Roasted salmon with lemon and dill is a healthy, simple meal to make and is just perfect for those with a busy lifestyle. Containing just a few ingredients, all of which are easy to source, here is a dish that should become a regular fixture for those trying to put more fish in their diet, as well as Omega 3 fatty acids.
Salmon is not endemic to Tasmania nor the rest of Australia. However, Tasmania has made the most of their reputation for clean water and air as well as the general environment to develop an industry in salmon farming. The industry is delivering results in terms of providing jobs, opportunities and therefore income to the region. Not to mention some of the best salmon, either fresh or smoked, that you will find anywhere in the world.
Today we spend some time discussing the industry in Tasmania as well as the pure waters of the Huon River and D’Entecasteaux Channel, the magnificent and connected body of water where most of the salmon is farmed. It is a great place to be for the tourist, with magnificent scenery wherever you look.
The pure sea waters around Tasmania provide the perfect environment for seafood. Purity has long been a word associated with sea waters around Tasmania. It is a perfect environment for seafood – scallops, oysters, (rock) lobster and in more recent years salmon. They are all big business in Tasmania. And the secret as to why this is so?
Tasmania is very sparsely populated and has managed not to pollute the sea waters. One third of Tasmania is an undeveloped National Park full of magnificent forests and wild rivers. Nature has also been very kind to Tasmania. The Huon River, the source pf which begins within the national park is south of Hobart. It is a very wide body of water emptying into the D’Entrecasteaux Channel, which itself is protected by Bruny Island, a 60 mile long island (100 kilometers).
Bruny Island protects the channel waters from the rough Pacific sea waters, providing a calm body of water which is naturally flushed by the pure Huon River waters as well as sea water entering the channel from the north and exiting to the south. It is the perfect environment for salmon farming with the water naturally flushing away any impurities from the salmon farming. The water temperature is perfect for salmon farming.
The salmon industry has only been around in Tasmania for 30 years but it is already an industry worth $537 million USD (AUD $700 million) and soon to be $767.2 million USD (AUD $1billion).
As a percentage of world production, Tasmanian salmon only represents about 1.5%. The biggest players are Norway, Scotland and Chile. Interestingly though, Tasmanian salmon regularly commands the highest price from discerning Japanese buyers. I think that is testament to the quality of Tasmanian salmon.
Tasmanian salmon can be sourced anywhere in Australia and exporting (mainly to Asia) is becoming a bigger driver for these companies as they develop new markets for their products.
You can read more about salmon farming in Tasmania here. And now onto the recipe.
Roasted Salmon with Lemon and Dill
Roasted salmon with lemon and dill is perhaps the simplest dish we have ever featured on Compass and Fork. A preparation time of only 2 to 3 minutes. Or as long as it takes to slice some lemon wheels and drizzling some olive oil over the salmon, lemon and dill. That’s it. A cooking time of 10 to 15 minutes only and basically no washing up. What a perfect combination for a busy lifestyle.
There is no need to complicate this dish as the ingredients speak for themselves and it is just a perfect combination enjoyed all over the world. Simply serve the salmon with creamy, rustic-style, mashed potatoes and roasted asparagus with garlic.