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Chimichurri Salmon

by Dana Bean, RD
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A quick but gourmet tasting dinner, this chimichurri salmon is perfect to try for a weeknight or weekend!

Chimichurri Salmon

Delicious oven baked salmon with chimichurri sauce
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Course: dinner
Keyword: salmon


  • 1 cup parsley
  • 1.5 cup cilantro
  • 1 shallot
  • 1.5 Tbsp garlic, minced
  • 3/4 cup olive oil
  • 1.5 Tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground pepper optional
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes optional
  • 4 salmon fillets, thawed about 4 oz each


  • Preheat oven to 400°. Make chimichurri sauce by blending all ingredients (except salmon) until thoroughly mixed
  • Place salmon fillets on non stick pan and add 1-2 Tbsp of chimichurri sauce per fillet. Bake for 13-15 minutes or until you start to see white on top of the fish. The internal temperature should reach at least 145°
  • If desired, add more fresh chimichurri sauce to salmon once it's cooked and serve

I love that this recipe is super simple, but tastes AMAZING. It just takes blending the chimichurri sauce, baking in the oven for 15 minutes and you have yourself beautiful salmon chimichurri.

chimichurri salmon with mashed potatoes and asparagus

It’s a super delicious green sauce originally made in Argentina, typically used on steak. Chimichurri has such an amazing flavor that I think it’s great on steak, but also chicken, salmon, etc… It really is my absolute favorite way to season meat. It’s made with fresh herbs, spices, oil, red wine vinegar and I add garlic to mine.

Believe me, you’re going to want to take this one to work the next day (if there are any leftovers). It should keep for 1-2 days refrigerated.

With this recipe we have our protein and sauce covered, but you may want to consider adding a strong carbohydrate source and some veggies. My favorite is how it’s pictured in the recipe with mashed potatoes and a sauteed or roasted veggie like asparagus, but your preferences could be different than mine! I might also try pairing it with rice and roasted brussels sprouts for example.

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