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Roasted Salmon with Butter

By Mark Bittman

Published November 29, 2018

This is one of those salmon dishes that changes dramatically when you use really fresh fish, since there are really only two ingredients. It’s dead simple, and you can serve it either hot, warm, or at room temperature (which makes it great for entertaining). You can also use trout or scallops (adjust the cooking time depending on their size).

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Roasted Salmon with Butter

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Makes 6 to 8 servings 1x

Time 20 minutes



  • 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) butter
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 salmon fillet (2 to 3 pounds), skin on if you like
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves for garnish


  1. Heat the oven to 475°F. When the oven is hot, put the butter on a rimmed baking sheet and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Put the pan in the oven for the butter to melt, about 1 minute. Watch it the whole time: As soon as the foaming stops, remove the pan.
  2. Put the salmon in the seasoned butter, skin side down, and sprinkle the top with more salt and pepper. Return the pan to the oven.
  3. Roast until the salmon is just cooked through, 8 to 12 minutes. To see whether the fish is done, stick a paring knife between the layers of flesh; the center should be bright pink and still a little translucent. Garnish with the parsley and serve.

— Recipe from How to Cook Everything: The Basics