Roasted Salmon & Asparagus w/ Lemon Caper Sauce

File this under: easy, weeknight dinners, good enough for a dinner party.

This is my go to salmon dish, and truly, it is good enough to serve company. The recipe is from an old issue of Bon Appetit magazine from 2001.

It is SO easy and SO delicious!

I usually buy wild salmon if I can, but sometimes Coho can be dry when you roast it. So for this recipe, I use Scottish salmon (Atlantic salmon). Tonight the fish was so fresh tasting.
Look for firm filets and you can always ask your fish monger if you can smell the fish. It should never have a fishy smell.

Roast Salmon & Asparagus w/ a Lemon Caper Sauce: (adapted from Bon Appetit)

~ 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
~ 2 tablespoons minced red onion or shallots
~ 1 tablespoon olive oil
~ 1 tablespoon drained capers, chopped
~ 1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme

~ 2 6oz. skinless salmon filets (about 1 1/2" thickness)
~ 1 bunch asparagus, woody stems removed
~ 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
~ kosher salt & pepper

Mix the first 5 ingredients together in a small bowl. This will be your sauce for the salmon filets.

Lay your asparagus on a baking sheet and coat with olive oil & kosher salt.

Now place your salmon filets on top of the asparagus spears.
Sprinkle liberally with kosher salt, a bit of olive oil and black pepper.

Roast in a 425 oven for 15 minutes.
Spoon sauce over salmon filets on a platter and serve!
Voila! A fancy, weeknight dinner! It's so delish.

And if anyone knows why your urine smells funny after eating asparagus, let me know!


I could chow down on this in a minute...salmon is our friend around here....nice dish!
Giff said…
minimal cleanup too. rawk
Pam said…
What a delicious and healthy dinner. Great recipe Stacey - my husband will love this.
Anonymous said…
Asparagus is a member of the lily family and contains the sulfurous amino acid known as methionine. This chemical compound is the culprit that causes the notorious "asparagus-pee" effect. Nice huh? What's weird is not everyone can smell it. The salmon looks great, I love capers so yeah for this!
Maria said…
I love salmon when it is prepared right and this one looks perfect!
brandin + kari said…
Your urine smells funny only if you have the "gene" that makes it stink. Mine never stinks. It is weird! Probably a similar question is "why are yawns contagious?"
This is great! I am the only one that eats salmon here but I will just make it for myself.
Nice and healthy Stacey, Low carb too! Something I should be eating more often!! You can't go wrong with fresh lemon, olive oil, and capers. Love that combo!
Anonymous said…
I'd certainly serve this at a dinner party; the pink of the salmon looks so nice against the asparagus :). Pretty and healthy, a great combination!
Anonymous said…
Salmon and asparagus are so great together! I'm definitely going to try this caper sauce.
Patsyk said…
Dinner done in 15 minutes? You are my hero! Now, I have to try to find fresh salmon so I can make this soon! Yum!
kat said…
It funny I grew up eating salmon because my dad often fished for it but now I just never eat it, it always sounds so tasty
SarahB said…
uh oh Sta, first you make a 15 minute meal, then you use the word "delish?" Next you'll be saying "yummo!" Love ya...and the meal looks great!
Catherine said…
oooh, Stacey! The salmon is calling my name. I can't wait to try it.

And I have no idea why asparagus gives you funny smelling bathrooms. It is weird.
Peter M said…
Thank you for serving nice, big fillets of salmon, none of those anorexic ones I see at restaurants.

I love the the bed of asparagus and I'll snitch that idea too...thx!
amycaseycooks said…
Love the idea of cooking the salmon on top of the asparagus. I am always on the lookout for great, simple recipes - salmon is a staple in our house.
Anonymous said…
I made this recipe for 6 people last weekend and it was a huge hit! My father, who is not a fish eater, had seconds!!! Thx for a super easy way to entertain....
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GiGi said…
So I was wondering... Can you cook my some of your fabulous fish recipes... How about I fly you out to where I live for a week so you can cook me a dinner a night! ha ha ha!! All your recipes look phenomenal!!! I wish I had the energy at the end of the day to make them!!!
Lisa said…
I'm making this tonight!!!
Thanks Stacey!
Lisa said…
I made it and it was wonderful! However, asperagus pee I can deal with.... onion breath, not so much.
Stacey, do you think this would be as good if I cooked the shallot mixture on top of the fish as opposed to putting it on at the end??
Stacey Snacks said…
Hi Lisa,
It's the raw shallots that give the dish a bite....if you don't like the "onion breath", try soaking the shallots in vinegar on the counter for 20 minutes, this will remove the bite!

Dental Implants said…
Success! Success! Success! I am delighted to report that the roasted salmon and asparagus dish I made using your wonderful recipe was successful. Big time. I can’t believe that I did it. Thanks. It's no doubt due to your terrific and easy-to-follow instructions. This recipe makes my heart flutter. This is one those recipes most people would guard with their life.

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