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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.

Test Kitchen Tips
  • You can freeze salmon and other oily types of fish, such as whitefish, mackerel and lake trout, for up to 3 months. Wrap fish in freezer paper, freezer bags or heavy-duty foil before freezing.
  • Go for freshly squeezed lemon juice when preparing this summery sipper. Bottled lemon juice, which is from concentrate, won’t provide the same bright, fresh flavor.
  • Avoid these mistakes when cooking seafood.
  • 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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    • blantcl
      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.