The Best Easy Lemon Baked Salmon Recipe – delicious lemon garlic butter salmon baked in foil for a delicious seafood dinner everyone loves!
A simple, easy, and delicious salmon should be a go-to in any home cook’s kitchen – salmon is heart healthy, low calorie, tastes great – and is SO easy to make at home.
This easy lemon baked salmon cooks in foil – so it’s easy to cleanup, and ready in a flash with less than 5 ingredients.
If you aren’t sure you can make show-stopping salmon, this recipe is for you – it is so simple and foolproof, it is perfect for beginner cooks.
Baked Lemon Salmon goes from your fridge to your fork in under 20 minutes – with NO fishy smell!
This recipe is sure to become one of your new favorites!
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What Salmon To Use in Baked Salmon
You can use a large salmon filet and cut it into individual portions after it is cooked, or you can use smaller steak-style filets.
Whichever is available is fine – but cooking time for salmon will differ slightly for a large, long fillet compared to smaller, fatter, individual steak-style filets.
What to Serve With Baked Salmon
If you’re looking for a delicious side dish for baked salmon, please visit the Sweet C’s side dish recipe archives.
How To Bake Salmon in the Oven
Baking salmon in the oven is super simple and easy – I like to use aluminum foil pouch, sprinkle generously with seasonings, salt, and pepper – lay lemon slices (or lemon zest + lemon juice) in the pouch with the salmon, bake, and it always turns out great!
Salmon has a lot of healthy fats, making it an easy fish to learn to cook since it doesn’t dry out easily.
Salmon does taste better when cooked quickly, however – so fully preheating your oven before baking your salmon will help ensure a perfect never-dry salmon fillet!
-Wrap In Foil Or On Parchment
For easy nonstick salmon fillets, bake in a foil pouch or on a piece of parchment paper.
While I prefer to make a foil pouch for salmon (it gives the most reliable results), parchment paper is a perfect easy way to protect your salmon from sticking to a baking sheet.
-Use lots of lemon slices
-Cook for about 15 minutes
Plan on around 15 minutes cook time for a large salmon filet in the oven.
Check your salmon for doneness at 10 minutes, and continue to cook until done.
-Use a rimmed baking sheet.
Salmon gives off moisture as it cooks – and so do lemons and butter!
To prevent burns from cooking liquid, cook this salmon on a rimmed baking sheet.
How Much Salmon to Buy
It can be hard to tell how much salmon to buy when getting a large piece of salmon instead of individual salmon filets – but it is just as easy to cook.
This recipe works with either a large side of salmon, or individual salmon filets – feel free to use whichever is available to you!
Plan for about ½ pound of salmon per person – salmon is healthy and won’t weigh you down, but it is pretty filling and packed with protein and healthy fats.
How To Tell When Salmon is Done
One of the biggest questions I always get is how to tell when salmon is done when baking in the oven.
With a little bit of practice, you’ll be able to tell right away by the color of the salmon fillet – but there is an easy trick to find out when salmon is done cooking!
Check With a Knife:
Salmon will change from translucent, darker red or pink to opaque light pink and white as it cooks through.
After about 10 minutes in the oven, check for doneness.
Take a sharp knife and cut a small hole into the top of the thickest part of the salmon filet, and slightly pull back to peek inside.
If salmon is beginning to flake, but is still a tiny bit red in the middle, it is done!
Salmon shouldn’t look RAW, but slightly translucent in the very middle.
Check With a Thermometer:
I try to not check salmon with a thermometer if it is a very thin fillet, but if you’d like to check if your salmon is done with a meat thermometer, it’s pretty easy!
-Digital Meat Thermometer
Carefully insert thermometer into middle of salmon filet (make sure to not touch the bottom of the pan and make sure its inserted into the salmon enough).
Salmon is fully cooked at 140 degrees fahrenheit.
How To Bake Salmon With No Fishy Smell
Salmon is the perfect dinner to make for a dinner party or romantic evening, because you can easily make it without a fishy smell.
Follow the tips below to make salmon that smells and tastes fantastic:
-Use fresh salmon.
Fresh caught salmon, or freshly thawed salmon (frozen is fine, and often allows people who don’t live near salmon waterways to get fresher fish that is frozen immediately at the source.)
Salmon that smells fishy isn’t fresh – and will only smell more as it bakes! Salmon should have a slightly sweet, meaty smell, not a strong fishy smell.
-Bake in foil.
Baking salmon in a foil pouch is the perfect way to keep moisture in and help speed up cook time – and it also cuts down on cooking smells.
-Bake with lemons.
This lemon salmon is perfect because baking salmon with lemons is one of the easiest ways to keep fishy smells far away… and it tastes great!
How To Freeze Cooked Salmon
Cooked salmon can be frozen for four to six months, if stored in an airtight container.
Thaw cooked salmon in its freezer container in the refrigerator overnight (the best method), or by submerging frozen salmon in a plastic bag in cold water.
You can easily use cooked, thawed salmon in salads or as a substitution for canned salmon in casseroles or pasta dishes.
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- 2lb salmon filet
- 2 tbsp butter, divided into small pats (can substitute 2 tbsp olive oil)
- 1 tbsp adobo seasoning (or 2 tsp garlic powder or 1 tbsp Italian seasoning)
- 1/2 lemon, sliced into half-rounds
- 1 tsp celtic sea salt
- 1 tsp fresh cracked pepper
- 1 sprig rosemary, optional
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- Lay down large piece of foil on a baking sheet.
- Place salmon fillet (or individual filets) on foil.
- Arrange pats of butter around the top of the salmon.
- Season generously with adobo, salt, and pepper.
- Arrange lemon slices around the top of salmon.
- Top with rosemary, optional.
- Fold foil into a pouch so steam is contained.
- Bake for 10 minutes.
- After 10 minutes, check with a knife for doneness. Salmon should be just slightly opaque in the middle of the thickest part of the filet when done, or should read 140 degrees when tested with a digital thermometer.
Amount Per ServingCalories 536 Total Fat 34g Saturated Fat 9g Trans Fat 0g Unsaturated Fat 22g Cholesterol 158mg Sodium 1937mg Carbohydrates 3g Fiber 1g Sugar 0g Protein 51g