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Lime, Dill and Garlic Crusted Salmon with Orange-Garlic Honey Sautéed Spinach

Today is our wedding anniversary but on this day we also celebrate the Liberation of Athens from the Nazis (12 October, 1944).

Now, the EU and especially the Germans are back with a second occupation, this time economic and are quickly leading the Greek people to poverty by imposing austere measures which are beyond any imagination: 30% decrease in salaries and pensions, imposing of taxes, more taxes and more  to come. With lower revenue and a stagnating economy, how will Greece begin to grow again?

We really love salmon and have it in our diet at least a few times a month. Don’t know for how long but as long as we can afford it we try to enjoy it. Each time I like to try different flavours so this time I was inspired by a previous recipe I made, where I made a Lime & Dill Pesto.

The recipe takes very little time to prepare, marinate and cook. You basically marinate the fish and cooking doesn’t take more than fifteen minutes, et voila, a delicious recipe which is also a super healthy dish that is very light and good for your heart as well.

I have written many times in my other blog about The Mediterranean Diet and have listed a lot of Healthy recipes, including salmon dishes..

Here are a few facts about Omega-3 Fats…

  • Regulate blood sugar levels and fat burning
  • Prevent heart disease
  • Are being prescribed for depression, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia
  • Help to prevent diabetes
  • Deficiency in children is linked to dyslexia, poor motor skills and ADHD
  • Deficiency in teens makes them more prone to anger, hostility, and violence.

but if you want to learn more, you can read a detailed article here.

Lime, Dill & Garlic Crusted Salmon

Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 10 minutes + 5 minutes
Serves: 5 – 6


3 salmon fillets
2 tbsp olive oil
3 tbsp Lime & Dill pesto

1 cup dried breadcrumbs
2 tbsp mixed spice mixture


Preheat oven at 180oC / 350o F.

Wash fillets and pat dry. Place in a bowl together with the pesto and rub the fillets.

Mix the spices with the salt, breadcrumbs and bread the fillets

Heat olive oil in a sautéing pan skin-side down, for about 5 minutes, until the skin is golden brown and crisp and then turn on the other side for 5 more minutes.

Place in the oven and bake for 5 minutes or until it flakes.

I served it with Jacket Potatoes, Skordalia and Orange-Garlic Honey Spinach.

Note: If you frying pan cannot go in the oven remove it to a baking tin before baking.

(If you like you can also bake the fish directly in the oven).

Orange-Garlic Honey Sautéed Spinach, recipe by Ivy


1 tablespoon olive oil
1 clove garlic
200 grams Spinach
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1/3 cup fresh orange juice
1/2  tsp honey


Heat the olive oil in a non stick frying pan. Add the garlic and cook over moderately high heat, stirring, until fragrant, about 2 minutes. Add the spinach and toss to coat and cook until the spinach is wilted, about 2 minutes.

Dissolve honey in orange juice and add to the spinach.   Season with salt and pepper, cover with lid and cook for another 5 minutes.


Kopiaste and Kali Orexi,

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23 Responses

  1. That dish looks so good!

    I am ever so sorry to hear about the situation in Greece! So sad.




  2. Πες τα!!
    We will survive Ivy!!

    Wonderful dish, I love salmon. I also like your side dish of spinach. I always try to find new ways to enjoy my greens.

    Happy anniversary to both of you Ivy!! Να ζήσετε!

  3. Happy Anniversary to the lovely couple…..awesome recipe….

  4. Mmmmm love this Ivy! I don’t care if it’s diet food or not I could eat this all the time. Salmon is one of my favorites and I love your lime dill pesto – screams summer. I got to try your spinach recipe too…mmm honey, baby!

  5. Happy anniversary! Tasty and healthy recipe, it is making my mouth water. I do hope the situation can improve for Greece. The view that some people have of the situation is heavily influenced by those making the decisions because of their wealth and power and it is all too easy to forget how much the average person suffers.

  6. First, many wishes for your wedding anniversary. Congratulations on the delicious recipe that you have proposed. I love salmon. Surely I’ll copy the recipe. A big hug to you and your husband

  7. Ivy

    Thank you very much my friends for your wishes and kind comments.

  8. Ivy, your meal is gorgeous…love how you prepared the salmon…so tasty.
    Hope you are having a great week 🙂

  9. Happy Anniversary. My parents´anniversary was on the 07/08/2011. Ivy congradulations! You really lost weight!! You look wonderfull!! (Demetris too :-)!!) I will not comment on the financial situation in Greece because I believe that only God can change things over there, but I will comment on your recipe. Delicious as always! I like the honey addition in the ingredients.

  10. Eri

    i love this recipe Ivy, the combination Salmon – spinach is addictive!
    I really hope Greeks will get over these problems soon enough.. Courage!


  11. Happy Anniversary! What a delicious meal. The pesto on the salmon sounds fantastic.

  12. Happy Anniversary, dear Ivy!

  13. rana

    i am so glad to find your website, found it while searching for tahini muffin recipe. and now i can’t stop looking at your blog! happy anniversary and greetings from young arab american looking forward to trying your recipes!

    • Ivy

      Hi Rana, glad to meet you.

  14. Happy happy aniversary to the lovely couple =) I wish you many more happy years! Also this plate looks healthy and very delish Ivy good since I’m also trying to eat healthy – not dieting anymore since I’m pregnant. But to answer your question you asked on my blog I did manage to lose 25kg since Jan and even being pregnant have kept it off. Happy days to you Ivy!

    • Ivy

      Congratulations Heni for being pregnant and losing 25 kilos, wow, that is an achievement.

  15. A very very happy anniversary! And what a delightful, flavorful, fabulous meal! I love love the fish and the spinach!

  16. Leo

    You are a wonderful couple. Wish a very happy Marriage Anniversary. May this day bring more happiness than ever. I loved Orange-Garlic Honey Sautéed Spinach as it is very healthy. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  17. Rosalia

    Congratulations to the wonderful couple on their marriage anniversary. Cooking together is romantic and fun. Loved both the recipes and will make them for my husband. Thanks for sharing them here! Have a great life!

    • Ivy

      Hi Rosalia. Glad to meet you and thank you so much for your wishes. I passed from your blog but was unable to leave a message. Hope to see you again.

  18. Happy anniversary,Ivy! I love salmon and that dish looks delicious….The spinach dish flavors sounds amazing!

  19. Emma Blanchard

    A very very happy anniversary! Happy Anniversary to the lovely couple…..awesome recipe…. May this day bring more happiness than ever. Congratulations to the wonderful couple on their marriage anniversary.

  20. Adam

    I like this recipe, especially because one of the ingredients is honey. The benefits of healthy eating can be exciting, help us lose or maintain our weight and really make us feel happier. Honey Recipes will make your mouth water just as mine does when inventing more dishes to tempt my family.