Baked Salmon with Lemon-Shallot Herb Sauce

Lemon, shallot and fresh herbs like cilantro, dill and parsley combine to create a bright, herbaceous sauce that pairs beautifully with the salmon. Use any leftover sauce as a dressing for a grain bowl or as a spread on a sandwich. Serve alongside whole grains.

Baked Salmon with Lemon-Shallot Herb Sauce
Photo: Photographer: Greg DuPree, Food Stylist: Martgaret Dickey, Prop Stylist: Kay Clarke
Active Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
30 mins


  • 1 pound salmon fillet

  • ½ teaspoon smoked paprika

  • teaspoon salt plus 1/2 teaspoon, divided

  • teaspoon ground pepper

  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil plus 3/4 cup, divided

  • 1 small shallot, chopped

  • 6 cloves garlic, chopped

  • ½ cup fresh cilantro

  • ¼ cup fresh dill

  • ¼ cup fresh flat-leaf parsley

  • 2 tablespoons fresh oregano

  • 1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest

  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice


  1. Preheat oven to 300°F.

  2. Place salmon (skin-side down if using skin-on) on a large rimmed baking sheet. Sprinkle with paprika, 1/8 teaspoon salt and pepper and drizzle with 1 tablespoon oil. Bake until the salmon is just opaque and easily flakes with a fork, about 20 minutes.

  3. Combine the remaining 3/4 cup oil, shallot, garlic, cilantro, dill, parsley, oregano, lemon zest, lemon juice and the remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt in a blender; blend until smooth. Serve 1/4 cup sauce over the salmon (reserve the remaining sauce for another use).

To make ahead

Refrigerate sauce (Step 3) in an airtight container for up to 1 week.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

292 Calories
21g Fat
1g Carbs
23g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Serving Size 3 oz. salmon & 1 Tbsp. sauce
Calories 292
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 1g 0%
Protein 23g 46%
Total Fat 21g 27%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 62mg 21%
Vitamin A 336IU 7%
Vitamin C 3mg 3%
Vitamin E 2mg 13%
Folate 31mcg 8%
Vitamin K 17mcg 14%
Sodium 197mg 9%
Calcium 22mg 2%
Iron 1mg 6%
Magnesium 35mg 8%
Potassium 584mg 12%
Zinc 1mg 9%
Vitamin B12 4mcg 167%
Omega 3 3g

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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