Monday, September 19, 2011

Garlic Dill Salmon: Secret Recipe Club

Seafood is usually something I indulge in when I go out to eat. I would love to eat it more often but I simply can’t stand the smell it leaves in my kitchen. This month, as part of The Secret Recipe Club, I was assigned the adorable blog It’s Yummy to My Tummy. My goal in participating in The Secret Recipe Club is to break away from my normal menu rotation. I found a recipe that Heather created for salmon and decided to embrace the aroma of seafood and take on the challenge.

The only change I made to the recipe was to add in some crushed pistachios to two of the four fillets. I like the crunch that the pistachios bring to the dish.

Of course, no seafood dish would be complete without fresh lemons. Please make sure to use fresh lemons for the juice in this recipe. Bottled lemon juice just doesn’t compare to the flavor of fresh lemon juice.


Garlic Dill Salmon: Secret Recipe Club


4 6-8 ounce salmon fillets (with skin on)

1/2 of a lemon, juiced (about 4 or 5 tbsp)

2-3 tsp dill

2 tsp prepared minced garlic

1 tsp lemon pepper seasoning

3-4 tbsp butter, melted

2 tablespoons crushed pistachios (optional)

salt/pepper for seasoning


Melt butter. Stir in lemon juice, dill, garlic, and seasonings together. Add in pistachios if desired. Brush the buttery mixture on the top of the salmon fillets.


Preheat grill. Once grill has warmed up to medium heat (about 300-325), place salmon fillets, skin side down on the grill. Do not turn the salmon fillets until they are almost done, at least 5-7 minutes or until they start to look more opaque. That last flip of the salmon only lasts for a few seconds, as you want it on long enough just enough to give you a nice grill mark on top. If using meat thermometer, salmon usually cooks to about 145 degrees for well done.


Preheat the oven to 475 degrees F. Place ¼ cup white wine at the bottom of a baking dish. Place the salmon in the baking dish. Brush the mixture on the top of the salmon fillets. Roast for about 12-15 minutes, depending on thickness.

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35 Responses to “Garlic Dill Salmon: Secret Recipe Club”

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    heather @ — September 19, 2011 @ 9:51 AM

    thanks for featuring my salmon recipe. Salmon is really one of mt favorite splurge items I enjoy eating too! If you are tempted to try gnocchi, check out my secret recipe club post too!

    • Wendy replied: — September 19th, 2011 @ 10:08 AM

      Heather I thoroughly enjoyed your salmon recipe. I need to make seafood more often. The salmon I selected actually didn’t have a strong odor. Barely noticed it while I was baking.

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    Brooks at Cakewalker — September 19, 2011 @ 10:24 AM

    My word, this is one gorgeous dish! From start to finish, the flavor profiles and ease of preparation are spot on. Brava!

    • Wendy replied: — September 20th, 2011 @ 4:24 PM

      Thanks Brooks! It was incredibly easy to make and quite enjoyable to eat.

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    Jeanette — September 19, 2011 @ 10:27 AM

    Oh, I love the pistachios on top – I’ve been thinking of making salmon this week, so this will be perfect! Great pick for SRC.

    • Wendy replied: — September 20th, 2011 @ 4:25 PM

      Jeanette the pistachios add a nice texture to the dish. I love adding crunchy things to my food. I’ve been known to squeeze potato chips into my sandwich. Kind of obsessed with crunchy texture.

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    gloria — September 19, 2011 @ 10:30 AM

    Love salmon and look delicious!!!

    • Wendy replied: — September 20th, 2011 @ 4:25 PM

      Thanks Gloria!

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    Kristen — September 19, 2011 @ 11:05 AM

    All I can say is yum! That salmon is amazing!!

    • Wendy replied: — September 20th, 2011 @ 4:26 PM

      Thanks Kristen!

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    Miz Helen — September 19, 2011 @ 1:10 PM

    This looks like a great recipe. It is fun cooking with you in the SRC. Hope you are having a great day and thanks for sharing!
    Miz Helen

    • Wendy replied: — September 20th, 2011 @ 4:26 PM

      Thanks Helen! Great fun being part of the SRC.

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    Tiffany — September 19, 2011 @ 2:52 PM

    I also dislike the smell of cooking fish in the kitchen, luckily my husband has mastered outdoor grilling! I love the pistachios in your recipe, looks great!

    • Wendy replied: — September 20th, 2011 @ 4:27 PM

      I bet this dish would be fantastic on the grill. Heather originally made it on the grill. I need to stop being so lazy and use my grill more often.

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    RavieNomNoms — September 19, 2011 @ 4:28 PM

    This look amazing!! I love dill and salmon too combined I bet they are fabulous too!

    • Wendy replied: — September 20th, 2011 @ 4:27 PM

      Thanks Raven!

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    Kate @ Food Babbles — September 19, 2011 @ 6:45 PM

    This looks so delicious! What gorgeous pictures!! This just made my mouth water. And love your addition of pistachios! Genius

    • Wendy replied: — September 20th, 2011 @ 4:27 PM

      Thanks Kate!

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    Liz @ Southern Charm — September 19, 2011 @ 10:33 PM

    This looks MOUTH WATERING!! Love it and I want some now :)

    • Wendy replied: — September 20th, 2011 @ 4:28 PM

      Thanks Liz!

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    Parsley Sage — September 20, 2011 @ 4:02 AM

    Fantastic looking fish! You’re absolutely right, its tough to make fish at home. I never used to before I moved to someplace where I can actually get fish caught the same day. It makes a world of difference. Loving this recipe, especially the pistachios!

    • Wendy replied: — September 20th, 2011 @ 4:31 PM

      You are so right. I bought the salmon the same day I made it. Barely smelled at all.

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    dan — September 20, 2011 @ 10:04 AM

    That salmon looks picture-perfect. Seriously. It looks amazing. I can’t even imagine how it would taste with the pistachios crumbled on top. A nice soft crunch and extra flavour. Yum!

    • Wendy replied: — September 20th, 2011 @ 4:31 PM

      Thanks Dan!

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    Desi — September 20, 2011 @ 11:53 AM

    Man does that thing look packed with flavor!??! I really love the flavor of dill. I’m not a huge salmon fan but that topping can make me change my mind!

    Check out my SRC post for Molten Lava Cakes, if you like!

    • Wendy replied: — September 20th, 2011 @ 4:33 PM

      Thanks Desi! Will head to your post now.

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    amy — September 20, 2011 @ 1:40 PM

    Yum! Looks great — I’m loving SRC, so many great new recipes to try!

    • Wendy replied: — September 20th, 2011 @ 4:33 PM

      Thanks Amy!

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    Kiran @ — September 20, 2011 @ 9:42 PM

    This looks yummy! My husband love pistachios. And I am always looking for new ways to prepare salmon :)

    BTW, thanks for visiting my blog, Wendy :)

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    Tina @ MOMS CRAZY COOKING — September 21, 2011 @ 9:12 PM

    Thank you for being a part of the SRC with me (group b). I am excited and looking forward to next month too!

    Here is what I posted this month: Pioneer Woman’s Chicken Pot Pie

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    Vivian thiel — September 22, 2011 @ 10:54 AM

    I’m not a fish fan but your photos are stunning! Great blog. I’m and SRC fan :-)

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    Angie @ Bigbearswife — September 23, 2011 @ 11:28 AM

    I’ve been trying to add more fish into my weekly meals, but havn’t found many recipes that looks good to me, but this one looks really really really good!

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    marla — September 28, 2011 @ 11:40 PM

    Salmon is my favorite food ever…with pistachios I am floored by how great this looks :) Fun being in the Secret Recipe Club with you. I baked up tarts this month for Group C

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    Grace@ FoodFitnessFreshAir — October 21, 2011 @ 4:41 PM

    This looks and sounds so awesome!!

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    Holly — August 5, 2012 @ 8:37 AM

    We’re giving this recipe a try tonight Wendy – looks delicious!

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