Slow Roasted Salmon with Shallots, Dill, Tarragon and Parsley

I first made this salmon as part of a recipe for Wild Salmon Salad with beets, potato, egg and mustard vinaigrette from Sunday Suppers at Lucques, by Suzanne Goin.  Excellent dish, and I’ll post that whole recipe soon.  But her method of roasting salmon in a slow oven over a pan of water became one of my favorites. It’s quite foolproof and great straight out of the oven but also at room temperature or even cold.


2 pounds wild salmon, skin on, bones removed

1 lemon

1/2 cup finely diced shallots

2 tablespoons minced fresh dill

2 teaspoons minced fresh tarragon

1/4 cup minced flat-leaf parsley

kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

Remove the salmon from the refrigerator 30 minutes before cooking to bring it to room temperature. Preheat the oven to 250 degrees and place a shallow pan of water on the bottom rack.

Finely grate the zest of the lemon until you have 1 teaspoon.  Combine the lemon zest, shallots, dill, tarragon, and parsley in a small bowl, and stir in 2 tablespoons olive oil.

Place the salmon, skin side down, on a baking sheet and season with 2 teaspoons kosher salt and some freshly ground black pepper.  Smear about a third of the herb mixture on the fish and turn it over.  Slather the skin side of the fish with the remaining herb mixture and season with a little more salt and pepper.

Place the salmon on a wire rack set on a baking sheet, or in a roasting pan.  Bake the salmon about 25 minutes, until medium rare, or medium. To check if the salmon is done, peek between the flakes.  If it doesn’t separate into flakes, it’s not ready yet.



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    Chris Lewis
    October 13, 2017 at 1:21 pm

    this was a great recipe! i will only say that my 1-1/2lb piece of salmon took more than twice the recommended cooking time, but it still came out moist and flavorful. i’ve filed it away in my recipe software and have put it on the menu for thanksgiving (i have a couple of attendees who don’t eat pork so i like to have a ham alternative on the menu).

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    March 19, 2014 at 10:35 pm

    this was absolutely amazing! Thank you for the great recipe. My family was amazed and we will never cook salmon any other way again!

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    Meghan (@MeghanRoseO)
    October 22, 2013 at 4:53 pm

    This was so good! I used rosemary instead of tarragon and it was lovely. Really easy to make, 25 minutes was perfect.

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    March 16, 2013 at 10:40 pm

    LOVE salmon. Salivating right now.

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    Chung-Ah (@damn_delicious)
    March 9, 2013 at 10:53 pm

    Love the flavor combo in this!

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    March 9, 2013 at 1:35 am

    It looks delicious and I look forward to trying this slow roasting method. Thanks for sharing.

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