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Salmon with Herb Butter
with asparagus / potato and parsnip puree

Active: 35 minTotal: 35 min
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Compound butters are an easy way to add flavor and a sophisticated touch to most any meal. Serve this compound butter with herbs and lemon over roasted salmon and asparagus for a spring-inspired dinner that is worthy of guests.
Smarts: Compound butters store well in the fridge and can even be frozen. Make extra and use it over steak, pork chops or tossed with pasta.



Salmon and Asparagus with Herb Butter:
  • Garlic - 1 clove, chopped
  • Basil, fresh - 1 Tbsp, chopped
  • Butter - 3 Tbsp
  • Lemon zest - 1/2 tsp
  • Asparagus - 1 lb, trimmed
  • Oil, cooking - 1 Tbsp
  • Salmon - 1 lb
  • Lemon juice - 1 tsp
Potato and Parsnip Puree:
  • Parsnips - 8 oz, peeled and chopped (sub potatoes)
  • Potatoes, russet - 1 lb, peeled and cubed
  • Butter - 1 Tbsp
  • Milk - 1/4 cup (sub stock)
  • Salt - 1/4 tsp

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Servings Per Recipe 4
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  1. Make herb butter - Peel garlic. Place garlic and basil on a cutting board and chop together until very fine (you want the basil in small enough pieces to easily blend into butter). Heat butter (the portion for the salmon) in the microwave for about 10 seconds, just until soft. Mash garlic, basil and lemon zest into butter. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  2. Parsnips / Asparagus - Prep as directed. Store separately. (Can be done 1 day ahead)
  3. Potatoes - Peel and cube potatoes.


  1. Heat oven to 425F / 218C. If herb butter was made ahead and refrigerated, place it in a warm spot near the oven to soften while you cook.
  2. While oven heats, combine parsnips and potatoes in a saucepan. Cover with cold water and some salt. Bring to a boil. Simmer uncovered for 12 to 15 minutes until potatoes can be easily pierced by a knife.
  3. Toss asparagus with cooking oil and season with some salt. Spread out on one half of a a sheet pan.
  4. Brush the other half of the sheet pan with some oil and place salmon skin-side down on oil (use two sheet pans if it won't all fit). Season salmon with some salt and pepper.
  5. Roast until salmon is cooked through and asparagus is tender. This should take 12 to 18 minutes, depending on the thickness of the salmon.
  6. While salmon roasts, return to parsnips and potatoes. Drain and return to saucepan. Add butter (the portion for the puree), milk and salt. Puree with an immersion blender or mash with a potato masher until smooth, adding additional milk if needed. (Note: This "puree" should be more thin and smooth than traditional mashed potatoes.)
  7. As soon as salmon comes out of the oven, top with half the herb butter. Squeeze lemon juice over asparagus.
  8. Serve salmon over potato-parsnip puree with asparagus on the side. The remaining half of the herb butter is great spread on top of everything on the plate. Enjoy!

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This meal has 52 reviews

Made basil butter, salon and asparagus and served with sprouted sourdough from our local bakery. So delish!

By: Kindra
Posted: May 30, 2018
Diet: Original

LOVED THIS! So easy to make and so delicious!!!

By: Jazmin
Posted: Feb 06, 2018
Diet: Original

I don't like salmon, unless it's fresh and prepared according to a great recipe. This one is excellent.

By: Rachel
Posted: May 19, 2017
Diet: Original

Love the dish. I cooked the salmon for 15 minutes which was perfect for the cut of fish but it overcooked the asparagus. Next time I will adjust the time for the asparagus. I did not make the Potato and Parsnip Puree.

By: Kristine
Posted: May 04, 2017
Diet: Original

love the puree. fish was fine, but not great

By: Marie
Posted: Apr 29, 2017
Diet: Paleo

I made this for a friend in town, she loved it. She is a big butter fan. Personally, I prefer lemon and light butter on my salmon. Also, I usually lightly saute my asparagus, so the roasted asparagus were a little mushy for my taste (probably overcooked). Also, I think I tossed them in too much oil. Potatoes were simple and satisfying.

By: Karin
Posted: Apr 29, 2017
Diet: Original