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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.

Baked salmon topped with a lemon wheel next to a side salad of iceberg lettuce, diced tomatoes and feta cheese all on a plate

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

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

How To Cook Salmon

  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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A forkful of Baked salmon topped with a lemon wheel next to a side salad of iceberg lettuce, diced tomatoes and feta cheese all on a plate

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baked salmon with lemon slice on topon a dish with mixed salad

Easy Baked Salmon In Foil | Single Serving

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


  • 1 6 ounce salmon fillet
  • 1 tablespoon salted 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

The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

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4 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!

      1. You might like to use Italian seasoning or dried basil. You could even omit the tarragon and not use anything other than the garlic powder, salt, butter, and lemon. The fish will still be wonderful.

  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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