Roasted Salmon Steaks with a lemon-butter sauce are super quick and easy to prepare, and super delicious, too. Modeled after a recipe my mom created while on a family camping trip in Alaska, it calls for only 5 ingredients, with only 10 minutes of prep time. And, the salmon comes out flaky and moist every time!
Basting salmon with a lemon-butter sauce is a traditional way to prepare most any fish – and it’s the first way I ever ate salmon as a child.
Eating Fresh Salmon in Alaska
I have vivid memories of my family vacationing in Alaska when I was fifteen years old. We were camping in a rented Winnebago RV, seeing the sites, and fly fishing. One day, we arrived at our campground late, around 9pm. It was still light out, so dad grabbed his fly rod and headed to the nearby riverbank, just a short walk from our campsite. About 10 minutes later, he returned with a big, beautiful salmon!
Mom quickly melted some butter, added fresh lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper. She placed the fish (now cleaned by dad) on a large piece of foil, drizzled the sauce over the top, and folded up the foil to enclose the fish. She then put it on the grill and cooked it just until it was medium-rare. OMG, it was sooo good! Moist, tender, fresh, and full of flavor.
I have taken mom’s same flavor profile and created a roasted salmon version of her campground dish, using salmon steaks. (You can also use fillets, but thicker cuts are better.) I also add a bit of paprika for a little extra flavor, and recommend garnishing the cooked fish with chopped parsley, basil or tarragon. Feel free to follow mom’s method as well, if you prefer grilling (see Variation below).
With a salmon fillet, the meaty part is cut away from the main center bone lengthwise – parallel to the backbone. For a salmon steak, the flesh is cut crosswise, through the bone, into pieces
Both terms are correct, and both refer to a boneless strip of meat. Filet is simply the French word for fillet.
1. Eat it the same day, or up to one day after purchasing.
2. Store it in the refrigerator, on top of a zip top baggie of ice – or one of those frozen ice blocks you put in a cooler.
3. Keep it refrigerated until shortly before cooking.
Wild salmon is preferable over farmed. Many farms use crowded pens where salmon can be infected with disease, and therefore some farmers feed them antibiotics.
Roasted Salmon Steaks with a lemon-butter sauce are super quick and easy to prepare, and super delicious, too. Modeled after a recipe my mom created while on a family camping trip in Alaska, it calls for only 5 ingredients, with only 10 minutes of prep time. And, the salmon comes out flaky and moist every time! Can also be grilled in foil (see Variation below).
- 4 (5 to 6-ounce) salmon steaks (see buying tips here)
- 1/4 cup butter
- Juice of 1 lemon
- 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1/4 teaspoon paprika
- Kosher salt, to taste
- Fresh ground pepper, to taste
- Chopped Italian (flat-leaf) parsley, basil or tarragon leaves, for garnish
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Butter a 9-by 12-inch baking dish.
- Place the salmon steaks in the prepared dish.
- In a small saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Stir in the lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce and paprika; add salt and fresh ground pepper to taste. Liberally drizzle the sauce over the salmon. Bake for 10 minutes per 1-inch of thickness, or until desired doneness.
- Garnish with chopped parsley, basil or tarragon.
Variation: Place each fish steak on its own large piece of foil (around 16 to 18 inches). Turn up edges. Drizzle butter mixture over top. Fold up two opposite edges of the foil, and fold over to seal. Fold up ends and seal. Place on grill and cook until desired tenderness.
Check out my tips on how to buy and store fresh fish!
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