Staying at a cozy, Alpine cabin in Maine, I decided to go fishing one day and we earned our dinner. In this post, I share my easy salmon recipe.

It was a lot of fun! Through patience and determination, my sister and I caught salmon. You can read about our Fishing Trip at Rangeley Lake here!

Got some fish? Let’s get cookin’. I’ve got a simple recipe for you. 

Planning for your own fishing trip? Check out My Fishing Trip Packing List!  


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[This post was originally posted July of 2020. Updated May of 2022]

Cooking the Fish We Caught on Our Fishing Trip

Geeves sitting on a cooler, proudly holding out the salmon fish she caught
My Salmon was 16″

When we got back home from the fishing trip we took, we made ourselves a delicious Lake to Table dinner.

You can book the fishing charter we used here.

There are so many ways to cook salmon… grilled, baked, pan-fried, pan-seared… (which is my personal favorite). I love my salmon nice and crispy but my sister really loves hers steamed. She’s on a bit of a health kick. So we did it her way.

My sister’s fish was 19″. She beat me!

A Great Fishing Trip in Rangeley Lake, Maine

Spent a relaxing and fun day fishing in Maine. See what charter we booked and what you’ll need to prepare for a fishing trip.

Do Simple Recipes Exist?

Honestly, I looked at a few recipes but the ones I found went into way too much detail and it gave me a headache, lol.

Not gonna lie, I’m not the star of my kitchen unless I’m baking. I find cooking to be fun when I’m playing hostess with a cute charcuterie & cheese board (which is my specialty) or if I’m whipping up some delicious, highly caloric smorgasbord over the Holidays with my mom and sister.

Other than that, cooking is in many ways exhausting for me. Most recipes I find have at least 10 steps and easily over 10 ingredients. What real girl has time for that!? And I’m a 10 Ingredients or less kinda girl. 😉  

But, I worked hard for that fish! Had to wake up at 3 AM to catch it for crying out loud! And I’ll be damned if I’m not gonna cook it myself too.  

So, here is my own simplified version of an easy salmon recipe instead… for the real girl.. and boy. 😉

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Real Girl’s Easy Salmon Recipe

Real Girl Review Tip

Don’t freeze salmon after you catch them or they’ll take on a different taste. Instead, put them in the fridge for up to a few days.

Easy Salmon Recipe

Easy Salmon Recipe

Yield: 2 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes


  • Salmon
  • Olive Oil of your choice
  • Fresh rosemary
  • Lemon slices
  • Chopped garlic
  • Salt
  • Pepper


1. Preheat oven to 375 F (190 C).

2. Stare at your fish right in the face.

geeves holding and staring wide eyed at the salmon fish

3. Pat salmon until completely dry.

4. Using olive oil (or oil of your choice), oil it up and add salt & pepper to taste on both the inside and outside of fish.

5. Stuff fish with fresh rosemary, lemon slices, and a bit of chopped garlic to taste.

stuffed salmon with lemon on a foiled lined baking sheet
stuffed salmon with lemon on a foiled lined baking sheet

6. Wrap the fish in foil, kinda making a foil tent or envelope, and put it in the oven.

7. Check after 20 minutes and continue cooking to your desired temperature.

8. Optional: Break out a bottle of chilled white wine.

Whole salmon cooked and stuff with lemons over a cutting board and a bottle of white wine


Real Girl Review Tip
Don’t freeze salmon after you catch them or they’ll take on a different taste. Instead, put them in the fridge for up to a few days.

How do you like the recipe?

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And there you have it…Winner, Winner, Salmon Dinner.

Hope you enjoy it! Bon appetit!

How Did it Taste?

I thought the flavor of the fish was delicious and because I simplified the steps, it was very easy to cook which made it fun! I enjoyed my salmon with a nice glass of white wine, but that’s up to you!

However, cooking the salmon in foil steamed it a little too much for my preference. Next time, I’ll go back to my way of cooking salmon and pan-sear it for that crispy skin! Oh yeah, babe.

Where are all my crispy salmon lovers out there?! I see you… 😉

a colorful illustration of geeves holding a martini glass and an ice cream

I hope you’ve enjoyed making my easy salmon recipe and that it was a Winner, Winner, Salmon dinner!

What did you think of it? Is there anything you would do differently next time? I would love to know.

Comment below! 😊

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