Baked Salmon Recipe for One

This baked salmon recipe features a salmon fillet baked in foil which allows for a flavorful meal with little cleanup. Baking salmon in foil traps the moisture inside to prevent the salmon from drying out. The salmon fillet is topped with butter, spices and lemon and bakes in minutes. An easy single serving salmon recipe.

salmon on a plate with a salad.

I love a really great salmon recipe and this simple salmon baked in foil does not disappoint.

During the summer, I love to grill salmon on a cedar plank. Any opportunity I have to be outside and enjoying a nice summer evening, I take. However, lately I’ve been saving my grill for burgers and chicken and bringing my salmon back in the kitchen.

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I’ve discovered that baking salmon in foil is a wonderful way to cook salmon and I happen to think it turns out better than cooking it on the grill.

Salmon Baked In Foil

Baking salmon in foil or parchment paper traps in the juices and gently steams the fish.

The flavors are spectacular in this easy recipe and because the salmon is cooked in a foil packet, there’s hardly any mess to clean up.

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How To Cook Salmon

This is one of the easiest ways to cook salmon in the oven.

See recipe box below for ingredient amounts and full recipe instructions.

Ingredients needed:

  • salmon fillet
  • butter
  • garlic powder
  • dried tarragon (or other favorite spice)
  • red pepper flakes (optional)
  • salt
  • lemon


  1. Place the salmon in the center of a piece of aluminum foil or parchment paper.
  2. Soften a tablespoon or two of butter and mix in garlic powder, dried tarragon, a pinch of red pepper flakes, and salt.
  3. Add a slice of lemon to the top of the salmon.
  4. Cover with another sheet of aluminum foil and pinch the edges together to seal tightly. Place on a baking sheet and bake in a 400 degree F (200 degree C) oven for 20-25 minutes.

Baking salmon wrapped in aluminum foil provides you with a delicious meal with little cleanup.

This cooking technique keeps the moisture inside the foil which helps to keep the salmon tender, flaky, and perfectly cooked.

This is such a versatile recipe, you can infuse your salmon with other ingredients such as orange slices or other favorite spices.

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eating a piece of baked salmon with a fork.

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What To Serve With Baked Salmon

You might like to consider adding any of these single serving side dishes to your salmon meal.

Cucumber Salsa

Roasted Carrots

Scalloped Potatoes

Rice Pilaf

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Single Serving Baked Salmon Recipe

Salmon Baked In Foil For One | One Dish Kitchen

Easy Baked Salmon In Foil For One

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
0 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: Seafood
Keyword: salmon
Servings: 1 person
Calories: 344kcal
Author: Joanie Zisk


  • 1 6 ounce salmon fillet
  • 1 tablespoon butter , softened
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried tarragon
  • pinch red pepper flakes
  • pinch salt
  • lemon slice


  • Heat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
  • Place the salmon in the center of a large piece of aluminum foil or parchment paper.
  • Place the softened butter in a small bowl and add the garlic powder, tarragon, red pepper flakes and salt. Stir to blend.
  • Spoon the butter/spices over the salmon and spread to cover the top of the fish.
  • Top with the lemon slice.
  • Cover with another sheet of aluminum foil and pinch the edges together to seal tightly. Place the salmon foil packet on a baking sheet.
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes or until salmon is cooked through and flakes easily with a fork.


Calories: 344kcal | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 30mg | Sodium: 100mg | Vitamin A: 350IU
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2 thoughts on “Baked Salmon Recipe for One”

  1. 5 stars
    Salmon is one of my favorite quick and easy meals for a weeknight dinner. Love the herb-y butter on this salmon and the foil cooking technique! The perfect dinner for one!

  2. 5 stars
    I am home alone at the moment as my hubby is out of town.
    So this was perfect for me!!! (It will be perfect when he gets back too as he isn’t a big fish fan!)
    I made it last night and it was just delicious and so simple!

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