Salmon and Asparagus Baked

Baked salmon with asparagus is a delicious and healthy dish that combines the rich flavor of salmon with the fresh taste of asparagus. Here's a step-by-step guide on how to prepare it:

Ingredients: – 4 salmon fillets (about 6 ounces each) – 1 bunch of asparagus, trimmed – 2 tablespoons olive oil – 2 cloves garlic, minced – 1 lemon, sliced – Salt and pepper to taste – Fresh herbs (such as dill, parsley, or thyme) for garnish – Optional: lemon wedges for serving

Preheat the Oven: – Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C).

Prepare the Salmon: – Pat the salmon fillets dry with paper towels to remove excess moisture. – Season the salmon generously with salt and pepper on both sides.

Prepare the Asparagus: – Trim the woody ends of the asparagus spears. – In a large bowl, toss the asparagus with 1 tablespoon of olive oil, minced garlic, salt, and pepper until evenly coated.

Arrange in Baking Dish: – Drizzle the remaining olive oil in a baking dish or on a baking sheet. – Arrange the seasoned salmon fillets and asparagus in a single layer in the baking dish, making sure they are not too crowded.

Bake: – Transfer the baking dish to the preheated oven and bake for about 12-15 minutes, or until the salmon is cooked through and flakes easily with a fork. The cooking time may vary depending on the thickness of the salmon fillets.

Garnish and Serve: – Once the salmon is cooked, remove it from the oven. – Garnish with fresh herbs, such as dill, parsley, or thyme. – Serve the baked salmon and asparagus hot, with lemon wedges on the side for extra flavor.

For extra flavor, you can add additional seasonings such as paprika, garlic powder, or your favorite seafood seasoning blend to the salmon before baking. Make sure not to overcook the salmon, as it can become dry and tough. It's better to slightly undercook it as residual heat will continue to cook it after it's removed from the oven.

If you prefer your asparagus more tender, you can blanch it in boiling water for a couple of minutes before adding it to the baking dish. This dish pairs well with a side of rice, quinoa, or roasted potatoes for a complete meal.

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