Best Oven-Baked Salmon


Lemon, fennel and dill impart delicious flavor in this easy baked salmon recipe. Baking the lemon slices releases the juices and essential oils from the rind. Serve with fingerling potatoes and asparagus, or enjoy with a simple salad.

a recipe photo of the Baked Salmon
Photo: Photographer: Jen Causey, Food Stylist: Jennifer Wendorf
Active Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
25 mins


  • 4 (5 ounce) skinless salmon fillets (1-inch thick)

  • ½ teaspoon salt, divided

  • 4 (3-inch) dill sprigs

  • 8 (1/8-inch) lemon slices (from 1 small lemon), divided

  • 2 cups sliced fennel bulb

  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

  • Cracked pepper for garnish (Optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.

  2. Sprinkle both sides of salmon fillets evenly with 1/4 teaspoon salt. Place the salmon in the center of the prepared baking sheet. Top each piece with 1 dill sprig and 1 lemon slice. Arrange fennel and the remaining 4 lemon slices around the salmon. Sprinkle the fennel evenly with the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt. Drizzle the salmon and fennel with oil.

  3. Bake until the salmon is flaky and an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest portion registers 145°F, about 14 minutes. Sprinkle with cracked pepper, if desired.


Parchment paper

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

284 Calories
16g Fat
6g Carbs
29g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Serving Size 1 salmon fillet & 1/3 cup fennel
Calories 284
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 6g 2%
Dietary Fiber 2g 7%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 29g 58%
Total Fat 16g 21%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 78mg 26%
Vitamin A 894IU 18%
Vitamin C 16mg 18%
Vitamin E 1mg 9%
Folate 57mcg 14%
Vitamin K 41mcg 34%
Sodium 386mg 17%
Calcium 58mg 4%
Iron 2mg 11%
Magnesium 53mg 13%
Potassium 982mg 21%
Zinc 1mg 9%
Vitamin B12 5mcg 208%
Omega 3 3g

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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