After a long day at work, I don’t want to spend another hour or more making dinner. It’s at times like these that I wish I had a house elf (sorry Hermione) to cook for me. Unfortunately, no such magical creature exists.

Instead, I typically end up making baked salmon because it’s so simple yet so good. All it takes is a few ingredients, an oven, some foil, and salmon.

Let’s get started.

Baked Lemon and Herb Salmon

  • Prep Time:5 minutes
  • Cook Time:25 minutes
  • Total Time:30 minutes
  • Servings:1-2 servings
  • Easy


  • 1 salmon fillet
  • 1/2 lemon
  • 1/4 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 clove garlic
  • dried herbs
  • black pepper
  • salt
Photo by Jocelyn Hsu
  • Step 1

    Preheat oven to 400°F.

  • Step 2

    Wash fillet and pat dry with paper towel.

    Photo by Jocelyn Hsu
  • Step 3

    Tear off a piece of foil large enough to wrap around the fillet and set on baking sheet. Place salmon in the center of foil.

  • Step 4

    Mince garlic and spread over fillet.

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  • Step 5

    Sprinkle salt, pepper, and dried herbs (I used dried parsley and basil) evenly over fillet.

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  • Step 6

    Squeeze half a lemon.

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  • Step 7

    Cut cold butter into thin slices and spread over fillet.

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  • Step 8

    Wrap fillet in foil, and place in oven for 25 minutes or until salmon flakes easily with fork.

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  • Step 9


    #SpoonTip: Eat the salmon in the foil for less of a mess, AKA less to clean up.

    Photo by Jocelyn Hsu