Salmon is a delicious fish packed with heart-healthy Omega 3 fats. Using garlic butter and lemon to create the sauce adds so much flavor to your salmon and will instantly become a family favorite. I’ll show you how to make this baked salmon recipe that’s super easy clean up and will be gone in minutes!
Which salmon is best for you?
This topic comes up for discussion a lot, especially when comparing the wild salmon fillets from Alaska and farmed Atlantic salmon.
- are raised in fish farms
- eat a diet of processed feed
- contain Omega-3 fatty acids as well as Vitamins A & D
- raised in natural habitat such as rivers or oceans
- eat organisms and other food found in their environment
- pack more nutritional benefit per ounce
Is fresh salmon better than frozen for this recipe?
You can make this salmon recipe using either fresh or frozen salmon. I normally use fresh salmon but have used fillets when our local grocery store doesn’t have it fresh.
Most seafood is flash frozen, meaning that it is frozen at its prime peak of freshness. In other words, the quality will be the same nutritionally between fresh and frozen. You can cook frozen salmon in a pan, in the oven or even on the grill but you will need to add a few minutes to the cooking time if frozen. Remember to pull the frozen fillets from the freezer in the morning and put them in the fridge to thaw. They’ll be ready to go by dinnertime.
Can I use parchment paper instead of aluminum foil to make this garlic butter lemon salmon recipe?
Yes and no. Let me explain. For this salmon recipe, we’ll bake then salmon fillet and then we’re going to broil it.
If you want to skip the broiler step, you can use parchment paper. Just remove the salmon from then oven and make sure it reaches an internal temperature of 145F.
If you prefer to broil the salmon, you need to use aluminum foil. Foil is more resistant to high temperatures.
What vegetables go well with salmon?
When it comes to salmon or any other fish, there are a lot of options for vegetable side dishes. A few favorites of mine are:
- Crispy Air Fryer Green Beans
- Oven Roasted Bell Peppers
- Steamed Broccoli
- Lemon Garlic Asparagus
- 1 1/2 pound salmon fillet
- Juice from half a large lemon
- 2 Tablespoons garlic - minced
- 3 Tablespoons melted butter or ghee
- 1/2 teaspoon salt (I personally recommend Lawry's Garlic Salt)
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
- 1 Tablespoon chopped parsley for garnishing
- lemon slices for garnishing
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a baking sheet with foil.
- In a small bowl, add lemon juice, garlic and melted butter/ghee. Mix everything together
- Place salmon on the prepared baking sheet
- Pour butter mixture over the salmon
- Season with salt, pepper, oregano and red pepper flakes
- Place sliced lemon over salmon
- Place the pan into the oven and bake until cooked, anywhere from 15-20 minutes depending on how thick your fillet is
- Once cooked, broil fish for 2-3 minutes. Be careful not to burn the fish!
- Remove from oven. Using a spoon, pour some of the butter sauce left in the foil onto the salmon before serving.
- Garnish with parsley and service with rice, your favorite veggies or salad.
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