This baked Whole30 salmon recipe is covered with a delicious lemon, garlic and herb crust that helps seal in the juices. This fish is light and flaky and it only takes 10 minutes to bake. Seriously! Only 10 minutes! I love how it gets a light crust on the outside but stays nice and moist on the inside. I feel like I work at a fancy restaurant when I make this.
This is crazy-easy to bake in the oven – it only takes about 12 minutes! It ends up with a nice crust on the outside and is tender on the inside. I love the easy sauce and it pulls together in a few minutes. My favorite way to make it is using the broiler and that results in an extra-crunchy crust, juicier insides and it cooks even faster than the normal method. It’s kind of a chef’s secret way to get restaurant-quality salmon with no extra work and actually in less time.
This is one of my favorite recipes to impress guests with because I can have it all ready to go and then pop it in at the last minute. I like to serve it with my baguettes. This is great for a quick, hearty meal. This recipe could work well on any type of fish, especially halibut or trout.
I don’t know about you, but fish used to scare me. I live in the middle of the country where it’s hard to find good, fresh fish – especially wild-caught fish. I love to order fish in restaurants, but for a long time, I was scared to cook it at home. It’s so easy to overcook it and confusing picking it out. But I get so sick of chicken and beef and fish is so healthy for you – especially salmon.
So I came up with this recipe so I would have a good go-to recipe for cooking fish. This is a really good meal to make and impress your guests. Since it cooks so quickly, I just wait until my guests arrive and then throw it in my pre-heated oven.
They are always impressed and it’s so easy. I even like to do this with frozen fish, like the tilapia or halibut that Costco has. My 10-year-old son makes it often because fish is his favorite protein – so if he can do it, you can do it (hopefully. . .). It takes a lot longer to cook with frozen fish though and you can’t do the broil method.
It is so easy to make and I think the lemon gives it a truly wonderful flavor. Check out the ingredient list and look at how short it is. Eight simple ingredients. If you don’t count herbs, there is only three ingredients.
So simple. So good and so impressive. Trust me. If you show this to your family or guests, they will be impressed. They might start looking for take-out containers. But YOU’LL know how easy and fast this Whole 30 salmon recipe really is.
So, if you’re scared of fish like I used to be, this is a good recipe to start with. Nice and simple, yet full of flavor. We’ve tried the recipe on several different kinds of fish at our house and we’ve liked them all. My children love it on tilapia and my 11-year-old son even makes this recipe himself fairly regularly, mostly on tilapia though. Most children I know don’t like salmon as much because of the stronger flavor.
One tip I have for you is to not overcook your salmon. It’s so easy to do. You may not feel like your fish is done in the time indicated below, but as well as it flakes easily with a fork, it’s done. I finally figured out that’s why I used to like restaurant fish and not fish I cooked at home.
If possible, wild is always best. It not only tastes so much better, but it’s much better for you. Wild can be hard to find though and is very expensive.
Think that fresh herbs are too expensive? I’ve had really good luck with grow lights. I hang them from the bottom of a wire shelf and put all sorts of herbs and flowers on the shelf below. Now I have fresh herbs year-round. For some of the smaller plants, I just get a smaller personal lamp and a grow light bulb.
Please try this recipe and let me know if you like it and who you made it for and what you served with it. I’m sure the other readers would love to know (and I would too). I’ll often serve it with some roasted veggies on the side.
This would be delicious with some cauliflower rice and/or your choice of vegetables. What is your favorite type of fish? Why? Share with us in the comments below. If you want more fish dishes from me, check out my Quick, Easy Fish Veracruz Recipe or Grilled Mahi Mahi Recipe in a Lemon Butter Sauce.
Lemon, Garlic and Herb Baked Whole30 Salmon Recipe
This Paleo salmon recipe is covered with a delicious lemon, garlic and herb crust that helps seal in the juices. This fish is light and flaky and it only takes 10 minutes to bake. Seriously! Only 10 minutes!
- Prep Time: 15 minutes
- Cook Time: 10 minutes
- Total Time: 25 minutes
- Yield: 4 1x
- Category: Main Course
- Cuisine: Paleo
- Place all ingredients except for salmon in a small bowl and melt in the microwave for 30-45 seconds.
- Stir until combined.
- Place the salmon fillets on a parchment lined baking sheet.
- Using a pastry brush, coat the salmon with the lemon herb butter, evenly spreading it over the tops of each fillet.
- Bake in an oven preheated to 400 degrees on the top or second to top rack for 10-12 minutes, or until salmon is cooked through and flakes easily with a fork.
- Alternately the fish can be broiled on medium/high on the second to top rack for 8-10 minutes, or until cooked through. This method will give you a bit more crunchy, caramelized crust.
Keywords: lemon, butter, baked