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Lemon Butter Baked Salmon with Dill Creme Fraiche Sauce

Salmon on courgette salad with a spoonful of dill creme fraiche sauce on a large blue plate.
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Everyone loves baked salmon, right? Quick to make, minimal washing up, and all the flavour! Our Baked Salmon is cooked in lemon butter that infuses the fish with citrusy flavour and keeps the salmon moist during cooking in the oven! Served with Nigella Lawson-inspired Dill Creme Fraiche Sauce, this light and tasty dish has become our firm Fish Friday favourite!

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What Ingredients Will You Need?

Only 4 ingredients for the lemon butter baked salmon and another 5 ingredients for the dill creme fraiche sauce.

All ingredients on a wooden chopping board.

For Lemon Baked Salmon:

  • 2 salmon fillets: skin on or skinless. Make sure there are no bones in the salmon fillets
  • ¼ lemon.
  • 30 g butter: we prefer unsalted butter in this recipe.

For Dill Creme Fraiche Sauce:

  • 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 80 g creme fraiche
  • 1 tbsp white wine vinegar
  • 1½ tsp light brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp fresh dill finely chopped

How To Make Baked Salmon with Dill Creme Fraiche Sauce in Under 20 Minutes?

Preheat the oven to 160°C Fan. Place the salmon fillets skin-side down in a baking tray with rims.

In a small saucepan, melt the butter (we used unsalted). Squeeze 1/4 of the lemon juice into the butter, mix and then pour the lemon butter over the salmon fillets. The butter will make sure the salmon stays moist during cooking.

Slice the squeezed-out lemon and place a single slice on top of each fillet for extra lemony flavour.

Place the salmon in the oven for 12-15 minutes until cooked through.

In the meantime, mix the Dill Creme Fraiche sauce ingredients in a small bowl. Season with salt and pepper. Mix for a while to help the brown sugar dissolve.

Serve lemon butter baked salmon with creme fraiche and dill sauce and your favourite side dishes (for suggestions, have a look below). Enjoy!

Lemon butter baked salmon is served on cougette and spinach salad with dill creme fraiche sauce and a slice of lemon in a black bowl with brown rim.

People Also Asked:

How Long to Cook Salmon Fillets For in The Oven?

At 160C Fan, your salmon fillets will cook within 12-15 minutes in the oven, depending on how thick they are (about 4 minutes per 1 cm of thickness).

How to Make Sure Salmon Stays Moist?

One way is to wrap the salmon fillets in foil, to ensure none of the moisture escapes. This is a popular way to cook salmon, but note that wrapped in foil, salmon fillets will cook slightly quicker.

Another method that we chose to use in this recipe, is to simply introduce some moisture. The liquid will heat up and create steam around the salmon, preventing it from becoming dry. The liquid you can use is stock, dry white wine or a mixture! We have used lemon butter in this recipe for extra indulgence!Baked salmon fillets in butter on a aking tray.

What Other Sauce Can I Serve Lemon Butter Baked Salmon With?

We think Salmon goes well with a range of sauces, from Herby Basil Pistou to tropical mango salsa. Another favourite of ours is mint yoghurt!

Can I Use Sour Cream Instead of Creme Fraiche?

Absolutely! Sour Cream is essentially Creme Fraiche with a lesser fat content! Sour cream or thick and creamy Greek yoghurt will work well in this dill creme fraiche sauce recipe!

Best Side Dishes for Baked Salmon:

We love this salmon with either fluffy white long-grain rice or a lovely potato side dish, like:

As no fish dish would be complete without some nutritious veggies on the side, right? Some of our favourites to go with baked salmon are:

Courgette ribbon salad that is served with lemon butter baked salmon.

Other Salmon Recipes

Is salmon your favourite fish? Ours too! Have a look at some of our other recipes that features salmon as the star of the show:

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Salmon on courgette salad with a spoonful of dill creme fraiche sauce on a large blue plate.

Lemon Butter Baked Salmon with Dill Creme Fraiche Sauce

Everyone loves baked salmon, right? Quick to make, minimal washing up, and all the flavour! Our Baked Salmon is cooked in lemon butter that infuses the fish with citrusy flavour and keeps the salmon moist during cooking in the oven! Served with Nigella Lawson-inspired Dill Creme Fraiche Sauce, this light and tasty dish has become our firm Fish Friday favourite!
5 from 6 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 12 mins
Total Time 17 mins
Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine American, European, Swedish
Servings 2 portions
Calories 436 kcal

Ingredients
 
 

For Lemon Baked Salmon:

  • 2 salmon fillets
  • ¼ lemon
  • 30 g butter melted

For Dill Creme Fraiche Sauce:

  • 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 80 g creme fraiche
  • 1 tbsp white wine vinegar
  • tsp light brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp fresh dill finely chopped

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 160°C Fan. Place the salmon fillets skin side down in a rimmed baking tray.
  • In a small saucepan, melt the butter. Squeeze 1/4 of the lemon juice into the butter, mix and then pour the lemon butter over the salmon fillets.
  • Slice the squeezed-out lemon and place a single slice on top of each fillet.
  • Place the salmon in the oven for 12-15 minutes until cooked through.
  • In the meantime, mix the Dill Creme Fraiche sauce ingredients in a small bowl. Season with salt and pepper. Mix for a while to help the brown sugar dissolve.
  • Serve baked salmon with dill sauce and your favourite side dishes (for suggestions, have a look in the text above). Enjoy!

Notes

Dill Creme Fraiche Sauce is based on Nigella’s Swedish Salmon Recipe, found in Nigella Express

Nutrition

Calories: 436kcalCarbohydrates: 7gProtein: 35gFat: 29gSaturated Fat: 13gPolyunsaturated Fat: 5gMonounsaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 126mgSodium: 356mgPotassium: 875mgFiber: 1gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 499IUVitamin C: 7mgCalcium: 36mgIron: 2mg
Keyword Baked Salmon Fillets, Bakes Salmon, Creamy Dill Sauce, Dill Creme Fraiche, Gluten Free, Lemon Butter Salmon
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9 Replies to “Lemon Butter Baked Salmon with Dill Creme Fraiche Sauce”

  1. Jessie-Sierra Ross says: Reply

    5 stars
    This was such an easy and delicious supper! I loved the lemon and dill with the soft salmon!

    1. Thanks so much! Glad you liked it 🙂

  2. 5 stars
    I really loved the creme fraiche sauce with this dish. I can think of a million other things I’ll be using it on, too!

    1. Thanks, Kim! That makes me so happy! Please do let me know if you find a lovely pairing, so I can take advantage of it too 🙂

  3. 5 stars
    Nothing like a comforting and healthy meal. This was perfect for Sunday night! Definitely making it again!

    1. So glad you like a healthier meal! We love this one after a long festive period (a.k.a 2 month long overindulging) 🙂

  4. 5 stars
    Simple but delicious! The dill and lemon butter are perfect with the rich salmon.

  5. 5 stars
    Oh wow this looks so good! I love salmon with lemon butter sauce, and the creme fraiche takes it over the top!

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