Garlic Butter Salmon

Beautifully cooked salmon covered in our delicious homemade garlic butter sauce. What could be better?

Garlic Butter Salmon with lemon
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Beautifully cooked salmon covered in our delicious homemade garlic butter sauce. What could be better?

Why not make your own Homemade Garlic Butter Sauce for this recipe? Or make a Classic Shrimp Cocktail instead?

Garlic Butter Salmon with lemon

Garlic Butter Salmon

Salmon is one of those fishes that many people struggle to cook properly, either because they over cook it or because they don’t know how to serve it.

While some simply cooked salmon is plenty delicious in its own right, this recipe is a really simple and delicious way to end up with some tasty, tender, and perfectly cooked salmon.

Don’t forget to use plenty of lemon juice – it not only really helps to cut through the fat of the butter, lemon just works really well with salmon no matter what you do.                                          

Garlic Butter Salmon Ingredients

Make sure you look at the recipe card at the very bottom for the exact amounts so that you know exactly what to buy for this recipe.

• Salmon fillets

• Homemade garlic butter sauce

• Fresh parsley

• Lemon

Garlic Butter Salmon with lemon dripping

How To Make Garlic Butter Salmon

• Place the salmon on a foil lined baking sheet and pour your homemade garlic butter sauce over top

• Squeeze half of a lemon over your fillets, and then bake them at 400 Fahrenheit for about 15 minutes, or until the fish flakes with a fork easily

• Remove from the oven and garnish with parsley

Garlic Butter Salmon on a platter

How To Get The Salmon Perfectly Cooked And Tender

Cooking salmon is always a bit of a minefield because it seems like it becomes over cooked and ruined almost instantly.

One moment, it is will raw and unfinished, and the next, it will seem like it is totally over cooked.

There are a number of great tricks you can use to ensure your salmon doesn’t get over cooked, like checking if you can flake it to determine if it is cooked or not.

However, the easiest thing to do is to simply cook it in the oven rather than the pan, as recommended in this recipe.

By baking it in an oven with some foil and covered with fatty sauce like your homemade garlic butter sauce, it cooks gently and more evenly, and you can easily give it a poke with a fork to see whether or not it is approaching done after 15 minutes.

If you find yourself with an absolutely monstrously sized piece of salmon, you can easily just increase the cooking time in the oven until it is fully cooked and flakes apart easily.

Garlic Butter Salmon on a slice of lemon

 What To Serve With Your Garlic Butter Salmon?

This recipe is simple and delicious, but it only results in a piece of salmon and beautiful buttery sauce; it needs a bit more to be a complete meal.

The only way that you could eat this on its own is if you were trying to go paleo or sticking to an Atkins diet.

However, for those sticking to a more standard dietary plan, this salmon would go great as the main course to a larger meal.

A starch, such as boiled rice or even some quinoa, would go really well with this recipe. A simple green dish, like some broccoli or something similarly nutritious, would definitely round out the meal.

You could even crumble the salmon apart and use it as the filling in a tortilla to make a sort of pseudo Baja-style taco!

You could also just eat it as a snack whenever you want – no one can really judge you after all; it’s salmon, so it’s healthy!

Looking for more delicious Fish & Seafood recipes? Try these out:

The Best Seafood Stock

Bacon Wrapped Scallops

Classic Tuna Casserole with Noodles

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Beautifully cooked salmon covered in our delicious homemade garlic butter sauce. What could be better?

Garlic Butter Salmon

Beautifully cooked salmon covered in our delicious homemade garlic butter sauce. What could be better?
5 from 6 votes
Garlic Butter Salmon on a platter
Prep Time
2 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Main Course
Karlynn Johnston



  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Place salmon on a foil lined baking sheet.
  • Pour the homemade garlic butter sauce over the salmon.
  • Squeeze half a lemon over the salmon fillets.
  • Place sheet in the oven and cook for approximately 10-15 minutes or until the salmon flakes with a fork easily.
  • Remove from oven and garnish with fresh parsley.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 449kcal, Carbohydrates: 1g, Protein: 34g, Fat: 34g, Saturated Fat: 16g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g, Monounsaturated Fat: 10g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 155mg, Sodium: 278mg, Potassium: 864mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 864IU, Vitamin C: 8mg, Calcium: 32mg, Iron: 2mg

All calories and info are based on a third party calculator and are only an estimate. Actual nutritional info will vary with brands used, your measuring methods, portion sizes and more.

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