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Baked Salmon

Total Time

Prep/Total Time: 30 min.


8 servings

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


  • 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 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.