Saturday, May 11, 2013

Salmon in Lemon Butter Sauce

Yesterday, I decided to experiment a bit with salmon, something I hadn't cooked myself before. Fairly quick to prepare and cook. Turned out pretty well, even if I say so myself...


  • 1/3-1/2 lbs salmon
  • 2 Tbsp chopped cilantro (alternative: parsley)
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped (or pressed)
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice
  • Lemon slice (optional)
  • 1 Tbsp butter
  • 1 Tbsp cooking oil (olive oil will probably be better, I just used whatever I had on hand)
  • Salt and Pepper to taste


  • Prepare a marinade by mixing the cilantro, lemon juice, salt, pepper, butter and oil.
  • Cut the salmon however you like. I had 3 smallish slices.
  • Preheat oven to 450 °F.
  • Place the salmon on a foil lined baking tray, skin-side down (the foil prevents the fish from sticking to the tray, and consequently, helps you avoid the intense scrubbing required to clean the baking tray).
  • Pour and spread the marinade over the salmon. Make sure to also apply it on the sides of the salmon pieces. Place the lemon slice on top of the salmon
  • Place in oven for about 10-15 minutes. Do not over-cook - salmon is awesome even if slightly under-cooked.

Enjoy with a side of veggies, mashed potatoes, boiled rice, or even on its own!

Tonight, I'm going test it out with a spicier marinade. May make a new post, or just add to this one...

Update: The spicier marinade was a lot more interesting. Made the following modifications:

  • Replaced 1 Tbsp oil with a bit of extra butter and 1 Tbsp of Sambal Oelek (chili paste).
  • Sprinkled a bit of paprika powder just before baking.

Here's the modified version, with a side of couscous:

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