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.
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)!
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!
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!
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!
- Line a pan with foil and spray well or use parchment paper.
- Place salmon fillet (skin down if it has skin) on the pan.
- Brush with butter & season.
- Add any herbs, flavors or toppings & bake.
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.
More Salmon Recipes You’ll Love
- Asparagus Salmon Foil Packets – perfect for summer grilling!
- Honey Mustard Salmon
- Baked Lemon Butter Salmon Pasta – comforting!
- One Pan Sesame Ginger Salmon & Broccoli – quick and easy!
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.
Lemon Herb Baked Salmon
- 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.
(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)
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