Valentines Day Dinner: Baked Salmon Recipe

Valentines Day Dinner: Baked Salmon Recipe


Enjoy a special Valentine's Day dinner with this delicious baked salmon recipe, elegantly paired with asparagus and a flavourful tarragon dressing. This meal is perfect for a romantic evening, offering a combination of fresh, zesty flavours and a presentation that impresses.


  • 4 salmon fillets
  • 4 lemon slices, plus extra for serving
  • 4 sprigs of thyme, plus extra for garnish
  • 5 teaspoons olive oil, divided
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 4 30cm squares of baking paper
  • 1 bunch asparagus
  • 1 teaspoon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon dried tarragon
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon sugar


  1. Preheat Oven
    1 Preheat Oven

    Preheat the oven to 220°C.

  2. Prepare Salmon Parcels:
    2 Prepare Salmon Parcels:

    Lay four 30cm squares of baking paper on two baking trays. Place a salmon fillet on each square, top with lemon slices and a thyme sprig. Drizzle each with 1 teaspoon of oil, season with salt and pepper. Fold the edges of the paper to form well-sealed parcels.

  3. Bake Salmon:
    3 Bake Salmon:

    Bake the parcels in the preheated oven for 15 minutes, or until the salmon is cooked through.

  4. Prepare Dressing:
    4 Prepare Dressing:

    While the salmon bakes, whisk together the mustard, tarragon, vinegar, sugar, and remaining oil in a jug. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

  5. Cook Asparagus:
    5 Cook Asparagus:

    Blanch the asparagus in a pan of lightly salted boiling water for 2 minutes or until tender. Drain and keep warm.

  6. Serve:
    6 Serve:

    Arrange the baked salmon and asparagus on plates. Add a slice of lemon, drizzle with the tarragon dressing, and garnish with a sprig of thyme.

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