Dedie’s Herbed Salmon

I am often asked where I get my recipe inspiration. The answer is: everywhere.  Restaurants, gazing at prepared food at a deli counter, scrolling though social media, reading magazines, figuring out how to use up leftovers, eating at friends’ homes, being asked to make something to satisfy a craving – you name it, I’ve been inspired by it.  

This recipe (as you would guess) comes to me by way of a dear friend, Dedie Leahy.  Dedie is a sometimes cook, but an all-the-time wonderful human being. A year or so ago she asked me to go over her favorite go-do entertaining dish because she had to share it with folks, and thought it needed a professional edit.  I did.  And I was intrigued.  So I fiddled around with the recipe and this is my version, which I hope has her blessing.

Dedie’s Herbed Salmon

Dedie is not a measurer so when she shared this recipe with me I had to do some decoding.  Not a difficult task though — and I loved the slightly odd combo of ingredients.  Cinnamon with Mediterranean spices?  Interesting!  And it works.  She told me she has a generous hand with the herbs and spices, but if you want to dial back the amounts you can.  I however followed Dedie’s advice, which I do in most things, and I’m here to say, this is one delicious fish recipe.

My friend actually starts her recipe with the fish still frozen, because she claims she’s impatient, but I like more control over the level of doneness of the fish, so I use defrosted or fresh salmon.  

Dedie’s Herbed Salmon

Dedie also recommends having some sourdough bread on hand to drag through and soak up all of the pan juices with the flavors of the fish, seasonings, olive oil and slightly caramelized maple syrup.  And once again, Dedie does not lead us astray.   

And yet AGAIN following Dedie’s lead I serve this with skillet broccoli cooked in olive oil, with garlic red pepper flakes. 

How to Make Dedie’s Herbed Salmon

Preheat the broiler.  Pour the olive oil in a baking dish large enough to hold the fish filets.  Add the basil, oregano, thyme, paprika, garlic powder, and cinnamon, and stir to blend the spices into the oil.  Place the salmon into the pan and flip them around until they are coated with the herbed oil.  

Dedie’s Herbed Salmon

Arrange the salmon filets top side up.  Season with salt and pepper.

Dedie’s Herbed Salmon

Broil the salmon for 8 to 10 minutes, until they are almost done to your liking.  Remove the fish from the oven.

Then drizzle them with the lemon juice.

Dedie’s Herbed Salmon

And the maple syrup.  

Return them to the broiler and broil for another minute or two until done.  Transfer to a serving platter or individual plates and sprinkle with fresh parsley.

Dedie’s Herbed Salmon: An eclectic and interesting blend of herbs, spices, citrus and maple syrup makes this a very memorable salmon dish.

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Dedie’s Herbed Salmon

An eclectic and interesting blend of herbs, spices, citrus and maple syrup makes this a very memorable salmon dish.
Yield: 4 People
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes

Ingredients

  • 4 (6 to 8-ounce) salmon fillets
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon dried basil
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon dried thyme
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • Chopped fresh parsley to serve

Directions

  • Preheat the broiler, and place the oven rack about 6 inches from the heat source.
  • Pour the olive oil in a baking dish large enough to hold the fish filets. Add the basil, oregano, thyme, paprika, garlic powder, and cinnamon, and stir to blend the spices into the oil. Place the salmon into the pan and flip them around until they are coated with the herbed oil. Arrange the salmon filets top side up. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Broil the salmon for 8 to 10 minutes, until they are almost done to your liking. Remove the fish from the oven, drizzle them with the lemon juice and maple syrup. Return them to the broiler and broil for another minute or two until done. Transfer to a serving platter or individual plates and sprinkle with fresh parsley.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 446kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 45g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 125mg | Sodium: 102mg | Potassium: 1134mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 214IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 45mg | Iron: 2mg

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Comments

  1. Katie, I’m so honored you posted my salmon concoction!! You truly took my recipe and made it sing! Love it even more now – Thank you so much! -Dedie

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