This zesty baked salmon with lemon is such a light, fresh meal. Try our creamy tzatziki sauce with Greek yogurt as an optional topping to the salmon. It really puts it over the top!
Baked Salmon with Lemon
This Baked Salmon with Lemon is HANDS DOWN the best salmon I have ever made, or had. The fish comes out super tender and filled with flavor. The lemon bakes right into the salmon, so the dish is permeated with just the right amount of citrus.
As most moms probably know, unless it is in stick form, kids don’t particularly love fish. And I can’t wholly blame them—if it isn’t cooked properly, salmon can be tough and flavorless. Imagine my delight when I made this for my family and it disappeared off the table. There was not a single crumb of leftovers.
Plus, dinner needs to be easy and quick to prepare in our home…and I’m guessing yours too. The baked salmon takes less than 30 minutes to make, but you would never know it.
I never would have thought to put Tzatziki sauce on salmon, but it complements it so well! I couldn’t believe it the first time I tried it. I love Greek food and I love salmon so putting the two together just makes sense—and it works!
The recipe I used for the baked salmon tzatziki comes from our Chicken Gyro recipe (also a very tasty dish — you HAVE to try it). The only change I made was that I didn’t add the cucumbers.
If you have leftover sauce, you can use it as a dip for vegetables, like carrots or broccoli, and it also makes a very good dressing for salads or wraps. It is very important that you use fresh dill. You can find it in the produce section of most grocery stores. Using the fresh stuff just gives it so much more flavor — you won’t regret it.
What Makes Salmon so Healthy?
You have likely heard that baked salmon is really good for you. The good news is, you heard correctly! Baked salmon is a superfood with so many incredible benefits. It’s full of protein (about 22 grams in a 4 oz boneless filet), but also has tons of other health benefits.
One of the most important reasons to eat baked salmon is that it is full of Omega-3 fatty acids. These acids are essential to a healthy brain and heart function. Just having baked salmon twice a week will give you enough Omega-3 (but if you make it more than that, we won’t tell!).
Plus, baked salmon is also filled with high-quality nutrients such as potassium, selenium, and B12. A 3.5-oz serving of salmon gives you 51% of your daily B12 needs. If you struggle with autoimmune issues or chronic inflammation, baked salmon has been shown to reduce inflammatory markers in studies.
In short? Baked salmon is awesome and incredibly healthy.
Reviews of this Baked Salmon Recipe
So many of you have made this baked fish and given us two thumbs up. Here are some reviews of this recipe.
I’m always looking for easy ways to prepare fish and this fits the bill! -Krissy
This was such a light and sweet dish, it has quickly become a family favorite recipe! Delicious! – Sarah
I couldn’t believe how easy this was to make! It also has amazing flavor! – Suzy
See a common thread? Our readers absolutely LOVE this baked salmon recipe – and you will too!
More Seafood Recipes
If you’re in the mood for seafood, here are some of our favorite recipes besides baked salmon to try:
- 10-minute spicy shrimp tacos
- Canjun-style shrimp foil packets
- Instant Pot seafood gumbo
- Fiesta fish taco bowls
How to Make Baked Salmon
- Preheat oven to 400.
- Place salmon fillets in a well-greased 9x13 pan.
- In a small bowl, mix olive oil, lemon zest, and lemon juice. Drizzle over fillets.
- Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Let sit for 10 minutes.
- Bake for 15-17 minutes, or until salmon is cooked through (it depends on the thickness of your fillets).
- While the salmon is cooking, mix together the Greek yogurt, sour cream, lemon juice, rice vinegar, and olive oil until smooth.
- Add garlic, fresh dill, Montreal seasoning, and salt and pepper. Mix well. Let sit at room temperature until the salmon is cooked.
- Once the salmon is done, pour the Tzatziki sauce over the top and serve.
- 9x13 inch pan