Salmon with Herbed Butter and Burst Tomato Sauce

Updated On: Nov 05, 2023

Today’s post is for Kitchen PLAY’s Progressive Party Series in conjunction with CUTCO Cutlery and is all about Salmon.  

It’s salmon season here in the Pacific Northwest and people are clambering for a nice big hunk of Copper River salmon.  If you’ve never had it, I suggest you source some, and quick.  The Copper River is located in Alaska, and the wild salmon that are caught on this river are like no other, but the season is super short – only about 3 to 4 weeks long.  The color of the meat is so deeply orange-red hued that it’s almost a work of art.  The flavor is sweet and buttery and needs little more than some salt and pepper to taste out of this world.  

If you buy a lot of fresh whole or sides of fish with the skin on, then you really, and I do mean REALLY, need this Salmon Knife from CUTCO.  Not only is this knife a thing of beauty with the classic brown handle, but it is so razor sharp and flexible that you hardly need to apply any pressure to zip the skin right off the meat.  

This knife would also work great for slicing lox uber thin.  Yes, it’s really that sharp.  Here’s what CUTCO says about their knives:

We’re Really Sharp
Our three step heat treating process ensures our innovative Double-D® and straight-edge blades are durable, flexible and hold a razor-sharp edge.

Here’s the part that I love the most about the CUTCO company:

  • The Forever Guarantee: Forever performance, forever sharpness, and 100% customer satisfaction guarantee.

When Kitchen PLAY sent out the word that I was going to partner with CUTCO for this Progressive Party Series, knew I had to participate.  When I was selling real estate I gave my clients either the Spatula Spreader or the Entertainer Pack from CUTCO as a thank you for doing business with me.  Almost every client sent a thank you back to me later about their CUTCO product.  They are really well made, and I am elated to be working with them and helping promote the Salmon Knife.

This event is a progressive dinner party…so don’t forget to check out all of the other recipes and CUTCO tools by visiting  
To celebrate summertime dining, CUTCO Cutlery is also sponsoring a delicious giveaway at Kitchen PLAY. Simply recreate one or more recipes from this month’s Progressive Party, post about the experience on your blog and provide a link to your post on Kitchen PLAY to enter.  All qualifying bloggers in each course will be entered to win a CUTCO Salad Mates gift set, which includes a Paring Knife and Trimmer (six prizes total, valued at $113 each). Prizes will be shipped directly to each winner. Please review the complete contest rules before entering.

Salmon with Herbed Butter & Burst Tomato Sauce

This recipe can be used with any type of salmon available and would be equally delicious with halibut or swordfish.

Herbed Butter
3 sprigs fresh oregano
3 sprigs fresh basil
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
3 garlic cloves
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

Burst Tomato Sauce
2 tablespoons grapeseed oil (or olive oil)
1/2 cup minced shallot
3 garlic cloves, minced
3 cups grape tomatoes
1/2 cup white wine
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1/3 cup Italian parsley, coarsely chopped

1 whole salmon, about 3 lbs, skinned and cut width-wise into 3 inch pieces
2 tablespoons grapeseed oil
salt & pepper, to taste
cooking spray


  1. Herbed Butter: in the bowl of a food processor add all of the herbed butter ingredients and process until smooth.  Remove to a bowl and set aside.
  2. Preheat the broiler and spray a large baking sheet with cooking spray.  Set aside.
  3. Burst Tomato Sauce: In a medium skillet set over medium-high heat, add the grapeseed oil and warm.  Add the shallot and garlic and saute until fragrant and starting to become translucent, about 4 minutes.  Add the tomatoes and saute until they begin to burst, about 5 minutes.  Add the wine, balsamic vinegar, sugar and parsley and turn down to low.  Simmer for 5-7 minutes.
  4. Place the salmon fillets on the prepared baking sheet, sprinkle with grapeseed oil, salt and pepper.  Broil for 6-7 minutes.  Remove from the oven and top each piece with a dollop of the herbed butter and then some of the burst tomato sauce and serve.
Makes 10-12 servings (or 5 if you really love salmon)

Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by CUTCO as part of the Kitchen PLAY Progressive Party Series.  CUTCO provided me with a free salmon knife for use with this sponsored post and is compensating me for my time.  All opinions expressed are my own and a positive review was not encouraged nor required.

Recipe By:

Heather is a recipe developer and content creator living in Vancouver, Washington. She started Farmgirl Gourmet in 2006, almost 20 years ago, as a way to share recipes with friends and family. Heather is also the co-founder of Spiceology , a unique spice company, which she started in 2013. She shares family friendly recipes for easy everyday meals with a gourmet twist.


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