Salmon with Thyme Butter

Salmon gets a little richer when baked with thyme butter and shallots.

Salmon with Thyme Butter

About This Recipe

Active time:15 minutes
Total time:35 minutes
Special equipment:aluminum foil
This recipe appears in: Serious Entertaining: Autumnal Dinner Party


  • 4 tablespoons butter, at room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons chopped thyme
  • 4 shallots, minced
  • 2 pounds salmon, divided into 4 equal fillets
  • Salt and pepper


  1. 1

    Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a small bowl, whisk together butter and thyme until well combined.

  2. 2

    Tear off four pieces of aluminum foil, each double the size of a piece of salmon.

  3. 3

    Place one fillet on each piece of foil. Divide butter into four parts and top each piece of salmon, first rubbing butter over the entire top of the fillet.

  4. 4

    Sprinkle each fillet with chopped shallots. Season each fillet with salt and pepper.

  5. 5

    Bring ends of foil up together at top of fillet and twist until sealed. Bake salmon until just cooked through, about 18-20 minutes.

  6. 6

    Remove salmon from foil packet and serve warm.


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