Dave's Baked Salmon with Garlic-Butter Sauce

Foil-baked salmon dish with a savory butter, garlic, and lemon sauce that includes dill and capers. P.S. I like lots of butter and garlic! For side dishes, we served steamed wild rice and steamed broccolini (with, you guessed it, more butter). Steam the broccolini al dente and then saute in butter till lightly charred. It gives it an awesome light smoky flavor.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
25 mins
2 salmon fillets


  • 1 stick salted butter

  • 2 (3 ounce) fillets salmon fillets

  • salt and ground black pepper to taste

  • 6 cloves garlic, minced

  • 4 sliced lemon rounds

  • 2 tablespoons capers with juice

  • 6 sprigs fresh dill


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  2. Melt butter in a microwave-safe bowl, about 1 minute. Cut two 12-inch square sheets of aluminum foil and spoon a small amount of butter onto each. Place 1 salmon fillet on each square and lightly season with salt and pepper. Fold aluminum foil around each fillet to create little packets that will hold the butter sauce.

  3. Add garlic to the remaining butter in the bowl. Spoon over the fillets, coating thoroughly; place 3 sprigs of dill on each. Place 2 lemon slices over the dill. Spread capers and brine evenly over fillets. Seal the packets and place on a baking sheet.

  4. Bake in the preheated oven for 10 to 15 minutes; do not overcook. Remove packets from oven and open them.

  5. Set an oven rack about 6 inches from the heat source and turn on the oven's broiler. Bake salmon packets under the broiler until fish flakes easily with a fork, about 2 minutes.

  6. Use a large spatula to serve each fillet in a scampi boat. Pour butter sauce and capers over each fillet.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

520 Calories
49g Fat
6g Carbs
17g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 2
Calories 520
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 49g 63%
Saturated Fat 30g 150%
Cholesterol 158mg 53%
Sodium 700mg 30%
Total Carbohydrate 6g 2%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Total Sugars 0g
Protein 17g
Vitamin C 25mg 127%
Calcium 81mg 6%
Iron 1mg 5%
Potassium 383mg 8%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.