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Baked Salmon with Lemon Caper Butter

Baked Salmon with Lemon Caper Butter is an easy family dinner! Salmon baked to perfection and topped with decadent lemon caper butter.
4.9 from 36 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course Main Dishes
Cuisine American
Servings 2 Servings
Calories 323 kcal



  • 2 5 ounce salmon fillets
  • kosher salt and pepper
  • 4 lemon slices
  • non-stick spray

Lemon Caper Butter

  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 tablespoons capers drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest
  • juice of 1/2 of a lemon
  • kosher salt and fresh cracked pepper


  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
  • Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and spray with non-stick spray.
  • Place salmon fillets on the prepared baking sheet. (Note: I don't like the bones so I remove them. Some use needle-nose pliers, I used my finger nails but it did take me a little while). Sprinkle fillets with kosher salt and fresh cracked pepper. Place 2 lemon slices on top of each fillet. Bake for 10 minutes. Remove and tent with aluminum foil for 10 more minutes. Fish will continue to cook during this time. It will flake easily when done.
  • While salmon is cooking, in a small sauce pan, melt butter over medium heat. Once butter has melted add garlic, capers, lemon zest and lemon juice. Cook for 2 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  • Remove lemon slices and discard. Gently slide a turner or serving spatula between the skin and the flesh of the fillet to remove the skin, it should separate very easily. Transfer fillet to a serving platter and spoon lemon caper butter over the top. Serve.




Calories: 323kcalCarbohydrates: 2.9gProtein: 28.3gFat: 26.2gSaturated Fat: 12.3gCholesterol: 108mgSodium: 442mgFiber: 0.8gSugar: 0.6g
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Keywords: caper butter, dinner, Food, lemon, Recipe, salmon