Though easy to make and only requiring five ingredients, this elegant roasted salmon is a supremely impressive main dish—especially for the holidays, when citrus season is in full swing. Topping the salmon with orange and lime rounds not only infuses the oily fish with flavor, but it makes for a beautiful display. Served with a simple, butter-enriched citrus sauce that's brightened with fresh dill, this special occasion-worthy main feels as vibrant as it does decadent. Covering the salmon loosely with foil keeps the salmon moist. 

Recipe by Well Done


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Recipe Summary

15 mins
1 hr
Serves 8 (serving size: 6 oz. fish, 3 Tbsp. sauce)


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Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat oven to 400°F. Slice 1 orange and 1 lime into 1/4-inch thick rounds.

  • Place salmon, skin side down, on a parchment-lined rack set inside a rimmed baking sheet. Brush salmon with melted butter. Sprinkle with 1 1/2 teaspoons of the salt and 1/2 teaspoon of the pepper. Cover loosely with aluminum foil. Roast in preheated oven 25 minutes. Uncover and arrange citrus slices over salmon in an artful pattern. Return salmon to oven, and roast at 400°F until fish flakes easily with a fork, about 20 minutes.

  • Meanwhile, juice remaining oranges and limes (making 1 1/4 cups juice). Strain juice into a stainless-steel saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium-high, reduce heat to medium, and simmer until reduced to about 2/3 cup, about 10 minutes. Remove from heat. Stir in cubed butter, 2 tablespoons of the dill, and remaining salt and pepper.

  • Place salmon on a platter; sprinkle with remaining dill. Serve with sauce.