Garlic & Herb Salmon with Sunflower Seeds

garlic herb salmon

Garlic & Herb Salmon with Sunflower Seeds

{20 min meal}

I’m all about simplicity when it comes to cooking. I love to use minimal ingredients and create dishes that taste great. This Garlic Herb Salmon recipe is a spin on my Seared Salmon with Walnut Parsley Gremolata. That is basically a fancy way of saying chop up garlic with fresh herbs and add nuts or seed for crunch. I have also done this recipe using different types of white fish like sole, cod and haddock.  You can serve your salmon on a bed of a whole grain like quinoa, brown rice or bulgur.


Serves: 2

Prep time: 5-10 minutes

Cook time: 6-8 minutes



2 salmon fillets (about 200 gram each), fresh or frozen/thawed

salt and pepper seasoning


1-2 tbsp olive oil

½ cup fresh Italian parsley, chopped

¼ cup unsalted sunflower seeds, roasted & chopped

1 clove garlic, minced

squeeze of lemon juice

sprinkle of salt


Cooked quinoa

1 cup of cherry tomatoes

Garnish: Fresh Italian parsley and lemon wedges


Directions for Garlic Herb Salmon:

  1. Season salmon fillets with salt and pepper.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine parsley, sunflower seeds, oil, garlic, lemon and salt. Set aside.
  3. In a fry pan on medium heat, heat olive oil. Add salmon fillets to oil when hot and you can hear a sizzle when placing fillet on the heat. Cook salmon fillet for about 3 minutes on each side, ideally turning only once.
  4. Remove salmon fillets and place on bed of quinoa or other whole grain.
  5. Add your parsley sunflower seed mixture to the frying pan to heat up the mixture slightly. Top salmon fillets with this mixture.
  6. Add cherry tomatoes to your fry pan with some oil and cook for about 3-5 minutes until softened. Pinch of salt to cherry tomatoes helps pull out the flavour.
  7. Place cherry tomatoes on top of quinoa and beside your garlic herb salmon fillet.
  8. Garnish with extra parsley and lemon wedge as desired.


Let us know how you enjoy your garlic herb salmon! What are you favourite ways to prepare fish?