Rating: 4.71 stars
305 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 237
  • 4 star values: 50
  • 3 star values: 17
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0

I love the combination of tarragon and Italian parsley, but I've used herbs like basil and thyme, which worked wonderfully as well. As far as the fish goes, a center-cut salmon filet is a perfect thickness for this, but other similarly shaped seafood will work.

Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
cook:
15 mins
total:
25 mins
Servings:
2
Yield:
2 servings
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Ingredients

2
Original recipe yields 2 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Season salmon fillets with kosher salt. Line a baking baking sheet with foil and brush lightly with vegetable oil.

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  • Preheat oven's broiler on high and set the oven rack about 8 inches from the heat source.

  • Process garlic, tarragon, and parsley in a blender or mortar and pestle to form a loose paste.

  • Mix mayonnaise, Dijon mustard, lemon juice, and cayenne pepper into garlic paste until combined.

  • Place salmon fillets skin side down on the baking sheet. Spoon herb spread over the top and sides of each fillet.

  • Cook under the preheated broiler until fillets are well-browned, about 5 minutes. Turn the broiler off and turn the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  • Bake until the internal temperature of the salmon is 130 degrees F (55 degrees C) and salmon flakes easily with a fork, about 3 to 4 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

496 calories; protein 45.1g; carbohydrates 2.3g; fat 33g; cholesterol 132.5mg; sodium 520mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (211)

Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
08/08/2012
This salmon is delicious! I used a wild salmon filet and was worried that the topping would overwhelm the natural salmon goodness, but it only added to it. I minced the garlic and mixed with the other ingredients (no food processesor necessary, imo). I subbed fresh thyme for tarragon, as I did not have any fresh tarragon. I think fresh dill would be great, too. I ended up baking at 400 for abut ten minutes, according to a similar recipe, and it worked out fine, although, I will broil next time for the added browning effect of the topping. I would definitely try this technique with other fish, too. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
07/23/2012
My family has been trying a lot of different salmon recipes recently - and liking them - but unfortunately, this was a thumbs down from all. We just didn't care for the flavor combo. The texture of the fish was perfect, though. Read More
(12)
305 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 237
  • 4 star values: 50
  • 3 star values: 17
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
08/07/2012
This salmon is delicious! I used a wild salmon filet and was worried that the topping would overwhelm the natural salmon goodness, but it only added to it. I minced the garlic and mixed with the other ingredients (no food processesor necessary, imo). I subbed fresh thyme for tarragon, as I did not have any fresh tarragon. I think fresh dill would be great, too. I ended up baking at 400 for abut ten minutes, according to a similar recipe, and it worked out fine, although, I will broil next time for the added browning effect of the topping. I would definitely try this technique with other fish, too. Read More
(43)
Rating: 5 stars
11/29/2012
This was absolutely delicious! I do not like the taste of mayo, so used non fat plain greek yogurt instead. Very tangy and full of flavor. My whole family loved it and deemed the recipe " a keeper"! Will make many times..... Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/08/2014
Absolutely Delightful all I had in hand was flat parsley and dried basil still came out completely fantastic!!! I have been a faithful follower of Chef John recipes and they are easy and delicious that now when my husband and 5 year old want something new I just look up chef john recipes they never fail! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/09/2014
Wonderful Salmon recipe. I used dried tarragon in stead of fresh. One thing I did add was Panko crumbs and freshly grated Parmesan cheese which made it a little more crispy on top. Flavors are wonderful and the left overs the next day were even better. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
07/23/2012
My family has been trying a lot of different salmon recipes recently - and liking them - but unfortunately, this was a thumbs down from all. We just didn't care for the flavor combo. The texture of the fish was perfect, though. Read More
(12)
Rating: 5 stars
07/06/2012
As a novice cook this dish seemed like it would be a challenge but it was pretty easy to put together. Our salmon steak was quite a bit thicker than the 8 oz so we more than doubled the cooking time before the fish was flaking. As far as taste both our picky 4 YO and our autistic 8 YO loved it eating more than an adult serving each. We combined it with a spinach salad with vinegar and olive oil dressing along with some left over potato salad. I accompanied my dinner with some merlot that our neighbor had to get rid of before it went bad. Over all a "perfecto" dinner as my daughter put it. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/19/2012
This recipe is simple and fantastic! I loved using a mortar and pestle too. I will start doing this more often with more herbs. I do believe the mortar and pestle help extract bold flavors. I recommend this recipe to both the seasoned and novice cook! Your taste buds will thank you!!!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/13/2012
an excellent, yet simple, recipe. My kids (2, 4, and 6) ate it very well. I used basil and thyme for the herbs because that's what I had growing outside Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/11/2013
Tasty. Made exactly as is. Read More
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