Baked Salmon Recipe with Lemon and Garlic

With all of salmon’s wonderful health benefits, it’s always a great idea to incorporate salmon into your dinner rotation. This baked salmon recipe with lemon and garlic is very simple to make and will get you excited about enjoying fish on a weekly basis.

While finding wild-caught salmon can be a matter of knowing which local market to visit, once you do find it, you will be rewarded with a healthier and better quality piece of fish. After that, all you need are 5 ingredients to turn the salmon into a dish your whole family will love.

Fresh dill, lemon juice, garlic, salt, and butter are all you need to turn your salmon filet into a masterpiece. The dill, garlic, and butter all add great flavor, while the lemon juice adds a zesty brightness that always pairs well with fish entrées.

Depending on how thick your salmon filet is, you’ll want to bake the salmon anywhere from 15 to 22 minutes. The best way to cook salmon is to simply bake it for 15 minutes, then check on it every few minutes after that. Once the salmon easily flakes with the slight pull of your fork, it’s ready.

Baked Salmon Recipe with Lemon and Garlic

serves 4


  • 1 salmon filet
  • salt to season
  • 4 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 4 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 8 cloves of garlic, finely minced
  • 2 tbsp finely chopped fresh dill


  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F. Place a large sheet of parchment paper onto a 4-sided baking sheet. Fold the parchment paper in half to create a crease down the center. Then, open the parchment paper and place the salmon filet on one side, near the center, close to the crease line.
  2. Sprinkle a pinch of salt all over the filet. You can leave the skin on the bottom of the filet as it will easily separate from the fish after it’s been cooked.
  3. Melt the butter in a measuring cup, then add the lemon juice, garlic, and dill. Stir everything together. Drizzle this mixture over the salmon filet.
  4. Fold the unoccupied side of parchment paper over the salmon, then curl/crinkle the edges of the parchment paper together to create a sealed pocket for the salmon.
  5. Bake the salmon for 15 minutes, then check to see if it’s flaking easily at the slight tug of your fork. If not, continue baking for another few minutes, then check again.

Recipe adapted from