Herb Baked Salmon is the perfect dish to serve any day of the week. Tender flaky salmon with a lemony herb crust takes just a few minutes of prep and makes the perfect meal in under 30 minutes!

This salmon is easy enough for a family dinner and beautiful enough to serve to guests!

We serve this easy salmon dish alongside our favorite Baked Zucchini and a fresh side salad for an easy meal! Thank you to Princess Cruises for hosting our cruise, serving us loads of amazing seafood and sponsoring this delicious baked salmon recipe.


Herb Baked Salmon on baking sheet with foil

Salmon is my daughter Maddy’s all time favorite meal and my husband really loves it too!  It’s one of those dishes I don’t make often so it’s always a treat when we do have it!

I don’t eat a ton of salmon so you might be surprised to learn that I absolutely love to catch it!!

I haven’t been salmon fishing in literally years however last month, we went on an Alaskan cruise with Princess Cruises and salmon fishing was one of the excursions we took!

Princess has tons of shore excursions you can choose from and I have to admit, salmon fishing was the one I was the most excited about (but I definitely LOVED the Glacier Point Wilderness Tour in Skagway too; more on that coming soon)!

picture of mountains from Alaska cruise

It was a beautiful sunny day, the weather was incredible while we were salmon fishing, it was SO warm that many people on our boat were in t-shirts! We set out for fishing and I have to admit, it was one of the most gorgeous places I’ve ever been in my life.  Absolutely breath taking. Snow capped mountains, we saw tons of wild life, eagles, sea otters and several whales.

I didn’t catch a salmon that day however I was the first on our boat to catch anything (a little flounder) so I was pretty excited about it even though we didn’t keep it!

Holly and husband fishing on Alaskan cruise

While I didn’t catch my own salmon this time, there was certainly no shortage of delicious salmon (and seafood) on the cruise ship! The food on the ship was absolutely delicious in every single restaurant, it would only be natural that I would be inspired to create some great seafood in my own kitchen!

In particular, we enjoyed a delicious Hazelnut and Panko-crusted salmon dish on the cruise that I was excited to try at home.  Since my daughter has a nut allergy, we skipped the hazelnuts in this baked salmon recipe and added some extra breadcrumbs! The crust on this salmon recipe is very similar to my baked tilapia recipe or like herb-crusted pork tenderloin but this recipe uses fresh garlic.

I love how simple salmon is to cook in the oven or on the grill (like Asparagus Salmon Foil Packets) and not only is it delish, it’s so quick!  Tender and flaky salmon with a lemony garlicky herbed crumb crust.

If you’re looking to create a full meal, toss some zucchini, asparagus, bell peppers or broccoli with a bit of olive oil and seasoning right onto the pan with the salmon.  The vegetables will come out perfectly cooked by the time your salmon is  baked! A whole meal in one pan with almost no dishes to wash. That’s a win in my books!

Herb Baked Salmon on baking sheet with foil before going into the oven

How to Cook Salmon in the Oven

Salmon is lean and should be perfectly tender and flaky when cooked. If you cook it too long it can become dry and unappetizing. The preparation for this baked salmon is fairly simple, usually not more than a few minutes and it cooks quickly making it an ideal meal!

  1. Line a pan with foil and spray well or use parchment paper.
  2. Place salmon fillet (skin down if it has skin) on the pan.
  3. Brush with butter & season.
  4. Add any herbs, flavors or toppings & bake.

Herb Baked Salmon and asparagus on white plate

How long to cook salmon in the oven

I doesn’t take very long to bake salmon in the oven.  I prefer a higher temperature for a shorter period of time (I do about 400 degrees for 16ish minutes) but what temp. to cook salmon in the oven is totally up to you based on time allowance and preferences.

A 3-4lb salmon filet will cook at:

  • 425°F for 10-12 minutes
  • 400°F for 13-17 minutes
  • 375°F for 18-22 minutes
  • 350°F for 25-30 minutes

Keep in mind a thicker piece of salmon will take towards the longer end and a thinner piece will cook quicker. The FDA recommends an internal temperature of 145°F.

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I hope you enjoy this easy salmon recipe as much as my family did! It is truly amazing  that you can create a dish like this with such little effort and time!  I was also super excited to share a glimpse into our Alaskan cruise and I’m excited to say that I will be sharing more of my favorite moments (and inspired recipes) from our cruise soon.

Herb Baked Salmon on baking sheet with foil
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Herb Crusted Baked Salmon

Lemon Herb Baked Salmon is a tender flaky salmon in a lemony herb crust takes just a few minutes of prep and makes the perfect meal 
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 8 servings
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  • 1 salmon fillet 3-4 pounds
  • 2 tablespoons butter melted
  • 1 lemon divided use
  • salt & pepper


  • ¾ cup Panko bread crumbs
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley minced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh dill minced
  • zest from one lemon
  • 2 tablespoons parmesan cheese shredded
  • 3 tablespoons butter melted


  • Preheat oven to 400°F.
  • Combine all ingredients in a small bowl.
  • Line a pan with foil and spray with cooking spray.
  • Place salmon on the pan and brush with melted butter. Season with salt and pepper and squeeze ½ of the lemon over top.
  • Sprinkle crumb mixture over salmon. Bake uncovered 13-17 minutes or until salmon flakes easily and is cooked.



Salmon cooking time will vary based on thickness.  Your salmon should flake easily with a fork and according to the FDA should reach an internal temperature of 145°F.
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Nutrition Information

Calories: 377 | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 40g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 128mg | Sodium: 212mg | Potassium: 1012mg | Vitamin A: 390IU | Vitamin C: 8.8mg | Calcium: 57mg | Iron: 2mg

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

Course Main Course
Cuisine American

recipe adapted from Easy Baked Tilapia (or Cod)  and Princess Cruises 

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  1. My friends and I LOOOOOVE this recipe!!! They said it is “restaurant quality!” Just curious, does it matter if the skin is on? Would it take a few minutes longer? Thanks for all of the great recipes <3

    1. You can cook it with the skin on, I recommend starting skin side down.

      I am so happy to hear this recipe is a hit!

  2. This has been my go-to salmon recipe for the past two years. I always keep a tub of the toppings in the freezer so it’s handy. Thanks for a wonderful recipe!5 stars

  3. Love your recipes. Having garlic butter salmon fillets today. Everything I have tried has been excellent and enjoyed by my whole family5 stars

  4. Thank you for your amazing recipes! I keep coming back to your site/awesome recipes, content, and presentation and it’s delicious! sublime! Thank you!5 stars

  5. Found a perfect recipe for Salmon Lemon and herb baked Salmon. Going to try it tonight nervous never tried Baked Salmon. Please pray that it turns out right.5 stars

  6. This was my Sunday night dinner. Will defiantly keep this recipe for future use! Very easy and quick to make!
    Thank you for sharing!5 stars

      1. Made this for first time tonight. The family loved it. I will be making this again.5 stars

  7. I’m definitely making this re Ile this Sunday for my mom, aunt, and brother’s birthday dinner. Now, I just gotta see what I’ll prepare with it. Thank you

  8. This was pretty good! I enjoyed the lemon zest in the topping- not something you see often, and it was a nice touch! Used on 1tsp of dry dill as I didn’t have fresh. I had 2 pounds worth of salmon and still used the same ratios. Had a little extra of the topping but not by much!
    The salmon needed a few extra minutes in the oven, but the crust on top was already browned, so I put foil on top and continue baking loosely covered. Would make again.4 stars

  9. Such a great combination of topping ingredients! It must be super flavorful I’ve tried to use the cheese or breadcrumbs to cook with salmon but they look incredible together! Cannot wait to try this soonnn~
    – Natalie Ellis5 stars

  10. Made this last night. My daughter, who claims she doesn’t like fish, loved it! This is my new go to recipe. Thank you for sharing!5 stars

  11. That herby crust on top is perfect! Wish you could have caught salmon on the excursion, that would have been an amazing experience!5 stars