Citrus and Basil Butter with Roasted Salmon

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Versatile and full of flavor, our recipe for Citrus Basil Butter is generously dolloped atop roasted salmon for a quick and easy “sauce.” This butter would also be beautiful on roasted vegetables, such as carrots and cauliflower, seared pork chops or white fish, or even roasted chicken and rice. Try it a few ways, and you will likely want to keep it on hand all the time.

Serves: 4
Difficulty: easy
Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 15 min
Diet: gluten-free, keto
Special tools: parchment paper


Citrus Basil Butter
3/4 c butter, softened
1 lemon, zested and juiced
1 navel orange, zested and juiced
1 oz fresh basil, julienned
1/2 t garlic, minced
1/4 t salt
1/4 t pepper, fresh ground

Roasted Salmon
1 1/2 lb salmon fillets, split into 6 oz portions
pinch salt and pepper
2 oz (1/4 c) Citrus Basil Butter


Citrus Basil Butter
Combine all in a processor bowl, blending briefly just until combined. Taste and adjust with more citrus, salt or pepper, as desired. Chill until ready to use.

Roasted Salmon
Preheat oven to 350º. Place salmon portions onto a parchment-lined sheet pan, seasoning with salt and pepper. Top with butter and bake 13-15 min until flaky in center, basting repeatedly with butter as it cooks. Serve immediately.