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Herb-Roasted Salmon Fillets

My roasted salmon is so simple but elegant enough to serve to company. I make it on days when I have less than an hour to cook. The salmon seasoning is an easy way to add flavor. —Luanne Asta, Hampton Bays, New York
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    4 servings


  • 4 salmon fillets (6 ounces each)
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh rosemary or 1 teaspoon dried rosemary, crushed
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons minced fresh thyme or 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper


  • Preheat oven to 425°. Place salmon in a greased 15x10x1-in. baking pan, skin side down. Combine remaining ingredients; spread over fillets. Roast to desired doneness, 15-18 minutes.

Salmon Fillet Tips

How do you get the fishy taste out of salmon?

Fresh fish should be firm and have a mild or nonexistent aroma. While salmon has a stronger flavor than—say, tilapia—it should never smell acrid. To tame that mild fishy flavor, soak your fresh salmon fillet in cold milk in the refrigerator before cooking. The milk won’t soak into the salmon, but the proteins in the milk will bind with the proteins in the fish that create that fishy smell and flavor. After 20 minutes, pat the salmon dry with paper towels and prepare according to your recipe. Discard the milk!

Do you have to wash salmon fillets before cooking?

You don't need to rinse fish before you cook it. Cooking is actually the best way to kill any surface bacteria that may be on the fish. Rinsing fish before cooking increases the chances that bacteria will be splashed in and around your sink and food preparation area.

Is it better to bake or pan-fry salmon?

Baking, frying, poaching, grilling or roasting are all delicious methods for preparing salmon, and personal preference prevails. While some methods are a little lighter on the calories, pan-frying salmon in a teaspoon or two of extra-virgin olive oil is still a healthy option.

What vegetable is best with salmon?

Since salmon cooks pretty quickly, choosing a complementary vegetable is as easy as choosing one with a similar cooking time. Have your steamer ready to add fresh green beans or broccoli while the salmon poaches. If you're grilling, try this Tarragon Asparagus recipe. For a baked option, these Garlic Roasted Brussels Sprouts will roast in the oven while your salmon roasts.

Research contributed by Catherine Ward, Taste of Home Prep Kitchen Manager
Nutrition Facts
1 fillet: 301 calories, 19g fat (4g saturated fat), 85mg cholesterol, 529mg sodium, 1g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 0 fiber), 29g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 4 lean meat, 1 fat.

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  • climbergirl
    Aug 26, 2014

    I really liked this recipe. I did add more garlic than the recipe called for. I also felt like their wasn't quite enough of the spice mixture. Next time, I'll probably either 1.5-times or double the spices for the same amount of fish.

  • climbergirl
    Aug 26, 2014

    We really enjoyed this recipe. I added more garlic than the recipe called for. I felt like the recipe was a little on the small side. I will probably make more of the spice mixture for the same amount of fish next time.

  • spiceygas
    Jan 9, 2014

    I'm indifferent to fish, but my girlfriend really loved this. The spices are a really good combination. I coupled it with some homemade mango-orange noodles, which was a great complement to the herbs.If you like salmon then you'll like this recipe.

  • kimspacc
    Nov 30, 2013

    Quick and easy with a great combination of flavorful herbs.