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Baked Salmon Fillet With Herb Crust

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The herb crust is the secret to this easy salmon recipe.

The herb crust is the secret to this easy salmon recipe.

Baked Salmon Fillet With Herb Crust

A succulent baked salmon fillet, when prepared well, can please the most discerning palate as a fish of choice. Preparation and cooking method will determine how well your salmon fillet will turn out and be received by your guests.

If you need an idea for a quick and easy seafood dinner for your guests, this recipe is for you. Although salmon fillet can be expensive, buying a large cut of fillet is the most economical way to go, yielding enough to serve a small group.

Here's why serving baked salmon, paired with brown rice and steamed broccoli, is a win-win for you and your guests:

  • Easy recipe
  • Quick preparation
  • Ready in under 30 minutes
  • Healthy and delicious
  • Pairing with broccoli and brown rice increases the nutritional value of the meal
The seasonings for this herb-crusted salmon give the dish its amazing flavor and crunch.

The seasonings for this herb-crusted salmon give the dish its amazing flavor and crunch.

Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

20 min

20 min

40 min

5 to 6 servings (4 to 6 ounces per serving)

Ingredients

  • About 2-1/2 to 3 lbs whole salmon fillet, farmed or wild, scaled if skin on
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons Spike-Vegit Low-Sodium All-Purpose Seasoning
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons McCormick's All-Purpose Salt-Free Seasoning
  • 1/4 envelope Sazon (without annato)
  • Less than 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • Less than 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon thyme leaves
  • Dash sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon dill weed
  • Several squirts ReaLemon juice, for rinsing salmon
  • Pam cooking spray, for baking
Raw salmon fillet, sprinkled and sprayed with seasonings, is ready to bake.

Raw salmon fillet, sprinkled and sprayed with seasonings, is ready to bake.

Preparing and Cooking

  1. After scaling the fish (or buy without scales), rinse the fish thoroughly with water, then lemon juice. Rinse again and pat dry with paper towels. Salmon with skin on increases nutritional value and adds to crisper edges and flavor. Add a few more minutes to cook time for skin-on salmon. Coat 12-inch shallow glass baking dish with cooking spray. Lay fillet onto dish. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
  2. Sprinkle fillet generously with garlic powder, sea salt, Sazon, Vegit, ginger, cayenne pepper, and black pepper, shaking evenly over entire fillet. Adjust seasonings to your taste, particularly sodium.
  3. Season next with thyme leaves and McCormick's seasoning evenly over entire fillet. Shake dill weed down the center of the fillet. Spray entire fillet generously with squirts of butter spray, covering well.
  4. Place salmon in preheated oven for 20 minutes (high heat and short cook time are the keys to preparing a juicy, tender salmon). Change setting to broil and add another 5 minutes to quickly brown and "crust" the salmon. Remove carefully from oven as salmon should be very hot and bubbly. Cut into 4-ounce servings (about 2-inches wide). Serve with steamed broccoli and brown rice (Uncle Ben's Instant Brown Rice is quick and very tasty).
Serving suggestion: A healthy plate includes modest portions of salmon fillet, fresh steamed broccoli, and brown rice.

Serving suggestion: A healthy plate includes modest portions of salmon fillet, fresh steamed broccoli, and brown rice.

Health Benefits and Nutritional Value

Salmon is one of the healthiest choices you can make when it comes to seafood. Brimming with omega-3 fatty acids, its nutritional value is far superior to most other fish. However, depending on your choice of farm-raised or wild salmon, nutritional value is debatable. This is primarily due to environmental differences between the two.

Controversial dietary and environmental influences affect the nutritional value of farm-raised salmon. The Environmental Protection Agency recommends eating less than 8 ounces of farm-raised salmon per month. In the end, most nutritionists would concede that, added to a regular diet, both farm-raised and wild salmon have the following health benefits and nutritional values:

Health Benefits:

  • Anti-inflammatory properties
  • Enhanced cognitive functioning
  • Lowered risk of several types of cancer
  • Increased eye health
  • Decreased levels of cardiovascular disease
  • Increased hair and skin health

Nutritional Value:

  • Low in calories and fat
  • High in protein and amino acids
  • Very high in omega-3 fatty acids (aka essential fatty acids)
  • High in Vitamin D (a 4oz serving contains the RDA of VitD, particularly wild)
  • Vitamins B6 and B12
  • Selenium, Niacin, Phosphorus, and Magnesium

Five Favorite Salmon Preparations

Baked Salmon as a Healthy Seafood Dinner

Information Source on Health Benefits

© 2012 Janis Leslie Evans

Comments

Janis Leslie Evans (author) from Washington, DC on January 11, 2016:

Salmon is definitely at the top of my favorites. Glad you find the recipe appealing. Thanks for finding this recipe hub and sharing. Hugs to you, Audrey.

Audrey Hunt from Idyllwild Ca. on January 11, 2016:

Is there anything better than baked salmon? No! Especially good using this delicious recipe of yours. Five stars and sharing.

Janis Leslie Evans (author) from Washington, DC on June 29, 2013:

Thank you very much, glad you liked it. I appreciate the votes. :-)

Brian Dooling from Connecticut on June 29, 2013:

Another great salmon recipe! I actually made something similar last summer but not with as many spices and it was amazing! and of course healthy too! voted up and useful! #happy2years

Janis Leslie Evans (author) from Washington, DC on February 08, 2013:

Hi Thelma, thanks. It melts in your mouth :-) Thanks for stopping by.

Thelma Alberts from Germany and Philippines on February 08, 2013:

Yummy! I love Salmon. I would give it a try. Thanks for sharing. Voted up and more;-)

Janis Leslie Evans (author) from Washington, DC on October 17, 2012:

Thank you so much Break of Dawn for stopping by to read my recipe hub. Im so glad you liked it. Let me know how it turns out. It is really simple.

Break of Dawn on October 17, 2012:

We do eat a lot of salmon here in Sweden, and any new recipe is a warm welcome. This salmon with herb crust sounds just wonderful. Bookmarking and I'll try it out soon. Thank you

Janis Leslie Evans (author) from Washington, DC on October 11, 2012:

You're welcome, glad it caught your eye.

Martin Kloess from San Francisco on October 10, 2012:

Thank you for this great idea.