This Baked Salmon recipe is juicy, flaky, and full of flavor from the zesty fresh lemon and tangy Dijon marinade. This recipe sounds fancy, but it is so quick and easy to make with just a handful of ingredients!

According to my readers, this easy Oven-Baked Salmon has impressed in-laws, saved marriages, and has even left picky eaters smiling. Watch the video tutorial below and find out why everyone loves it.

A skillet with four salmon fillets topped with lemon slices.

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Baked Salmon Recipe

When it comes to parties and entertaining, this 20-minute roasted salmon is one of our go-to seafood recipes along with the best Fish Tacos and Creamy Shrimp Pasta.

We have so many incredible baked salmon recipes on our site, from Pan-Seared Salmon to Air Fryer Salmon but this is by far the crowd favorite. With more than a thousand 5-star reviews and my own kids’ stamp of approval (they always ask for seconds), this Baked Salmon with Garlic and Dijon recipe had to grace the pages of my cookbook, Natasha’s Kitchen! It’s safe to say that this is the recipe to try if you are new to cooking fish.

Baked Salmon with Garlic and Dijon Video

Watch Natasha make Baked Salmon. It might sound intimidating, but it is so simple and flavorful, and the presentation is impressive. The marinade keeps the salmon so moist, that the fish just flakes right onto your fork with each bite.

Why You’ll Love This Salmon Recipe

  • Quick – You’ll have an amazing dinner in just 20 minutes, from start to finish. You can eat quick, healthy meals, without compromising on great taste.
  • Easy- Simply combine the garlic dijon ingredients for an aromatic and tangy flavor, and pop your sheet pan into the oven.
  • Healthy – Salmon is a nutrient-dense fish that provides essential nutrients with relatively few calories. It Is an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin D, and B12, high-quality protein, and has many other health benefits.

Ingredients

The flavorful garlic, dijon, and lemon glaze is what truly sets this Baked Salmon recipe apart. This is a healthy salmon recipe but is definitely not lacking in flavor.

  • Salmon – 1 1/2 lb. fillet, pin bones removed. See our tips below for removing the bones and how to shop for salmon.
  • Lemon – 1/2 lemon, sliced into 4 rings
Ingredients for baked salmon with garlic dijob marinade next to 4 salmon fillets

Pro Tip:

To remove the tiny pin bones from your salmon, run your fingers across the surface of the fillet to feel for bones. They are difficult to see, so feeling for them is the best way to locate them. If found, grab the kitchen tweezers to remove the little bones, pulling in the direction that they lie.

The Best Marinade for Baked Salmon

I am convinced this is the best marinade for seafood. It works on shrimp, Lobster Tails, Salmon Skewers, and all kinds of fish (we also snuck it onto these Chicken Legs)! The best part is – there is very little prep time and no waiting time required, just brush it on and bake.

  • Dijon Mustard – Creamy Dijon compliments the rich salmon flavors and adds a tangy flavor
  • Fresh Lemon Juice – Fresh squeezed, adds a citrusy flavor that compliments fish so well
  • Fresh Parsley – finely chopped
  • Olive Oil – Adds rich moisture to the marinade to help prevent the salmon from drying out while baking
  • Salt & Pepper – Fine sea or kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper enhance the natural flavor of the salmon
Garlic Dijon marinade for baked salmon in a glass bowl with a spoon

How to Make Oven-Baked Salmon

  • Prepare – Preheat oven to 450°F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper, aluminum foil, or a Silpat mat. Slice salmon into 4 portions and arrange them on the baking sheet, skin-side-down.
  • Make Marinade – In a small bowl, combine chopped parsley, pressed garlic cloves, olive oil, lemon juice, Dijon mustard, salt and pepper.
  • Baste – Divide the marinade evenly between the four pieces and brush over the top and sides of the salmon. Top each piece with a slice of lemon.
  • Bake – Bake at 450°F for 12-15 mins or until just cooked through and flaky.
4 salmon fillets garnished with garlic Dijon marinade and lemon slices on a silicon mat ready to bake

Pro Tip:

Once the glaze is on, bake right away, otherwise the acid in the lemon juice will start to cook the fish and make it tough. Trust me, slathering the glaze on just before baking gives this dish plenty of flavor.

Should you bake salmon covered or uncovered?

Salmon cooks quickly at high temperatures. We prefer baking uncovered so it doesn’t steam cook.

How Long to Bake Salmon?

Baking the salmon at a high temperature quickly roasts the exterior and seals in the natural juiciness of the salmon, making it flaky, tender, and moist. This proven roasting method always produces excellent results:

  • Time: Roast at 450°F for 12 -15 minutes
  • Internal Temperature: According to the USDA, the salmon should reach 145°F at the thickest part of the fillet on an instant-read thermometer. It also should flake easily with a fork.

Since salmon varies in size depending on species, keep an eye on your fillets towards the end of baking. Thinner fillets will roast faster while thicker fillets may take longer to bake.

Tender Baked Salmon flaked onto a fork

How to Buy Salmon

There are many types of salmon out there, but not all salmon are created equally. I always recommend buying the best that you can afford.

  • Wild-caught salmon (not farmed) is preferred. Look for: Atlantic Salmon, Chinook Salmon, Coho Salmon, Pink Salmon, Sockeye Salmon, or King Salmon. Frozen fillets are fine to use, just thaw them in the refrigerator before cooking.
  • Salmon appearance – should have silver, shiny skin. Wild-caught salmon is (bright pink/red) and farm-raised is naturally greyish. If possible, avoid farmed salmon that has color added.
  • Thickness – Choose a plump fillet that does not appear dry or bruised. Thick and fatty fillets such as Alaska King Salmon are more forgiving if overcooked.
  • Smell test – Salmon should not smell fishy. It should smell more like salt water than a strong, fishy odor. I always smell the fish at the fish counter to ensure freshness.
  • Buy it when you need it – based on USDA guidance, fresh salmon should be cooked within 1-2 days of purchase.
  • Skin-on vs. skinless Salmon – we have made baked salmon with the skin on and skinless. Baking with the skin-on creates a natural barrier between the hot pan and seals in the natural oils and flavors.

What to serve with Baked Salmon

Baked Salmon pairs nicely with nearly any starch (such as Mashed Potatoes, Quinoa, or Rice), vegetable, or fresh salad. Here are some of our favorites to make a complete lunch or dinner:

A plate with salmon, mashed potatoes and green beans

Storage

  • To Refrigerate: Once the salmon is cooled to room temperature, refrigerate immediately in an airtight container for up to 3-4 days.
  • Freezing: Tightly wrap individual cooled portions in plastic wrap and then place them into a freezer-safe container or bag. Store for up to 3 months. Defrost in the refrigerator overnight before reheating.
  • To Reheat: Reheating salmon can be a delicate process so reheat “low and slow” to keep your salmon moist. Keep your oven, stovetop, or air-fryer temperature low, and slowly bring it back to temperature. I don’t recommend microwaving salmon. You can also transform leftovers into Salmon Cakes or Salmon Cobb Salad.
Oven Baked Salmon garnished with lemon slices

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Natasha's Kitchen Cookbook

Baked Salmon with the Best Marinade

4.98 from 1069 votes
Author: Natasha Kravchuk
Oven Baked Salmon garnished with lemon slices
This juicy, flaky, Baked Salmon recipe is full of flavor with a zesty citrus and tangy dijon mustard marinade. An easy, 20-minute meal for perfectly cooked salmon every time!
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Ingredients 

Servings: 4 people
  • 1 1/2 lb salmon fillet, cut into 4 filets
  • 2 Tbsp fresh parsley, finely chopped
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced, pressed, or grated
  • 1/2 Tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 tsp fine sea salt
  • 1/8 tsp black pepper, freshly cracked
  • 1/2 lemon, sliced into 4 rings

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 450°F and line a rimmed baking sheet with a silicone liner or foil. Arrange salmon fillets on the prepared baking sheet, skin-side-down.
  • In a small bowl, combine the marinade ingredients: parsley garlic, oil, lemon juice, Dijon mustard, salt and pepper.
  • Generously spread the marinade, brushing over the top and sides of the salmon then top each piece with a slice of lemon.*
  • Bake uncovered at 450°F for 12-15 min or until just cooked through, flaky, and the salmon reaches an internal temperature of 145˚F at the thickest portion on an instant-read thermometer. Do not over-cook.

Notes

*Once the glaze is applied, bake right away or the lemon juice will start to ‘cook’ the salmon, making it tough. There is no need for lengthy marinating in this recipe, just brush on the glaze and bake. 

Nutrition Per Serving

314kcal Calories3g Carbs34g Protein18g Fat3g Saturated Fat5g Polyunsaturated Fat9g Monounsaturated Fat94mg Cholesterol388mg Sodium884mg Potassium1g Fiber1g Sugar242IU Vitamin A13mg Vitamin C33mg Calcium2mg Iron
Nutrition Facts
Baked Salmon with the Best Marinade
Amount per Serving
Calories
314
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
18
g
28
%
Saturated Fat
 
3
g
19
%
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
5
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
9
g
Cholesterol
 
94
mg
31
%
Sodium
 
388
mg
17
%
Potassium
 
884
mg
25
%
Carbohydrates
 
3
g
1
%
Fiber
 
1
g
4
%
Sugar
 
1
g
1
%
Protein
 
34
g
68
%
Vitamin A
 
242
IU
5
%
Vitamin C
 
13
mg
16
%
Calcium
 
33
mg
3
%
Iron
 
2
mg
11
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: baked salmon
Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: $$
Calories: 314

Natasha Kravchuk

Welcome to my kitchen! I am Natasha, the blogger behind Natasha's Kitchen (since 2009). My husband and I run this blog together and share only our best, family approved and tested recipes with YOU. Thanks for stopping by! We are so happy you're here.

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  • Stan G.
    February 27, 2024

    Hi Natasha, I’m 75 and do my fair share of cooking around the house. My family will attest, I am not a fan of salmon, but I wanted to try some new recipe. Yours became the victim of my quest. Well, my wife and 2 sons LOVED the salmon. I actually enjoyed it myself, (although, you have not made me a salmon lover) LOL It was very good and I did tolerate the salmon. The best salmon I ever tried.
    Thank You !!

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      February 27, 2024

      Hi Stan! Thank you so much for sharing that with me. I’m so glad it was enjoyed.

      Reply

  • Steph
    February 23, 2024

    I doubled the volume of marinade. My entire family loved it. Very quick dinner to pull together, paired with asparagus and rice. Highly recommend, especially for a quick weeknight meal!

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      February 23, 2024

      That is the best when the family loves what we moms make. That’s so great! Thank you for your wonderful feedback, Steph!

      Reply

  • Becky
    February 19, 2024

    Thank you for this great salmon recipe…we LOVE salmon! Is it OK to grill the salmon with this recipe?

    Reply

  • Laura
    February 12, 2024

    Hi, I am making this tomorrow for a friend. Wondering if I can make the marinade ahead of time? Thank you!

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      February 12, 2024

      Hi Laura! I think that would be fine. Just keep it refrigerated.

      Reply

  • Paula
    February 11, 2024

    Made it last night for company. Everyone raved upon their first bite of the salmon. Even my husband and I thought it was the best we ever had! Thanks so much!!!!

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      February 11, 2024

      That’s awesome feedback, thank you for sharing!

      Reply

  • Jenn
    February 6, 2024

    I have a maple recipe that the family loves, was hesitant to veer off that… this did not disappoint!! I know have two go to salmon recipes that the family will eat. Thanks for sharing!

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      February 6, 2024

      That’s great, Jenn!

      Reply

  • David L Orme
    January 30, 2024

    Made this tonight with roasted asparagus and smashed potatoes. This was by far the best dinner in a long while. Everything was delicious. Thank you for all your wonderful recipes .

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      January 30, 2024

      Hi David! I’m so glad to hear you loved it. Thank you for the feedback.

      Reply

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