This Grand Adventure: Chelsa-Bea: Kitchen Staple - Salmon with Lemon Mayonnaise Sauce

July 11, 2013

Kitchen Staple - Salmon with Lemon Mayonnaise Sauce

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This, my friends, is by far my favorite go-to recipe. It is a true staple in my kitchen.

I don’t even know where this recipe came from. What I mean to say, is that no one ever taught me how to make this.  It's something that just came to me one night. So, I suppose I could tell you that it came from the depths of my soul or something like that, but honestly, this is something I completely thought up on my own. While I am sure there are millions of similar recipes, I consider this a true Chelsea Smith recipe. It comes from the heart and it is my true comfort food.

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This was the meal I cooked for my first official dinner in Des Moines back in 2010. I remember being so proud of myself, and feeling so domestic while making it. My husband and I weren’t even married yet. It was a special moment because it was the first time we had ever lived together without roommates. I made it A LOT our first year in Iowa. We went to Costco and bought a giant bag of frozen salmon and when I didn't know what to make, I always made salmon with mayonnaise sauce. So, I guess this recipe means so much to me because it has a lot of nostalgic and meaningful memories behind it.

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Like many of my recipes, when making this recently, it was the first time I’ve documented how much and what I specifically add to it. So, feel free to make it your own. But here is what I really want you to know - this recipe is all about the sauce. Enjoy the sauce because it makes the salmon and it is wonderful. 

One thing you must know about me is that I’m not afraid of mayonnaise. I think it’s a great ingredient. While it might not be the healthiest, everything in moderation, right? I believe it is a delicious item that can add creaminess and depth to a recipe when you didn't even know it could be there. And, I beg you, please use the good stuff, or even make your own because it really does make all the difference. 

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Since creating this dish, it has essentially become part of us and our routine. I suppose, I would consider it a true family recipe. While we don't make it quiet as much as we used to, it is still a staple in our kitchen usually reserved for celebrations or a 'just because' kind of night. 

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Baked Salmon with Lemon Mayonnaise Sauce

Serves 3

Ingredients

½ pound salmon fillet or steak
½ cup of mayonnaise
1 tablespoon chopped capers
½ large lemon juiced
¼ of large red onion chopped
¼ teaspoon of fresh dill (you can substitute dried, if that is all you have)
Salt
Pepper

To Make the Salmon

Pat salmon dry and let it come to room temperature.

Preheat oven to 400° Fahrenheit.

Combine mayonnaise, lemon juice, capers and onions in a small bowl and mix. Add fresh dill and stir. Taste the sauce to make sure you like the flavor. Feel free to add more of any of the ingredients listed. Add salt and pepper to taste. This sauce will make more than you will need for cooking the salmon. I always make extra because it is delicious to add to the salmon after cooking.

Tear a large piece of tin foil (you will need enough to make a pouch). Place salmon in the middle of the foil. Pour one cup of sauce over the salmon. You want enough sauce to cover the salmon, so you may need to add more depending on the size of your fish. Fold your foil into a pouch. Place pouch on a baking sheet.

Cook salmon for 12-15 minutes or until the fish flakes. Pull salmon from the oven, open pouch and plate. Spoon some of extra sauce from the pouch or from the bowl onto the fish. Remember, the more sauce the better!

Serve with tasty sides and enjoy!


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