Roast Salmon with Chimichurri Sauce


Chimichurri--a bright, herby sauce served across Argentina--is the perfect healthy sauce for an easy salmon dinner. This recipe uses parsley but feel free to try your favorite combination of herbs, such as basil, mint or cilantro. Serve with mashed potatoes and roasted broccoli.

Cook Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
25 mins
4 servings


Chimichurri Sauce

  • 2 cups flat-leaf parsley

  • 5 cloves garlic

  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice

  • 1 tablespoon fresh oregano or 1 teaspoon dried

  • ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper (optional)

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ¼ teaspoon ground pepper

  • ½ cup extra-virgin olive oil


  • 4 6-ounce salmon fillets (see Tip), skin on

  • 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • ¼ teaspoon ground pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil or parchment paper and spray with cooking spray.

  2. To prepare sauce: Puree parsley, garlic, lemon juice, oregano, crushed red pepper (if using), 1/2 teaspoon salt and pepper in a food processor. With the motor running, drizzle in 1/2 cup oil. Scrape down the sides, then process again until well combined.

  3. To prepare salmon: Place salmon skin-side down on the prepared baking sheet. Rub with oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Roast until it flakes easily with a fork in the thickest part, 8 to 10 minutes per inch of thickness.

  4. To serve, slide a thin spatula under each piece of fish, separating it from the skin, and place on a plate. Serve with about 2 tablespoons sauce each.


Make Ahead Tip: Refrigerate the sauce for up to 1 week. Bring to room temperature before using.

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)

378 Calories
25g Fat
3g Carbs
35g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Serving Size 5 oz. salmon & 2 Tbsp. sauce
Calories 378
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 3g 1%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 0g
Protein 35g 69%
Total Fat 25g 32%
Saturated Fat 4g 21%
Cholesterol 80mg 27%
Vitamin A 1702IU 34%
Vitamin C 28mg 32%
Folate 46mcg 12%
Sodium 405mg 18%
Calcium 97mg 7%
Iron 2mg 11%
Magnesium 58mg 14%
Potassium 744mg 16%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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