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5 from 2 votes

Herb Butter Salmon

This easy herb butter salmon is made with fish that's broiled until tender and topped with a homemade herb and citrus compound butter.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Diet: Gluten Free
Servings: 2 people
Calories: 377kcal


Herb Butter:

  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 tablespoons diced chives or tarragon leaves Use fresh herbs, not dried
  • 1 orange, zested (zest only)
  • teaspoon sea salt


  • 8 ounce salmon (2 fillets)
  • pinch sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon avocado oil Or use another high-smoke point oil, such as canola


  • Put softened butter in a small bowl and beat with a rubber spatula.
    Add the chives (or tarragon), orange zest, and salt. Beat again until the herbs are completely covered with butter.
    Place the butter in the fridge while you prepare the salmon.
    Beat Herbs Into Butter
  • Move an oven rack to about 4" away from the broiler. Preheat broiler to high.
    Pat salmon dry and sprinkle lightly with salt.
    Brush oil in an oven-safe pan or baking sheet. Place the salmon skin-side down in the pan.
    Slide the pan into the oven.
    Broil salmon for 6-8 minutes per 1" thickness, or until the fish is opaque and easily flakes apart with a fork.
    Do not flip the fish halfway through cooking.
    Add Salmon to an Oiled Pan
  • When the salmon is done cooking, remove it from the oven.
    Top the fish with as much of the herb butter as you want and serve immediately.
    If you have leftover butter, refrigerate it and use within a week.
    herb butter salmon in the pan after cooking


Softening Butter: To soften butter, leave it at room temperature for at least an hour.  To soften quickly, microwave for about 15 seconds.


Calories: 377kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 31g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Cholesterol: 108mg | Sodium: 430mg | Potassium: 556mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 701IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 19mg | Iron: 1mg