I’ve been experimenting with seafood dishes lately and came up with this recipe for salmon with herbed butter. Sometimes I feel like I’m going to turn into a chicken as much as I eat, just check out my index on the blog and you’ll see a million wonderful chicken dishes, I’m always trying to come up with some new way to prepare it. But I don’t have many go-to recipes for seafood.
What temperature should you cook Salmon to
The first thing I’ve learned is that using a meat thermometer will help. For salmon, 145º is my preference. I love salmon so that’s what I’ve been experimenting with lately. I came up with a great method for cooking it by rubbing the salmon with a little butter first then topping it with panko. The texture is great but I thought it needed more herbs to boost the flavor.
When I heard about Epicurean’s seasoned butters, I was a little skeptical as to whether it would be worth it to purchase already seasoned butter. How hard is it to add my own seasonings to butter. However, I love butter and was willing to try theirs out.
How do you make salmon with herbed butter
Step 1: Start by spreading herbed butter over the salmon. I decided to try the Tuscan Herb butter to rub on the salmon and add to the panko mixture.
This was just what my salmon recipe needed. It transformed this dish from a good dish to a fabulous one. The herbed butter had just the right proportion of butter to herbs so that the salmon itself was infused with flavor. The butter that I added to the panko along with some fresh basil and lemon zest was just the right combination.
While I could have added herbs to butter and then rubbed it on the salmon, that’s an extra step that first requires me to have a variety of fresh herbs on hand and the forethought to make the herbed butter ahead of time. For a weeknight meal, that’s just one step too many.
I tried to find this at Whole Foods and Harris Teeter in Greensboro but they don’t carry it yet. Hopefully you can find it in your area, if not you can order it on line. Let me tell you, this salmon is so awesome, that it’s worth ordering the butter on line just to use for this recipe. You can keep it in the freezer until you need it or use it on corn on the cob. I love that this is a boutique butter company.
Need more weeknight meal ideas
- Try parmesan crusted chicken fingers that are so much better than take out
- Queso chicken is super simple to make
- Don’t want to clean up, try a one pot chicken and rice dish
- Try breakfast for diner and make a baked apple pancake
Salmon with Herbed Butter
- 1 lb salmon fillets
- 3 tablespoons tuscan herbed butter softened and divided
- ⅓ cup panko breadcrumbs
- 1-2 tablespoon fresh basil chopped
- 1 lemon lemon zest
- salt and pepper
- 1 cup cherry tomatoes sliced in half
- Preheat oven to 425º. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Place salmon on the prepared baking sheet and coat with 1 1/2 tablespoons of the herbed butter. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
- In a small bowl, combine panko, fresh basil, lemon zest and salt and pepper. Melt 1 1/2 tablespoon of herbed butter and add to the panko mixture, stirring to combine. Pat panko mixture on top of buttered salmon. Place tomatoes around the salmon and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
- Bake for about 20 minutes or until meat thermometer registers 145º and top is golden brown.