Chef John's Salmon Recipe

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  1. Season salmon fillets with kosher salt. Line a baking baking sheet with foil and brush lightly with vegetable oil.
  2. Preheat oven's broiler on high and set the oven rack about 8 inches from the heat source.
  3. Process garlic, tarragon, and parsley in a blender or mortar and pestle to form a loose paste.
  4. Mix mayonnaise, Dijon mustard, lemon juice, and cayenne pepper into garlic paste until combined.
  5. Place salmon fillets skin side down on the baking sheet. Spoon herb spread over the top and sides of each fillet.
  6. Cook under the preheated broiler until fillets are well-browned, about 5 minutes. Turn the broiler off and turn the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  7. Bake until the internal temperature of the salmon is 130 degrees F (55 degrees C) and salmon flakes easily with a fork, about 3 to 4 minutes.
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Nutrition Facts

Per ServingPer 100 g
Amount Per 1 Serving
Calories 215.18 Kcal (901 kJ)
Calories from fat 184.59 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 20.51g 32%
Cholesterol 24.54mg 8%
Sodium 455.11mg 19%
Potassium 56.44mg 1%
Total Carbs 1.81g 1%
Sugars 0.56g 2%
Dietary Fiber 0.26g 1%
Protein 6.68g 13%
Vitamin C 4.6mg 8%
Iron 0.7mg 4%
Calcium 19mg 2%
Amount Per 100 g
Calories 350.49 Kcal (1467 kJ)
Calories from fat 300.66 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 33.41g 32%
Cholesterol 39.97mg 8%
Sodium 741.28mg 19%
Potassium 91.94mg 1%
Total Carbs 2.94g 1%
Sugars 0.91g 2%
Dietary Fiber 0.42g 1%
Protein 10.88g 13%
Vitamin C 7.5mg 8%
Iron 1.1mg 4%
Calcium 31mg 2%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
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  • salty
  • savory
  • bitter
  • sweet
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Weightwatchers Points

  • 6
  • 6

Good Points

  • saturated fat free

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