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Spring Salmon Dinner - Good and Affordable

Spring Salmon Dinner - Good and Affordable

You can’t have everything you want all at once. 

I’m sure you’re thinking, “Ok Maddie, what the heck does this have to do with this beautiful plate of salmon?!” Hear me out.

This salmon was bought from @Aldiusa on sale for under $8. It’s probably not well-sourced, definitely not wild caught, and most likely not as nutrient dense as it could/should be. But it tasted good and it was affordable. And right now, good and affordable is what we can manage! 

If I wanted to buy all the best sourced meats and organic groceries, I could. But then we would have to scale back somewhere else (ehem… the wedding). You can’t have everything you want all AT ONCE. You can have everything you want, you’ll just have to prioritize. 

One day, I will be able to prioritize the quality of my groceries, but for now, I am just going to buy what’s good and affordable, and that is just fine! 

DISCLAIMER: This recipe is NOT tested and should be treated more as guidelines than an actual recipe. Trust yourself and your gut. If it seems like there should be more of an ingredient or a shorter or longer cook time, you are probably right!


Spring Salmon with Lemon Dill Sauce and Roasted Potatoes Served with The Defined Dish's Garlicky Green Beans

  • prep time: 5
  • cook time: 45
  • total time: 50

Servings: 4


  • 16 oz salmon fillet
  • 1 lb baby multi-colored potatoes (halfed or quartered)
  • 4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 lemon - zest and juice
  • 2 tbsp fresh dill - chopped
  • 4 cloves minced garlic


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  • In a bowl, drizzle 2 tbsp evoo and melted butter onto potatoes. Season with salt and pepper (be liberal). Add 2 cloves (one heaping scoop) of minced garlic. Pour out onto parchment-lined sheet pan and put into the oven. Cook for 20 min.
  • Meanwhile, place fillet skin side down on a parchment-lined sheet pan and drizzle 2 tbsp evoo on top. Season well with salt and pepper.
  • After the potatoes have cooked for 20 min, put the salmon in the oven. Cook salmon and potatoes for another 15-17 min. (If your making garlicky green beans, start now)
  • While the salmon and potatoes are cooking, mix sour cream, lemon juice, lemon zest, 2 tbsp minced garlic, and dill with hand blender or fork.
  • Once salmon is fully cooked, remove from oven.
  • Broil potatoes for about 2-5 minutes, watching so they don't burn!
  • Serve with Garlicky Green Beans or another green side and the Lemon Dill sauce on the side!
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