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Baked Salmon Recipe

Baked Salmon Recipe

I often make this very moist and flavorful salmon for company because I can have it ready in less than half an hour. I like to serve it with rice, or a green vegetable and a tossed salad." —Emily Chaney, Penobscot, Maine
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min. YIELD:8 servings


  • 1 salmon fillet (2 pounds)
  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup white wine or chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried tarragon


  • 1. Pat salmon dry. Place in a greased 13x9-in. baking dish. Brush with butter. Combine remaining ingredients; pour over salmon.
  • 2. Bake, uncovered, at 425° for 20-25 minutes or until fish flakes easily with a fork. Yield: 8 servings.

Nutritional Facts

3 ounces cooked salmon: 209 calories, 13g fat (4g saturated fat), 64mg cholesterol, 78mg sodium, 1g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 0 fiber), 19g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 1 fat.

Reviews for Baked Salmon

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Jimbobb User ID: 8906552 252231
Reviewed Aug. 4, 2016

"I used Rosemary instead of tarragon and added salt before brushing surface with softened butter.

It came out well. I will be making this again."

debspencer User ID: 2866755 250239
Reviewed Jul. 9, 2016

"It came out so moist and it is so easy, loved this recipe."

Carmmengreen User ID: 8706268 245379
Reviewed Mar. 13, 2016

"Used lemon pepper, so moist and delicious. Also tried sliced raw onions and lemon on the side w tarter sauce. Was delicious too."

greengoat74 User ID: 8706963 242218
Reviewed Jan. 21, 2016

"tried it with chicken stock was great will do it this way often am going to try it with other types of fish keep you apprised"

Jholmes872 User ID: 8533335 242096
Reviewed Jan. 19, 2016

"Easy to prepare. Always comes out moist and flaky!"

MY REVIEW User ID: 6993142 241779
Reviewed Jan. 14, 2016

"I agree with some of the reviewers below--as written, the dish was a tad bland. To make it more to our liking, I added BOTH the chicken broth and white wine so the sauce would cover the fish as it cooks in order to add more flavor. I used 1/2 cup of each the wine and broth. I always season fish with lemon pepper before it gets another layer of seasoning, crumbs, etc. I have served it with Taste of Home "Lemon LInguine" and it made a nice pairing."

ppolen User ID: 1614953 239283
Reviewed Dec. 13, 2015

"This was very bland. If I ever make it again, I'd have to add a lot more seasoning. I used chicken broth & olive oil instead of butter."

Kierramccafferty User ID: 8637018 238082
Reviewed Nov. 25, 2015

"I made this because my sister was in town. I followed the recipe and used the chicken broth which I have never done before, it worked great, very tender and juicy. I added just a pinch of garlic because I pretty much love garlic on anything. I might add a few more of my favorite spices next time to give it more flavor, but all in all very tasty! I paired it with steamed broccoli and cauliflower and a Caesar Salad."

moswaks User ID: 8381934 226603
Reviewed May. 19, 2015

"I cooked my super thick fillets for 23 minutes and enjoyed two of the most moist, melt-in-your mouth pieces of salmon I've ever prepared (or eaten!) in my life. Just keep an eye on your oven to prevent over-cooking. I can't believe how delish they turned out! Will definitely be making this recipe again very soon :)"

LuckeyD User ID: 8305412 223431
Reviewed Mar. 23, 2015

"20-25 Min. of cooking time is WAY too much. This will result in overdone salmon. I suggest you cook your salmon 4-6 mins. per 1/2 inch thickness. About 8 -10 mins. should be enough for most fillets."

lskr User ID: 8256053 220313
Reviewed Feb. 11, 2015

"I cooked it at 400F for 20 min and it was really overcooked."

anselr User ID: 2011539 22280
Reviewed Jun. 29, 2014

"Quick, easy & delicious!"

mjlouk User ID: 1712085 62957
Reviewed May. 22, 2014

"I would really like to give this three and a half stars. It was okay but a little bland."

AdrianneKathleen User ID: 7810435 53094
Reviewed May. 22, 2014

"Delicious! I didn't have the tarragon so I substituted with 1/4 tsp. Rosemary and 1/4 tsp. oregano."

TULANI User ID: 6477495 82375
Reviewed Mar. 5, 2014

"I made this for dinner tonight(5/MAR/14) and OMG....

this was a dinner to die for!!! excellent taste, looked great coming out of the oven, was super easy prep time...this is a dinner I will make again soon. I love it!...but more importantly, my wife loved it. 8-D"

ziki01 User ID: 4872480 47046
Reviewed Mar. 5, 2014

"Very disappointing, bland and unappealing."

Debster301 User ID: 250658 202740
Reviewed Feb. 1, 2014

"I didn't have tarragon and used a citrus spice and the salmon was tender & delicious."

Racheldee User ID: 7639358 23963
Reviewed Jan. 28, 2014

"My husband was impressed ."

luvcheese3 User ID: 7121885 28989
Reviewed Dec. 20, 2013

"I've never made salmon before but my husband enjoys getting it at restaurants. The grocery store had a sale so I thought I'd give it a try and found this recipe. My husband said it was very, very good. My son also ate it, he had never had salmon before, and he enjoyed it very much too."

ShariTalk User ID: 7131141 53046
Reviewed Nov. 23, 2013

"We love the taste and simplicity. It's a great alternative to grilling."

billieboy57 User ID: 6639952 82368
Reviewed Jul. 19, 2013

"I added 1 Tb of dijon mustard, 1 tea balsamic vinegar, chopped onions/garlic. Baked covered for 15 minutes, uncovered for 10-12 minutes more. I didn't have tarragon, fish was still good :-)"

Grumpma6713 User ID: 6527496 22278
Reviewed Jul. 13, 2013

"Just made this salmon for dinner. First time I have prepared salmon. .it's delicious! The recipe was very easy to prepare and the salmon was ready in no time. I'll definitely make this again!

Used white wine, husband loved it, served with broccoli and baked potato"

Grumpma6713 User ID: 6527496 22277
Reviewed Jul. 13, 2013

"Just made this salmon for dinner. First time I have prepared salmon. .it's delicious! The recipe was very easy to prepare and the salmon was ready in no time. I'll definitely make this again!

Used white wine, husband loved it, served with broccoli and baked potato."

lkfc User ID: 6546484 29010
Reviewed Jul. 6, 2013

"So much easier than using the BBQ.

Taste good too."

EastCoastSeagull User ID: 7303261 23683
Reviewed Jun. 15, 2013

"This recipe was wonderful! I used dill instead of tarragon and Pinot Grigio for the wine. This will definitely be on my "favorites" list of recipes!"

jLL8 User ID: 7276380 23962
Reviewed May. 24, 2013

"Such a good recipe I like other reviewers put lemons on top for flavor and a nice finishing touch my 3 kids also enjoyed this recipe."

WifeMadeMeCook User ID: 7252231 47045
Reviewed May. 5, 2013

"I've made this recipe several times now. It's great with either chicken stock or white wine but I prefer the chicken stock option. Great recipe - easy, fast and delicious!!"

germanycook User ID: 6411056 22275
Reviewed Apr. 4, 2013

"Just the recipe I was looking for - an easy tasty baked salmon dish! Lemon slices on top while it baked gave it extra-fresh lemon flavour."

Dad_Dinner User ID: 7204833 23959
Reviewed Mar. 29, 2013

"Fantastic! I made this with 2, 6 oz. salmon fillets in a 9 x 9 baking dish. Used half the ingredients and olive oil instead of butter, white wine was a Gavi. Baked for 21 minutes. Best salmon I have ever tasted, and excellent paired with the Gavi.


valleau User ID: 6011470 23676
Reviewed Mar. 26, 2013

"I have made this recipe and it always turns out fresh and perfect! Often times, I'll change it up a bit by putting thinly sliced onions and sliced lemons on the top while it bakes.."

Igraine32 User ID: 7006585 23675
Reviewed Mar. 7, 2013

"This is my new favorite way to make salmon. Usually I sautee with garlic & lemon, but this came out really moist and the tarragon definitely added a delightful dimension without being overpowering. I usually serve my 5 yr old with some mayo on the side. He decided to try it without and said it was better without it. I was astonished. I didn't have a full two pounds but I still used the entire liquid.I think that's what made it so moist. It turned out perfect. Sadly it was better than most restaurant salmon. Why go out when it's usually served dry?"

hcdearmore User ID: 1889567 47954
Reviewed Feb. 8, 2013

"Nothing exceptional, but a good basic way to cook salmon."

Banner541 User ID: 7118039 52291
Reviewed Feb. 1, 2013

"This Salmon was absolutely delicious. I highly recommend it. I Had no Tarragon, so made it with dill."

shirley1973 User ID: 7116863 202739
Reviewed Feb. 1, 2013

"very good"

linda63 User ID: 1357073 29007
Reviewed Jan. 16, 2013

"I don't like salmon at all but this recipe is wonderful. I didn't have tarragon but substituted fresh dill. The recipe is a keeper!"

Nikkolita User ID: 7073389 23957
Reviewed Jan. 6, 2013

"I followed the directions opting for wine over chicken broth and I actually cooked it for only 18minutes. It melted like butter in my mouth!! Best salmon I have EVER had that includes all 5 star restaurants I have dined at. My husband couldn't get enough of it! The liquid surrounding the salmon plays a huge roll as well as cooking time. I wouldnt suggest cooking any longer then 18 minutes."

5xamom User ID: 787516 62638
Reviewed Oct. 3, 2012

"This was wonderful! My son who HATES fish said it was pretty good. He had two or three helpings so that is saying a lot! Thanks for sharing the recipe."

Cercospora User ID: 6892720 28987
Reviewed Sep. 29, 2012

"Also - to the person below that said it was too dry - maybe this had something to do w/ what you baked it in or your fish/liquid ratio or maybe even baking too long? I've had dry salmon and this was NOT it. I would strongly suggest trying this one again in a different way."

Cercospora User ID: 6892720 22273
Reviewed Sep. 29, 2012

"I have to start by saying this is not the type of recipe I typically go for w/ salmon. I usually do a sesame ginger-style or a maple-glaze and like to grill on cedar planks. My wife hates seafood, so when she is gone for the night, my daughter and I have our special seafood nights :) Anyway, we didn't have a lot of time and I found this and decided to try it and am very impressed. If you love the taste of salmon, don't want to overpower it and want a juicy piece of salmon - this is for you. My changes - I was out of butter, so I brushed with a lemon-infused olive oil. Also - I didn't have tarragon, so I put a little Italian seasoning and added some onion powder. I was drinking red wine and didn't have any white open, so went the chicken broth road. Cooked at 425 (about 1.25 lb filet) for about 23 min. It was EXTREMELY moist, I can't say enough about that. The biggest sin w/ salmon is when it is too dry and this recipe was a huge success in preventing that. Although I will stick w/ my cedar plank grilling, etc...when I bake again, I will absolutely use this again for my base recipe! Thanks for the suggestion!"

Summy User ID: 1386846 202738
Reviewed Jul. 26, 2012

"I have made this at least twice per month. I use 1/2 tsp lemon pepper instead of lemon juice when I don't have lemons or lemon juice on hand. It's delicious!"

summyb User ID: 3917798 17637
Reviewed Jul. 5, 2012

"Flavorful and moist! I made this using lemon-pepper because I didn't have any lemon juice on hand. It was delicious! I will make it again and again."

seekye1st User ID: 5237806 22272
Reviewed Nov. 24, 2011

"Yes I would make it again and have several times."

skymom747 User ID: 1717371 23669
Reviewed Nov. 6, 2011

"Great recipe! I used white wine, and the flavor was delicious. This is a definite keeper at our house."

huntinmama8 User ID: 4044631 47953
Reviewed Oct. 29, 2011

"This is AMAZING!!! Moist & Deliscious and flavorful!"

nnikolay User ID: 5982813 29005
Reviewed May. 10, 2011

"Turned out very dry."

caglaser User ID: 3870171 55180
Reviewed Mar. 4, 2011

"We were looking for something with a little more flavor"

lizizzy007 User ID: 3898580 22268
Reviewed Oct. 19, 2010

"I made this recipe as a serving for one, using Smart Balance, a splash of white wine, squeeze of lemon juice, and salt/pepper. When it came out of the oven, I practically ate it right out of the baking dish at the stove!"

kdc-perez07 User ID: 2121276 23666
Reviewed Aug. 2, 2010

"loved this! Very simple, but good."

emili1805 User ID: 1142470 202737
Reviewed Jan. 3, 2010

"Just made this salmon for's delicious! The recipe was very easy to prepare and the salmon was ready in no time. I'll definitely make this again!"

DeeDeeLee User ID: 4078731 23664
Reviewed Sep. 4, 2009

"This recipe is amazing! I made it along with fresh steamed broccoli, and lemon rice for a quick and fantastic meal!"

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Wine Pairings

Full-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied white wine such as Chardonnay or Viognier.