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Baked Salmon Recipe

This Baked Salmon Recipe is incredibly juicy, tender, and healthy! It's marinated in a simple lemon garlic marinade, then served with a creamy, sweet, and tangy honey lemon sauce.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine: American, seafood
Keyword: baked, healthy, honey lemon sauce
Servings: 2 people
Calories: 375kcal
Author: Jennifer Debth


Baked Salmon

  • 2 (6 oz) fillets salmon
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt plus more to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

Honey Lemon Sauce

  • 1/4 cup olive oil mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup sour cream or plain yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 tablespoon dijon mustard
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • ¼ teaspoon salt plus more to taste (I used 1/2 teaspoon)
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper


Baked Salmon

  • Place salmon into a gallon sized ziplock baggie and set aside.
  • In a medium sized bowl, whisk together oil, lemon juice, garlic, salt, and pepper until well combined.
  • Pour marinade over salmon, seal, then marinate in the fridge for 1 hour.
  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F and line a 9x13 inch baking dish with tin foil - we're making a foil packet*, so make sure there's enough foil to wrap up and over the salmon.
  • Place marinated filets in tin foil, pour in remaining marinade, then loosely seal.
  • Bake in preheated oven for 20-30 minutes, or until easily flaked with a fork (time will vary based on thickness of salmon).
  • Taste and re-season with more salt, then serve with a dollop of honey lemon sauce.
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Honey Lemon Sauce

  • In a medium sized bowl, whisk together mayo, sour cream, honey, lemon juice, dijon, garlic, salt, and pepper.
  • Taste and re-season, if desired.
  • Serve with cooked salmon.
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*See video for visuals on how to make a foil packet or read how to make a foil packet here.
Nutritional information below the recipe card is just for the baked salmon fillets. 
Honey Lemon Sauce Nutritional Info (serves 8):
  • Calories: 326
  • Carbohydrates: 28 g
  • Fat: 24 g
  • Saturated Fat: 8 g
  • Protein: 2 g
  • Cholesterol: 38 g
  • Sodum: 1,132 mg
  • Potassium: 166 mg
  • Fiber: 2 g
  • Sugar: 22 g
  • Vitamin A: 406 IU
  • Vitamin C: 8 mg
  • Calcium: 86 mg
  • Iron: 2 mg
Leftover honey lemon sauce will last up to 2 weeks in the fridge!


Serving: 1person | Calories: 375kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 34g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 94mg | Sodium: 657mg | Potassium: 869mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 71IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 30mg | Iron: 2mg