Easy Sour Cream Baked Salmon Recipe

How to make moist and tender baked salmon in less than 30 minutes. Jump to the Sour Cream Baked Salmon recipe or read on to see our tips for making it.

Sour Cream Baked Salmon

This one is so simple and really delicious. 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. Easy and the sour cream crust is so good against mild, flaky salmon.

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How to Bake Salmon Topped with Sour Cream

It’s true. Since this recipe takes less than 30 minutes, it is completely possible to make on a Wednesday night. It’s also perfect for special occasions. You could serve with a light salad, mashed potatoes, our mashed cauliflower or your favorite side.

How to Make Our Easy Baked Salmon Recipe Topped with Sour Cream

Savvy Salmon Tricks – How Not to Overcook Baked Salmon

We’ve done it plenty of times in the past. It’s a complete let down, but don’t worry we’ve got a couple 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 then loosely cover with aluminum foil. Then, let it 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. In fact, you’ll usually find us checking twice. To check, 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 it needs more time, slide it back into the oven. If not, pat yourself on the back, you just prevented overcooked salmon.

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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 Recipe

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This simple baked salmon recipe is perfect for a weekday, but could also fill in for a special occasion. The fish is lightly coated with a mixture of sour cream, mustard and parmesan cheese. When baking the fish, be careful not to overcook. (There’s 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

Four 6-ounce salmon filets

1/2 cup sour cream (whole fat)

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 baking sheet then spread about 2 tablespoons of sour cream mixture on top of each salmon filet.Sour Cream Salmon Step-1

    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

  • 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: 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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25 comments… Leave a Comment
  • 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!

  • Kaya September 8, 2016, 3:38 pm

    This recipe was awesome! Husband approved (by a husband that isn’t crazy about salmon). I had too much of the sour cream mixture so I put the rest in the mashed potatoes and that was delicious too. Thanks for sharing it!

  • Katherine August 11, 2016, 4:12 pm

    Does this recipe reheat well? I always try to make enough to take to lunch the next day.

    • Joanne August 12, 2016, 1:54 pm

      You could certainly reheat the salmon, just be aware that the salmon will be less moist/tender than when eaten straight away.

  • Mari April 20, 2016, 8:47 am

    I just made this for a dinner party and received very good feedback. I did bake it on parchment paper, and I did add a nice squirt of lemon at the end. Also, once I coated the salmon, I added extra mustard in a long line down the salmon (I did full 1/2 salmon and cut it after baking). The only thing is that I have half of the sour cream mixture leftover. I think if I used any more it would have been overwhelming and too thick/rich. So next time I’ll cut the sour cream mixture in half (except the mustard) – it’s still plenty and will lighten the recipe up quite a bit.

  • Vi March 18, 2016, 7:11 pm

    I loved this. First time, I made it exactly as recipe . It seemed to need something. Second time, I squeezed some fresh lemon over the sour cream mixture. Perfect. Terrific recipe.

  • Norbert Hebert November 21, 2015, 5:50 am

    Very well written, thorough, and easy to understand. Sounds great! l’m going to try it!


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