Salmon is a low-calorie but flavorful protein that is high in Omega-3 fatty acids, niacin and vitamin B6. It is also an easy fish to cook in a variety of cooking styles including being served raw, stir fried, smoked, grilled, baked, steamed, sauteed, broiled, poached or deep fried. Health officials recommend that salmon be cooked until its internal temperature reaches at least 145 degrees Fahrenheit. One of the easiest methods of preparing salmon is baking it in the oven at a precise temperature and time.
Pre-heat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
Grease the bottom and sides of a casserole dish with olive oil or butter.
Arrange a layer of lemon slices on the bottom of the casserole dish.
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Place several fronds of fresh dill on top of the bed of lemon slices.
Set the salmon fillet on top of the dill and sprinkle with salt and pepper. The layer of lemon and dill will add fragrance to the fish as it cooks.
Bake the salmon in the oven for 25 to 30 minutes, depending on the thickness of the salmon fillet. To determine when the salmon is cooked, insert a sharp kitchen knife into the thickest part of the fillet and pull it to one side. The fish should appear cooked through and no longer be translucent.
Always use safe food handling practices. Undercooked salmon can contain listeriosis bacteria that can be harmful to pregnant women, older persons and those with weakened immune systems.
Kevin Owen has been a professional writer since 2005. He served as an editor for the American Bar Association's "Administrative Law Review." Owen is an employment litigator in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area and practices before various state and federal trial and appellate courts. He earned his Juris Doctor from American University.