Baked Salmon With Garlic

Baked Salmon With Garlic
The Spruce
Ratings (234)
  • Total: 30 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 20 mins
  • Yield: 4 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
513 Calories
31g Fat
15g Carbs
43g Protein
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Fresh salmon fillets -or steaks- make a fast and easy meal. Not only are they great for a weekly night dinner, but they are also special enough for a dinner party menu!

The health benefits of salmon cannot be overstated. It's an excellent source of Omega-3 fatty acids, and baking does not decrease that content. In case you were wondering, salmon is also rich in B12, vitamin D, and selenium, and is low in mercury.

Keeping that in mind, if you enjoy seafood, then salmon is a great source of protein for you. Especially this baked salmon. It gets fabulous flavor from minced garlic, olive oil and some chopped fresh parsley. A drizzle of lemon juice provides the perfect finishing touch.

If you're looking to add a bit of extra umph to this dish, we recommend adding some fresh herbs that complement salmon nicely, such as mint, fennel, chives, chervil, tarragon and dill.

For serving, consider placing the baked salmon fillets on a bed of sautéed spinach or kale. Or serve them over a base of vibrant pureed peas. Add a simple baked potatoes or roasted potatoes, and a tossed salad for a well-rounded dinner. For wine, a chardonnay or sauvignon blanc pair well with the herb and citrus flavors. Or, choose a pinot noir or rosé, both of which go well with all kinds of salmon preparations.


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  • 4 cloves garlic (small, minced)
  • 1 tablespoon parsley (heaping; chopped)
  • 4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • Dash kosher salt
  • Dash black pepper
  • 4 salmon fillets (about 4 to 6 ounces each)
  • 3 lemons (divided)

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Baked salmon ingredients
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  2. Heat oven to 375 F.

  3. Lightly grease a 9-by-13-by-2-inch baking pan or line the pan with foil and lightly oil the foil

  4. In a small bowl, combine the minced garlic, parsley and olive oil; blend the ingredients well.

    Combine garlic and parsley
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  5. Arrange the salmon fillets in the prepared baking pan and spread the garlic and parsley mixture evenly over them. Sprinkle the fillets lightly with salt and freshly ground black pepper.

    Arrange salmon on baking dish and add parsley mixture
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  6. Bake the salmon for about 20 minutes, or until the fillets register 145 F or flake easily with a fork.

    Bake salmon until flaky
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  7. Meanwhile, juice one of the lemons.

    Juice lemons for salmon
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  8. Drizzle the baked salmon fillets with 2 tablespoons of lemon juice.

    Drizzle salmon with lemon juice
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  9. Slice the remaining lemon into wedges (see below) and serve them with the salmon.

    Serve baked salmon with lemon wedges
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  10. Enjoy!

Tips and Variations

  • Salmon With Garlic and Herbs - Add 2 teaspoons of minced fresh thyme and 1 teaspoon of minced fresh rosemary to the parsley and garlic mixture.

  • The fish is done when you can lift flakes with a fork and the fish is opaque. The US Food and Drug Administration recommends an internal temperature of 145 F. To be sure the salmon is perfectly baked, check with a reliable instant-read thermometer inserted into the center of a fillet. It should read 145 F. To check with a fork, insert it into the center of a fillet and twist it slightly. The center should flake and be opaque, but not dry.

  • To cut a lemon into wedges, slice off the top and bottom of the lemon. Stand the lemon up on a cut end and slice it to make two halves. Cut each half lengthwise into four wedges.