Mediterranean Garlic Butter Baked Salmon Recipe Has Some Surprising Flavors by 30Seconds Food

Mediterranean Garlic Butter Baked Salmon Recipe Has Some Surprising Flavors

If you're looking for healthy ingredients to add to your diet, salmon should top the list. The health benefits of salmon are vast, not to mention the fish is delicious, easy to cook and so versatile. This baked herb garlic butter salmon recipe will be on repeat after one bite.

Start by making a compound butter by stirring together the softened butter, chopped fresh parsley, orange juice, garlic and whole peppercorns. You can also add some Parmesan cheese now, if desired. The salmon fillets are seasoned with salt and pepper and then slathered with the flavored butter. Bake the fish for about 15 minutes and dinner is done.

The orange juice in the butter adds a touch of citrus, while the whole peppercorns add flecks of spiciness. You could omit the peppercorns if you don't want a spicy bite to the salmon. (Read about the health benefits of black pepper.) The butter melts into the fish making it super moist and succulent.

Serve these moist, tasty salmon fillets with your favorite side dishes. We like broccolini, asparagus, brussels sprouts, carrots, green peas, roasted potatoes or quinoa. This recipe could easily be cut in half for dinner for two.

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Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 4


  • 2 pounds salmon fillets
  • 4 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup fresh chopped parsley (or whatever fresh herbs you have)
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tablespoon whole peppercorns
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese (optional)

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Recipe Notes

  • Omit the peppercorns if you don't want spice in the salmon. 
  • Parchment paper keeps the salmon from sticking and helps with cleanup.

Here's how to make it: 

  1. In a bowl, stir together the butter, parsley, peppercorns, orange juice, garlic and Parmesan, if using. 
  2. Season the salmon fillets with salt and pepper and put them onto a parchment paper-covered baking sheet. Spread the butter mixture evenly over all the fillets. 
  3. Bake in a preheated 400-degree F oven for about 15 minutes or until the fish flakes easily. 

Nutrition Facts Per Serving

Calories: 197

Total Fat: 16g

Saturated Fat: 8.6g

Cholesterol: 57mg

Sodium: 190mg

Total Carbohydrate: 4.5g

Dietary Fiber: 0.3g

Total Sugars: 0.7g

Protein: 12.2g

Vitamin D: 8mcg

Calcium: 88mg

Iron: 1mg

Potassium: 241mg

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I love peppercorns on my fish recipes.
Crazy good salmon recipe ready in no time at all!
Elisa Schmitz
Salmon is one of our favorites. Compound butter sounds divine on this delicious recipe!
This was really tasty, I cooked it in a heavy stainless steel skillet and pan seared prior to placing it in the oven....I like crispy done salmon. Next time I will pan sear longer and bake less....
Served with Uncle Ben's wild rice ( how in expensive is that) along with roasted asparagus incorporating the compound butter and parmesan..... Easy, easy, easy delicious...
Now, after chatting about this recipe with an actual Chef, perhaps the parchment paper my work to "crispy-up" the skin as well. Soooooo, I will try that the next time.
Elisa Schmitz
Thank you so much for your great feedback on this delicious recipe, Lizard ! We appreciate the tip, and we’re so glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for being part of our community!

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