Baked Salmon with Lemon

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This easy baked lemon salmon with garlic butter is full of flavor. It’s a healthy pescatarian recipe that’s easy to make on a weeknight. It’s ready in less than 30 minutes.

baked lemon salmon in a foil packet

Why You’ll Love this Baked Salmon Recipe

This baked salmon in foil is a delicious weeknight meal. It’s got a wonderful lemon zest topping with garlic butter topping that makes the salmon extra decadent. This recipe is easily doubled or tripled.

It’s cooked on a bed of citrus so the citrus flavor isn’t overwhelming but is still deeply flavorful. Lemon zest and salt are rubbed into the salmon before the garlic butter topping is added, ensuring the tenderness of the fish.

Cooking the salmon in foil locks in moisture and also makes the fish incredibly tender. This is a wonderful way to gently add flavor and moisture to fish that you won’t get from frying or grilling.


Ingredients You’ll Need for Baked Lemon Salmon Recipe

  • 2 (5 ounce) salmon fillets 
  • 2 lemons
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 garlic clove, finely minced
  • optional – microgreens for topping


How to Make This Recipe

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. 
  2. Zest one of the lemons, then thinly slice both lemons into rounds. 
  3. Place a long strip of aluminum foil on a baking sheet. Lay the lemon slices in the center of the aluminum foil, slightly overlapping to create a bed for the salmon. 
  4. Lay the salmon on the lemon slices. Pat the salt and lemon zest into the salmon. 
  5. Melt the butter and then add the garlic to the butter. 
  6. Using a spoon or a pastry brush, top the salmon with the garlic butter. 
  7. Fold the aluminum foil together, completely enclosing the salmon. Use a second piece of foil if your first piece is not large enough. 
  8. Bake for 15 to 25 minutes, until the salmon is fully cooked through (145 degrees F on an instant-read thermometer). The salmon should flake apart and be opaque in the center. 
  9. Remove the salmon from the oven and carefully open the foil. 
  10. Serve the salmon with optional microgreens or other toppings. 
lemon salmon in a foil packet before being baked

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piece of baked lemon salmon on a grey plate

Tips for Making Baked Lemon Salmon

  • Salmon is done at 145 degrees F. The best way I’ve found to check this is to use an instant-read thermometer like this one.
  • If you like fresh herbs, you can also add dill or parsley to this recipe. Either add them to the lemon slices base or chop them up finely and add them to the garlic butter.
  • Make sure to use a rimmed baking sheet for your salmon, just in case you don’t get the aluminum foil packet fully sealed, the lemon + butter combo does get a little juicy and you don’t want it dripping off the side of a cookie sheet!

I hope you love this baked salmon with lemon recipe as much as I do! Let me know if you make it. You can tag us on Instagram @thishealthytable.

Yield: 2 servings

Baked Salmon with Lemon

Baked Salmon with Lemon

This easy baked lemon salmon with garlic butter is full of flavor. It's a healthy pescatarian recipe that's easy to make on a weeknight.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 (5 ounce) salmon fillets
  • 2 lemons
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 garlic clove, finely minced
  • optional - microgreens for topping

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. 
  2. Zest one of the lemons, then thinly slice both lemons into rounds. 
  3. Place a long strip of aluminum foil on a baking sheet. Lay the lemon slices in the center of the aluminum foil, slightly overlapping to create a bed for the salmon. 
  4. Lay the salmon on the lemon slices. Pat the salt and lemon zest into the salmon. 
  5. Melt the butter and then add the garlic to the butter. 
  6. Using a spoon or a pastry brush, top the salmon with the garlic butter. 
  7. Fold the aluminum foil together, completely enclosing the salmon. Use a second piece of foil if your first piece is not large enough. 
  8. Bake for 15 to 25 minutes, until the salmon is fully cooked through (145 degrees F on an instant-read thermometer). The salmon should flake apart and be opaque in the center. 
  9. Remove the salmon from the oven and carefully open the foil. 
  10. Serve the salmon with optional microgreens or other toppings. 

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

2

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 420Total Fat: 29gSaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 16gCholesterol: 120mgSodium: 1237mgCarbohydrates: 8gFiber: 2gSugar: 2gProtein: 32g

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