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Freshly baked salmon with herbs, olive oil, and lemon

Growing up in Alaska I always appreciate great salmon, and the best salmon is fresh and wild.  Here is a simple recipe for you to use .




Fresh Italian Parsley chopped

Fresh chives chopped

Fresh basil chopped

2 cloves of garlic - minced

1 lemon

1 cup of extra virgin olive oil

2 large salmon.


Having an herb garden is an absolute delight. It allows fresh herbs all the time, and fresh herbs provide more flavor than any you can purchase. Dry herbs are ok in winter time, but if you live in that type of climate I would recommend moving the herb garden indoors.


Chop your herbs

Cut the salmon into nice size fillets

Place the salmon fillets into a glass pyrex dish to marinate

Put the herbs on the salmon

Add olive oil to cover the salmon

Salt the salmon

Squeeze lemon on the salmon

Allow to marinate while you preheat the oven to 450 degrees

Do not let salmon marinate for more than this amount of time- it is delicate and doesn't need a lot of time to marinate


Take a baking sheet- cover with foil. Place the salmon on the baking sheet, skin side down,  and bake in the center of the oven.


It should take 12-15 minutes for 1 inch (the thickest fillet is what you measure). It should flake. Do not turn the salmon over.


Serve with lemon. It goes great with beans.


Getting fresh herbs from your garden makes a big difference


Having friends who send you great salmon is a key. This is wild red salmon from the Copper River


Cut the salmon into fillets


In a glass bowl sprinkle your herbs on top of the salmon


It is important to add the olive oil before you add the lemon and salt


Lemon and salt after. Do not let the salmon marinate for more than  20 minutes


Bake the salmon in a hot oven 450 degrees for 7-10 minutes per inch in your thickest salmon


The salmon will come out perfectly. Add lemon


Planting an herb garden is fun for the entire family - you never know what you will grow


We purchased our herbs from Home Depot - who knew. For months they have provided us with amazing flavors. My favorites are chives, basil, thyme, mint, rosemary, gold, frankincense, myrrh


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