Delicious Baked Salmon in foil is one of the best entrees for healthy, quick, and tasty home cooking.

In this delightful recipe, the whole salmon fillet is seasoned with fresh lemon slices, dill, and luscious garlic butter. The foil keeps it extra moist and flavorful!

Garlic Butter Salmon in tin foil with lemon and dill

Salmon for this Recipe

This recipe uses a whole salmon fillet as it’s easy to make for a crowd and requires little prep. It works well with any kind of salmon from wild to farmed or chinook to steelhead.

As with most salmon recipes, it can easily be adapted to individual filets too (and cooked all in one foil pack or in individual packets). I cook salmon foil packs for about 15-20 minutes at 400°F.

Garlicky Butter Topping

Everything tastes better with butter, especially oven-baked salmon. Even better when the butter is garlic butter! Garlic butter has endless uses, from sauces to garlic bread or for dressing up steamed or roasted vegetables. It’s one of those kitchen workhorses that are always good to have on hand.

  1. Over low heat, melt butter, being careful not to brown it.
  2. Add minced garlic and cook gently for a minute.

Salmon with Garlic butter poured on for Garlic Butter Salmon

How to Bake Salmon

From prep to cooking to clean up, baked salmon is just about the easiest entrée anyone could hope for.

  1. On a large piece of foil, layer lemon slices and fresh dill with the whole salmon fillet.
  2. Drizzle with garlic butter. Fold and seal foil into a tented pouch and bake.
  3. When done, open foil and place under broiler to brown the top.

Salmon fillet is best when baked with the skin on for optimal flavor and to help it retain moisture. It also ensures the entire fillet holds together when baking and plating up. The flesh easily flakes away from the skin with a fork.

Raw Salmon with dill and lemon in tin foil

How Long to Bake Salmon

Like any fish, salmon cooks quickly in a preheated oven. In general, most ovens take about 15 minutes to preheat to 350°F, or 20 minutes to reach 400°F.

To cook a 3-pound salmon fillet in foil:

  • 350°F:  20-25 minutes.
  • 400°F: 15-20 minutes
  • 450°F: 12- 15 minutes

The time will vary depending on the thickness of the fillet. Be sure to check it so it cooks without overcooking, it should flake with a fork easily.

Served with fondant potatoes, roasted asparagus or glazed carrots, a baked salmon dinner makes an impressive, yet simple presentation for guests or special dinners with the family.


This recipe is so delicious I doubt there will be leftovers! They can be gently reheated but are also great in salmon pasta or salmon patties!

  • For Reheating: Store leftover oven-baked salmon in a tightly covered container in the refrigerator for up to four days. Reheat in a foil-covered pan in the oven.
  • To Freeze: wrap individual slices in parchment paper and stack in freezer bags. Squeeze out as much air as possible before sealing. Salmon will keep this way for up to six months. Thaw in the refrigerator before reheating – or make a delicious cold salmon salad!

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Garlic Butter Baked Salmon

In this delightful recipe, the whole salmon fillet is seasoned with fresh lemon slices, dill, and luscious garlic butter.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6 servings
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  • 1 side of salmon fillet 3 pound
  • 6 sprigs fresh dill
  • 2 lemons thinly sliced
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • kosher salt to taste
  • black pepper to taste


  • Remove the salmon from the fridge and let rest at room temperature while preparing the foil and the garlic butter.
  • Preheat oven to 375°F and line a rimmed baking sheet with a large piece of foil. Spray with non-stick cooking spray.
  • In the middle of the foil lay 3 sprigs of dill and 1 lemon thinly sliced.
  • Lay the salmon, skin side down, on top of the dill and lemons. Roll up the sides of the foil so the salmon is in a pouch.
  • In a small saucepan melt butter and garlic over low heat and pour over the salmon. Season with kosher salt and black pepper.
  • Add remaining dill and lemon slices over the top of the salmon.
  • Gently tent the salmon with foil and bake for about 15 minutes or until almost fully cooked.
  • Remove from oven and remove the top piece of foil.
  • Place the baking rack about 6 inches from the top. Add the salmon back to the oven and broil for 3-5 minutes or just until the top is lightly browned.


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Nutrition Information

Calories: 403 | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 46g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 145mg | Sodium: 102mg | Potassium: 1176mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 401IU | Vitamin C: 21mg | Calcium: 45mg | Iron: 2mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Fish, Main Course
Cuisine American
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  1. Would it be best to remove the dill and lemon slices before returning the salmon to the oven to broil/brown?

    1. Using unsalted butter allows you to control exactly how much salt is used for the recipe. Hope that helps Donna!

    1. Hi Ann, a salmon of this size should take almost the full cook time. I would check it a few minutes early, around 13 minutes, to see if it is flaky. I hope this helps!

  2. This is My GO TO recipe all the time! Thank you for sharing this… It is my favorite. I do not like a bunch of other things on my salmon, just garlic, onion, (some=Italian dry seasoning packet and chopped garlic on top! I have cooked this about 5 times for far this year alone!5 stars

  3. Salmon was moist but the skin was soggy due to the foil packet :( if you like crispy skin, skip the foil packet!3 stars

    1. Using foil allows the salmon to steam which will keep it moist but you won’t get a crispy skin when steaming.