My dad gave up eating meat a few months ago. Since our usual Easter dinner meal was the traditional ham, I needed to find an alternative for this year’s dinner. I always order salmon when I eat out mostly because I love it and always figured it must be hard to prepare. Something about cooking fish always made me nervous since there is nothing I hate more than dried out, overcooked fish. Turns out I was completely wrong! Not only is salmon easy to prepare, but if you add the right sauce for salmon you can come up with a dish that rivals anything you would get at a restaurant! So this year, we will be enjoying an Easter dinner of salmon with a yogurt horseradish sauce.
Since the first step to making an incredibly great dish is to start with quality ingredients, I grabbed some wild caught salmon that was on sale at my local market. (I estimate about 5 oz of fish per person for the meal BUT I also love to have leftovers to add to salads the following week, so I’ll typically buy a pound or more to prepare.) And since the sauce has a good amount of yogurt in it, I chose to use a high-quality, grass-fed yogurt like Maple Hill’s Blended Plain Yogurt.
In my opinion, the easiest way to cook salmon is in the oven. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees (F). Prepare the fish by brushing it with olive oil or melted butter and sprinkle with salt and freshly ground pepper.
I also cut up a lemon and place slices on the top. Depending on how thick your salmon is, you’ll probably need to bake it for 15-18 minutes.
Tip – If your salmon is thicker on one side than the other, fold the thinner end over and tuck it under. This will keep it from overcooking and becoming dry.
You can whip up this easy yogurt horseradish sauce for salmon while your salmon is baking. Personally, I do like to make it ahead as the flavors will develop as it sits.
Yogurt Horseradish Sauce for Salmon
- 1/4 cup plain yogurt
- 1/4 cup mayonaise
- 2 tsp prepared horseradish
- 1 1/2 tsp lemon juice
- 2 tbsp fresh chives chopped
- Combine all the ingredients in a small bowl. Cover and chill if not using immediately.
- Spoon over salmon just before serving.
Huge thanks to Maple Hill for being a sponsor for this sauce for salmon recipe. If you are not familiar with Maple Hill then you definitely need to check out their 100% grass-fed organic milk and dairy products. Their line includes a variety of delicious blended yogurts in addition to other styles like cream-on-top, drinkable, and even greek yogurts. They also sent along some of their milk for us to try and it just about flew out of the fridge, it was gobbled up so fast! I was happy to discover the variety of local stores that carry Maple Hill products so I can go grab some more now that I’m hooked!
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