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Oven-roasted salmon fillets in a golden sea salt-infused butter sauce with fresh oregano and parsley, an impressive yet easy-to-make dinner! Not only is this oven-baked salmon satisfying and delicious, but it’s also a 20-minute meal that’s packed with protein. Serve your roasted salmon with asparagus and a lemon wedge for a complete, elegant meal that’s sure to impress!
Salmon is a powerhouse fish! It has so many health benefits and is a great source of protein. This recipe for oven-baked roasted salmon fillets is an easy, yet impressive way to serve salmon. The sea salt butter herb sauce is made with fresh oregano and parsley and gives the salmon fillets a beautiful flavor. The butter really makes this recipe! Not only does it add flavor and help infuse the herbs into the salmon, but it also helps to keep the fillets moist and juicy.
why you’ll love this baked salmon with herb butter
- Buttery, but not overpowering. You get the flavor of the butter and fresh herbs without it being oily or greasy.
- Healthy and packed with protein! Salmon is a great source of omega-three fatty acids, which are great for your heart health.
- Quick and easy. This recipe only takes 20 minutes from start to finish, making it a great weeknight meal option.
- Easily doubled for large families. You can easily double the recipe if you’re feeding a larger crowd without any additional work.
Ingredients to make roasted salmon fillets
- Salmon: Try to use salmon fillets that are all the same size, so they cook evenly. I used skin-on salmon for this recipe, but you can use skinless salmon if you prefer.
- Butter: When the recipe title includes the word butter, you know you have to use the best butter to fully appreciate the flavor it lends to the dish. That’s why I use my favorite butter – Danish Creamery Sea Salted Premium Butter. This butter is made with high-quality cream and a touch of sea salt for a richer, creamier flavor and adds just a hint of sweetness to the roasted salmon.
- Fresh herbs: Oregano and parsley are my herbs of choice for this recipe, but you could also use thyme or dill. Use fresh herbs if you can, as they have much better flavor than dried herbs.
- Fresh garlic: Garlic adds an earthy sweetness to the roasted salmon. I like to use fresh garlic, but you can also use garlic powder if that’s what you have on hand.
- Seasoning: A simple sprinkle of salt and pepper rounds out the flavor of the herb butter.
- Asparagus: I love serving roasted salmon with asparagus. It’s a classic combination and the perfect side dish for this recipe.
- Lemon wedge: Serve with lemon for a bit of acidity and brightness. You can cut them into wedges or wheels for presentation.
How to make Oven Baked Salmon
When I say this recipe is easy, I mean it! Prep time takes a whopping 5 minutes, and then the oven does the rest of the work. Here’s how you make it:
Prepare the herbed butter sauce
- Place the butter in a baking dish and set it in the oven.
- Remove the dish from the oven once the butter is melted.
- Add the parsley, oregano, garlic, and pepper, and toss to combine.
Bake the salmon
- Carefully place the salmon fillets in the dish, and use a brush to spread the butter herb mixture on top of the salmon.
- Roast until the salmon is cooked to your desired doneness. Spoon any remaining butter sauce over the salmon.
Tips for making the best baked salmon
- Don’t worry about melting the butter in advance. It’s so much easier to just melt the butter in the baking dish for a few minutes to make it more efficient and grease the dish before adding the salmon to it.
- Be careful not to overcook the salmon. You can cook it to your desired doneness, but I recommend no more than 10 minutes and/or 145°F internal temperature. If you want to get a bit more color on your salmon, you can broil it for the last minute or so. Just keep a close eye on it, so it doesn’t overcook!
- Use a good quality butter. The cream used to make butter can make all the difference in taste! Danish Creamery is known for producing high-quality butter from the fresh cream provided by cows grazing on its family farms.
- Rinse your herbs before using them. This will help to remove any dirt or debris that may be clinging to them. Even organic herbs hid small insects and debris!
popular substitutions & additions
- Switch out the veggie. Asparagus roasts beautifully with salmon in this recipe, but if you prefer another vegetable, try green beans, broccoli, or zucchini.
- Switch up the herbs. You could use any combination of herbs that you like. I’ve also made this recipe using dill and thyme – both were delicious!
- Add a bit of heat. A sprinkle of red pepper flakes or cayenne would be a nice addition if you like things spicy.
what to serve/pair with your butter Roasted Salmon
- Basmati Rice
- Lemon Rice
- Classic Creamy Risotto
- Smashed Herbed Potatoes
- Veggie Rice Salad
- Lemon Pasta with Ricotta
- Cherry Tomatoes Pasta
- Skillet Dinner Rolls
how to store & reheat roasted salmon fillets
If you have any leftover salmon, store it in an airtight container in the fridge.
When you’re ready to eat it, reheat it in a 350°F oven until just warmed through. Any more than that, you risk drying out the fillets.
how long will Baked Salmon last in the fridge?
Cooked salmon will last in the fridge for up to three days. After that, it’s best to freeze it.
can I freeze baked salmon?
Yes! Roasted salmon freezes beautifully. Just make sure to wrap it tightly in plastic wrap or place it in a freezer-safe container. Frozen salmon will last for up to three months.
When you’re ready to eat it, thaw the salmon overnight in the fridge and then reheat it in a 350°F oven until just warmed through.
Frequently asked questions
The best way to tell if salmon is cooked is to use a digital cooking thermometer. The internal temperature of the fish should be between 145°F – 160°F.
You can use either frozen or fresh salmon for this recipe. If you are using frozen salmon, make sure to thaw it overnight in the fridge before cooking.
Yes, you can use any type of fish that you like. Just keep in mind that cooking times will vary depending on the thickness of the fillets.
This oven-baked salmon recipe is easy to follow and perfect for a quick weeknight meal. The delicious butter herb sauce adds a flavorful touch, while the asparagus provides a nice earthy flavor. Enjoy!
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Roasted Salmon in Butter
- Preheat the oven to 425˚F. Place the butter in an 8 x 11-inch baking dish and set in the oven for 5 minutes, until the butter is melted.
- Remove the dish from the oven, add the parsley, oregano, garlic and pepper, and toss to combine. Carefully place the salmon fillets in the dish, and use a brush to spread the butter herbed mixture on top of the salmon.
- Roast for 8-10 minutes, or until the salmon is cooked to your desired doneness.
- Spoon any remaining butter sauce over the salmon and serve with more fresh parsley and lemon slices.
Nutrition information provided is an estimate. It will vary based on cooking method and specific ingredients used.