Our family has perfected a new meatless meal for Fridays that is fresh, light, and healthy. All you have to do is make a simple marinade to flavor your salmon and pop it in the oven for an easy bake.
Before we get to our recipe, let's talk about why are aren't eating any meat on a Friday outside of Lent. Many Catholics have never heard that they are to abstain from meat on Fridays and often when I share this there is some level of confusion. Here is a concise and meaningful explanation from the NCR.
Contrary to common misconception, abstinence from meat on Fridays throughout the year has never been abolished from Roman law. It was not abolished by Vatican II. It was not abolished by Pope Paul VI or Pope St. John Paul II. It was not abolished by the 1983 Code of Canon Law. It remains the universal law of the Latin Church.
From the 1983 Code of Canon Law
Can. 1249 The divine law binds all the Christian faithful to do penance each in his or her own way. In order for all to be united among themselves by some common observance of penance, however, penitential days are prescribed on which the Christian faithful devote themselves in a special way to prayer, perform works of piety and charity, and deny themselves by fulfilling their own obligations more faithfully and especially by observing fast and abstinence, according to the norm of the following canons.
Can. 1250 The penitential days and times in the universal Church are every Friday of the whole year and the season of Lent.
Can. 1251 Abstinence from meat, or from some other food as determined by the Episcopal Conference, is to be observed on all Fridays, unless a solemnity should fall on a Friday. Abstinence and fasting are to be observed on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday.
There is much more to be said on this topic and if you are interested, this is the article that I am referring to here. In all honesty, I didn't always know this either, and it wasn't well into my adult years that I found out. Since then, my family has truly sought to abide by this as Friday represents a mini-Good Friday and Sunday represents a mini-Easter.
If you're looking to partake in this Catholic liturgical custom, then this Lemon Herb Salmon will make for a delightful and simple dinner.
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 12 minutes
Yields: 4 Salmon Fillets
1. 4- 5oz salmon fillets
2. 2 tbsps lemon juice
3. 4 lemon slices
4. 1/4 cup olive oil
5. 1 tbsp dill
6. 1 tbsp parsley
7. 1 tsp kosher salt
8. 1/2 tsp black pepper
1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees
2. In a small glass mixing bowl, combine 1/4 cup olive oil, 2 tbsps lemon juice, 1 tbsp dill, and 1 tbsp parsley. Whisk together until thoroughly combined.
3. Lay the salmon in a baking dish with the skin down.
Note: You can prepare the salmon with the skin off but it's actually preferable to leave it on. The skin will create a protective layer against the sheet pan or baking dish which will keep it from burning. It also helps the fish to bake evenly and maintain the juices.
4. Generously coat the salmon with the marinade by using a baking brush.
5. Season all four pieces with 1 tsp kosher salt and 1/2 tsp black pepper.
6. Lay one thin lemon slice on top of each piece of salmon and put it in the oven.
7. Bake for at least 10-12 minutes or until you have reached your desired internal temperature.