Salmon with Fennel, Olives and Dill

September 4th, 2019

Salmon with Fennel, Olives and Dill

Do you know how I got this picture?

I waited until my mother had bought a gorgeous salmon fillet, chopped the fennel and dill, assembled the entire pan, and then I hijacked it.

No joke.  I actually grabbed the salmon and ran (ok, walked, very carefully) over to some natural light and, of course, brought along my camera.  And ten minutes later, when I’d snapped 30 or 40 pictures, my conscience got to me, and I sheepishly returned the salmon to its rightful place on the kitchen counter.

And, having confessed that story, I should also note that this beautiful, elegant recipe is not even mine — it’s my mother’s.  And it shows that you don’t have to spend all day or bother with complicated, fussy techniques to make something stunning to serve for a dinner party.  In fact, maybe even a Valentine’s day dinner?  You could scale down the recipe easily for an intimate party for two.

This recipe looks great, it tastes even better, and it’s fresh, healthy and good for you.  Can you ask for anything more?

Salmon with Fennel, Olives and Dill

Salmon with Fennel, Olives and Dill

3 pound salmon fillet
1 bulb fennel, chopped
1/3 cup mixed olives
1/4 cup chopped dill
1/3 cup olive oil
2 tbsp lemon juice
2 tbsp capers
Ground pepper


Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

Line a roasting pan or baking sheet with tin foil.  Place the salmon fillet, skin-side down, on the foil.  Spread the chopped fennel and olives over the fillet, and top with capers, chopped dill, salt and pepper.  Pour olive oil and lemon juice over the entire fish generously.

Bake for approximately 35 minutes or until fish flakes easily with a fork.

Serves 6.

Salmon with Fennel, Olives and Dill

Tags: food · main dishes

17 responses so far ↓

  • 1 VeggieGirl // Jan 21, 2009 at 8:11 am

    HAHA!! Love how you obtained the photo 😀

  • 2 Carrie // Jan 21, 2009 at 8:17 am

    This looks really delicious! I’m always looking for new salmon recipes and will definitely give this a try. Great photos!

  • 3 Pearl // Jan 21, 2009 at 8:19 am

    Ohhh, mommys are always so forgiving and selfless 🙂

  • 4 Elle // Jan 21, 2009 at 12:58 pm

    Oh, it’s beautiful!  It looks so fresh and well, beautiful, lol.  I love fennel, and I just know it’s delicious with the salmon and all the other good things.

    Great photos!

  • 5 ttfn300 // Jan 21, 2009 at 4:18 pm

    hehe, love that you stole the salmon 🙂 now when i’m home my dad always asks if i’ve taken a picture yet!  this looks lovely!!!

  • 6 Cynthia // Jan 21, 2009 at 6:44 pm

    We should all have prep chefs like your mom 🙂

  • 7 PaniniKathy // Jan 21, 2009 at 8:19 pm

    Simply gorgeous. And way to seize the opportunity!

  • 8 Bridget // Jan 22, 2009 at 5:57 am

    Oh, yeah…that does look amazing!

  • 9 adele // Jan 22, 2009 at 8:31 am

    I’ve made a lot of salmon recipes, and plenty have included dill and capers, but I’ve never tried it with fennel or olives. I think I’ll be keeping an eye out for good salmon at the fish counter. 🙂

  • 10 The Duo Dishes // Jan 22, 2009 at 10:01 am

    Salmon and dill should get married.  They go so well together.

  • 11 RecipeGirl // Jan 22, 2009 at 4:06 pm

    You sound like me.. capturing the food and taking it away for a photo session!  These are all of my favorite things on my favorite fish.  Nice!

  • 12 Michelle // Jan 23, 2009 at 5:33 pm

    Awww I didn’t know you were engaged!! I wish the best for you and I love your blog 🙂

  • 13 Megan // Jan 23, 2009 at 7:21 pm

    Salmon is probably one of my favorite dishes ever-olives sound delicious with this! And that photo is a beauty 🙂

  • 14 Donald // Jan 24, 2009 at 8:53 am

    Those are great pix Katie!

    I want that salmon NOW!

  • 15 emily // Jan 26, 2009 at 6:50 am

    this was DELICIOUS and totally easy…but seriously insanely delicious.

  • 16 July Food Letter | Macheesmo // Jul 1, 2009 at 3:51 am

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