Smoky Oven Baked Salmon with Horseradish Sauce

A true holiday classic, Smoky Oven Baked Salmon with Horseradish Sauce, that can be served warm for dinner or cold as an appetizer.

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One of the most memorable parties I ever hosted, was my first grownup Christmas party.

It was my first Christmas as a newlywed, as a working girl with a job that required a degree, and as a homeowner.

I felt very very mature.

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Our little 1930’s bungalow was decorated with brand spanking new Christmas decorations, and I had dog-eared hoards of recipes in my favorite cookbooks, trying to come up with the perfect party menu.

I wanted it to be a real grownup party… The kind where we provided everything, for the sake of elegance, hospitality, and quality-control, and no one brought food or drinks. (A Type-A tendency I’ve let go over the years.)

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Finally I settled on serving various heavy h’ordeuvres, some that could be made ahead, and some that would need to be prepared right before the party. Lt. Dan was in charge of cocktails, and I would do all the cooking myself, in my new kitchen.

So exciting!

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The problem was, I’d never made that many dishes all by myself. I’d always had my mom, or several friends to cook with, when hosting a get-together.

The day of the party I felt completely overwhelmed.

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Fortunately for me, an older wiser friend had anticipated this, and brought me a traditional Smoked Salmon Recipe with Creamy Horseradish Sauce to serve at the party.

She brought it over several hours before the party started and told me to cross a couple recipes off my list. The salmon would be more than enough to fill in the gaps.

At first, I was hesitant… Change my plans last minute?

Yet, I gave in to her kind advice and generous gift.

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The party was a huge success!

The food was a hit. Our friends were in rare form that night with jokes and stories. Plus, I had time to shower and have a glass of wine beforehand, due to my friend’s salmon recipe.

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I have made several renditions of this salmon recipe over the years. She smoked the salmon out on her grill, providing a dusky flavor and crusty exterior. Yet most of us don’t want to stand out by the grill this time of year (or may not have a grill or smoker.)

So, today I’m sharing my indoors rendition, a 10-Ingredient Smoky Baked Salmon Recipe with Horseradish Sauce, that can be made in less than 30 minutes.

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To make this marvelous cheater version, place a whole wild salmon fillet on a baking sheet and massage it with brown sugar and liquid smoke.

While it’s baking, whisk together a quick sauce of shaved shallot, horseradish, sour cream, and a touch of dijon mustard.

The beauty of this Smoky Baked Salmon Recipe with Creamy Horseradish Sauce is that is tastes fabulous warm or cold. You could even make it a couple days ahead and keep it in the fridge. Then pour the sauce over the top right before serving!

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Top the Smoky Baked Salmon Recipe with Creamy Horseradish Sauce, salty capers, and some fresh parsley and you have a holiday hit your guests will ask for year after year.

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5 from 5 votes

Smoky Oven Baked Salmon with Horseradish Sauce

Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
25 mins
Easy Smoky Oven Baked Salmon with Horseradish Sauce. A fabulous holiday dish that can be served warm for dinner, or cold as a party appetizer!
Servings: 6 Servings
Nutrition Facts
Smoky Oven Baked Salmon with Horseradish Sauce
Amount Per Serving (6 oz)
Calories 274 Calories from Fat 117
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 13g 20%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 93mg 31%
Sodium 207mg 9%
Potassium 782mg 22%
Total Carbohydrates 5g 2%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Sugars 4g
Protein 30g 60%
Vitamin A 4.7%
Vitamin C 2.3%
Calcium 5%
Iron 7.6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


  • 2 pounds whole wild salmon fillet
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon liquid smoke
  • 1/2 cup sour cream, could be lowfat
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 2 tablespoons shaved shallots
  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
  • 4-5 teaspoons prepared horseradish
  • 2 tablespoons capers, drained
  • 1 tablespoon fresh chopped parsley
  • Salt and pepper


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper and lay the whole salmon fillet on it, skin side down. Sprinkle the top with brown sugar, then drizzle the liquid smoke over the top. Rub to coat the entire fillet. Sprinkle generously with salt and pepper. Bake for 10-15 minutes, until just barely cooked through. (You do not want to over cook your salmon fillet.)
  2. Meanwhile, shave the shallot with a large grater. In a mixing bowl, mix the sour cream, milk, shallot, mustard, and horseradish. Salt and pepper to taste and set aside.

  3. Once the salmon is out of the oven, allow it to cool for at least 5 minutes. Then carefully move it to a platter using two spatulas. Pour the horseradish sauce over the top and garnish with chopped parsley and capers.

Recipe Notes

This dish is great warm, but Lt. Dan likes it even better cold. Make the salmon ahead and chill. Then top with the horseradish sauce and capers right before serving.

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22 comments on “Smoky Oven Baked Salmon with Horseradish Sauce

  1. fnaf worldposted December 6, 2018 at 3:13 am Reply

    Grilled salmon with smoked canola is full of flavor and very attractive. The food is very nutritious. The formula is very specific.

  2. William Carterposted November 8, 2018 at 1:59 pm Reply

    You might want to include the components for the horseradish sauce in the ingredients list. I didn’t notice that they were missing until I got to the grocery store and realized I wasn’t sure what I needed to make the sauce.

    As for the dish itself—Wow! This will be my go-to salmon recipe from now on. Beautiful to look at, excellent to taste!

  3. Maree Kniestposted November 4, 2018 at 1:52 pm Reply

    Hello! Looks delicious and I can’t wait to try. Don’t see any horseradish amount listed in the ingredients.

  4. Brittposted November 4, 2018 at 11:29 am Reply

    The posted recipe does not include all ingredients. It’s missing qty of the mustard, shallot & horseradish for the sauce.

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  8. Evan Blackposted December 18, 2017 at 8:24 am Reply

    This is wonderful.  Dinner party worthy to be sure.  I made the sauce several hours ahead and think it achieved a good subtlety.  We had scalloped potatoes with the salmon and used the sauce on it too.

  9. Paulaposted June 8, 2016 at 9:11 am Reply

    I would like to use your friend’s grill method. How did it differ?

    • Sommerposted June 10, 2016 at 11:28 am Reply

      Cook it over a very low heat charcoal grill with soaked hickory wood for flavor. The salmon will take 40-60 if the grill is low enough… But that provides a great smoky taste!

  10. sippitysupposted December 20, 2015 at 10:24 am Reply

    LOL! We are so alike in so many ways! XOGREG

  11. Marla Meridithposted December 17, 2015 at 1:19 pm Reply

    That sauce looks sooooooo tempting!!

  12. Heidi @foodiecrushposted December 17, 2015 at 12:55 pm Reply

    I don’t know if I could decide whether to serve this as a main or as a stunning appetizer. Looks amazing either way! But then, anything with horsey sauce is a winner in my book.

  13. Gaby Dalkinposted December 17, 2015 at 1:01 am Reply

    fancy party salmon in 30 minutes is a total win, great holiday dish

  14. Megan {Country Cleaver}posted December 16, 2015 at 11:15 pm Reply

    That salmon! And THAT SAUCE!! We always try to do something different for the holidays, and for being in Seattle, salmon is always our first choice!!

  15. Peggyposted December 16, 2015 at 2:48 pm Reply

    I have never tried to comment before, hope I do this correctly.
    I have always wanted to try salmon, however my husband is very reluctant to. I know that he does NOT like horseradish, is there something else you could recommend for a topping, sauce or dip?

  16. Heather Christoposted December 16, 2015 at 11:44 am Reply

    beautiful salmon recipe sommer!

  17. naomiposted December 16, 2015 at 11:10 am Reply

    this salmon recipe looks ah-mazing!

  18. Kevin @ Closet Cookingposted December 16, 2015 at 10:14 am Reply

    What a nice way of doing salmon!

  19. Mariaposted December 16, 2015 at 10:05 am Reply

    Josh would love this one!

  20. Brian @ A Thought For Foodposted December 16, 2015 at 8:36 am Reply

    This is the kind of dish I’d love to be served this holiday season! And by that I mean just put the whole platter in front me and let me go to town!