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It doesn’t get much easier than this Easy 5 Ingredient Baked Salmon recipe with a garlic, lemon, and dill butter sauce. All it takes is 5 ingredients and 20 minutes of your time. So simple, so flavorful!

Baked salmon with lemon slices, garlic, and dill sitting in tin foil with all the juices

Salmon is tied with tuna for the most widely consumed fish in the United States. That’s kind of a big deal. Having a super easy salmon recipe is a must. This recipe uses just 5 ingredients, and that’s really all you need to make this popular fish. It seriously can’t get any easier. Dill, garlic, and lemon are a classic combination and bring out amazing flavor in the fish. You can’t go wrong!

When it comes to salmon you have a couple decisions to make. First, are you going to buy wild caught or farm raised? Wild caught has a much more rich flavor to it, but it also tends to be much more expensive. Farm raised is always a great choice. You can buy an entire filet (as pictured), or you can buy portions. This recipe will work with either.

Piece of baked salmon on a fork with large filet of salmon in the background

The beauty of this recipe is that it is completely simple. It’s hard to mess this up which means just about anyone can make this recipe, regardless of their experience in the kitchen.

Be sure to use fresh dill. Many people have asked about substitutions, but fresh dill is the key to this recipe. It is the perfect pairing with salmon and has a whole lot of flavor.

Baked salmon recipe pictured from above that includes lemon, butter, dill, and garlic

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Baked Salmon that has lemon slices, dill, garlic, and butter on it
It doesn't get much easier than this Easy 5 Ingredient Baked Salmon with a garlic, lemon, and dill butter sauce. All it takes is 5 ingredients and 20 minutes of your time. So simple, so flavorful!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
  • 1 salmon filet
  • 1/2 cup salted butter melted
  • 4 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 8 garlic cloves crushed
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh dill
  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line a 4 sided baking sheet with aluminum foil. Place the salmon in the middle of the foil.
  • In a glass measuring cup, combine melted butter, lemon juice, garlic, and dill. Whisk together.
  • Pour butter mixture directly over salmon. Pull the sides and ends of the aluminum foil up and pinch together, covering the salmon completely.
  • Bake in the preheated oven for 15-20 minutes, or until the salmon flakes easily with a fork.


Calories: 376kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 30g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Cholesterol: 123mg | Sodium: 253mg | Potassium: 595mg | Vitamin A: 770IU | Vitamin C: 7.7mg | Calcium: 31mg | Iron: 1mg
Course: Dinner, Main Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Baked Salmon
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April 16, 2020 2:06 am

My husband is not a salmon fan, but he loved, and now craves salmon (as long as it is thE “best healthy baked salmon” recipe). I have Made this several times noW. Its definitely a family fav!!

Thank you!!!

July 15, 2020 6:07 am

5 stars
I made it for my daughter on her birthday. She loved it. Since then I have made this several times.

October 21, 2019 8:33 am

5 stars
I loved it Rachel It’s really awesome as I tried the same way before also and I just can’t resist the taste I just love it

Leslie Martin
November 29, 2020 10:44 pm

5 stars
I have made this recipe about 3 times now. I use 4 – 8oz portions of salmon as I don’t have access to buy a full salmon fillet. Still comes out perfect each time and I get rave responses from guests and family alike.

Tamara Kuchar
September 7, 2020 6:25 pm

5 stars
Turns out fabulous every time I make it! Quick, easy, and delicious.

August 29, 2020 12:24 pm

5 stars
Unbelievably delicious and oh sooooo easy. Thank you sweet Rachel for making my favorite seafood so easy and good.

July 29, 2020 1:59 pm

What about salt and pepper?
Also how do you feel about the negative reports on cooking in foil.
My husband wont let me use foil.
Could I cook it without covering it maybe? Thanks. Love your recipies.

Claudia Vigor
August 14, 2020 8:02 pm
Reply to  Jean

You could make it with parchment paper and a spray of Pam inside.

May 9, 2020 8:26 am

5 stars
I will b making this tom, a Mothers Day dinner for my daughter and grandchildren.

Cortney Peavy
January 14, 2020 7:02 pm

1 star
Tasted like dill pickle . My whole family didn’t like it

February 14, 2020 1:38 pm
Reply to  Cortney Peavy

Perhaps you went a little too heavy on the dill? It should not have been an overpowering flavor.

Tarre B Smith
April 13, 2020 9:22 am
Reply to  Cortney Peavy

5 stars
Impossible. Dill weed tastes nothing like dill seeds and vinegar in dill pickles. This is the perfect way to make salmon; I add a bit of white wine and that’s the only difference. You could even use more dill weed and it wouldn’t hurt it.

Nancy Cyr
January 6, 2020 1:12 pm

Gary Bowers
I know this reply is reaching you many months after your question. I just wanted to say after cooking salmon in my oven many times in a foil packet, I have never had a bad fishy smell in my home. If you grilled your salmon, how did it turn out?

August 23, 2019 8:25 am

5 stars
This is a wonderful way to cook a large portion of fish without drying it out AND giving it lots of flavour, instead of poaching. Will be keeping this one!

Gary Bowers
July 8, 2019 10:50 pm

I like Salmon. My Wife told me I could try this recipe, BUT, she wants me to cook it outside so the smell of fish isn’t lingering for days after. In the house.

Have you ever tried this outside on a grill. If so , how to cook, did it change the outcome.

One way or the other , I am doing this recipe, just at friends house.

Now to find the correct friend ? Who is worthy of sharing Salmon with.

Tarre B Smith
April 13, 2020 9:28 am
Reply to  Gary Bowers

5 stars
I’ve done this on the grill! Make sure you keep it sealed tight and move to the side so it’ s not over the flame; keep the grill lid on tight and it’ll bake just like in the oven and don’t open it till time is up. Note: if your fish smells really “fishy” it is old, not fresh.

July 5, 2019 6:40 pm

5 stars
Simple and easy to cook and prepare. As we were out of town at families’ house, I did have to make a couple substitutes (not fresh lemon juice, garlic clove, or dill weed), but it was still very good. I can’t wait to get home to our own kitchen and use all fresh ingredients!!!! ^_^.

Dolly Stewart
June 13, 2019 9:38 am

Thanks. Quick easy and delicious. ?

May 20, 2019 6:49 pm

5 stars
Love the recipe. I use it every time we have salmon now!! Just be careful not to bake it too long.

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