Easy Salmon With Lemon, Dill & Capers

You don’t have to go to a restaurant and pay a big price to enjoy the fine dining experience of a salmon entrée. I make my own at home all the time with this easy salmon recipe that uses the flavors of lemon, dill and capers and can be made in the microwave too.  It’s simple and delicious – no wonder it’s one of my favorite recipes!

Salmon with dill and capers

I’ve been using this tasty salmon recipe for several years and as time has gone along I’ve made a few little tweaks here and there. Now it’s almost more of a cooking strategy than an actual recipe which adds to the simplicity of things too.

To get things started of course, you’ll need a piece of salmon.  I usually use a piece of about a 1 Lb size, but this salmon recipe can be easily adapted to larger or smaller amounts.  Lately I’ve been buying my salmon at Aldi, and I always feel the price is very reasonable too.

Salmon recipe using salmon purchased at Aldi

Place your salmon in your cooking dish. If I’m making this in the microwave, I use a round quiche dish because it fits and spins around perfectly in the microwave.  If I’m making it in the oven, I use a glass baking dish.

Next, I make the cooking liquid by combining some broth and lemon juice. I usually use vegetable broth but chicken broth works too. If I don’t have any ready-made broth, I use 1/4 cup of hot water and a 1/4 teaspoon of Vegetable Better Than Bouillon (again, the chicken flavor works too).   Once this mixture is combined I pour it over the piece of salmon in the dish.

Then I season the salmon. I don’t measure these ingredients anymore and just sprinkle on some salt, freshly ground pepper, and dried dill, and I’m very generous with the dried dill.   I finish up by adding some capers on top of the seasoned salmon fillet.

adding seasonings to a salmon recipe

And then it’s time to cook!  If you’re making this in the microwave, it will be ready in about six to eight minutes. It usually depends on how thick your piece of salmon is. I usually start with 3 or 4 minutes, check it, and it usually needs another 2 or 3 minutes.  Salmon is fully cooked when it is light pink and flakes easily with a fork.

If I’m cooking this in the oven (which is the method I use if I’m making more pieces or larger pieces of salmon), I cook it for 20 minutes at 400 degrees. Sometimes a little extra cooking liquid is needed too when using the oven.

Either way, it doesn’t take long and before you know it you’ll be sitting down to enjoy your meal of homemade salmon. We usually make a couple side dishes to go along with it such as one of my easy ways to flavor rice, or a fresh vegetable.

Salmon on a plate with green beans

I almost always use this recipe with salmon, but I’m sure other types of fish could be prepared using this method too. The flavors of lemon, dill, and capers pair well with fish fillets, and you would just need to adjust cooking times accordingly depending on how thick or thin your fish filets are. 

I did make this recipe one time using steelhead that was freshly caught by my son-in-law from our cold Michigan waters.  It was sooooo good.  It’s times like those when someone shows up at your door with freshly caught fish (or maybe that only happens in my neck of the woods), that I’m glad I know how to make my own!

Easy Salmon with Lemon, Dill, and Capers

This easy way to prepare and cook salmon will have dinner ready with no stress. You can use the microwave to make the preparation time go even faster too.
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time8 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Fish, Microwave
Author: Beverly


  • 1 Piece of Salmon (about 1 Lb)
  • 1/4 cup Broth (Vegetable or Chicken)
  • 1/4 cup Lemon Juice
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Dried Dill (about 1 tsp)
  • Capers (about 1 tablespoon)


  • Place your salmon in a microwavable dish (For oven directions see notes below).
  • Combine the broth and lemon juice and pour over the salmon fillet.
  • Season the piece of salmon by sprinkling on salt, pepper, and dried dill. Place the capers on top of the salmon piece too.
  • Place a piece of paper toweling over the dish with the salmon and cook in the microwave for 6 to 8 minutes, checking after the first 3 minutes for how much longer may be needed. The salmon is fully cooked and ready to eat when it is light pink and flakes easily with a fork.


This salmon recipe can also be cooked in the oven at 400 degrees for 20 minutes, or until the salmon is fully cooked and flakes easily with a fork. A little extra cooking liquid may be needed when cooking in the oven.
You can also use 1/4 cup of hot water and about 1/4 teaspoon of bouillon in place of the prepared broth.

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  1. This looks delicious. I do something even easier. Pat the salmon dry and apply your herbs, salt and pepper. Let a skillet get hot, then add some butter. Cook the salmon 3 or 4 minutes per side on medium heat. Squeeze on some lemon juice if you like. That’s all, and it is dee lish!

  2. So glad I found you! I’ve been housekeeping for 48 years and I’ve always tried to make everything from scratch too. I just have a comment on your Salmon recipe. I LOVE salmon too, BTW. I’ll save even more money on your salmon recipe because I substitute pickled Nasturtium pods for the capers! They taste just like them! I love growing the flowers cause they are so pretty. And you can eat them. They taste a little like radishes. I leave some of the flowers to go to seed then pickle the pods in the fall. Looking forward to your posts. Good job! Lee Hoy