Salmon with Lemon Herb Butter

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You guys know I love to serve salmon as an easy weeknight dinner, but for this particular recipe I knew I had to involve lemons, which seemed only natural. Why lemons? Because this post is in celebration of Liz’s virtual baby shower! Do you know Liz from The Lemon Bowl blog? You probably do because she features the simple, seasonal, and healthy recipes that helped her loose almost 60 pounds! And now her and her husband are eagerly expecting their second child. If baby number two is anything like their son, Asher, they are going to have two adorable boys on their hands!

All of us bloggers celebrating Liz’s virtual baby shower have created recipes surrounding Liz’s blog’s namesake – it’s all about lemons today! I had the pleasure of meeting Liz this past spring on a press trip for Dole to the beautiful Monterey in California (read about that here and here). We got to sit next to each other for dinner one evening where Liz let me peek at her baby monitor app on her phone where we shared a laugh while watching Asher sleep on his tummy with his little bum high up in the air, that way that babies and toddlers love to sleep that looks totally uncomfortable as a full grown human.

Be sure to check out the other amazing bloggers participating in this virtual baby shower down below, they whipped up some amazing recipes!


Salmon with Lemon Herb Butter

Yield: 4 servings


1 stick unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 lemon, zested and juiced
2 tablespoons chopped fresh thyme
2 tablespoons chopped fresh rosemary
2 garlic clove, minced
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
4 salmon fillets, skin on
1 tablespoon olive oil
Lemon wedges for serving, if desired


In a small bowl, combine the butter, lemon zest, lemon juice, thyme, rosemary, garlic, and salt and pepper to taste. Stir until thoroughly combined. Scoop the butter into a mound on a large sheet of plastic wrap. Roll the butter up into the plastic and shape into a log, twisting the ends of the plastic and folding them under to seal. Refrigerate until firm, at least 30 minutes or up to 3 days.

While the butter is chilling, bring the salmon fillets to room temperature. This will ensure they cook evenly and more quickly.

Heat the olive oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Season the salmon with salt and pepper. Cook, skin side down, for about 5 to 7 minutes, depending on the thickness of the fish, until it begins to brown and the flesh turns opaque pink. Gently flip the salmon and continue cooking another 3 to 4 minutes. Do not overcook. Remove the skin before serving by gently peeling off.

Remove the salmon to serving plates. Cut 1/4-inch to 1/2-inch thick rounds of the lemon herb butter and place on top of each piece of fish. Serve with lemon wedges, if desired.

Recipe by Tessa of Handle the Heat




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15 Responses to “Salmon with Lemon Herb Butter”

  1. #
    Caroline @ chocolate & carrots — October 14, 2013 at 3:43 am

    I’m always looking for new ways to enjoy seafood and it never occurred to me to make a butter to change it up! Genius. It was a pleasure bringing goodies to the baby shower with you, Tessa!

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    Gaby — October 14, 2013 at 4:25 am

    Love adding this lemon herb butter to salmon. We all love salmon and I don’t cook it near enough!

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    Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen — October 14, 2013 at 4:26 am

    Your salmon is totally gorgeous! Love the herb butter!

  4. #
    Rachel Cooks — October 14, 2013 at 6:23 am

    This is soooo gorgeous, Tessa!

  5. #
    Sandy Coughlin — October 14, 2013 at 12:29 pm

    It doesn’t get much better than salmon. So glad you could celebrate Liz with us!

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    Meagan @ A Zesty Bite — October 14, 2013 at 12:56 pm

    What a great dish to bring to the party. Salmon is one of my favorites and a good butter on top is the best.

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    Alyssa (Everyday Maven) — October 14, 2013 at 2:38 pm

    We cook a lot of salmon (living in the PNW!) and this butter sounds like a great way to mix it up :)

  8. #
    Liz @ The Lemon Bowl — October 14, 2013 at 4:45 pm

    I love that you remember looking at Asher on the baby monitor!!! You are so sweet… I love when his bum is in the air. :) Thank you so much for this delicious and healthy recipe!! I adore salmon and you’re right, it’s perfect with Lemon!!! xoxoxoxoxo

    • Tessa replied: — October 15th, 2013 @ 11:17 am

      I love babies!! Can’t wait to virtually “meet” your littlest guy when he comes! Hopefully one day I’ll get to meet them both in real life :)

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    Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain — October 14, 2013 at 5:16 pm

    OMG! Salmon with lemon is my soul food. Love this dish, Tessa!

  10. #
    Laurie {Simply Scratch} — October 14, 2013 at 9:02 pm

    *sigh* that salmon is gorgeous and the butter is where it’s AT!

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    Erin @ Texanerin Baking — October 15, 2013 at 11:13 am

    That’s so cute with the baby monitor app! :)

    And oh my goodness. I LOVE salmon. I can’t stand any other seafood but salmon? I’ll happily take a pound. 😀

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    Deborah — October 19, 2013 at 9:28 pm

    This salmon sounds just perfect!!

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    Laura — October 21, 2013 at 7:08 am

    I made this last week and absolutely loved it! I went ahead and made a pound of the butter to keep in the freezer and it made the dish amazing! We will definitely be making this again. Thank you!

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    Helga — December 1, 2013 at 6:59 am

    Hi! Your recipe sounds great! I like also to add dill and tarragon in herb butter.

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