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Baked Salmon

I often make this very moist and flavorful oven-baked salmon for company because I can have it ready in less than half an hour. This baked salmon with lemon is well complemented by rice or a green vegetable and a tossed salad. —Emily Chaney, Penobscot, Maine
  • 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


  • Pat salmon dry. Place in a greased 13x9-in. baking dish. Brush with butter. Combine remaining ingredients; pour over salmon.
  • Bake, uncovered, at 425° for 15-20 minutes or until fish flakes easily with a fork.

Baked Salmon Tips

Is baked salmon healthy?

Salmon is an excellent source of antioxidants and vitamins, but it’s the fatty acids in salmon that really make it a 5-star healthy option. Baking salmon in the oven is one way to cook it, but there are many other methods to try, including pan-searing, grilling and broiling. Learn more in our how to cook salmon guide.

How do you keep salmon from drying out?

In this baked salmon recipe, butter is what really helps to lock in the moisture. But the best way to keep salmon from drying out is to avoid overbaking it.

How do you tell when salmon is finished cooking?

When salmon is done cooking, it will feel a little firm when you press it with the back of a spatula, and it will flake easily with a fork. If you’re unsure, the safest way to tell if salmon is done cooking is to use a thermometer. The U.S. Department of Agriculture recommends cooking salmon to an internal temperature of at least 145º.

What vegetables go well with salmon?

While really anything goes with salmon, a colorful platter of grilled vegetables is the perfect complement. Salmon also pairs well with this Rustic Summer Vegetable Pasta.
Research contributed by Catherine Ward, Taste of Home Prep Kitchen Manager.
Nutrition 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.


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  • Jennie
    May 18, 2020

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    Jan 2, 2020

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  • Emma
    Aug 13, 2019

    Hello! Thanks for this good recipe. Iand#039;ll try to cook it. I want to introduce one of my favorite fish recipe too - baked salmon. I really love this dish, baked slmon so easy and tasty food. I love to add a lot of spice and eat salmon with rice.

  • Conner
    May 31, 2019

    This was awesome!!! I LOVED it. Made exactly as recipe states. Great recipe!!

  • Danielle
    Jan 29, 2019

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  • Peapod0114
    Dec 29, 2018

    This was super easy. I didn't have wine or chicken broth so I skipped it and they still were so good! Easy for a weeknight meal, we are trying to add more fish to our diet this will definitely help us with that!!! Made it for my cousin as well and she loved it. Goes great over a bed of lettuce.

  • snow4jc
    Jun 12, 2018

    I think this is the best method for preparing salmon. You can always alter the liquid and spices, depending on your hankaring is that day. ????. Thank you for sharing!!

  • Lonnie
    May 14, 2018

    I cook salmon in the oven, place on a sheet of foil sprayed with non stick cooking spray, add alittle lemon jiuce on top sprinkle with salt and pepper, add slices of butter on top and sprinkle with alittle garlic powder. bake in oven at 350 for about 30 minutes. it is done when it is flaky. I made this recipe from this site: before visiting your site and this time my family surprised me that how amazing oven baked salmon is.

  • AvidcookGAtoCA
    Oct 5, 2017

    I made this for an easy and quick healthy meal. Based on reviews about being bland, I used Cajun seasonings on half of one fillet, and lemon pepper on the other half. The second fillet was made according to the recipe. I used chicken broth because I was without wine. My fish was done perfectly after 15 minutes at 425. All 3 versions were good, but Cajun seasoning was declared the favorite. Use this recipe for the method and personalize it with your favorite seasoning. This recipe is a keeper.Lynne TOH Volunteer Food Editor

  • Jimbobb
    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.