Baked salmon with browned butter sauce

Delicious and juicy salmon, cooked just as it should be. Baked salmon in the oven, must be the easiest way to cook a whole salmon side. Served with some new peeled potatoes and a delicious browned butter sauce, it does not get much better. Read on here and get our easy recipe.

baked salmon with thyme and browned butter sauce with capers

Easy baked salmon in the oven

Salmon is just an amazing fish and the best part is that it is healthy. At home, we eat a lot of salmon and other fatty fish, of course, because it is healthy, but also because it tastes really good.

Baked salmon is one of the kids’ favorites, they love the taste and then there are no bones to deal with.

The last time we made salmon in the oven, I served it along with browned butter sauce with chopped capers, parsley, and lemon. It goes really well with the fatty fish and then browned butter just tastes amazing.

As an accompaniment to such a delicious oven-baked salmon, we serve everything from new potatoes to steamed green asparagus, but it could also easily be a fresh crispy salad and a good piece of sourdough bread.

It’s really easy to make a whole salmon side in the oven, here you just have to preheat the oven and set a clock so you can keep track of time, then the rest goes by itself.

I have chosen to smear the salmon into a marinade, which I think fits really well, you can easily skip it, or make another marinade if you think.

baked side of salmon with herbs and browned butter sauce

Ingredient notes

Side of salmon – Find your salmon side at the fishmonger, or in the local supermarket.

Marinade for salmon – My marinade for salmon is a mix of dried spices and fresh herbs. I think the flavors go really well together and they do not overpower the delicate delicious taste of salmon.

How to make baked salmon with browned butter sauce?

Baked salmon in the oven is probably the easiest way to make a salmon side.

Of course, you just have to prepare the marinade, but otherwise, it is so easy! Here in the recipe, I have chosen to also put the recipe for a really delicious browned butter sauce, you make it when the salmon is done and sit to rest.

Start by preheating the oven. Check the salmon for bones and remove them if there should be a few. The marinade is prepared and then spread on top of the salmon.

Now you can put the salmon in the fridge for a few hours and let it absorb the taste, or cook it immediately as I have done here in the recipe.

Place a piece of baking paper on a baking sheet and move the salmon onto it, then place it in the preheated oven and cook it for 20 minutes. Take the salmon out and set it uncovered so it can rest.

In a pan, the butter is now melted over high heat and browned, and the rest of the ingredients for the butter sauce are added. Take the sauce off the heat and pour a little over the salmon before placing it on the table. The rest of the sauce is served in a small bowl with the salmon.

Find the full recipe further down this page.

baked side of salmon with brown butter sauce

Frequently asked questions

How do I store leftovers?

Leftovers of the salmon should be refrigerated quickly, where they can stay for a few days.

Can leftover salmon be frozen?

Yes, you can freeze leftover salmon. Here it can stay for a few months.

What can I substitute salmon with?

You can easily follow the recipe and then use trout, cod, or another fish instead.

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baked salmon with browned butter sauce

Tips and tricks for baked salmon

  • Marinate the salmon a few hours before it goes into the oven, then the taste of the marinade penetrates well into the salmon.
  • Place the salmon side on slices of lemon or orange when it goes in the oven, it gives a nice fresh taste.

Serving suggestions

  • Serve the baked salmon with browned butter sauce and crispy oven-baked potatoes.
  • You can also serve it with steamed green asparagus and a hollandaise sauce.
  • Serve salmon side in the oven as part of the lunch table at the annual Easter lunch.

Do you like salmon? Then you should also try Cold smoked salmon and Spinach roulade with salmon

baked salmon with herbs and lemon served with browned butter sauce
baked salmon with butter sauce and herbs

Recipe for the best oven-baked salmon

Here you get our recipe for a sure winner. Perfectly cooked baked salmon side in the oven is served with a tasty browned butter sauce with capers, parsley, and lemon.

Serve it with your favorite side dish and delight the whole family with a tasty fish dish. We hope you enjoy the recipe.

baked salmon with thyme and browned butter sauce with capers

Baked salmon with browned butter sauce

Recipe for baked salmon with browned butter sauce
Delicious and juicy oven-baked salmon with spices and a sauce of browned butter with chopped capers, parsley, and lemon. It is easy everyday food that the whole family loves to eat. Serve with new potatoes, steamed asparagus, or your favorite side dish.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Resting 5 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Dinner
Cuisine Danish
Servings 4 people
Calories 582 kcal


  • 800 g salmon whole side

Marinade for salmon:

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp fresh dill or 2 teaspoons dried
  • 1 lemon the zest
  • 1 tsp salt
  • Pepper to taste

Browned butter sauce:

  • 125 g butter
  • 1 tbsp capers
  • 2 tbsp fresh parsley chopped
  • ½ lemon zest and juice


  • The oven is preheated to 200 degrees Celcius and set up for ordinary heat.
  • The salmon side is prepared. Go through it for bones and remove them with tweezers if you come across any.
  • Next, prepare the marinade for the salmon. In a small bowl, add the olive oil, onion powder, and garlic powder. Finely chop the fresh dill and put it in the bowl together with 1 tbsp. the lemon zest as well as salt and pepper.
    – I usually use fine salt, it is easier to distribute over the salmon.
  • Stir it all together thoroughly.
  • Now grease the salmon thoroughly in the marinade. Then you can refrigerate it for a few hours, or as I have done here in the recipe, put it in the oven immediately.
  • Place a piece of baking paper on a baking sheet and move the salmon side over. Now place the baking tray with the salmon in the middle of the preheated oven and cook it for 20 minutes.
  • When the time is up, the salmon is taken out. Let it rest on the baking sheet, or a cutting board while you prepare the butter sauce.
  • Finely chop the capers and parsley and grate the zest of the lemon.
  • In a pan, melt the butter over high heat. When it starts to get a nutty scent and is slightly brown, add the chopped capers, parsley, and lemon zest. Squeeze the juice from half a lemon into the sauce and stir.
  • Take the sauce off the heat and pour a little of it over the salmon before serving. The rest of the sauce goes in a small heated bowl and is served with the salmon.


Calories: 582kcal
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