Lemon Garlic Salmon

By Rena |

This Lemon Garlic Salmon recipe is that recipe we all need in our lives. Simple, quick, and so easy to make. Made with a handful of ingredients and ready in just 30 minutes.

top view salmon with sliced lemon garnishes

If you love salmon, you will love this easy and delicious baked salmon recipe. Very easy to make with just a few ingredients you most likely have handy. It is gluten-free, dairy-free, low carb, and keto-friendly. The marinade is made of lemon juice, lemon zest, freshly grated garlic, olive oil, salt, and pepper. This lemon garlic salmon will work well for a quick weeknight dinner or a salad topper for added protein. Also, if you like to meal prep your meals, serve this easy baked salmon with some sweet potatoes and a side of veggies.

Why You should try this baked lemon garlic salmon Recipe

  • So easy to make: This baked salmon literally only needs a handful of very simple and readily available ingredients you most likely already have.
  • Quick: you will only need about 20 minutes of bake time to make this baked salmon. Marinading for 30 minutes is optional but recommended.
  • Delicious & healthy: citrus garlic flavor, made with clean ingredients. Can’t get healthier than this.
two baked salmon on plate with fork flaking it

Ingredients you will need to make this salmon recipe


1.25 pounds salmon filets
3 medium lemons, 2 squeezed + 1 sliced
2 tsp lemon zest
3-4 garlic cloves, minced
2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
1 tsp. kosher salt
1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper – plus additional to taste
Finely chopped fresh parsley

ingredients to make the lemon garlic salmon-salmon filets, lemons, garlic, salt and pepper, fresh parsley

How to make this lemon garlic salmon

  • First, preheat the oven: Preheat the oven to 400°F and grease a baking dish that can fit all pieces of salmon with some oil.
  • Next, make the marinade: Whisk lemon juice, garlic, oil, salt, and pepper into a bowl.
  • Marinade the salmon: Place the salmon fillets into a Ziploc bag and pour over the lemon marinade. Seal the bag and move the pieces of salmon to get them evenly coated with the marinade. Let marinate for at least 30 minutes.
  • Then, prepare the salmon: Now layer the lemon slices into your prepared dish and arrange the salmon on top.
  • Bake the salmon: Bake the salmon for about 12-15 minutes until cooked through. Depending on the thickness of your salmon.
  • Once done, lay a few slices of lemon on top of your cooked salmon and switch the oven to the broil setting. Broil for 3 minutes until the top is nicely golden and crisp.
  • Finally, remove from the oven, garnish with parsley and serve.

Substitutes and recipe tips

  • Salmon: If you don’t like salmon use any other fish of choice. You may also switch to another protein of choice.
  • Don’t have fresh garlic? Use one tablespoon of garlic powder
  • It is best to use fresh lemons, but bottled lemons will be ok.
  • Any oil of choice
  • This lemon garlic salmon recipe can also be pan-seared if you would like to skip the baking. Simply add a bit of oil to a skillet and cook over medium heat for 2-3 minutes on each side.
  • Also, you may air-fry this salmon as well. We do have an air fried salmon recipe you can check out.
  • Place leftovers in a container and store in the fridge for up to 3 days. Reheat in the microwave when ready to eat. You can freeze for up to 2 months.
top view of fork flaking baked salmon on a white plate

FAQ’s

What flavors go best with salmon?

It all depends on what you are in the mood for. If you prefer a hint of sweetness, add honey, brown sugar, or maple syrup. For a salty tasting salmon finish, use soy sauce, miso, or capers. Like it a bit citrusy? Add lemons, lime, or vinegar. Make it creamy by adding coconut milk, cream cheese, or yogurt.

Do you cook salmon skin side up or down?

It is recommended to cook salmon skin side down first over medium heat for a few minutes before flipping it to the other side.

What temp should salmon be cooked at?

The FDA recommends that the salmon be cooked at an internal temperature of 145 F. To measure this, use a cooking thermometer and place it on the thickest part of the salmon.

Should i bake salmon covered or uncovered?

You do not need to cover the salmon to bake thoroughly. Salmon is fairly easy to cook through and is best baked uncovered so you can get a crispy layer on top.

top view baked salmon on a white plate

What sides to serve with baked salmon

top view of two baked salmon filets on a plate

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two baked salmon on plate with fork flaking it

Lemon Garlic Salmon

Salmon fillets marinated in a lemon garlic sauce and then baked to perfection.
5 from 3 votes
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 18 minutes
marinade: 30 minutes
Total Time: 28 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 294kcal
Author: Rena

Ingredients

  • 1.25 pounds salmon filets
  • 3 medium lemons 2 squeezed + 1 sliced
  • 2 tsp lemon zest
  • 3-4 garlic cloves minced
  • 2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper – plus additional to taste
  • Finely chopped fresh parsley

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 400°F and grease a baking dish that can fit all pieces of salmon with some oil.
  • Whisk lemon juice, garlic, oil, salt, and pepper to a bowl. Place the salmon fillets into a Ziploc bag and pour over the lemon marinade.
  • Seal the bag and move the pieces of salmon to get them evenly coated with the marinade. Let marinate for at least 30 minutes.
  • Now layer the lemon slices into your prepared the dish and arrange the salmon on top.
  • Bake the salmon for about 12-15 minutes until cooked through. Depending on the the thickness of your salmon.
  • Once done, lay a few slices of lemon on top of your cooked salmon and switch the oven to the broil setting. Broil for 3 minutes until the top is nicely golden and crisp.
  • Remove from the oven, garnish with parsley and serve.

Notes

Substitutes:
  • Salmon: If you don’t like salmon use any other fish of choice. You may also switch to another protein of choice
  • Don’t have fresh garlic, use one tablespoon of garlic powder
  • It is best to use fresh lemons, but bottled lemons will be ok.
  • Any oil of choice
Storage:
Place leftovers in a container and store in the fridge for up to 3 days. Reheat in the microwave when ready to eat. You can freeze for up to 2 months.
Nutritional facts:
Please keep in mind that the nutritional information is calculated using a nutrition facts calculator. It is a rough estimate and can vary greatly based on the products used.

Nutrition

Serving: 1salmon fillet | Calories: 294kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 29g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 78mg | Sodium: 542mg | Potassium: 815mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 75IU | Vitamin C: 45mg | Calcium: 42mg | Iron: 2mg
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  1. Saige says

    5 stars
    I just love the recipe, and feeling like preparing it right now.My mouth already started salivating.Can i prepare the same dish with any other fish? Right now salmon isn’t there

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