Roasted salmon with lemon and dill is a healthy, simple meal to make and is just perfect for those with a busy lifestyle. Containing just a few ingredients, all of which are easy to source, here is a dish that should become a regular fixture for those trying to put more fish in their diet, as well as Omega 3 fatty acids.
Salmon is not endemic to Tasmania nor the rest of Australia. However, Tasmania has made the most of their reputation for clean water and air as well as the general environment to develop an industry in salmon farming. The industry is delivering results in terms of providing jobs, opportunities and therefore income to the region. Not to mention some of the best salmon, either fresh or smoked, that you will find anywhere in the world.
Today we spend some time discussing the industry in Tasmania as well as the pure waters of the Huon River and D’Entecasteaux Channel, the magnificent and connected body of water where most of the salmon is farmed. It is a great place to be for the tourist, with magnificent scenery wherever you look.
The pure sea waters around Tasmania provide the perfect environment for seafood. Purity has long been a word associated with sea waters around Tasmania. It is a perfect environment for seafood – scallops, oysters, (rock) lobster and in more recent years salmon. They are all big business in Tasmania. And the secret as to why this is so?
Tasmania is very sparsely populated and has managed not to pollute the sea waters. One third of Tasmania is an undeveloped National Park full of magnificent forests and wild rivers. Nature has also been very kind to Tasmania. The Huon River, the source pf which begins within the national park is south of Hobart. It is a very wide body of water emptying into the D’Entrecasteaux Channel, which itself is protected by Bruny Island, a 60 mile long island (100 kilometers).
Bruny Island protects the channel waters from the rough Pacific sea waters, providing a calm body of water which is naturally flushed by the pure Huon River waters as well as sea water entering the channel from the north and exiting to the south. It is the perfect environment for salmon farming with the water naturally flushing away any impurities from the salmon farming. The water temperature is perfect for salmon farming.
The salmon industry has only been around in Tasmania for 30 years but it is already an industry worth $537 million USD (AUD $700 million) and soon to be $767.2 million USD (AUD $1billion).
As a percentage of world production, Tasmanian salmon only represents about 1.5%. The biggest players are Norway, Scotland and Chile. Interestingly though, Tasmanian salmon regularly commands the highest price from discerning Japanese buyers. I think that is testament to the quality of Tasmanian salmon.
Tasmanian salmon can be sourced anywhere in Australia and exporting (mainly to Asia) is becoming a bigger driver for these companies as they develop new markets for their products.
You can read more about salmon farming in Tasmania here. And now onto the recipe.
Roasted Salmon with Lemon and Dill
Roasted salmon with lemon and dill is perhaps the simplest dish we have ever featured on Compass and Fork. A preparation time of only 2 to 3 minutes. Or as long as it takes to slice some lemon wheels and drizzling some olive oil over the salmon, lemon and dill. That’s it. A cooking time of 10 to 15 minutes only and basically no washing up. What a perfect combination for a busy lifestyle.
There is no need to complicate this dish as the ingredients speak for themselves and it is just a perfect combination enjoyed all over the world. Simply serve the salmon with creamy, rustic-style, mashed potatoes and roasted asparagus with garlic.
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- 2 lemons cut into wheels
- 2 lb salmon, fresh for roasting
- 8 sprigs dill fresh
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- salt, ground sea
- black pepper, ground
- Pre-heat the oven to 400 f (200 c).
- On an oven tray, assemble one layer of lemon wheels. Place the salmon on top of the lemon wheels. Arrange the dill on top of the fish and then place another layer of lemon wheels over the dill. Drizzle the olive oil over the top and then season generously with salt and pepper.
- Bake for 10 minutes. Remove the salmon and cut into serving sized portions. The salmon goes perfectly with mashed potatoes and roasted asparagus with garlic.
I love dill and salmon, this looks delicious!
And so easy to cook.
Interesting read! Love the simple lemon and dill preparation to showcase the flavor.
Lemon and dill is certainly a tried and trusted preparation for this recipe.
Allison - Celebrating Sweets
Beautiful meal! I love dill!
And so easy.
Beautiful post and delicious recipe!
Thank you for that. We loved our time in Tasmania.
Salmon and Dill. Classic combination! Love your recipe.
Salmon and dill are a classic combination aren’t they?
I really like this recipe! Salmon is one of my favorite meals, morning, noon or night.
Salmon is so healthy for you with all those omega 3 fatty acids.
sue | theviewfromgreatisland
I adore salmon, and I prepare it this way often, but Tasmanian salmon? I’m now obsessed with finding some!
Hi Sue. Not sure you will find Tasmanian salmon in the US or Britain. But any good, fresh salmon works.