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I'm about to bake a salmon in the oven and I want to know what are some good herbs/spices that I can rub or sprinkle on the fillet.

Which herbs, spices, or other seasonings tend to pair best with a salmon fillet?

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I've tried to revise this into something that's more than a recipe poll; it would be great if somebody could answer with something more... substantial than the current answers. Otherwise I'm afraid that the damage has already be done and people are just going to continue to post their favourite salmon rub/seasoning recipes based on pure opinion. –  Aaronut Jan 20 '11 at 0:11
I think it should just be CW. –  Michael at Herbivoracious Jan 20 '11 at 0:12
@Michael: The "CW for polls" concept is long-dead; this is an issue of quality and usefulness, not reputation. At least you linked to an authoritative source, but most answers cite nothing at all. –  Aaronut Jan 20 '11 at 0:19
@Aaronut - Ah, I missed the memo on that. I've been pretty much fully concentrating my time on the site on just answering questions without getting too involved in the "politics". –  Michael at Herbivoracious Jan 20 '11 at 6:17
I understand, @Michael. As I see it, the use of CW for polls was the politics and got way out of control for the longest time. The team agrees; that's why they actually removed the checkbox from questions. It's now a mod-only feature, and anything that requires a moderator needs to be used very sparingly. –  Aaronut Jan 20 '11 at 14:56

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Salmon fillets are often traditionally prepared with dill. Mustard is another traditional combination. Both of these spices complement the flavors of salmon very well.

Paprika balances the smooth mouthfeel of salmon with a nice spice that isn't too hot.

You can promote a good crust on your salmon by coating it in sugar - white or brown works well. Add some other seasonings to the sugar (basic salt and pepper are fine), and you should have a tasty fillet. This coating works best done in a skillet, though, where the direct heat promotes caramelization.

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Exactly the kind of answer I was hoping for. A reference or two would make it even better, but I suppose the massive number of dill/mustard salmon recipes out there kind of speaks for itself. –  Aaronut Jan 20 '11 at 0:24
@Aaronut - I looked for one besides "it's in every cookbook I own" and couldn't find it. –  justkt Jan 20 '11 at 1:55
Maple-soy or mustard-soy glazes are also common flavour combinations. The maple one will probably produce the same carmelization effect as the sugar. –  Allison Feb 3 '11 at 7:33

Tom Douglas, who is famous here in Seattle for his rubs, puts brown sugar, smoked paprika, kosher salt, black pepper, and thyme in his salmon rub according to his site.

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Wrap it in foil with soy, rice wine, ginger, chilli, garlic and spring onion (scallion).

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I'd recommend using Mirin as rice wine. –  user2215 Jan 21 '11 at 1:06

I sometimes use lemon + dill + garlic, another classic preparation.

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My dad serves something like that.. basically just lemon pepper and garlic, though with lightly sprinkled dill, and it's quite good. –  zanlok Jan 19 '11 at 22:52
Ah, yes, forgot to mention salt + pepper ... –  Bruce Alderson Jan 20 '11 at 0:15

I'm surprised no one has mentioned fresh tarragon. Classic & fantastic.

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i've been using olive oil and lemon juice (3 tbsp. to 1) plus garlic, dill, tarragon, herbs de provence, and recently a dash of curry powder. Lemon juice seems too acidy so now use I 1/2 tbsp. lemon juice + 2 or 3 tbsp white wine. Quick meal: 6 oz. fillet, Bake 350 20 min.

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I like dill the most.. sometimes a bit of paprika. Butter and salt required, as well.

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Fresh rosemary is also something that goes well with Salmon with some salt and pepper. Just had some two days ago and was awesome.

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I like sprinkling some cracked pepper, and lime juice, then slicing the lime and laying it on top of the fish. Roasted citris flavours!

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