This herb-stuffed baked salmon amps up the flavor of wild salmon with lemons and a bread stuffing made with sourdough, garlic, mixed fresh herbs such as dill, parsley, oregano, and thyme along with dried chile flakes.
Herb-Stuffed Baked Salmon
- Quick Glance
- 25 M
- 1 H
- Serves 8
Special Equipment: Kitchen string
- For the stuffing
- For the baked salmon
Preheat the oven to 350°F (176°C).
In a food processor, combine the bread, pine nuts, garlic, mixed fresh herbs, and chile flakes until you end up with coarse bread crumbs.
Rinse the salmon and pat it dry. Trim the thin ends and sides to create a neat rectangular shape, reserving the scraps to cook for something else, such as pasta or salad. Rub the salmon, both the skin and the fish, with the oil, salt, and pepper. Cut the rectangle in half to create 2 squarish pieces.
Place 4 lengths of kitchen string (each about 18 inches) on a work surface perpendicular to you and parallel to one another, spacing them about 2 inches apart.
Place half the dill sprigs on the strings, placing the dill perpendicular to the strings. Place a square of salmon on the dill, skin-side down. Place a quarter of the lemon slices along the center of the salmon and then press the bread crumb mixture onto the lemon and salmon. Make another row with 1/3 of the remaining lemon slices along the top of the bread crumb mixture. Place the other square of salmon on top, skin-side up, placing the thick end of the top piece over the thin end of the bottom piece so you get a roughly even thickness all over.
Cover the salmon with the remaining dill sprigs and tie the strings, securing the salmon squares together. Don’t tie the salmon too tightly. You want it just secure enough to hold everything in place.
Generously oil a roasting pan just large enough to hold the salmon. Arrange the remaining lemon slices in the pan and place the stuffed salmon on top of them. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes if you like the salmon to be a little rare in the middle. If you don’t care for salmon this rare, roast it a little longer.
Let the salmon rest for 5 minutes. Transfer it to a platter and cut the strings. Slice the salmon with a sharp knife into fillets—it will fall apart as you do so—and make sure you scoop up ample stuffing and lemon with each fillet. Originally published September 20, 2012.
Recipe Testers' Reviews
Some might read “side of salmon”, “kitchen string” and think uh-oh… complicated. Have no fear. Dragging my food processor out of the pantry to make the stuffing was more complicated then layering said ingredients and tying up this baby.
Oh, and bonus…since it serves 8 we had lunch the next day, too. Cold baked salmon over raw chopped kale salad. Yum!
I found this recipe easy, thoughtful, and delicious. This is a keeper!
What a great way to prepare salmon! As easy as a weeknight meal but nice enough for the weekend.
The ingredient list isn’t complicated and it allows for a little variety in the herbs used. The stuffing came together very quickly in the food processor. I was worried that using so much dill in the dish might be too much, but I was pleasantly surprised to find that it wasn’t overwhelming at all. Rather, it made a nice background to the fish.
My baked fish was done in 30 minutes and letting it rest for 5 or 6 minutes gave me enough time to make a salad. I will definitely make this winner dinner again and might even substitute trout fillets for the salmon next time, making individual servings.