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Herby Salmon


By the Sephardic Spice Girls

The best thing about this easy herby salmon recipe are the fresh herbs that are layered on top of the fish. They look so impressive!

You can use any combination of fresh herbs, because salmon pairs beautifully with any and all. Rachel loves to pair her salmon with green onions, mint, cilantro, dill and basil. I am not a huge fan of cilantro, so in this recipe I used green onions, dill, basil and Italian parsley.

This fish dish has become one of our go-to dishes for a brunch or as an easy dinner main course. The bed of herbs poaches the fish, keeping it nice and moist and full of flavor.

Serve this herby salmon and, without exaggeration, there will be audible gasps when you & your guests taste it!

Herby Salmon


1 large salmon fillet, center cut
2 tablespoons kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
3 tablespoons Dijon mustard
4 green onions, finely chopped
2 small bunches basil, roughly chopped
1 small bunch Italian parsley, roughly chopped
2 bunches dill
1 large lemon, sliced into thin rings
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil


  1. Place salmon skin side down on a dish lined with parchment paper. Sprinkle kosher salt evenly over the fish. Place in refrigerator for at least one hour.
  2. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  3. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, then place fish skin side down in the center. Pat the fish with paper towel to absorb excess moisture and salt.
  4. Spread the mustard over the fish.
  5. Sprinkle with black pepper.
  6. Layer with green onions, basil, parsley and dill.
  7. Place lemon around the fish.
  8. Drizzle olive oil over the herbs.
  9. Bake for 15 minutes.

The Sephardic Spice Girls, Sharon Gomperts and Rachel Emquies Sheff, have been friends since high school. The Sephardic Spice Girls project has grown from their collaboration on events for the Sephardic Educational Center in Jerusalem. Visit sephardicspicegirls.com to see more of their Sephardic recipes with a modern twist!

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