Easy Oven-Baked Salmon With Herbs

whole salmon filet with lemon and herbs
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Total Time 50 min
Prep 5 min, Cook 45 min
Yield 3 servings (230 calories each)

This cooking technique is something of a miracle. The fish bakes at a low heat right on the platter you will serve it on. No pans to wash! You will know it is done when the fish flakes, but it doesn't change color as much because it keeps its moisture -- no more dried-out fish! And it is so flavorful!


  • 1 salmon filet - about a pound
  • 2 - 4 T fresh herbs, chopped (thyme or dill is nice, but anything you like is probably good)
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt (a bit more if kosher, or if fish is skinned)
  • 1 teaspoon oil, if that - you just need a very thin film


I first saw this technique used on this segment of Jacques Pepin's TV show "Fast Food My Way". He does his a bit fancier, by removing the skin. This is not necessary, unless you don't want the unsightly skin hanging around your elegant buffet. The meat lifts right off the skin after it is done.

It is a good idea to run your hand over the filet and make sure there aren't a bunch of bones, but frankly I don't always do that either - I figure people can pick out their own bones.

If you do pick out the bones, it makes it easier if you drape the filet over something convex like a bowl - they stick right out when you position this fish this way.

1. Heat the oven to 200 F. (not a typo)

2. Chop up the herb, and mix it with the salt and pepper. I happen to have lemon thyme in my garden, and it is my favorite for fish, but regular thyme or any herb you like works fine -- even parsley. If you want to use more, that's fine, and sometimes I mix in a a tablespoon or so of sesame seeds.

2. Smear the oil on an oven-proof serving platter, and put the fish on top. If the filet is skinned, put some salt and pepper on both sides, otherwise just put the fish skin side down and season the top. I usually run my oily hand from the platter-smearing over the fish so the seasoning will stick a bit better.

3. Bake for about 40 to 45 minutes, until the salmon flakes (but it will not turn light and opaque as you are used to eating salmon).

You won't believe how good it is.

Serving Suggestion: I usually serve the salmon with a sort of homemade tartar sauce mixing mayonnaise, lemon zest and juice, some of the same herb I used on the fish, capers, and a very small amount of hot sauce.

More About Salmon

Health Benefits of Salmon - includes the special nutrients in salmon, and the differences between wild and farmed salmon.

How to Select and Cook Salmon - with lots of links to low-carb recipes.

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