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Salmon Fillet Easy Herb Crusted Baked for Healthy Seafood Dinner

Updated on March 8, 2017
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Janis loves to post original recipes on occasion, influenced by the creative cooking skills inherited from her mother and aunts.

Salmon Fillet Baked With Herb Crust

Baked salmon fillet is crusted with herb seasonings to give it a crispy outer crust.
Baked salmon fillet is crusted with herb seasonings to give it a crispy outer crust. | Source

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Baked Salmon Fillet With Herb Crust

A succulent baked salmon fillet, when prepared well, can please the most discerning pallet 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. Serving baked salmon, paired with brown rice and steamed broccoli, is a win-win for you and your guests for these reasons:

  • Easy recipe
  • Quick Preparation
  • Ready in under 30 minutes
  • Healthy and delicious
  • Pairing with broccoli and brown rice increases nutritional value of the meal

Health Benefits and Nutritional Value of Salmon

Salmon is one of the healthiest choices you can make for consuming fish. Brimming with omega-3 fatty acids, its nutritional value is far superior to most other fish. However, depending on you 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

Seasoning Combination is the Key to this Recipe

The mix of ingredients for baked salmon with herb crust gives the dish its amazing flavor and crunch.
The mix of ingredients for baked salmon with herb crust gives the dish its amazing flavor and crunch. | Source

Ingredients

  • About 2-1/2 to 3 lbs Whole Salmon Fillet, Farmed or Wild, scaled if skin on
  • Garlic Powder 2 teaspoons
  • Spike-Vegit Low Sodium All-Purpose Seasoning 2 teaspoons
  • McCormick's All-Purpose Salt-Free Seasoning 1 to 2 teaspoons
  • Sazon Packet (w/out annato) 1/4 envelope
  • Cayenne Pepper less than 1/4 teaspoon
  • Black Pepper less than 1/4 teaspoon
  • Thyme leaves 1 teaspoon
  • Sea Salt dash
  • Dill Weed 1/2 teaspoon
  • ReaLemon juice several squirts for rinsing salmon
  • Pam Cooking Spray for baking dish

Salmon Fillet Seasoned and Ready to Bake

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

Cook Time

Prep time: 20 min
Cook time: 20 min
Ready in: 40 min
Yields: Serves 5 to 6 people 4 to 6 ounce pieces of salmon

Preparing and Cooking Baked Salmon With Herb Crust

  1. After scaling (or buy without scales), rinse 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 into 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). Add another 5 minutes on broil 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).

Healthy Salmon Meal Paired With Broccoli and Brown Rice

Serving Suggestion: A healthy plate of salmon fillet includes fresh steamed broccoli and brown rice.
Serving Suggestion: A healthy plate of salmon fillet includes fresh steamed broccoli and brown rice. | Source

Baked Salmon as a Healthy Seafood Dinner

5 stars from 3 ratings of Herb-Crusted Baked Salmon

© 2012 Janis Leslie Evans

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for this great idea.

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      Janis Leslie Evans 4 years ago from Washington, DC

      You're welcome, glad it caught your eye.

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      Break of Dawn 4 years ago

      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

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      Janis Leslie Evans 4 years ago from Washington, DC

      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.

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      Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany

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

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      Janis Leslie Evans 4 years ago from Washington, DC

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

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      Brian Dooling 3 years ago from Connecticut

      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

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      Janis Leslie Evans 3 years ago from Washington, DC

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

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      Audrey Hunt 15 months ago from Nashville Tn.

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

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      Janis Leslie Evans 15 months ago from Washington, DC

      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.

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