Our baked salmon recipe with lemon and dill takes less than 30 minutes and makes the most perfect tender salmon. By gently baking salmon in a small amount of liquid, the fish stays moist and tender. It practically melts in your mouth. Jump to the Baked Salmon Recipe with Lemon and Dill or watch the quick video below to see how we make it.
This quick and easy recipe never fails! The inspiration comes from my mother, who made and continues to make this all the time. It’s her go-to dish — especially when entertaining. And you know what? Everyone just loves it.
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How to Make the Best Salmon in the Oven
The trick to perfectly cooked salmon is to gently bake the fish in a little liquid — you can use wine, stock and even water. After adding the liquid, cover the fish and bake until just cooked through. The salmon basically poaches in the liquid. You could even call this recipe oven poached salmon. It’s practically no-fail.
In addition to the liquid, we add flavor with a layer of sliced lemons and fresh herbs. In our photos we’ve used fresh dill, but almost any tender herb will work in its place. Think about parsley, cilantro, thyme or even mint.
Place the salmon fillets on top of the herbs and lemon then cover with foil or parchment paper. After about 20 minutes, the salmon will be perfectly cooked, tender and delicious.
Note: Remember that cooking times will vary depending on the kind and thickness of salmon you are cooking. In the recipe below, we share how to tell if the fish is cooked. If your fish is quite thick, expect that the cooking time will be a few minutes longer than what we share below.
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Recipe updated, originally posted August 2009. Since posting this in 2009, we have tweaked the recipe to be more clear. – Adam and Joanne
Perfectly Baked Salmon Recipe with Lemon and Dill
The trick to perfectly cooked salmon is to gently bake the fish in a little liquid — such as wine, stock, or water. Then cover the dish and bake until just cooked through. You could call this oven poached salmon. It’s practically no-fail. If your fish is quite thick, expect that the cooking time will be a few minutes longer than what we share below.
You Will Need
One 1 1/2-pound salmon fillet, or two 12-ounce fillets, preferably wild-caught
1 tablespoon olive oil
Salt and fresh ground black pepper
1 lemon, cut into slices
3 to 4 sprigs of fresh dill, plus more for serving
1/2 cup dry white wine, such as Sauvignon blanc (substitute: fish stock, chicken stock, or water)
Heat oven to 325 degrees F. Lightly oil and season both sides of the salmon with salt and pepper.
Arrange lemon slices and fresh herbs on the bottom of a baking dish large enough to fit the salmon, and then place the salmon, skin-side down, onto the bed of lemon and herbs. Pour wine (or stock) into the baking dish, and then cover with aluminum foil.
Bake the salmon until the fish flakes and white bubbles of protein appear on the surface, 12 to 30 minutes, depending on the thickness of the fillets. Check the salmon after 10 minutes to see it’s progress. Checking the temperature of the salmon using an internal thermometer is the best way to prevent overcooking. You want the thickest part of the salmon to read 135 degrees F. Take the salmon out of the oven and loosely cover with foil for 5 minutes (the fish will continue to cook during this time). Serve, scattered with chopped fresh herbs on top.
Adam and Joanne's Tips
- Nutrition facts: The nutrition facts provided below are estimates. We have used the USDA Supertracker recipe calculator to calculate approximate values.