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Kid-Friendly Lemony Baked Salmon

Written by COA Nutrition Team On September 11, 2020

Kids can eat cuisine, like fish, even from a young age! Start them off with this baked salmon and watch them fall in love with fish!


  • 12-ounce salmon
  • 1 medium lemon
  • 1/2 teaspoon dill, dried, ground
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper, ground
  • 2 tablespoon butter, unsalted

Serve With

  • 2 cup rice pilaf
  • 1-pound asparagus
  • 2 cup pineapple


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Rinse fish; pat dry. Zest 1 teaspoon of peel from lemon; set aside. Cut the lemon in half; juice half the lemon.
  2. In a small bowl combine the lemon peel, herbs, salt, and pepper; stir to combine. Spread evenly over the salmon.
  3. Heat butter in a 12-inch nonstick oven-going skillet over medium heat. Add salmon, herb side down. Cook for 3 minutes or until golden brown.
  4. Flip salmon; drizzle with lemon juice. Place pan in oven and bake for 3 to 7 minutes or until fish flakes easily when tested with a fork.
  5. While salmon is baking, prepare the rice according to package directions.
  6. Sauté or steam asparagus.
  7. Transfer salmon to serving plates; drizzle with pan juices.
  8. Serve salmon with rice pilaf, asparagus and pineapple.

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Planning Ahead Tip of the Month

Build time-saving habits

There are plenty of little habits you can build while cooking that will make you more efficient. For example, rinse prep dishes as you go to make washing them easier or move them into the dishwasher as you’re working. You can also create a scrap bag or bowl where you discard skins, odd bits, or anything else you might throw away while cooking – this way you don’t have to lose your flow walking over to the trash can. A huge time-saver: prep bowls. Measure out your ingredients beforehand and set them out in prep bowls. That way, once it’s time to use them, you can just grab the bowl and pour.

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