Herbed Salmon


With a fragrant blend of herbs and bright lemon, this beautifully simple dish allows the naturally sweet-richness of salmon to sing. When buying fresh fish, pay close attention to the smell. Fresh salmon should smell slightly sweet, and a little salty, like clean sea-water. If it smells "fishy" at all, it has turned, and is not safe for consumption.

Herbed Salmon
Photo: Andy Lyons
Prep Time:
15 mins
Bake Time:
3 mins
Total Time:
18 mins


  • 1 pound skinless salmon fillet, cut into 4 portions

  • 1 lemon

  • 1 tablespoon snipped fresh dillweed

  • 1 tablespoon snipped fresh tarragon or lemon thyme

  • 1 tablespoon snipped fresh Italian (flat-leaf) parsley or bias-sliced chives

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 2 tablespoon butter, softened

  • Lemon peel and fresh herbs (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Rinse fish; pat dry. Shred 1 teaspoon of peel from lemon; set aside. Cut lemon in half; juice half the lemon. In a small bowl combine lemon peel, snipped herbs, salt, pepper, and butter; stir to combine. Spread evenly on the salmon.

  2. Heat a 12-inch nonstick oven-going skillet over medium heat. Add salmon, herb side down. Cook for 3 minutes or until golden brown. Turn salmon; pour lemon juice over salmon. Place pan in oven and bake for 3 to 7 minutes or until salmon flakes easily when tested with a fork.

  3. Transfer salmon to serving plates; drizzle with pan juices. Top with additional shredded lemon peel and snipped fresh herbs.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

294 Calories
21g Fat
3g Carbs
24g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 294
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 21g 27%
Saturated Fat 7g 35%
Cholesterol 78mg 26%
Sodium 401mg 17%
Total Carbohydrate 3g 1%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 24g
Vitamin C 27.8mg 139%
Calcium 30.3mg 2%
Iron 0.7mg 4%
Potassium 467mg 10%
Folate, total 32.3mcg
Vitamin B-12 3.7mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.8mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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