Fennel & Meyer Lemon-Stuffed Salmon


For this simple baked salmon recipe, just order the right size whole salmon from your grocery store or fish market and have them clean and scale it. You can also use two smaller fish (1 to 2 pounds each) and reduce the roasting time by about 10 minutes. If you like, you can opt for other species, such as striped bass, snapper or tilapia.

Prep Time:
30 mins
Additional Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
1 hr
12 servings


  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided

  • 2 large shallots, thinly sliced

  • 1 large fennel bulb, halved, cored and thinly sliced, fronds reserved for garnish

  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt, divided

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 5- to 6-pound whole salmon, cleaned, scaled and fins clipped

  • 1 teaspoon ground pepper

  • 3-4 lemons, preferably Meyer lemons, thinly sliced, plus more for garnish


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Coat a large rimmed baking sheet with cooking spray.

  2. Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add shallots; cook, stirring, until starting to soften, 1 to 2 minutes. Reduce heat to medium and add fennel and 1/4 teaspoon salt; cook, stirring occasionally, until tender and lightly browned, 6 to 8 minutes. Add garlic; cook 1 minute more. Remove from heat and let stand for 5 minutes.

  3. Place fish on the prepared baking sheet. Rub the inside with the remaining 1 tablespoon oil and season with the remaining 1 3/4 teaspoons salt and pepper. Fill the cavity with lemon slices and the fennel mixture.

  4. Roast the fish until it flakes easily with a fork, 30 to 35 minutes. Let stand 10 minutes before serving. Garnish with the reserved fennel fronds and more lemon slices, if desired. Remove the fish from the bones to serve.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

231 Calories
9g Fat
6g Carbs
31g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Serving Size 4-5 oz. fish
Calories 231
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 6g 2%
Dietary Fiber 1g 5%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 31g 61%
Total Fat 9g 12%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 70mg 23%
Vitamin A 585IU 12%
Vitamin C 12mg 13%
Folate 27mcg 7%
Sodium 406mg 18%
Calcium 80mg 6%
Iron 1mg 6%
Magnesium 49mg 12%
Potassium 709mg 15%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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