Sheet Pan Salmon with Asparagus and Dill Sauce

1 large bunch asparagus
1 – 1 1/4 lb wild king salmon filet (or 4 smaller filets)
1–2 tablespoons olive oil
salt and pepper to taste
lemon zest from one lemon (divided)

Yogurt Dill Sauce:

1/2 cup plain whole fat yogurt
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 garlic clove, finely minced ( use a garlic press)
lemon zest (of ½ a lemon)
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup chopped dill
1/4 cup chopped parsley (optional)
squeeze of lemon to taste
cracked pepper to taste

Optional Garnish: Lemon wedge, dill sprig

Preheat oven to 375F

Trim the tough ends off the asparagus and toss with a light drizzle of olive oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste. Place on a parchment-lined sheet pan.

Nestle the salmon in the middle of the asparagus and drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper and sprinkle the salmon and asparagus with lemon zest from ½ a lemon ( saving the remaining zest for the yogurt sauce).

Place in the preheated 375F oven for 16-20 minutes, adjusting time, depending on thickness of the salmon, and broiling for the last couple minutes if you like. (This piece was 1 ½ inches thick and took 16 minutes, plus 2 minute broil) for salmon cooked to medium. If cooking smaller salmon pieces, they may take less time, so check earlier and remove if needed, allowing asparagus to cook longer if necessary.

While Salmon is baking, Make the Yogurt Dill Sauce: Place all ingredients in a small bowl and whisk with a fork. Add a squeeze of lemon juice and some craked pepper if you like. Garlic flavor will mellow as it sits.

Divide Salmon and asparagus among plates, top with a little yogurt dill sauce, and garnish with a sprig of dill if you like. serve with a lemon wedge.

Notes

King Salmon is a nice option here because it has a higher oil content which means it won’t dry out as easily if overcooked. It can be spendy though. The deeper red the salmon, the less the oil content – and the easier it is to overcook.

FISH NOTES: If new to cooking fish or salmon- I always reccomend starting with an oilier fish- like in this case King or even Atlantic Salmon. Atlantic Salmon, though mostly farmed, has gotten a bad wrap through the years, but you can find some these days, raised without anitoboities or added coloring- also a good affordable option.

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