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Baked salmon with cheese, garlic and lemon juice. Moist, quick, delicious and healthy baked salmon recipe. | ifoodreal.com

Last Monday Alex took sockeye salmon fillet from the freezer and declared he will be making salmon stir fry on Tuesday night. Some weekends when both of us get to the end of the rope with life and kids, we go through a 10 minute pointing fingers “you don’t do this, and you don’t do this” exchange of love. Joys of marriage.

That made me happy. For about an hour. Typical female behaviour. On Tuesday, I was on a couch thinking how it is our last stash of salmon, how I wanted to post another baked salmon recipe on the blog and how we need to go patio furniture shopping when Alex gets home.

Baked salmon with cheese, garlic and lemon juice. Moist, quick, delicious and healthy baked salmon recipe. | ifoodreal.com

Next minute I was up unloading dishwasher and sprinkling cheese on my salmon. I bet the finger talk will happen again in a few weeks about the same issue. But Alex could have offered to make dinner on Wednesday, right?! I ended up making my goat cheese pasta and whole wheat flour banana bread. Both were to die for. On Thursday Alex offered to make a stir fry with tofu. Crisis avoided.:)

The idea of baked salmon with cheese came from our old Russian community party days. In early 2000’s we had no kids and were still engaged. We attended many house parties full of food, wine, smoking in a garage and dancing till 4AM. They were fun but far away from being healthy. I am glad we stopped!!! After this and my last week’s growing up in Ukraine story you are probably thinking Russians are alcoholics. Well, they like to drink for sure…

Baked salmon with cheese, garlic and lemon juice. Moist, quick, delicious and healthy baked salmon recipe. | ifoodreal.com

The other day I went to Costco (what can I say, I love Costco?!) and saw my favourite shredded organic cheese without cellulose back in stock. I hugged it and dropped on top of 2 bags of my favourite coffee in the cart.

So, very common dish at Russian house parties was baked salmon with white wine, mayo and cheese. Russians love their mayo! I wanted to recreate that salmon a healthier way for years now.

Baked salmon with cheese, garlic and lemon juice. Moist, quick, delicious and healthy baked salmon recipe. | ifoodreal.com

I skipped the mayo because I thought cheese was a splurge enough. Also cheese is fatty, salmon is oily, end result should come out quite moist. And it did!

Now, I think white wine would be great in this baked salmon with cheese recipe but I never have one. And I am the one who absolutely hates to have special ingredients on hand. And an open bottle of wine will never last in my fridge. We love wine. Now this is getting really borderline alcohol addiction post…We are fine, I swear.

Baked salmon with cheese, garlic and lemon juice. Moist, quick, delicious and healthy baked salmon recipe. | ifoodreal.com

Instead of wine, I squeezed some fresh lemon juice. Then rubbed salmon with freshly grated garlic and sprinkled with salt and pepper. Topped with cheese. Baked open for 15 minutes at 450 degrees. So, salmon had  a chance to cook through and not over dry. However, I think my salmon spent too much time in a freezer and was a bit dry. Your fresh salmon will be perfect though!


Baked Salmon with Cheese Recipe

Baked Salmon with Cheese Recipe


  • 2 lbs whole salmon fillet, boneless (skin on or off)
  • 2 large garlic cloves, grated
  • 1/4 large lemon, juice of
  • 1/4 tsp himalayan pink salt
  • Ground black pepper, to taste
  • 2/3 cups cheese, shredded
  • Parsley, finely chopped (optional)
  • Cooking spray (I use Misto)


  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F, line large baking sheet with unbleached parchment paper and spray with cooking spray.
  2. Place salmon fillets skin side down (if any) on a baking sheet. Rub well with garlic, squeeze lemon juice on top and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Top with cheese spreading evenly.
  3. Bake on the lower rack uncovered for 15 minutes. You can broil at the end quickly for browned spots. Serve warm garnished with parsley if desired.
  4. Storage Instructions: Refrigerate covered for up to 3 days.


You can use some white wine in place of lemon juice.


Nutritional Info

Servings Per Recipe: 6

Amount Per Serving = 1 slice:
Calories: 306.8
Total Fat: 17.8 g
Cholesterol: 92.9 mg
Sodium: 169.9 mg
Total Carbs: 0.0 g
Dietary Fiber: 0.0 g
Protein: 35.9 g
WW Points+: 8

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  1. Kit

    Serves 6? Olena, your salmon recipe looks so delicious that I don’t think so. Not at my house anyway. Once started, I don’t think either myself or husband could stop with one serving. We don’t eat junk, but we do sometimes go overboard with really good food! Especially him.

    Also, after 43 good years of marriage, we still have those “happy, joy” conversations sometimes! Means we are still alive and comunicating lol!

    I love, love, loved your photos and family story. It is very different now, having to make play dates for children and never inviting or simply dropping by at a friends home for coffee. I think that ended when moms began working more often, and kids were so scheduled into activities several times a week. Now, stopping by would offer an empty place unless it’s family and you know know the schedule. It’s kind of sad that we have lost so much spontinaity.

    • Olena

      I go overboard with healthy food often too thus no wine or sugar for me for a while. Everybody goes overboard because healthy food is tasty too!:)
      I think my “happy, joy” conversations are only gonna get worse with age. I can see two of us in a nursing home still bickering LOL. We kind of enjoy it at times.
      Working moms are partially a reason. When I was a child all moms worked too. We had no stay at home moms. Way less than in America. I still think it is due to different cultures PLUS the modern materialistic society we live in today. Honestly, I do not know how it is in Ukraine now since they have many things too. Where I live, in suburbs, I can see how everyone has a house to clean, car to drive, a boat to enjoy, 100 TV channels to watch, Facebook to read, iPhone to play etc. People became very self sufficient.

      • Kit

        Oh boy, it is true! So many things, we don’t need friends and neighbors like we did, I suppose. I guess I am glad to not have had so many distractions when my kids were small. We did have a a heated swimming pool, but it drew neighbor kids and moms and dads and we had lots of fun, sharing lunches and yes, wine, and beer, but we never were always responsible, watching the kids swim. Different era in the 80’s than now.


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