Baked Salmon With Roasted Garlic Lemon Sauce Recipe

This healthy baked salmon with roasted garlic lemon sauce is a wonderfully light and refreshing way to enjoy your next fillet of salmon.

Garlic lovers unite!!! This is one of those delicious recipes where I often ask myself, “Why don’t I make this more often?”

This Clean Eating Baked Salmon With Roasted Garlic Lemon Sauce sits on the silver baking pan it was cooked on. The fillet is topped with a small bit of greens and half a cherry tomato for garnish.

It’s very simple to put together and packs a good deal of flavor as well. Just be sure you don’t have to actually speak to anybody the next day. Because with a full head of garlic this is beyond lethal in the garlic department. At least for most people.

In fact, when I do get around to making this, Mini Chef usually exits the bedroom very early the next morning and avoids getting too close to me for the better part of the day. And I have to say I don’t mind much because he had some the night before, too.

This baked salmon with roasted garlic lemon sauce ain’t for sissies, guys. It’s absolutely delicious, though. So, if you love garlic, be brave! Give it a try!

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Clean Eating Baked Salmon with Roasted Garlic & Lemon Sauce

Clean Eating Baked Salmon with Roasted Garlic & Lemon Sauce

The sauce is enough for approximately 1/2 to 1 lb. of salmon.
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Course: Main Course, Seafood
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings: 2 servings
Calories: 356kcal
Author: Tiffany McCauley


  • 1 lb. salmon fillet (approximate – between a 1/2 lb. and 1 lb. is good.)
  • 1 head garlic
  • 1 medium lemon (juice only)
  • salt to taste
  • 1 tsp. oil (for roasting garlic)


  • Preheat oven to 350 F. and place the salmon fillet on a parchment lined cookie sheet.
  • Cut the top of the garlic head off, brush with oil so it doesn’t burn, and place it on the baking sheet along with the salmon. Placing it in the corner of the same baking pan as the salmon is fine if there is room. 
  • Place the pan in the oven. Note that you will have to remove the salmon before you remove the garlic. So plan accordingly.
  • Baking time will depend on the size of your piece of fish. But typically, times will go between 12-20 minutes. It’s done when it easily flakes. Just remember that the fish will continue to cook for a bit after you remove it from the oven. So plan your baking time accordingly.
  • The garlic is done roasting when the cloves begin to pop out of the head.
  • In a blender, blend together the roasted garlic cloves and the lemon juice.
  • Place the fish on your plate, pour the sauce over the top, add salt to taste and enjoy.


Please note that the nutrition data below is a ballpark figure. Exact data is not possible.


Serving: 0.5the recipe | Calories: 356kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 45g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 124mg | Sodium: 101mg | Potassium: 1141mg | Vitamin A: 90IU | Vitamin C: 5.2mg | Calcium: 41mg | Iron: 1.9mg

Recipe from the Gracious Pantry archives, originally posted 9/10/14.

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  1. Oh! This looks so tasty! I will definitely be trying this soon!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Jeni – Thank you! Let me know what you think. 🙂

  2. I tried this recipe and really love it. Salmon is my favorite fish and you can do so many things with it. Clean eating has changed my life! Thansk for this recipe share:)

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Jim – My pleasure! Glad you enjoyed it!

  3. Hi Tiffany:

    Can u make the sauce beforehand and leave in the fridge a few days before adding it to the baked salmon? Awesome blog!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Susan – Sure! I wouldn’t go more than about 2-3 days though.