Copycat Olive Garden Salmon

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This copycat Olive Garden salmon tastes just like the original. It’s a delicious way to make dinner healthier for you and your family without sacrificing any flavor.

Closeup shot of two pieces of Olive Garden salmon stacked atop one another

This is an incredibly easy recipe that is bursting with flavor. I decided to make an at-home version of my favorite healthy option at Olive Garden, and what I came up with is so good, I’d say it’s even better than Olive Garden.

Olive Garden Salmon

I’ve always wanted to make sure that I feed my family a relatively healthy diet. Of course, as you’ve seen in my recipes, I do love to make sweets, but I try to balance that by making healthy proteins, and this salmon fits that bill perfectly. It’s so good and so easy. What’s not to love?

Closeup shot of fork stuck in salmon

Ingredients

You only need a few basic ingredients to make this tasty salmon recipe.

  • salmon fillets with skin
  • olive oil
  • lemon
  • Italian seasoning
  • salt
  • pepper
Overhead shot of salmon strips nest to lemon and a bowl of hearbs

Instructions

5 steps and a few minutes are all it takes to make this recipe!

Step 1: Coat a skillet with olive oil.

Step 2: Place salmon fillets skin-side down in the skillet.

Step 3: Squeeze the lemon over the top of the salmon.

Hand squeezing a lemon half over a skillet with salmon in it

Step 4: Season evenly with Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper.

Step 5: Cover the skillet and cook on medium heat until the salmon is pink and flaky.

Overhead shot of coypcat Olive Garden salmon seasoned and cooked in skillet

Equipment

You’ll need less than a handful of kitchen items to make this salmon.

  • Measuring spoons
  • Knife
  • Cutting board
  • Skillet or pan

Substitutions

Lemon Juice: If you don’t have a lemon, just use lemon juice from the bottle.

Vegetable Oil: If you don’t have olive oil, you can use vegetable oil in your skillet or pan.

Closeup shot of cooked salmon filet

Options

Looking for ways to change this Olive Garden salmon up? Here are some suggestions.

Spicy: If you like heat, try adding some red pepper flakes to your Italian seasoning blend.

Melted Butter: Drizzle a little melted butter over the salmon when serving for extra richness.

Tips:

  • Cook the salmon until it’s just pink and still a touch red in the center.
  • Be sure not to overcook your salmon. It will develop a horrible texture and lose flavor.
  • Always let your meat rest before serving to retain the juices – even fish like this recipe.
Closeup shot of forkful of Olive Garden salmon

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FAQ

How long is this recipe good?

You can store this salmon in the refrigerator for 3 – 4 days.

When is salmon done?

The easiest way to tell if your salmon is done is to gently press down on the filet with a fork or your finger. If it flakes easily, it’s done.

What can I serve with this salmon?

This salmon recipe is perfect with noodles or rice and vegetables.

Closeup shot of Olive Garden salmon

Olive Garden Salmon

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Yield: 3 servings

Olive Garden Lemon Herb Salmon

Olive Garden Lemon Herb Salmon

This copycat Olive Garden salmon is loaded with the delicious flavors of lemon and Italian herbs. It's also incredibly easy to make!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 3 - 8 oz salmon fillets with skin
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 
1 lemon

  • 2 tbsp Italian seasoning

  • 1 tsp salt
  • 
1/2 tsp pepper

Instructions

  1. Coat a skillet with olive oil.
  2. Place salmon fillets skin-side down in the skillet.
  3. Squeeze the lemon over top of the salmon.
  4. Season evenly with Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper.
  5. Cover skillet and cook on medium heat until salmon is pink and flaky. (about 15 minutes)

Nutrition Information

Yield

3

Serving Size

1

Amount Per Serving Calories 566Total Fat 37gSaturated Fat 7gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 28gCholesterol 143mgSodium 916mgCarbohydrates 5gFiber 2gSugar 1gProtein 51g

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