Oven Baked Salmon with Lemon Cream Sauce

Oven Baked Salmon with flavorful and simple lemon cream sauce. Lemon beurre blanc, will be your secret weapon for seafood recipes. Gourmet flavors at home! | natashaskitchen.com

This oven baked salmon is drizzled generously in a simple and delicious lemon cream sauce (classically known as lemon beurre blanc). The sauce will become your secret weapon for seafood recipes. It’s great with salmon, scallops, crab cakes and all kinds of fish. It is easy to make and brings so much amazing flavor.

We enjoyed salmon with lemon beurre blanc at our favorite fancy restaurant while celebrating the sale of our house. I knew at first bite that I had to recreate the recipe. For the $25.00 menu price of 1 serving, I could buy a whole salmon filet and feed the entire family!

Traditional beurre blanc recipes can be finicky if they aren’t done right but we found that using heavy cream makes it much more forgiving. It keeps the sauce from separating and allows for gentle reheating if you have leftovers.

As with any cream or butter based sauce, we recommend reheating over low heat, stirring frequently, just until hot and ready.

Notes: 2 lb of salmon serves 4 to 6 and 3 lb of salmon serves 6 to 8, depending on how you portion.

Oven Baked Salmon with flavorful and simple lemon cream sauce. Lemon beurre blanc, will be your secret weapon for seafood recipes. Gourmet flavors at home! | natashaskitchen.com

For Oven Roasted Salmon with Lemon Cream Sauce:

2 to 3 lb salmon fillet
salt and black pepper to taste
1 Tbsp olive oil for drizzling salmon
1 Tbsp parsley, finely chopped, to garnish

Oven Baked Salmon with flavorful and simple lemon cream sauce. Lemon beurre blanc, will be your secret weapon for seafood recipes. Gourmet flavors at home! | natashaskitchen.com

Ingredients for Sauce (Lemon Beurre Blanc)

1 small onion or 2 medium shallots, super finely diced (about 1/4 cup diced)
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice (from 2 medium or 1 large lemons)
1/4 cup dry white wine (such as chardonnay or pino grigio)
1/2 cup heavy cream
1/2 cup (8 Tbsp) cold unsalted butter cut into 8 pieces

Oven Baked Salmon with flavorful and simple lemon cream sauce. Lemon beurre blanc, will be your secret weapon for seafood recipes. Gourmet flavors at home! | natashaskitchen.com

How to Make Oven Baked Salmon with Lemon Cream Sauce:

1. Line rimmed baking sheet with foil or parchment paper. Arrange salmon skin-side-down, season with salt and pepper and drizzle the tops with oil. Bake uncovered at 425 for 10-15 min (depending on thickness of salmon) or until salmon is cooked through. My thick wild caught salmon took about 14 minutes. 

Oven Baked Salmon with flavorful and simple lemon cream sauce. Lemon beurre blanc, will be your secret weapon for seafood recipes. Gourmet flavors at home! | natashaskitchen.com Oven Baked Salmon with flavorful and simple lemon cream sauce. Lemon beurre blanc, will be your secret weapon for seafood recipes. Gourmet flavors at home! | natashaskitchen.com

2. In a small sauce pan, combine 1/4 cup finely diced onion, 1/4 cup lemon juice, 1/4 cup wine and simmer over medium heat until reduced to a thick mixture (7-8 min).

3. Whisk in 1/2 cup cream and as soon as it comes to a simmer, reduce to low heat and slowly whisk in the 8 Tbsp butter, one tablespoon at a time (whisking constantly). Add 1/4 tsp salt or to taste and remove from heat. Cover with a lid to keep warm until ready to serve.

Oven Baked Salmon with flavorful and simple lemon cream sauce. Lemon beurre blanc, will be your secret weapon for seafood recipes. Gourmet flavors at home! | natashaskitchen.com

Plate salmon and drizzle generously with the lemon sauce, garnish with freshly chopped parsley then serve your hungry dinner guests 🙂

Oven Baked Salmon with flavorful and simple lemon cream sauce. Lemon beurre blanc, will be your secret weapon for seafood recipes. Gourmet flavors at home! | natashaskitchen.com

This oven baked salmon pairs really well with fluffy white rice and asparagus. Now that’s one classy dinner!

Oven Baked Salmon with Lemon Cream Sauce

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This oven baked salmon is drizzled generously in a simple and delicious lemon cream sauce (classically known as lemon beurre blanc).
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Serving: 4 to 6 slices

Ingredients

For Oven Baked Salmon with Lemon Cream Sauce:

  • 2 to 3 lb salmon fillet
  • salt and black pepper to taste
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil for drizzling salmon
  • 1 Tbsp parsley, finely chopped, to garnish

For the Lemon Cream Sauce:

  • 1 small onion or 2 medium shallots, super finely diced (about ¼ cup diced)
  • ¼ cup fresh lemon juice (from 2 medium or 1 large lemons)
  • ¼ cup dry white wine (such as chardonnay or pino grigio)
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • ½ cup (8 Tbsp) cold unsalted butter cut into 8 pieces

Instructions

  1. Line baking sheet with foil or parchment. Arrange salmon skin-side-down, season with salt and pepper and drizzle the tops with oil. Bake uncovered at 425 for 10-15 min (depending on thickness of salmon) or until salmon is cooked through. My thick wild caught salmon took 14 min.
  2. In a small sauce pan, combine ¼ cup finely diced onion, ¼ cup lemon juice, ¼ cup wine and simmer over medium heat until reduced to a thick mixture (7-8 min).
  3. Whisk in ½ cup cream and as soon as it comes to a simmer, reduce to low heat and slowly whisk in the 8 Tbsp butter, one tablespoon at a time (whisking constantly). Add ¼ tsp salt or to taste and remove from heat. Cover with a lid to keep warm until ready to serve.
  4. Plate salmon and drizzle generously with the lemon sauce, garnish with freshly chopped parsley then serve.

Notes

We recommend reheating over low heat, stirring frequently, just until hot and ready.
A 2 lb salmon serves 4 to 6 and a 3 lb salmon serves 6 to 8

If you make this recipe, I’d love to see pics of your creations on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter! Hashtag them #natashaskitchen

Oven Baked Salmon with flavorful and simple lemon cream sauce. Lemon beurre blanc, will be your secret weapon for seafood recipes. Gourmet flavors at home! | natashaskitchen.com

Do you have a go-to recipe for dinner guests? Let me know in a comment below!

Oven Baked Salmon with flavorful and simple lemon cream sauce. Lemon beurre blanc, will be your secret weapon for seafood recipes. Gourmet flavors at home! | natashaskitchen.com

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  • Norelle
    November 11, 2017

    Love the lemon cream sauce! Goes well with other kinds of fish. Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      November 11, 2017

      I’m glad you love the sauce just as much as I do! Thanks for sharing Norelle! Reply

  • Laney
    November 7, 2017

    This sounds so good. Would love to try it tonight, but I don’t have heavy cream. Can you use half and half instead? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      November 7, 2017

      Hi Laney, I can’t say for sure since I haven’t tried that substitution. I’m not sure if it would develop properly into the same light and creamy consistency. Reply

  • Treva
    October 5, 2017

    Great! Perfect for my low carb diet plus my 7-year-old son liked it too! Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      October 6, 2017

      Awesome! I’m glad to hear that Treva! Thanks for sharing! Reply

  • Sue
    September 26, 2017

    Tried this tonight. It was fabulous! Perfect special touch for the salmon. Hubby went for seconds on the sauce! Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      September 26, 2017

      I’m happy to hear you both enjoy the recipe! Thanks for sharing your great review Sue! Reply

  • September 22, 2017

    Just wondering if you use salted or unsalted butter? Recipe does not say but picture of ingredients shows unsalted butter. Getting ready to try it. Thanks Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      September 23, 2017

      Hi Pam, I apologize I missed your question earlier. It is unsalted butter. Sorry I missed that and I have now clarified this in the recipe. Reply

  • Dana Jordan
    August 3, 2017

    Just wonderful! I eat a low carb high fat diet, but my husband eats a very strict low carb low fat diet so I served his with a lemon wedge instead of the sauce. He tasted the sauce and proceeded to pour a boatload of the sauce over his salmon and vegetables. He went on and on how delicious this meal was. Thank you! Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      August 3, 2017

      You’re welcome Dana! I’m happy to hear how much you both enjoy the recipe! Thanks for sharing your fantastic review! Reply

  • Tracy
    July 20, 2017

    Hi Natasha, just wanted to let you know that I love this recipe. My daughter loves it so much. It is so simple and easy to do. Thank you very much for sharing this.

    Thank you Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      July 21, 2017

      You’re welcome Tracy! I’m happy you both enjoy the recipe so much! Thanks for sharing your wonderful review! Reply

  • Cass
    July 7, 2017

    I absolutely loved this recipe! I do however recommend being a bit conservative with the lemon juice if you don’t prefer the sauce to be quite as tart. I added 1tbsp of raw sugar to help balance the acidity of the lemon and it turned out perfect! Great dish! Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      July 7, 2017

      I’m glad you love it Cass! Thanks for sharing your great review and tip with other readers! Reply

  • Anh
    June 10, 2017

    Hi. I made this recipe today but I don’t know why I have some bitterness taste from lemon. Do you know how I can avoid it? Thank you very much in advance and I really enjoy your recipes! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      June 10, 2017

      Lemon should not have any bitterness to it unless you are using the white part of the rind. Maybe you had a bad lemon? Reply

      • Anh
        June 11, 2017

        I only added lemon juice (no lemon skin or seeds). The juice itself before being cooked is ok, no bitterness. I checked online and it seems that there’re a few people having the same problem like me. For example point 6 in the article below mentions this issue http://www.bonappetit.com/test-kitchen/common-mistakes/article/citrus-common-mistakes . But I know that sometimes I can squeeze some juice in my boiling food and it’s ok, sometimes it’s bitter… very strange… Reply

  • June 5, 2017

    Simply AMAZING!!!!!
    By chance would you know the calorie intake for this meal? Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      June 5, 2017

      I’m glad you love it Michelle! Due to time constraints, I don’t typically include nutritional info, but check out this nutrition analyzer – you can plug in the ingredients from any recipe, select the serving size and it will give you nutritional info, calories, etc. I hope that is helpful to you! Reply

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