Cream Cheese Dill Baked Salmon

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Cream Cheese Dill Baked Salmon is a super easy dinner recipe to make in under 30 minutes. With just a few ingredients, this perfectly baked salmon recipe is moist, tender, and flaky on the inside. 

cream cheese crust baked salmon

Enjoy this easy oven-baked salmon with a cream cheese and dill crust that is absolutely dreamy! Perfect for weeknight dinner, this low carb salmon recipe is loaded with flavor and tastes incredible.

I’m a huge fan of salmon, and while I love honey mustard salmon or air fryer salmon, this cream cheese salmon is super juicy, fork-tender with crisp edges.

Why Are You Going To Love This Cream Cheese Baked Salmon

  • Easy to make in under 30 minutes, making it a great option for busy weeknights.
  • Perfect for meal prep – you can cook this salmon and store it in the fridge until ready to eat.
  • It’s a versatile recipe. You can enjoy it for lunch or dinner and pair it with your favorite side dish.
  • Hassle-free clean-up
  • Loaded with delicious flavors.
  • The cream cheese mixture that coats the salmon creates a moist and tender texture that pairs perfectly with all the flavors from this recipe.

Cream Cheese Garlic Baked Salmon Ingredients

  • Salmon – an affordable, widely popular fish that’s healthy, high in omega 3s, packed with protein, and super easy to cook. I recommend choosing Pacific or Alaskan Salmon and look for salmon whose flesh is shiny, moist, and brightly colored.
  • Cream Cheese – you will need softened cream cheese to ensure it combines and spreads well.
  • Dill – fresh chopped dill is used in this recipe to add a vibrant and aromatic flavor to the salmon.
  • Garlic – use fresh minced garlic for an intense, delicious flavor.
  • Seasonings – I love to use the most basic salmon seasonings, such as salt, pepper, or garlic powder. In the end, sprinkle some fresh herbs and freshly squeezed lemon juice.
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How to Make The Best Baked Salmon Recipe?

It’s incredibly easy to make this creamy salmon recipe with cream cheese and dill in just 4 easy steps:

  1. Preheat the oven and place the seasoned salmon piece on a bed of lemon slices. This way, you’re guaranteed that the salmon is incredibly moist and doesn’t stick to the bottom of the baking dish. 
  2. Prepare the cream cheese crust by mixing softened cream cheese, garlic, fresh dill, lemon juice, salt, and pepper. Optional for a bit of kick, add some red pepper chilly flakes.
  3. Top the salmon fillet with the cream cheese mixture.
  4. Bake in the preheated oven for 20-25 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 135-140°F.
baked salmon with cream cheese and fresh dill

How Long to Bake Salmon?

The best temperature to bake salmon si 400F or 425F. The baking time depends on how big or thick your salmon pieces are. It’s extremely important not to overcook the fish.

I recommend using an instant-read thermometer like this one. Cook the salmon until it reaches an internal temperature of 145 degrees F, as FDA recommends. It takes about 4-6 minutes per half-inch of thickness. 

Another way to test for doneness is to insert a fork or knife in the salmon, and the fish should flake easily and look opaque.

Tips For Making The Best Cream Cheese Salmon

  • Cook the salmon with skin on to keep it super juicy.
  • Use a high-quality fresh salmon that is firm and bright in color.
  • You can add some red pepper chili flakes if you want to make a spicy cream cheese baked salmon.
  • Let the salmon rest for a few minutes before serving to allow the juices to redistribute, resulting in a more tender and flavorful dish.

Got Leftovers?

This Salmon recipe with cream cheese can be stored in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

How To Serve Baked Cream Cheese Salmon

To keep this salmon recipe low carb, I chose to serve it keto side dishes such as: 

favorite salmon recipe with cauliflower mashed potatoes

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Cream Cheese Dill Baked Salmon

5 from 9 votes

Prep time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Yelds 4 servings
Author Ioana Borcea from LowCarbSpark.com


Cream Cheese Dill Baked Salmon is a super easy dinner recipe to make in under 30 minutes. With just a few ingredients, this perfectly baked salmon recipe is moist, tender, and flaky on the inside.
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  • Preheat the oven to 425°F/220°C. Line a baking dish with foil and lay lemon slices in an even layer.
  • Season the salmon with salt and pepper on both sides and place on top of lemon slices.
  • In a bowl, combine the softened cream cheese, minced garlic, chopped fresh dill, the juice from half a lemon, salt, and pepper.
  • Evenly spread the dill cream cheese mixture evenly on top of the salmon. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until the salmon flakes easily with a fork. Salmon’s internal temperature should reach 135-140°F.
  • Garnish with fresh dill before serving. Enjoy!
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Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Keyword baked salmon, salmon recipes
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  1. 5 stars
    This was a lovely and simple recipe. I had to sub a couple things dried tarragon instead of fresh, I had no lemons so I cut up an orange lol. I may have overly lemon juiced since I was using bottled. However, it is a great recipe and will definitely make it again. After all I live in Alaska and you can never have too many salmon or just fish in general recipes Thanks for sharing!

    1. If your wife isn’t a fan of dill, a great substitute in your salmon recipe would be fresh parsley or chives, depending on her taste preferences. Both herbs will complement the salmon beautifully without the distinct flavor that dill carries. Simply use the same amount of your chosen herb in place of dill for seasoning the cream cheese mixture and as a garnish. This substitution should blend well with the other ingredients like lemon and garlic, ensuring a delicious outcome for your dish. Enjoy your cooking!

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