Herb Roasted Salmon with Compound Butter

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Looking for something unique to bring to the hostess of your next holiday party? Compound butter is the newest rage in the culinary world. However, buying them from your local bakery or gourmet food market can be very expensive. I have seen them for priced at $15 for 2 oz of butter. Save the money and make the compound butter yourself. It’s super easy to make and will impress your boss’ wife.

Make a triple batch! Spoon 1/3 of the batch into a bowl for the recipe below and prep the rest as a gift. Remove it from the plastic wrap after the freezing process. Lay down a piece of parchment paper and roll the butter up like a tootsie roll. Use pretty ribbon to secure each end and trim away any excess paper. Accompany the butter with a nice loaf of crusty bread. Attach a tag with the recipe and become the new BFF of the boss’ wife. Keep cold until serving or recipe use.

Ingredients:Herb Roasted Salmon with Compound Butter

  • 4 tbsp butter – room temp
  • 4-5 springs of fresh thyme – stripped and lightly chopped
  • 2 tbsp fresh chives, chopped
  • 1 small shallot, chopped
  • salt & pepper
  • 2 sockeye salmon filets


Compound Butter

In a small bowl, add butter, herbs and shallot. Season with salt and mix well. Spread out a piece of cling wrap. Scoop butter into the middle and use your spoon to spread and form a log shape. Roll the plastic wrap around the log and knot each end (kind of making it look like a present). Freeze for at least 1 hour, remove and slice.


Preheat oven to 350 and place salmon on a baking sheet. Season salmon with salt and pepper and place 2-3 slices of compound butter on top of each filet. Roast in the oven for 10 minutes and remove to add a couple of additional slices of compound butter to each filet. Cook into the season reaches 140. Serve with a simple side of rice and steamed veggies.

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