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Herb and Butter Baked Salmon

Baked or grilled, this salmon is sure to please with its garlic butter, herbs, and a little zing from the red pepper. Serve with fresh roasted vegetables and some quinoa and you have a heart-healthy dinner and a happy body!

I love salmon. Love it. I'm sort of a fiend for it and so weird about it, in fact, that when I eat it I imagine my body being nourished by all the nutrients. Am I strange? I'm pretty positive. But lesson here is that salmon is so so good for you. It's so versatile too! Some olive oil and salt and pepper will do the trick but marinating it to give it different complex flavors just amps it up that much more.

If you follow me on Pinterest, you know I love some good Asian inspired dishes. I don't even know how many salmon recipes I have that involve soy sauce, honey, rice vinegar, and sesame oil. This is a common mixture by the way and most likely to come onto the blog in the near future. Sometimes, however, I am just so not in the mood for another Asian inspired meal. Sometimes to create a wonderful dish you need to go back to the basics. Sweet and simple. What is more traditional and simpler than fish with garlic butter, lemon, and herbs?

In most of my dishes, not all, you will find I love just bringing out the flavor of a certain food, not masking it. Side note, which is why I love simple roasted vegetables because the roasting seems to enhance the flavor of every single vegetable in its own unique way. Salmon has such a wonderful flavor and these simple ingredients really bring it out.

I had to get a picture of my beautiful flowers in there because I mean come on. They're so pretty!


1-1/2 lb sockeye salmon

2 tblsp lemon juice (about 1 juicy lemon)

2 cloves garlic, minced

2 tblsp butter (if doing 21 day fix use use oil such as coconut)

1/2 tsp salt

1/4 tsp ground black pepper

1/4 tsp red pepper flakes

1/4 tsp thyme

1/4 tsp rosemary

1/4 tsp basil


1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with tin foil. Place salmon on the tin foil.

2. In a saucepan over medium heat, add the garlic and lemon juice. Once bubbling, add the butter one tablespoon at a time. Once the butter is completely melted and incorporated, carefully pour over the salmon.

3. Evenly spread the salt, pepper, red pepper flakes, thyme, rosemary, and basil over the salmon.

4. Cover the salmon with tin foil and place into the preheated oven. Cook for approximately 15-20 minutes or until the fish flakes easily with a fork. This will depend on the thickness of the fish. It is completely normal for white "stuff" to appear on the salmon.

5. Serve with your favorite roasted vegetable and some quinoa or rice! Enjoy!

21 Day Fix: Substitute the butter for some oil such as coconut. 1 Red

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