Baked Salmon Recipe
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Baked Salmon Recipe

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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.
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 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

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.


  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 15-20 minutes or until fish flakes easily with a fork. Yield: 8 servings.
Originally published as Baked Salmon in Quick Cooking July/August 1998, p38

Full-Bodied White Wine

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

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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!"

[email protected] 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 :)"

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

"quick, easy & delicious!"

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