Baked Salmon and Wilted Spinach with Meyer Lemon Butter Sauce

A bucket of Meyer lemons for $2.00. I had to buy this delicious fruit for that price, and though I have my own dwarf Meyer lemon tree, it’s still too small to produce many lemons. I decided to use them to created a simple Meyer lemon butter sauce, to serve on salmon and spinach for a tasty low carb, meatless meal.

Meyer Lemon Butter Sauce

Meyer lemon butter sauce on baked salmon and wilted fresh spinach.

This meal is a great option for those of you who practice fasting from meat during lent. It’s also low carb, and high in protein for a healthy, yet hearty entree.

Baked salmon with sliced of Meyer lemon.I often bake salmon with slices of lemon, My sister-in-law marinates her salmon in orange juice and soy sauce. So when I found myself with several Meyer lemons, I decided to pick up some salmon and use them to flavor the fish. A Meyer lemon, you see, is a cross between a lemon and a mandarin orange. They are very juicy, smaller than a regular orange, and much sweeter than a lemon, but still on the tart side.

Sauted fresh spinach leaves until just wilted.For a healthy side I simply wilted some spinach in a pan with a little oil, salt and pepper. I think this high protein veggie pairs well with citrus flavor too.

A plate of wilted spinach and salmon with meyer lemon butter sauceA little grated Meyer lemon zest adds a punch of flavor and a pretty accent to the plate.

Meyer lemon butter sauce served with wilted spinach and baked salmon.Drizzle some of the sauce on the salmon and the spinach, and serve on the side for seconds, or those who just want a little bit more.

Here’e the recipe:

Meyer lemon butter sauce on baked salmon and wilted fresh spinach.

Baked Salmon and Wilted Spinach with Meyer Lemon Butter Sauce

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 2 -4


  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 1 pound fresh salmon fillet
  • 12 oz fresh spinach
  • 1 Meyer lemon slicedMeyer Lemon Butter Sauce
  • 1 clove garlic grated
  • 4 tablespoons butter 1/2 stick
  • 1/2 c fresh Meyer Lemon Juice 2-3 lemons
  • zest of one Meyer Lemon
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees
  2. Spray a glass pan with cooking spray
  3. Add salmon and drizzle with olive oil and a little salt and pepper
  4. Slice the Meyer lemon and arrange on top of the salmon.
  5. Bake for 20-25 minutes.
  6. Saute the spinach in 1 tablespoon of olive oil on medium heat until just wilted. (about 3-5 mins)
  7. Season with salt and pepper and set aside.
  8. Melt 1 tablespoon of butter on medium heat.
  9. Add garlic and stir
  10. Add remaining butter, stir.
  11. Once butter is melted whisk in Meyer lemon juice and zest.
  12. Add a little salt and pepper.
  13. Turn heat to low and simmer for 5 minutes.
  14. Drizzle over salmon and spinach and serve the remaining sauce on the side.
  15. Refrigerate for up to 2 weeks.


About Patti Estep

Patti is the creator of Hearth and Vine, a home and garden blog filled with projects to inspire your creative side. She loves crafting, gardening, decorating and entertaining at her home in Pennsylvania. When she is not working on a project at home or searching for treasures at nurseries and thrift stores with her girlfriends, you’ll probably find her with family and friends, at a restaurant, or home party enjoying new and different food adventures.

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  1. Oh Patti you just shared one of my favorite meals. My dad was a fisherman in Puget Sound (WA) and so I grew up eating fresh salmon which then I couldn’t stand. When I moved away and didn’t have access to it anymore I actually started craving it again and my husband loves it.. You got it right with the lemon and baking or even grilling outside is the best way to serve it. Sometimes I even add a little shaved garlic and butter with the lemon. This makes me hungry..

    • Hi Carole,

      Shaved garlic and butter sounds like an excellent idea. Definitely trying that next time.
      Thanks for the great idea and for stopping by,

  2. Great recipe. I love Meyer lemons and right now my tree is full of ripened Meyers. I think they are the best and especially good with salmon.

    Your pictures are always wonderful also.
    Thank you.

    • Hi Cathy,

      Lucky you to have so many lemons. My dwarf Meyer Lemon is just starting to bloom which means I won’t have any new lemons for a while. That’s why I was so excited to buy them. I especially love how juicy they are. Thank you for your kind words about my photos. It’s been a fun thing to learn as part of this whole blogging business.
      Have a great week,

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