Lemon Salmon with Garlic and Thyme

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lemon salmon recipe
Photo/Styling: Katherine Gillen

Sometimes you want to put on your chef’s hat and whip up a gourmet meal…and sometimes you just want the gourmet meal, without all the effort. That’s where this easy lemon salmon recipe swoops in to save dinnertime. It’s simple but not short on flavor (and you hardly have to do anything).

To make sure your salmon comes out of the oven ideally cooked (and not dry as a bone), take a look at how thick the fillets are. If they’re on the thin side, check them around the 15-minute mark—they should flake easily with a fork but still look moist. Another way to determine doneness? Use an instant-read thermometer and pull the salmon when it reaches an internal temperature of 145°F. Easy peasy.


Four 5- to 6-ounce salmon fillets

Extra virgin olive oil, as needed

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

1 whole lemon, zested and sliced into thin rounds

½ teaspoon dried thyme

4 to 5 five garlic cloves, peeled and lightly crushed


1. Preheat the oven to 400°F.

2. Place the salmon fillets in a baking dish, and drizzle lightly with olive oil. Season with salt and pepper, then sprinkle evenly with the lemon zest and thyme. Arrange the lemon slices on top of the fillets, and add the garlic cloves to the dish.

3. Transfer to the oven and bake until the salmon is cooked through and flakes with a fork, 18-20 minutes (adjust the baking time if your fillets are very thick or thin).

Note: This recipe can be scaled up or down easily.

Nutrition Facts
  • 356 calories

  • 23g fat

  • 3g carbs

  • 32g protein

  • 0g sugars

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Senior Food Editor

Katherine Gillen is PureWow’s senior food editor. She’s a writer, recipe developer and food stylist with a degree in culinary arts and professional experience in New York City...