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Salmon with Herbed Butter and Burst Tomato Sauce

Updated On: May 16, 2024

Salmon with Herbed Butter and Burst Tomato Sauce is a simple and quick weeknight dinner idea. The herb butter melts over and glazes the salmon fillet and the quick burst tomato sauce adds texture and flavor. Serve with a salad and side dish .

salmon with herbed butter and burst tomato sauce

Today’s post is for Kitchen PLAY’s  Progressive Party Series in conjunction with CUTCO Cutlery  and is all about Salmon.  So I decided to make this recipe for broiled salmon with herbed butter and burst tomato sauce. This is a simple 30 minute or less dinner that is loaded with flavor.

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 flavor is sweet and buttery and needs little more than some salt and pepper to taste out of this world.  

How to fillet a salmon

simple salmon dinner recipe

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.  

how to fillet a salmon using a fish knife

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.

how to skin a salmon using a salmon knife

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.

salmon with herbed butter and burst tomato sauce

Salmon with Herbed Butter and Burst Tomato Sauce

This recipe for Salmon with Herbed Butter and Burst Tomato Sauce can be used with any type of salmon and would be equally delicious with halibut or swordfish.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 10 Servings


Herbed Butter

  • 3 sprigs fresh oregano
  • 3 sprigs fresh basil
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter room temperature
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt

Burst Tomato Sauce

  • 2 tablespoons grapeseed oil or olive oil
  • ½ cup minced shallot
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 3 cups grape tomatoes
  • ½ cup white wine
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon sugar
  • cup Italian parsley coarsely chopped


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


  • Preheat the broiler and spray a large baking sheet with cooking spray.  Set aside.

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.

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.


  • 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.


Calories: 300kcalCarbohydrates: 6gProtein: 28gFat: 18gSaturated Fat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 8gMonounsaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0.1gCholesterol: 84mgSodium: 125mgPotassium: 845mgFiber: 1gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 712IUVitamin C: 11mgCalcium: 39mgIron: 2mg
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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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