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Mediterranean Salmon

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salmon in a cast iron skillet with tomatoes and kalamata olives

This Mediterranean Salmon needs to be on your menu this summer! It’s full of fresh and vibrant flavors, and gets doused in a Greek dressing after it bakes making it ultra-tender and flakey!

I’m back with another salmon recipes because:

  1. It’s delicious and nutrient-dense and c’mon look how beautiful it is!
  2. Do I really have to have a reason!? ?
salmon with mediterranean flavors on a white plate with a pearl couscous salad

I’ve got this Sheet Pan Salmon with Homemade Pesto here on KK too and it’s another healthy dinner that’s full of flavor, quick and easy! And if it’s the Mediterranean flavors you love, check out my Mediterranean Chicken & Rice too.

If you’re in a dinner rut, this Mediterranean salmon will get you out of it FOR SURE. It’s honestly easy enough for a weeknight dinner but impressive to serve to dinner guests as well. We might be biased, but this is a keeper recipe!

Ingredient Notes

You can scroll down to the recipe card for the full list of ingredients and measurements.

seasonings in small white dishes for salmon
  • Salmon: Choose your salmon fillets that are firm with brightly colored flesh. Frozen salmon works too, thaw completely before cooking.
  • Seasonings: for seasoning the salmon you’ll need dried oregano, dried basil, dried parsley, onion powder, garlic powder, salt and pepper.
  • For the Mediterranean salad: The couscous salad is SO refreshing and easy to make. I used my Mediterranean Orzo Salad recipe and used pearl couscous instead of the orzo. You can also use quinoa if you prefer a grain free option.
  • Greek dressing: We’re obsessed with this dressing. You’ll add ~1 cup to the couscous salad, and reserve the remaining to spoon on top of the salmon after you pull them out of the oven. The dressing creates a tender, flakey salmon that you crave. YES to the PLEASE!
fresh salmon fillets in a cast iron skillet with lemon slices

Step by Step Directions:

Baked salmon is seriously so easy, takes 30 minutes or less to make everything and dinner is served!

step by step photos making salmon

Be sure to scroll down to the recipe card for the full recipe instructions.

  1. Combine the seasonings for the salmon in a small bowl.
  2. Pat the un-seasoned salmon fillets dry with a paper towel to draw out excess moisture. This helps prevent the fish from becoming mushy or tough.
  3. Add about 1 tsp. of seasoning to each piece of salmon. Add more or less based on preference and gently pat into the salmon.
  4. Place salmon into an oiled cast iron skillet. Place lemon slices around salmon.
  5. Bake for ~12-15 minutes or until salmon reaches an internal temperature of 145°F
  6. Make the Mediterranean Salad and Greek dressing while salmon bakes. Reserve a little bit of the Greek dressing to pour on the salmon.
  7. Make the salmon topping: combine kalamata olives, tomatoes, feta cheese, mint, parsley, olive oil salt and pepper together.
  8. Spoon reserved dressing over salmon. Top with kalamata/tomato mixture and enjoy!

Expert Tips

  • You can also pan sear the salmon, or broil the salmon. For pan searing, add butter or olive oil to a nonstick skillet, and cook for about 3-4 minutes on each side. For broiling, heat oven to high broil and cook salmon for 8 minutes.
  • Be careful not to overcook the salmon. Salmon with an internal temperature of 145°F is considered safe to consume. The salmon should flake easily with a fork.
  • Serve the salmon with grilled or roasted veggies, the Mediterranean salad or anything your heart desires!
cooked mediterranean salmon with tomatoes and kalamata olives on top in a cast iron pan

FAQ

How long does salmon last?

Cooked salmon will last in the fridge for up to 3 days.

What do I serve with Mediterranean salmon?

A grain and a veggie is always a good combination. Since the couscous salad I posted with this recipe has a lot of veggies in it, it’s a two-for-one kind of side dish which is great! Other options include rice, quinoa, pasta with steamed or roasted veggies.

How do I heat up leftover salmon?

Salmon is best enjoyed the day of but you can totally reheat the next day! Without drying out the salmon, you can reheat the salmon on a rimmed baking sheet in the oven at 275°F for about 15 minutes, or on the stove in a nonstick skillet. Be sure to add a splash of water to get some moisture back into the salmon.

If you had to pick, which one would you choose?

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salmon in a cast iron skillet with tomatoes and kalamata olives
5 from 10 reviews

Mediterranean Salmon

Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Total: 30 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
This Mediterranean Salmon needs to be on your menu this summer! It's full of fresh and vibrant flavors, and gets doused in a Greek dressing after it bakes making it ultra-tender and flakey!

Ingredients

For the salmon

  • 4, 7 oz. salmon fillets
  • 1 lemon, sliced
  • 2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 2 tsp. dried basil
  • 2 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1 tsp. dried parsley
  • 1/2 tsp. onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper

For the salmon topper

  • 1/2 cup kalamata olives
  • 1/2 cup diced tomatoes, such as cherry tomatoes
  • 1/3 cup feta cheese
  • 1 Tbsp. fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 Tbsp. fresh mint, chopped
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste

Mediterranean Salad

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Instructions 

For the salmon:

  • Preheat the oven to 400°F. Combine the seasonings for the salmon in a small bowl.
    2 tsp. garlic powder, 2 tsp. dried basil, 2 tsp. dried oregano, 1 tsp. dried parsley, 1/2 tsp. onion powder, 1/2 tsp. kosher salt, 1/4 tsp. pepper
  • Pat the un-seasoned salmon fillets dry with a paper towel to draw out excess moisture.
    4, 7 oz. salmon fillets
  • Sprinkle about 1 tsp. of seasoning on top each piece of salmon. Add more or less based on preference and gently press seasoning into the salmon.
  • Place salmon into an oiled cast iron skillet. Place lemon slices around salmon.
    1 lemon, sliced
  • Bake for ~12-15 minutes or until salmon reaches an internal temperature of 145°F. To air fry: prepare normally with the seasonings, then spray a little olive oil on the tops of the salmon. Air fry at 400°F for 8-10 minutes or until salmon is cooked and flaky. You may need to air fry in batches.

For the Mediterranean Couscous Salad

  • Make the mediterranean vinaigrette dressing. Reserve about 1/2 cup and use the rest for the salad. In a large bowl, mix the cooked and cooled pearl couscous with all of the veggies. Add the dressing and stir to combine.
    Mediterranean Vinaigrette Dressing

For the salmon topper

  • In a small bowl, combine all ingredients.
    1/2 cup kalamata olives, 1/2 cup diced tomatoes, such as cherry tomatoes, 1/3 cup feta cheese, 1 Tbsp. fresh parsley, chopped, 1 Tbsp. fresh mint, chopped, 1 Tbsp. olive oil, salt and pepper to taste
  • Once the salmon is done, spoon the remaining dressing over the salmon to add some moisture in to the salmon. Place a spoonful of the kalamata/olive mixture on top of each salmon prior to serving and serve with couscous salad. Enjoy!!
    Mediterranean Salad

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Notes

Cooked salmon will last in the fridge for up to 3 days.

Nutrition Information

Serving: 1salmon filet (no salad), Calories: 525kcal (26%), Carbohydrates: 6g (2%), Protein: 43g (86%), Fat: 9g (14%), Saturated Fat: 3g (19%), Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 5g, Cholesterol: 12mg (4%), Sodium: 653mg (28%), Potassium: 178mg (5%), Fiber: 2g (8%), Sugar: 1g (1%), Vitamin A: 475IU (10%), Vitamin C: 7mg (8%), Calcium: 151mg (15%), Iron: 3mg (17%)

Nutritional information is provided as a courtesy and is automatically calculated. It should only be construed as an estimate rather than a guarantee. Ingredients can vary and Kroll’s Korner can’t make any guarantees to the accuracy of this information.

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Diane

I made only the seasoning for the salmon, all the dried spices, because I did not have any of the other ingredients. This was a wonderful blend that complimented the salmon perfectly! And the spices are ones every cook would have in their pantry! I did lightly spray the salmon with EVOO (extra virgin olive oil) to get the seasoning to stick.

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Martha

Great recipe! We used trout instead of salmon. We also left out the olives and feta bc we don’t care for them. I made the couscous salad on the side and it made a ton! Next time I will probably cut that amount in half (there are only 3 of us). Overall, very yummy and a good option for a healthy meal with lots of veggies and flavor!

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Sara Welch

Enjoyed this for dinner last night and it did not disappoint! Perfectly tender and flavorful; easily, a new favorite way to enjoy salmon!

Beth

This salmon was so delicious and full of so much flavor! My teens and I loved how well this turned out! Such a savory and delicious salmon recipe! Can’t wait to make this again!

Amanda Dixon

This salmon is seriously delicious! It turned out perfectly cooked, and that Mediterranean topping is packed with fresh flavor.

Colleen

We love salmon and this recipe is so healthy and fresh, not to mention delicious and easy! Thank you!

Pam

This recipe was just perfect for us because we love salmon and all things mediterranean flavored. It turned out perfectly and was beautiful to boot!