Salmon Roasted in Butter – does dinner get any better?? This oven baked salmon is super easy to prepare, it’s ready in 20 minutes, and the blend of simple flavors is here are just perfectly satisfying. You can’t go wrong with the combination of salmon, fresh herbs, butter, garlic and lemon. This is one to add to the recipe book!
Salmon is incredibly healthy plus I love the way it tastes so I’m always looking for new ways to prepare it. This recipe does use butter but in my book I’m still going to consider it healthy, I think 1 Tbsp per serving wont hurt anyone. Butter makes everything better, even salmon.
I also love the way fresh herbs pair with salmon. We all know dill is a go-to pairing for salmon, it’s almost like salt and pepper. They’re just made to be together.
However, if dill isn’t your thing you can also replace it with more parsley (I’d recommend adding 4 Tbsp at the beginning of the roasting process vs. adding fresh at the end). Or I think minced fresh basil added at the end would give it a pesto like flavor.
How to Roast Salmon
In my opinion roasting salmon is one of the easiest way to cook it. All you have to do is preheat your oven to a high temperature (here we go with 475). Then place the salmon in a baking dish, add a little fat to coat the salmon (butter, olive oil, etc) then you let it roast in that hot oven until cooked through.
Here we start with skin on salmon fillets so halfway through cooking you remove the fillets, peel the skin off and flip that now skinless side into the herb mixture for to soak up the flavor on that second side. I love that you don’t have to skin salmon first.
I think I’m finally starting to get the hang of skinning salmon (bring on that freshly sharpened knife) but it’s still a step I’d rather skip when I can. And here the oven does the hard part. The skin should easy pull right off after it’s roasted for a few minutes.
The other thing I rarely don’t add to salmon is some sort of acidic ingredient like lemons, limes or a mild vinegar (balsamic, champagne etc). It perfect enhances the mellow flavors of the salmon and leaves you craving that bright flare you often find accompanying it. And here brings a good balance to the fats in the recipe.
So even though it’s only added at the end in the form of wedges or zest don’t omit it. Still a key ingredient.
More Best Easy Salmon Recipes
- Skillet Seared Salmon with Creamy Cilantro Lime Sauce
- Grilled Lime Salmon with Avocado-Mango Salsa and Coconut Rice
- Balsamic Glazed Salmon
- Creamy Salmon Piccata
- Creamy Salmon Piccata
- Pesto Salmon and Italian Veggies in Foil
Salmon Roasted in Butter
A super easy, perfectly tasty salmon recipe, ready from start to finish in 20 minutes! Salmon is roasted in a buttery herb mixture and finished with a slash of lemon juice or a sprinkle of zest (if you love lemon add both!). A simple yet elegant entree perfectly fit for any day of the week!
- 1/4 cup unsalted butter
- 3 Tbsp minced fresh dill
- 4 (6 oz) skin-on salmon fillets (I recommend using thicker fillets)
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 1 tsp minced garlic
- 1 Tbsp minced fresh parsley
- Lemon wedges or lemon zest, for serving
Preheat oven to 475 degrees.
Place butter in small roasting dish, sprinkle dill evenly across. Place in oven and heat until butter has melted and dill is sizzling, about 4 - 5 minutes.
Remove pan from oven and place fillets skin-side up. Return to oven and roast 4 minutes.
Remove from oven and pull skin from salmon (if the skin doesn't pull away roast another 1 - 2 minutes).
Season the now skinless side with salt and pepper then carefully flip fillets and season opposite side with salt and pepper. Sprinkle garlic into melted butter around salmon.
Return to oven and cook to desired doneness, about 3 - 4 minutes longer.
Plate salmon and spoon butter in pan over salmon. Sprinkle with parsley and serve warm with lemon zest or lemon wedges for spritzing.
Recipe source: adapted from NYT