Ok, salmon…… definately NOT my favorite fish.  I have broiled it, poached it, grilled it, sauteed it – even eaten it raw ( Ok, I actually LIKE it as sushi… go figure.), but for the most part….. pass.  Unfortunately, Lynne LOVES salmon….. so we eat it about once a week or so.  Alas, I have found a way to cook it that really tastes great, and is super easy and fast.  This is a super simple recipe – most of it in cooked in one dish – and totally company quality ( meaning I would serve this for dinner guests) !

Start with about 1/2 lb of salmon (for 2 servings), 1/2 a bag of fozen asparagus ( Stop and Shop Nature’s Promise is awsome) – or better yet, a 3″ bundle of fresh asparagus, a 9×12 baking dish ( or bigger if possible), and some olive oil. ( First, pre heat the oven to 400 degrees.)  Brush the bottom of the dish with the olive oil, and place the salmon in the middle.  Add asparagus around the fish, and brush both the asparagus and fish with olive oil. Sprinkle garlic powder over both fish and veggies lightly.  Twist fresh sea salt and pepper over both as well.  Now for the good part – lightly sprinkle ( about a tsp ) a coating of : Dill, Basil, Oregano, Cilantro, Thyme, Paprika, and Old Bay seasoning over the fish – sprinkle each seasoning lightly, almost like a new fallen cover of snow –  but cover the fish well – there should be no fish visable when finished.  ( I also add a VERY light sprinkling of Cayenne – just because I like a little spice in almost everything! These are all spices you should have in your kitchen – I use most almost every day)

Place the baking dish in the oven at 400 degrees for 15- 18 minutes.  I usually serve rice pilaf with this meal – follow the instructions on the package – usually takes about 15 minutes as well.  I start the rice when I put the fish in.  Fish is done when it flakes easily with a fork – asparagus should be bright green, and slightly crispy.  Serve with a nice Pinot Noir, or Sauvingon Blanc ( generally a good wine with spicy foods – although this isn’t a spicy dish,  it does have strong flavors) – and you have a totally awsome, healthy meal!

I HIGHLY recommend this dish for salmon lovers – and those on the fence.  It is SUPER easy, and very good!

Ingredient list:

1/2 lb salmon
2 tbs olive oil
1/2 tsp garlic powder
3 twists fresh sea salt and fresh ground pepper
1 tsp of: Dill, Basil, Oregano, Cilantro, Thyme, Paprika, and Old Bay – 1/8 tsp cayenne
3″ bundle frozen or fresh asparagus
Rice Pilaf from package

Bon Appetit!