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Whole Side of Salmon with Brown Butter Sauce Recipe

Whole Side of Salmon with Brown Butter Sauce Recipe

Credit: Christie Connelly

All you need is a super fresh side of salmon and a little butter, and you will have a show-stopping lunch or dinner prepared with very little effort. Salmon is full of omega-3s for brain power and goes well with many different vegetables, from beetroot to kale to crunchy roast potatoes.

Serves: 4



  • 1.5kg side of salmon, in 1 piece
  • Salt & pepper
  • 1 tbsp butter, plus 75g butter
  • 2 tbsp finely chopped sage leaves
  • 2 tbsp finely chopped marjoram leaves
  • 1 tbsp finely chopped parsley leaves
  • Sea salt & black pepper
  1. Heat oven to 200°C. Run clean hands over flesh side of salmon to feel for any stray bones. Pick them out with fish tweezers.
  2. Season skin with salt and pepper. Heat large oven-proof roasting tin on stove and melt butter. Place salmon skin side down and cook for 5 mins until skin begins to crisp. Season flesh with salt and pepper, then carefully turn over and place in oven.
  3. Cook for 20 mins until barely cooked through. Time will depend on thickness of fish, so check at 20 mins and then at 5 min intervals until done to your liking.
  4. While fish is cooking, make sauce. Place butter, sage and marjoram into saucepan and melt over high heat. Swirl pan using a flick of the wrist for 2–3 mins, until melted. Continue cooking for 2–3 mins more until a light-brown colour. Watch it like a hawk because it can burn in a second. Stop just before desired colour as butter will continue to darken slightly.
  5. Take off heat and immediately throw in parsley. Careful — it may splatter. Pour over salmon and serve.


Christie Connelly

Christie publishes the popular Australian food blog Fig & Cherry featuring healthy, family-friendly meals and sweet treats with mouth-watering photography to match. Christie draws recipe inspiration from her Hungarian and Lebanese heritages, her travel adventures and, of course, the amazing fertile soil of the Northern Rivers with its abundance of local organic fruits, vegetables, delicious native produce and healthy free-range-reared animals. Her passion is educating parents, grandparents and carers how to shop for, prepare and cook healthy, nutritious food and to encourage children to enjoy it as well.