My Dad’s Fail Proof Easy Salmon Recipe

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My Dad’s Fail Proof Easy Salmon Recipe

My Dad has been in and out of Asheville several times since I’ve been sick to help my husband and I.  He was here for the surgery and also several weeks ago to help me make a bunch of calls and appointments. It is really hard to figure out your medical care over the phone when you can’t make phone calls because you don’t have a voice.

Thanks Dad—You’re the best!

While he was here the first time, he made his super easy FAIL PROOF Salmon Recipe.  He has been throwing this together for as long as I can remember and it always amazes me how quick and easy it all comes together and how good it tastes. 


My husband and I spend so much more time marinating and preparing our salmon when we cook it.  Our turns out ok, but my Dad’s is quicker, simpler and turns out perfect every time.

This is another super easy, very loose recipe.  It’s not earth-shattering or cookbook worthy…  but if you want to eat more fish and don’t know how…. try this!

Salmon is really good for you.  It is high in protein, high in omega 3 and high in vitamin D! YUM!

I highly suggest you make a couple extra pieces to add to a salad or pasta for a leftover makeover later in the week!


Dad’s NO FAIL Salmon Recipe

What you need:

4-6 Frozen Salmon Filets – Thaw in fridge during the day

  • If you have a membership, we really like the SAM’s club salmon!
  • Find pieces that are similar in size so they will cook evenly
  • The cooking time is for about a 3/4 inch piece.  If it’s thinner you need to cook it less.  If it’s thicker, cook it just a little longer.
  • Most fish you are going to buy inland has already been frozen at some point, so unless you have access to truly fresh fish, I recommend just buying it frozen so you control when it gets used.

Spray Olive Oil

Garlic Salt

Crushed Dried Rosemary


1. Heat oven to 400 degrees

2. Spray a glass pan with olive oil.  Then spray the dry salmon filets with a light coating of olive oil.


3. Put a nice layer of garlic salt & rosemary on this fish.  Go heavy on the rosemary.  You want to see it.


Did anyone else’s Mom cook with this all the time?


4. Put in oven for 10-12 minutes.  You want the salmon to just start to flake with a fork.  Do not overcook!


Serve with a salad and vegetable and you have a SUPER easy HEALTHY meal that can’t be beat!


        I have serious salad making SKILZ!


Delicious! It works perfectly every time my Dad makes it!

LOVE YOU DADDY DUDE!!! (inside joke…. Smile)

By | 2019-02-06T16:16:16-05:00 March 28th, 2013|Dessert, Fish & Seafood, Food, Friends & Family, Pescatarian Meals, Recipes|18 Comments


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  2. […] I didn’t have to cook AND he makes really good food.  His signature dish is a fabulous salmon and he recently started also making a super really easy oven asparagus recipe.  I’d always […]

  3. […] been on a salmon kick!  My Dad actually makes really delicious salmon (I posted his recipe eons ago) and he cooked for us while he was here and before I made him leave.  I also had this AMAZING […]

  4. Domenica Zingone January 16, 2015 at 8:48 am - Reply

    This a wonderful tribute to your dad. So good to see such strong love between the two of you

  5. […] served my broccoli with my Dad’s fail-proof salmon recipe with an added lemon slice on top.  This dinner is healthy and super easy.  […]

  6. Tammy April 24, 2013 at 4:13 am - Reply

    Julie, thanks for sharing. This is very close to our recipe; however, we preheat an ovenproof pan on the stove for two minutes, then sear the flesh side of the salmon for two minutes before returning to a 350-degree oven for 12 minutes.

  7. terry early March 30, 2013 at 7:22 pm - Reply

    hey julie this salmon sounds simple and yummy i am going to try this next weekend for sure.i used to get to watch 13 while i was in toccoa ga wking on the railroad.i have transferred to salisbury nc and now only get to se 13 when i come home to old fort on the weekends.hope u are better!!!!!!!!!!!

    • JulieWunder April 9, 2013 at 2:53 pm - Reply

      Thank you Terry! I’m getting there!

  8. Anne Bevan March 30, 2013 at 1:43 pm - Reply

    mmmmm, can’t wait to try it – and you are so right about frozen salmon – heard the same from the friendly fish guy at Ingles who said, “Wild salmon comes from South America, it better be frozen!”

  9. Joe March 30, 2013 at 1:30 pm - Reply

    Sorry…lost me at frozen salmon….uwwww.

    • JulieWunder April 9, 2013 at 2:54 pm - Reply

      Where do you get fresh fish? Do you live close to the water?

      • Joe April 24, 2013 at 3:50 pm - Reply

        Up until last June we lived in Bellingham WA….90 miles north of Seattle….fresh Salmon always… now we live here in Asheville.

  10. Gail Brookshire March 29, 2013 at 8:02 pm - Reply

    Thanks for the recipe. Looking forward to trying it. Thanks to your dad too.
    Praying you are well soon. Thanks for updating us even while you’re not feeling so well.
    God loves you!

    • JulieWunder April 9, 2013 at 2:56 pm - Reply

      Thank you Gail!

  11. Norma Clayton March 29, 2013 at 3:59 pm - Reply

    Yummmm!!! Can’t wait to try it!! Have been enjoying your recipes – thanks for sharing!

  12. Annette cocke March 29, 2013 at 3:31 pm - Reply

    Looks great and easy – my favorite type of recipe! Tonight we’re having leftover black beans and rice. My husband and I love it. Can’t wait to try the salmon.
    Hope you’re feeling better.

  13. Frank Burrell March 29, 2013 at 2:38 pm - Reply

    Sounds great and I’ll send the recipe to my sister in Alaska.

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