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Salmon with Norwegian Sandefjordsmør sauce

Salmon with Norwegian Sandefjordsmør sauce

Diana Henry's salmon recipe with a rich sauce is perfect for summer

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  • Serves4
  • CourseMain meal
  • Prepare10 mins
  • Cook10 mins
  • Total time20 mins

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  • 2 x 220g packs No.1 Wild Alaskan Sockeye Salmon Fillets
  • 15g butter, melted, plus 200g cold, cut into 1cm cubes
  • 60ml double cream
  • Lemon juice, to taste
  • 2 tbsp finely chopped parsley leaves (about ½ x 25g pack)
  • Pinch cayenne pepper


  1. Preheat the oven to 190°C, gas mark 5. Put a sheet of foil onto a baking sheet with a lip around it. Brush the area where you will put your fillets with some melted butter. Arrange the fish on top, skin-side down, and brush with the remaining melted butter. Season.

  2. Bake for 8-10 minutes, until the fish is opaque and flakes easily with a fork. If your fillets are flat, they will take 8 minutes. If they’re chunky, they’ll take 10 minutes, maybe a little more. Cover the fillets with foil and a couple of thick tea towels to keep them warm.

  3. Heat the cream in a small saucepan over a high heat until it comes to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium, then whisk in 2-3 chunks of the cold butter, whisking all the time. Allow each chunk to melt before you add more. The sauce will begin to thicken – don’t allow it to boil. When you’ve added ½ the cold butter, add a squeeze of lemon juice and season with ground white pepper and salt. Taste. It’s easy to overdo the lemon (most recipes for this suggest using the juice of ½ a lemon – that’s much too acidic).

  4. Continue to whisk as you add the rest of the cold butter. Stir in the parsley. Taste and adjust the seasoning, adding a bit more lemon juice if the sauce needs it. Add a little cayenne pepper too (that is also traditional). Put the fillets on warmed plates and spoon over the sauce. Serve any extra in a small jug, with boiled baby potatoes and green beans, if liked.

Cook’s tip

Make sure the butter is cold – don’t add it too fast and whisk all the time


Typical values per serving when made using specific products in recipe


2,595kJ/ 628kcals



Saturated Fat












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