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Salmon with Garlic Dill Butter

Posted by Denise on September 22, 2011

salmon with garlic dill butter on blue plate

Salmon with Garlic Dill Butter is one of the most delicious ways that we eat salmon.

Several years ago, Glenn created the recipe for our wonderful Salmon with Garlic Dill Butter as a new way to prepare fish. Like many other people, we are trying to add more fish to our diets. Both Glenn and Andy love just about any type of fish that we’ve ever tried. When it comes to fish, I’m the picky one. I don’t like a strong fishy taste, which can limit my choices.

Thankfully, I like certain types of fish, especially salmon. And I especially love it when Glenn fixes it like this. Whenever Glenn makes his Salmon with Garlic Dill Butter, I can’t wait for dinner! J

The salmon is baked in the oven, topped with a scoop of butter mixed with garlic and dill. As the fish bakes, the butter melts, spreading the herbs over the salmon and producing a moist, succulent fish dish.

We almost always have salmon in the freezer, but if we see a really nice piece of salmon at the fishmonger’s, we will snap it up. Sometimes, like in the photos shown here, the salmon is not even in thickness. You can see that one part is pretty thin, while another section is thick. If we were to bake the whole piece at once, the thin portion would be overdone and dry by the time the thick part is cooked through, so we cut the thick part away from the thin part. We will start by putting the thick slice in the oven first then when it is partially cooked, we will add the thinner portion to the pan so that they finish together.

Glenn makes up the butter mixture beforehand and lets it cool and get firmer in the refrigerator if we want to impress someone (or take photos for the website!), but many times we mix it up and spread it over the salmon right away. Either way it is de-lic-ious! A tip for slicing through any meat or fish, including the salmon: If you place the raw meat in freezer briefly to allow it to get firm, you can get a really clean cut on it.




Salmon with Garlic Dill Butter

Makes 2-3 servings 

salmon with garlic dill butter ingredients 
These ingredients, along with salmon filets, are all that are needed to make Salmon with Garlic Dill Butter.




2           Tablespoons butter or margarine, softened to room temperature

½          teaspoon garlic powder

½          teaspoon dill, either fresh or dried

1-1 ½   lbs. Salmon filet, boneless






1.    Place first three ingredients in a bowl and stir together. If you are wanting to make nice little scoops with the butter, prepare it a couple of hours in advance and chill it well.


butter in bowl for salmon with garlic dill butter  butter mixture for salmon with garlic dill butter



2.     Turn the oven on to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.


3.    Place salmon filet skin side down on an oven-proof pan. Either spread the butter mixture on the upper side of the salmon or make pretty scoops and place on top of fish. If using salmon pieces of different thicknesses, place the thicker portion in oven and bake for about 10 minutes. Add the thinner piece(s) to the pan and put the pan back in the oven until the salmon is cooked through. The fish should be opaque, slightly firm and flakey. Serve immediately while hot.


different thickness in salmon   showing different thickness of salmon


butter on top of salmon with garlic dill butter


finished salmon with garlic dill butter




salmon with garlic dill butter on fancy plate




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