Delicious Garlic Butter Salmon is one of the best entrees for a quick and tasty low-carb meal.

Salmon filets are baked in a light, lemon garlic butter sauce and ready to enjoy in minutes!

This dish is healthy and lightly flavored.

a garlic butter salmon filet being lifted out of the baking dish

Best Garlic Butter Salmon

  • Crazy healthy salmon filets are nutritious and loaded with Omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants, and proteins!
  • Make and use all week-long hot dishes or on top of chilled salads for an energizing workday lunch!
  • Mild flavored salmon has endless possibilities for sides like cauliflower rice, roasted asparagus, mixed veggies, asparagus salad or a zesty zucchini pasta salad.
Ingredients to make Garlic Butter Salmon labeled: garlic, butter, salmon, salt & pepper, parsley, and lemon

Ingredients & Variations

Salmon – Fresh or frozen (and thawed) salmon fillets are used in this recipe. Be sure they are the same size and width for even baking.

Sauce – The flavor of real butter can’t be matched for this recipe, but you can use leftover bacon grease for a deep, smoky flavor or coconut oil if you are serving salmon cold on a salad or in a wrap.

Variations – Low-carb seasonings like garlic herb, Italian, or a zesty southwest flavor helps salmon fit any menu. A creamy vinaigrette can be used instead of the garlic butter sauce if desired.

How to Make Garlic Butter Salmon

Easy salmon filets are baked in a garlic butter sauce and ready in minutes!

  1. Melt butter and garlic in the microwave and whisk in lemon juice and parsley.
  2. Season salmon filets with salt and pepper and place them skin side down in a baking dish. Drizzle garlic butter over the fish.
  3. Bake until the salmon is flaky and opaque (as per the recipe below).
  4. Allow salmon to rest for about three minutes before serving. Serve with lemon slices or wedges.
a fork flaking apart a garlic butter salmon filet with a lemon slice

Tips & Tricks

  • Salmon cooks fast and continues to cook after it’s been removed from the oven. For the best results, a meat thermometer will help you gauge when it’s time to remove salmon from the oven, as it overcooks very easily. Salmon should read 145°F at the thickest part, with or without the skin.
  • Keep leftover garlic butter salmon in a tightly covered container in the refrigerator for up to four days. Reheat in a pan on the stove with a little water until it’s warmed through.
  • Freeze portions in parchment paper and then in zippered bags. Salmon will keep up to 6 months this way. Thaw in the refrigerator before reheating or topping a salad!

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Garlic Butter Salmon

This elegant garlic butter salmon recipe is tender, flaky, and full of flavor!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 4
Author Holly


  • ¼ cup butter
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 4 salmon fillets 6 oz each
  • lemon wedges for serving
  • salt & pepper to taste


  • Preheat the oven to 400°F.
  • In a small bowl, combine the butter and garlic. Microwave for 30 to 40 seconds or until melted. Whisk in lemon juice and parsley.
  • Place the salmon, skin side down, in a baking dish and season with salt and pepper. Drizzle the butter mixture over the salmon.
  • Bake for 10-12 minutes or until salmon reaches 145℉. Cooking times may vary depending on the thickness of the salmon fillets. Check the salmon early to ensure it doesn't overcook.


  • Check the salmon early to ensure it doesn’t overcook.
  • Salmon should be slightly translucent in the center and flake easily with a fork.
  • Refrigerate leftovers in a tightly covered container for up to four days.
  • Reheat on the stovetop, adding a bit of water to the pan, until warmed through.
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Nutrition Information

Calories: 346kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 34g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 0.5g | Cholesterol: 124mg | Sodium: 166mg | Potassium: 847mg | Fiber: 0.1g | Sugar: 0.1g | Vitamin A: 423IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 27mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course dinner, Main Course
Cuisine American

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