Easy Sour Cream Baked Salmon

How to make moist and tender baked salmon topped with a creamy sour cream crust in less than 30 minutes. This recipe is simple and delicious. Jump to the Sour Cream Baked Salmon Recipe or read on to see our tips for making it.

Sour Cream Baked Salmon

How to Bake Salmon Topped with Sour Cream

We love this salmon recipe! It’s flavorful, tender and takes less than 30 minutes, which makes it perfect for busy nights.

It’s also perfect for special occasions. Think about serving the salmon with a light salad, mashed potatoes, our mashed cauliflower or your favorite side.

We spread a mixture of sour cream, whole ground mustard and parmesan cheese on top of salmon. Then, we slide them into the oven for about 15 minutes. The recipe is easy, plus that sour cream crust is so good! For another simple salmon recipe, try our salmon with lemon and dill, salmon with garlic caper butter or this one-pan oven roasted salmon and green beans.

Easy Baked Salmon Recipe Topped with Sour Cream

How Not to Overcook Baked Salmon

We’ve done it plenty of times in the past. It’s a complete letdown, but don’t worry we’ve got a couple of tricks to help us all out.

Here’s the first trick. You only want to cook salmon until it’s barely done in the center – you can tell when it’s ready by using a knife and peeking into the middle of the salmon. If it’s firm, but still has a small amount of uncooked salmon in the center take it out of the oven, and then loosely cover with aluminum foil. Let the salmon rest for 10 minutes. During this time, the center will cook just enough to be perfect.

Another trick is to use a thermometer. We take our salmon out when the center reaches 125 degrees F (51 degrees C). Then, remove, cover with foil and rest.

Finally, (and, yes we realize that this one is coming from a recipe website) – Don’t trust the recipe cooking time.

Let us explain. Ovens vary, it stinks, but it’s true. So, while our filets of salmon might take 10 minutes to bake, yours may take longer.

So, be mindful of how your salmon is cooking. It’s completely fine to check the salmon a little earlier than the recipe states. You’ll usually find us checking twice. To test for doneness, remove the salmon from the oven, close the oven door (to keep the heat in) then check the fish the same way we mentioned above. If the salmon needs more time, slide it back into the oven. If not, pat yourself on the back, you just prevented overcooked salmon.

Recipe updated, originally posted February 2013. Since posting this in 2013, we have tweaked the recipe to be more clear. – Adam and Joanne

Easy Sour Cream Baked Salmon

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This easy baked salmon recipe is perfect for a weekday, but could also fill in for a special occasion. The fish is smothered with a mixture of sour cream, mustard, and parmesan cheese. When baking the fish, be careful not to overcook. (There are lots of tricks above in the article for how not to overcook salmon). For moist salmon, bake until the salmon is barely done at the thickest part then remove from the oven cover with foil and let rest.

Makes 4 Servings

You Will Need

4 (6-ounce) salmon filets

1/2 cup whole fat sour cream

1 1/2 teaspoons whole grain mustard

1/3 cup grated parmesan cheese

Salt and fresh ground pepper


    Heat oven to 425 degrees F. Lightly oil a rimmed baking sheet or baking dish. (Instead of oiling the pan, you could also line with parchment paper).

    In a small bowl, combine sour cream, mustard, and the cheese. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

    Place salmon onto a baking sheet then spread two tablespoons of sour cream mixture on top of each salmon filet.

    Bake 10 to 15 minutes until barely done in the center at the thickest part of the salmon. The center should be firm, but with a small amount of uncooked salmon in the very center. Depending on how thick the salmon is, it may need a few minutes longer. (The internal temperature should be around 125 degrees F).

    Remove from oven then cover lightly with aluminum foil and let rest 5 to 10 minutes. During this time, the salmon will continue to cook.

Adam and Joanne's Tips

  • How to tell when salmon is cooked: Your best bet for checking if salmon is cooked, is a thermometer — we cook salmon to 125 degrees F, which means it will be soft, tender and slightly pink in the center. For a visual cue, look for the flesh to be somewhat opaque. Also, when inserting a knife into the salmon, it should slide through easily.
  • Nutrition Facts: The nutrition facts provided below are estimates. We have used the USDA Supertracker recipe calculator to calculate approximate values.

If you make this recipe, snap a photo and hashtag it #inspiredtaste — We love to see your creations on Instagram and Facebook! Find us: @inspiredtaste

Nutrition Per Serving: Serving Size 1 (6-ounce) fillet / Calories 328 / Protein 40 g / Carbohydrate 1 g / Dietary Fiber 0 g / Total Sugars 1 g / Total Fat 17 g / Saturated Fat 6 g / Cholesterol 111 mg
AUTHOR: Adam and Joanne Gallagher

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36 comments… Leave a Comment
  • April February 26, 2021, 12:04 pm

    This recipe was so delicious. My kids loved it!

  • Lisa Launius October 30, 2020, 6:56 pm

    I was hesitant but the recipe had the advantage of calling for stuff I had on hand. And am I glad it did because this is outstanding and going in the regular rotation. What I thought would be too much topping was perfect. I did cook for 12 minutes which was a little over but the topping kept it moist. Three days later my husband is still talking about it.

  • Fran August 3, 2019, 2:27 pm

    I DO NOT like salmon. I force myself to eat it because it is so good for me. Hands down this was the best salmon I ever eaten whether restaurant or prepared at home. I live alone so I reduced the quantity of the sauce. I used the sauce more liberally than recipes show….waste not, want not! I will use this recipes many more often and serve it to guests. Thank you, thank you!

  • Hendrika April 15, 2019, 8:10 pm

    When I don’t have the energy to cook, this is my go-to recipe instead of takeaways. So easy and so tasty. Absolutely love it!

  • Jenn January 12, 2019, 9:20 pm

    I made the recipe and added the crushed pork rinds it was fast and delicious. My husband said it was flaky and really good. He is not a fan of fish and he ate the whole filet thank you!

  • Tammy Ellis January 6, 2019, 1:16 pm

    I made this exactly as the recipes states but added one thing: I like a little crunch but don’t eat grains, so I crushed some chicarrones (pork rinds) on top and baked it that way. AMAZING!!! Thanks for a great (and easy) recipe! My fish were thick so they took about 15 min.

  • Lyn G. December 16, 2018, 7:57 pm

    This topping is delicious and the salmon turned out perfectly cooked at 12 min. I’m going to use this topping for baked chicken and pork chops. Great easy recipes like this make the Keto diet a breeze!

  • Marion Arsenault, p.e.i., Canada October 1, 2018, 7:03 pm

    I made your salmon recipe for dinner with a few changes. I put lemon zest on the salmon, then salt and pepper, made the paste and added dill weed. (. I like dill with salmon.) Apply the paste, sprinkle panco on top. Makes a nice crust. Cooked for 20 Minutes. Wonderful dinner.

  • Beth J September 19, 2018, 2:32 pm

    I made this over the weekend and OH MY GOSH! This was so good! My husband rated it a “wow”. It was super easy to cook and would be a great dinner to have with guests, or just with your family (quick and easy)

  • Janet August 22, 2018, 8:19 pm

    Very tasty!! And easy!

  • Florence Gurwin July 2, 2018, 6:15 pm

    I made the salmon this evening. Instead of sour cream, I used plain yogurt. It was moist and delicious. I will make this a go to recipe. It was so easy.

  • Elle February 8, 2018, 3:38 pm

    Do you mean freshly grated parmesan or dry grated parmesan? Thanks!

    • Joanne February 8, 2018, 3:43 pm

      Hi Elle, You can use either, although we do prefer grating parmesan ourselves.

      • Elle February 9, 2018, 5:42 am

        Thank you!

  • Dolores Loffelmacher February 12, 2017, 7:32 pm

    Absolutely wonderful!! Loved this and my husband, who is not big on fish, loved it as well.

  • R Mulholland January 25, 2017, 7:55 pm

    Made this tonight…followed recipe but added some horseradish and parsley flakes…served with sticky rice and sugar snap peas….simply fabulous

  • Lisa January 21, 2017, 10:13 pm

    LOVED this recipe! Easy to make and delicious! Thank you for sharing! 5 stars!


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