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How to Bake Salmon

Salmon on baking sheet

Baked salmon is a versatile and nutritious dish that is both delicious and easy to prepare. Whether you’re cooking for a special occasion or a simple weeknight dinner, it’s worth it to know how to whip up a quick salmon dish and this recipe will guide you through the process of selecting the best salmon, preparing it, and adding flavorful seasonings to create a mouthwatering meal.


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Choosing the perfect salmon


Preparing baked salmon

1. Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
2. Rinse the salmon fillets under cold water and pat them dry with a paper towel.
3. Place the salmon fillets on the prepared baking sheet, skin-side down.
4. Drizzle oil over the salmon to keep it moist during cooking and enhance the flavors.
5. Season the salmon with salt and pepper, or experiment with herbs and spices like dill, garlic powder, or lemon zest for added flavor. Top with lemon slices (optional).

Baking the salmon

1. Bake the salmon in the preheated oven for about 13-15 minutes, depending on the thickness of the fillets. A whole side of salmon should be cooked for 20-25 minutes.
2. To ensure even cooking, check for doneness by inserting a fork into the thickest part of the salmon. It should easily flake apart.
3. If you prefer a crispier texture, broil the salmon for an additional 3-5 minutes.


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Salmon on baking sheet

Baked Salmon

This baked salmon recipe is a quick and easy way to prepare a delicious and healthy meal. With just a few simple ingredients like salmon fillets, olive oil, lemon juice, and seasonings, you can create a flavorful dish that will impress your family and friends.
Course Main Course
Keyword salmon, Seafood
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 4 Servings
Author Lena B.
Cost $25


  • Baking sheet
  • Aluminum foil or Parchment paper Optional


  • 4-6 fillets or a whole side of salmon
  • Olive oil
  • Lemon
  • Salt
  • Black pepper
  • Garlic powder
  • Smoked paprika
  • Old Bay seasoning


  • Preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C). Place the salmon fillets on a baking sheet lined with foil or parchment paper.
  • Drizzle olive oil over the salmon. Season with salt, black pepper, garlic powder, and dried dill.
  • Gently rub the seasonings onto the salmon to ensure even coating.
  • Bake the salmon in the preheated oven for about 20-25 minutes, or until it flakes easily with a fork.
  • Broil for 3-5 minutes for some extra crisp.
  • Remove from the oven and let it rest for a few minutes before serving.


  • If you are using individual portions of salmon instead of an entire side like in the recipes, reduce the amount of time the salmon bakes to 13-15 minutes - depending on thickness of the fillets.
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