil and salt, and place it skin side down in a tray or cask iron skillet. Sprinkle red chili flakes, pink salt and pepper.

In a mixing bowl, add broccoli, olive oil, lime juice, and pink salt mixing it together to get a nice coat. Place broccoli around salmon and and bake for 12-15 minutes.

I like my salmon skin very crispy and ended up removing it and placing it back in the oven to cook up for 5 more minutes while I plated my dish.

 

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I hope you enjoy preparing and savoring this delightful Baked Salmon & Citrus Broccoli Dinner. It’s a nutritious, flavorful, and easy-to-make dish that will impress your family and friends. Don’t forget to share this recipe with others who appreciate great food, and subscribe to our newsletter for more exciting recipes, cooking tips, and culinary inspiration. Together, let’s make every meal a memorable experience!

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