Herbed Salmon

I love being able to have fresh herbs in the garden.  I miss them dearly when it’s winter, and I miss them when they’re without of my reach in Philly.  Herbs turn into a lush ingredient when a store is required for obtainment, and much of the time they’re half dead anyways.  Unless I make it out to a trusty farmer’s market where I can pick my own, I go much of the year without fresh herbs.  Needless to say, I rejoice when I’m home amidst my mom’s luxurious herb quarters in the garden.

While dried herbs often work fine, there’s just something special about using fresh.  Here, they add a subtle, but enriching flavor to my favorite pescetarian item—salmon.  Tarragon adds hints of an anise-like flavor, but cooks into the salmon so as not to add an overpowering licorice flavor.  Dill and lemon also elements of freshness, without drawing too much from the actual flavor of the salmon.  Use a grill or broiler to get a nice crispy exterior, while keeping the center moist.

Herbed Salmon


  • -One lemon, juiced and zested (plus more for garnish)
  • -2 tsp. dill, chopped
  • -2 tsp. tarragon, chopped
  • -1 Tbsp. soy sauce
  • -1 tsp. honey
  • -1 1/2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • -1 lb. salmon


  1. Whisk first 6 ingredients in a medium-sized bowl. Rinse salmon, and wipe dry with paper towels. Pour herb mixture over salmon, making sure the filet is coated on both sides. Cover, and let marinade in refrigerator for at least an hour.
  2. Preheat broiler or grill. Cook salmon for 10-12 minutes, flipping halfway, until middle is medium-rare.
  3. Remove from oven. Garnish with any remaining herbs and lemon wedges.

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  • Reply
    Simply Life
    July 6, 2011 at 7:18 am

    this looks perfect!

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    The Candid RD
    July 6, 2011 at 7:43 am

    I knew this would be a recipe I should make, right when I saw it!! I think if I made this I would have to use molasses instead of honey…do you think that would change things too much? I can’t eat honey, bummer, but everything else is ok for me. I’m always looking for new ways to prepare salmon!

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      Grace@ FoodFitnessFreshAir
      July 6, 2011 at 8:57 am

      I would probably use agave syrup instead because molasses has a pretty strong flavor…could add an interesting twist though!

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    July 6, 2011 at 12:19 pm

    Grace, this is lovely. I’m always looking for new, inventive ways of serving up salmon to my family and tarragon is one of my all-time favourite herbs. Very nice!

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    July 6, 2011 at 12:50 pm

    My favourite meat in the world! Salmon rawks every other fish! Wishing I could reach through the screen and have this for lunch!

    Love your creativity with the herbs!

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    July 7, 2011 at 7:39 am

    I love how simple this is! Sometimes all you need is a few fresh herbs to really MAKE a dish.

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    Wendy Kirby
    July 7, 2011 at 8:13 am

    Salmon is one of my favorite dishes to order when I want to go “light” but I hardly ever make it at home. Your recipe sounds so incredible I may have to try to make this on the grill and serve it with your Garlic Roasted Potatoes with Dill. Pic is gorgeous!

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    July 7, 2011 at 12:09 pm

    I wish I liked salmon, it always looks so good. I may have to try it again. And it’s nice to see someone elses deck table needs a bit of TLC 😀

    • Reply
      Grace Dickinson
      July 7, 2011 at 1:44 pm

      Aw salmon’s my fav. Staining the deck furniture obviously is not haha.

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    marla meridith
    July 7, 2011 at 11:12 pm

    Grace, I am with you. There is nothing like being able to walk outside to collect fresh herbs for a recipe. Recently I bought some pots of them at Trader Joe’s and they have saved my world. It is essential that I try this salmon, looks amazing.

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    July 8, 2011 at 1:25 am

    I’m going to try this… but with either tilapia or cod because that’s what I have in the freezer. xD It looks so good!

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