Salmon Roasted in Butter

Yield: 3 servings Total time: 20 minutes March 21, 2021

Roasted salmon is part of our weekly rotation because it’s easy, everyone in the house likes it, and we’re really comfortable making it. This is the first recipe we’ve found in a while that’s been easier, faster, and more delicious than anything already in our wheelhouse. Serve it alongside broccolini or kale and rice or farro.

Recipe from NY Times Cooking.


  • 3 Tbs. butter
  • 3 Tbs. minced chervil, parsley, or dill
  • 1 salmon fillet, 1 to 1 1/2 pounds
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • Lemon wedges


Preheat the oven to 475º. Place the butter and half the herbs in a cast-iron skillet just large enough to fit the salmon and place it in the oven. Heat about 5 minutes, until the butter melts and the herb begins to sizzle.

Add the salmon to the pan, skin side up. Roast 4 minutes. Remove from the oven, then peel the skin off. (If the skin does not lift right off, cook 2 minutes longer.) Sprinkle with salt and pepper and turn the fillet over. Sprinkle with salt and pepper again.

Roast 3 to 5 minutes more, depending on the thickness of the fillet and the degree of doneness you prefer. Cut into serving portions, spoon a little of the butter over each and garnish with the remaining herb. Serve with lemon wedges.

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