5 Ingredients or Fewer


March  5, 2014
3 Ratings
  • Serves 4 but multiplies easily
Author Notes

This recipe was told to me during a spinning class several years ago. A friend on the next bike told me how much her young children enjoyed eating this salmon and how you just smear it with a bunch of herbs and butter to cook it. I have been making it ever since and it is as easy as it sounds - just smear and broil. Mustard, herbs, and salmon is a great combination. Note: I have honed in on a nice combination of fennel, basil, chervil and marjoram, but the salmon is also nice with premixed herbs (making things extra easy). —Waverly

What You'll Need
  • 1.25 pounds salmon fillet
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/2 teaspoon fennel seeds
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried chervil
  • 1 teaspoon dried marjoram
  • 1 teaspoon dried dill
  • sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  1. SMEAR: Preheat the broiler. In a small bowl, whisk the mustard with the butter until it is combined. In another small bowl, combine the dried herbs. Place the salmon, skin-side down, on a broiling pan and season it to taste with the salt and pepper. Sprinkle half of the herb mixture over the salmon in an even layer. Using your fingers or a brush, cover the salmon with the butter and mustard mixture. Sprinkle the remaining herbs in an even layer on top.
  2. BROIL AND SERVE: Place the salmon in the oven about 1-inch from the heating element. Broil until the herb mixture is browned on the top and the salmon is cooked through, about 7-12 minutes depending on the thickness of your fillet.

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Waverly used to be a lawyer and is now a mother 24/7. She has made a commitment to cooking for her family and absolutely loves it even when her family does not. She is teaching them, one meal at a time, to enjoy wholesome homemade food. She abhors processed food but recognizes its insidious nature and accepts the fact that her children will occasionally get some Skittles, Doritos, or the like. Her philosophy and hope is that if she teaches them well at home, they will prefer wholesome healthy foods when they go out into the world without her.

1 Review

Juliebell March 30, 2014
The mustard seems to missing in the ingredients.