This oven Baked Salmon is in the Best Lemon Alfredo Sauce that will go over any seafood! The salmon fillet is baked in a butter sauce then topped with a lemon Alfredo sauce and fresh dill! The best seafood combo all in one plate! No wonder it was a huge hit at an engagement party!
We’re not big fish eaters but when we do eat seafood, it has to be good! Try our favorite Fish with Mango Salsa or Olive Garden’s Shrimp Scampi Fritta! Many of you loved our Baked Spinach Tilapia Casserole!
Baked Salmon in the Best Lemon Alfredo Sauce
I’am not a huge seafood eater, and don’t really buy salmon that much, but when I had this fish at my sister-in-laws engagement party, it gave me a really good reason to make some! I mean, how could you go wrong with butter and lemon on salmon, not to mention the over-the-top alfredo sauce idea?
The salmon fillets served at the banquet were originally served with orange caviar on top, but using lemon is just more common to have than fish eggs. Everything else pretty much stays the same! A huge thanks to my mama, who hosted the event with her friend, and shared the tasty recipes they made that day! Wait until you try the oven-baked potato wedges too! If you want a tasty way to incorporate a salmon dinner, this is it my friends!
Baked Salmon Recipe
This recipe is super easy to make and doesn’t require the use of foil! I don’t know about you, but I have encountered foil melting on me, in random spots, or is it just me? I love Reynold’s but this pack of foil really gave me a negative impact. Any ways, the fish can marinade in as quick as 30 minutes, but I had an opportunity to do so overnight, which is simply amazing! I’m all about easy recipes but if you have the time, do it! Further more the melted butter glaze and lemon Alfredo is a must-try! Everything is made in a sheet-pan and baked within 25 minutes!
How to Make Baked Salmon:
Baked Salmon in the Best Lemon Alfredo
Ingredients for Baked Salmon:
- 3 lb Salmon fillet
- 1/3 cup mayo
- 1 1/2 tsp garlic salt
- 4 Tbsp melted butter
- 1 tsp home fry potato seasoning
- 1/2 cup alfredo sauce
- 1 lemon
- 1 Tbsp dill
How to make Baked Salmon:
- Marinade the salmon in mayo and garlic salt at least 30 minutes (overnight if possible.)
- Pre-heat oven to 400°F. Place salmon onto a large baking sheet. Stir together the butter and seasoning and brush over the salmon. Bake 20-25 minutes or until done.
- Meanwhile heat the Alfredo sauce with 2 Tbsp of freshly squeezed lemon juice.
- When the salmon has baked, transfer to a serving dish and ladle alfredo sauce over the center. Garnish with dill and slice into 12 servings. Serve.
Nutrition per serving
How long to bake Salmon?
Salmon can be done in as quick as 15 minutes! However there are a few things to keep in mind. The bigger the fish the longer it will take to bake. The smaller the fish, the quicker it will cook. The temperature also determines how quick it will take to cook the fillet. I don’t recommend anything too low, because you do not want a dried out fish! Doneness all depends on the size and temperature you cook the fish.
How to tell when Salmon is done?
When salmon is done, its color changes from a red raw shade to a pale peach color. The fish should flake easily and no parts should remain in their raw shade. The salmon internal temperature should reach 145°F.
What temperature should salmon be baked?
You want to roast the salmon at a high temperature to grasp the heat and cook thoroughly. A good temperature to go by, is anything over 400°F. Seafood doesn’t take long to cook and baking it at low temperature can only dry out the flesh before it reaches its doneness state.
How do you make Salmon on the Grill?
Seafood doesn’t take long to cook. It’s best to cook salmon on the grill wrapped in foil, since fish can flake easily once done. It would be devastating to pick up pieces at the end of the grilling session. For the best grilling experience
- Slice thick pieces of salmon.
- Wrap each chunk in foil.
- Place on the grill over medium-hi heat (400°F) and grill for 15-25 minutes depending on how thick your fillet is (1-inch fillets can take up-to 15 minutes and 1.5-inch or thicker may need 25 minutes.)
What to season Baked Salmon With?
Baked salmon goes best with some tartness (coming from lemons), herbs (like dill) and butter (for juiciness!) Marinades with mayo are also common for tenderness. Some other tasty ways to marinade salmon is using soy sauce, like I did in my sheet-pan teriyaki salmon.
The seasoning I used for the butter glaze here, was a red home fry potato seasoning, which is basically a mix of dried garlic, paprika and spices. You can even make your own blend to substitute the seasoning. Paprika adds a pretty hue, which makes for a prettier presentation. Aim for garlicky, summer-time flavors or go with Asian flavors!
What goes with Baked Salmon?
Types of Salmon to buy?
Wild caught salmon is the best (preferably not farmed.) Go with fresh salmon fillets sold in the ice coolers. Frozen fillets are just not the same, especially if you want to cure fish (it’s done best with fresh.) Most retailers carry farmed salmon, but higher end seafood markets can have the real deal. I try to look for deep red fillets with thicker flesh.
Salmons to choose from are Sushi-grade salmon, Pink Salmon, Chinook Salmon, Coho Salmon, Atlantic Salmon, Sockeye Salmon, or King Salmon. For a complete article on the types of salmon to choose from, read the article by the Spruce Eats.
How do you make alfredo sauce?
The alfredo sauce I had on hand for this salmon recipe, was actually from a dry alfredo mix that I made in bulk and froze. I didn’t follow the box instructions, as I used all heavy cream, rather than milk and added fresh garlic and cheese to the mix. You can use any jarred alfredo sauce or make homemade alfredo sauce. If you want a recipe on how I made alfredo sauce from the dry mix, comment me below.
What is the best Salmon Marinade?
No matter what salmon recipe I’ve made, it was either marinated in mayo or made in a soy sauce combo. Both are the best! Mayo is such a great tenderizer and is likely to be a staple pantry item! Soy sauce is nice to use for an Asian theme. Try my marinated mayo and ranch Chicken Kabobs to see what the real deal is!
What are the health benefits of Salmon?
Salmon is said to have many health benefits like omega 3’s and protein. To read more on the health benefits of eating salmon, check out this article by, WebMd.
Tips For Baking Salmon:
- Wrap in foil and cook over the grill to save on energy!
- Lightly sear the edges of thinly sliced lemons for charred look!
- Sprinkle caviar over the Alfredo sauce!
- Use herbs like parsley or cilantro instead of dill!