Salmon is an extremely versatile fish that is always a welcome addition to any dinner table. This succulent, flavoursome fish can be served in a variety of ways, but we think a delicious oven-roasted fillet coated in a tangy lemon and herb butter is a true classic.
Best of all, you can prepare this entire dish with minimal prep, no mess and without needing to stray from your range cooker. The relatively fast cooking time also makes this an ideal dinner party main course. With the salmon taking care of itself in the oven, you will be able to spend more time entertaining your guests.
Ingredients (to serve 4)
4 salmon fillets – Look out for fresh, skin-on fillets of sustainably sourced salmon from your supermarket or local fishmonger
Salt and pepper
For the sauce:
1 small shallot, chopped
Half a glass of dry white wine
3 tablespoons of lemon juice
4-6 tablespoons of butter – the sauce will work best if the butter is cold when added
Generous pinch of herbs – flat leaf parsley or dill will work well here
For the accompaniments:
Jersey Royal new potatoes
Asparagus – around 4 stems per guest should do nicely
Cooking the salmon
Roasting the salmon is a much healthier cooking method than pan frying, and will really allow you to lock in all that lovely flavour.
First, pre-heat the oven to 220C (gas mark 7). While you’re waiting, pat the salmon dry and place it on a lined baking sheet. Our Bake-O-Glide oven tray liners are ideal for this job – they fit any Britannia oven and greatly reduce the amount of cleaning you’ll have to do later.
Lightly coat each fillet in oil, then sprinkle over some salt and pepper. Place each fillet skin-side down on the tray and put them in the oven. The standard guideline for cooking salmon fillets is around 5mins for each half-inch of thickness.
To check if your salmon is done, test one of the fillets to see if it flakes easily when forked – don’t worry about spoiling the presentation, you can have the test fillet so everyone else can enjoy the full visual spectacular! If it’s still sticking together, it probably needs a little longer.
Preparing the lemon and herb butter
This is a straightforward sauce that uses simple ingredients to great effect. Add the shallots, wine and lemon juice to a small saucepan and bring to the boil, before simmering for around 5 minutes.
At this point, start adding the butter slowly, a little at a time. You’re looking for a smooth, velvety texture here. Once this is achieved, add your herbs and seasoning and set aside.
When it comes to presenting the dish, you may wish to simply pour the sauce over the fish, or alternatively you could serve it in small jugs to add an extra visual element to the plate.
What can you serve with your salmon?
For this dish, new potatoes will complement the salmon and sauce very nicely indeed. Jersey Royals are one of the most popular varieties in the UK, so you should have no trouble finding these at the supermarket.
Simply boil them in a pan of salted water for around ten minutes, or until tender. The potatoes will go nicely with your lemon and herb butter too, so you may wish to pour a little of the sauce over these as well.
If you’re looking for vegetables, asparagus is a classic salmon accompaniment that is nutritious and easy to prepare. The tender stems will add bite to the dish and provide a pleasing textural contrast alongside the soft fish and potatoes.
Better still, the asparagus can be roasted in the oven at the same temperature as your fish, so just drizzle a little olive oil over the trimmed stems, season with salt and pepper and roast for 15mins.
And there you have it. A simple, delicious salmon dish that is sure to leave people with smiles on their faces. Now you just need to worry about dessert!