Salmon Baked in Cream With Sweet Bay, Thyme, and Dill From 'The Nourished Kitchen'

Salmon Baked in Cream
Jennifer McGruther

It's wild salmon season here in California, so I try to snag some great filets while they're available. I usually roast my fish with just a little salt and pepper, but there's nothing wrong with changing things up every once in awhile. Jennifer McGruther's salmon baked in cream from her new book, The Nourished Kitchen, was just the ticket. It's barely more difficult than my usual method and results in a luscious herbed cream sauce for serving.

Why I picked this recipe: It's hard to say no to salmon this time of year.

What worked: As McGruther explains in her book, salmon is just about the only fish that can hold up to the rich cream. The abundance use of herbs is critical to this balance.

What didn't: Nothing.

Suggested tweaks: You could play with the herbs if you'd like. The bay is particularly nice, so I wouldn't change it, but parsley would be a nice sub-in for the other herbs.

Reprinted with permission from The Nourished Kitchen: Farm-to-Table Recipes for the Traditional Food Lifestyle Featuring Bone Broths, Fermented Vegetables, Grass-Fed Meats, Wholesome Fats, Raw Fairy, and Kombuchas by Jennifer McGruther. Copyright 2014. Published by Ten Speed Press, a division of Random House. All rights reserved. Available wherever books are sold.

Recipe Details

Salmon Baked in Cream With Sweet Bay, Thyme, and Dill From 'The Nourished Kitchen'

Active 10 mins
Total 25 mins
Serves 4 servings


  • 4 (6-ounce) wild-caught salmon fillets

  • 4 bay leaves

  • 1 cup heavy cream

  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh thyme leaves

  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill


  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F.

  2. Place the salmon fillets in a single layer in a small baking dish or gratin dish. Top each fillet with a bay leaf. Pour the heavy cream over the salmon and sprinkle with the thyme and dill. Bake until the fish flakes easily when pierced with a fork and the cream thickens, about 15 minutes.

  3. Discard the bay leaves and serve, spooning warm cream and herbs over the fish.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)
469 Calories
37g Fat
3g Carbs
30g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 469
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 37g 48%
Saturated Fat 17g 84%
Cholesterol 148mg 49%
Sodium 96mg 4%
Total Carbohydrate 3g 1%
Dietary Fiber 0g 2%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 30g
Vitamin C 11mg 56%
Calcium 75mg 6%
Iron 1mg 7%
Potassium 581mg 12%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)