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Easy Baked Salmon with Garlic Butter

This Easy Baked Salmon is drizzled with Lemon-Garlic Butter for a delicious dinner that's ready in just minutes! Indulge in tender, healthy salmon for a quick, tasty weeknight meal.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword baked salmon, Easy Baked Salmon
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 350kcal


  • 4 tablespoon unsalted butter (melted)
  • 2 cloves fresh garlic (minced)
  • Handful of fresh parsley (finely chopped)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 3 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 4 salmon fillets (any size or weight will work for this recipe)


  • Preheat your oven to 400F (200°C). Line a baking tray with tin foil.
  • Clean the salmon and remove any visible bones. If the skin is still on, pat it dry.
  • In a small bowl, mix together the melted butter, garlic, lemon juice, salt, and pepper until well-combined.
  • Add the salmon fillets to the baking tray, skin-side down. Brush with the garlic butter until well-covered, but reserve some to brush on the fish after it’s done baking.
  • Place in the oven and bake for 12 – 18 minutes depending on the thickness of the salmon fillets. I find that 15 minutes is usually the right amount of time.
  • Take the salmon out of the oven. If baked with the skin, remove that now. Brush the fillets with another layer of garlic butter, then drizzle with fresh lemon juice and top with chopped parsley.


This recipe is for 4 servings of baked salmon.
If possible, I recommend buying salmon fillets with the skin still on. The skin keeps the fish moist while cooking and prevents it from sticking to the baking tray.
A good rule of thumb for cooking salmon is to cook it for 4-6 minutes per 1/2 inch of thickness. I find that 15 minutes works 95% of the time.
Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. 


Serving: 4oz | Calories: 350kcal | Carbohydrates: 1.8g | Protein: 28.6g | Fat: 25.1g | Saturated Fat: 9.3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 6.6g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 109.5mg | Sodium: 68.4mg | Potassium: 757mg | Fiber: 0.3g | Sugar: 0.4g | Vitamin A: 1035IU | Vitamin C: 20.6mg | Calcium: 31mg | Iron: 1.6mg | Net carbs: 1.5g