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How to Bake Salmon in the Oven

Baking salmon in your oven is by far the best and easiest way to prepare this delicious fish. You have hardly any dishes, no messy stove to clean and the whole process takes no longer than fifteen minutes.

So, today I’m going to show you how to bake salmon in your oven, what you should keep in mind, how to season and serve it. Are you ready? Well, then let’s get started!

If you love quick and healthy salmon recipes, also check out my salmon burger recipe! I’m sure you’ll love it. 

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oven baked salmon fillets on a baking tray, one filet is poked with a fork.

About this Recipe

Is there anything better than a perfectly cooked salmon fillet, its beautifully pink flesh falling apart almost on its own as soon as you poke it with a fork? Not really, am I right? 

And what if I tell you that you can easily prepare such a perfect salmon at home? All you need is your oven and a baking sheet.

After seasoning or marinating the fillet, which is done in a few minutes, all we have to do is put the fish in the oven. The result? No fat splashes around your entire kitchen, no oil we need for frying, no dishes to clean. Instead, we end up with a clean kitchen and a perfectly cooked, super juicy salmon fillet.  

That’s why I think that cooking salmon in the oven, is not only the tastiest, but also the easiest and fastest way to make it. 

And since this way of making salmon is so easy, it’s the perfect chance to make this healthy fish more often. It’s not only packed with proteins but also with essential polyunsaturated fatty acids like omega 3. These fatty acids play an important role in our bodies and protect us for various cardiovascular diseases. If you want to learn more about the power of omega 3, you can check out this great article

Three oven baked salmon fillets on a white parchment paper.

What you need

I would suggest buying 100 to 150 grams (3.5 to 5.3 ounces) salmon per person. You could either buy and bake a large piece of salmon or smaller portions of about 120 grams. 

You will also need a little bit of oil, either olive or canola oil. In terms of equipment, all you need is your oven, a baking tray and some tin foil, which we will use to line the baking tray. 

Spices

Before we put our salmon in the oven, we want to make it even more delicious by adding a few spices. 

If you want to keep it simple and straightforward, you can just season your salmon with some salt and pepper. A little more flavors comes in with a lemon pepper or a fish seasoning.

However, if you want some more flavors, the following spices and herbs go great with our juicy salmon fillets: dried dill, garlic, thyme, onions, rosemary, soy sauce, honey, citrus fruits like lemons and oranges, and white wine.

With ingredients like honey, soy sauce and lemon or orange juice, you can make a quick and delicious marinade and spread it on your salmon fillet before putting it in the oven.

A lemon, a glass with lemon pepper, some salt and a mortar with pepper corns inside on a white background.
My go to spices for salmon and fish in general: salt, lemon and some lemon pepper.

How to Make this Recipe

First, we need to preheat our oven to 200°C or 400°F. Then we grab our baking tray and line it with the tin foil. 

On its surface we put a drop of oil and spread it carefully with a silicone brush or our hands, so that our fish won’t stick to it later.

Now we can carefully rinse our salmon fillet under cold water, pat it dry with some paper towel and then place it directly on the baking tray. If you have some a salmon fillet with the skin on, place it with the skin side down on the baking tray. 

Now you can drizzle a little olive or canola oil over it and spread it all over the fish with your fingers. Afterwards you can season it with a little salt and pepper or other spices and herbs of your choice.

Alternatively, you can pour a sauce over your salmon, like I did for my oven roasted asparagus and salmon bowl

Now the fish is ready for the oven, as long as the oven is already fully preheated. If so, you can pop your tray right in and set the timer for 10 to 15 minutes.

The exact time it takes for the salmon to bake in the oven depends on the thickness of the fillet. Rather smaller, flatter fillets will only take 10 minutes, while larger, bigger ones will take up to 15 minutes. 

The fish is done when it almost falls apart on its own, as soon as you poke it with a fork, has a wonderful pink color and is still a little glassy in the middle.

If you have a kitchen thermometer on hand, you can also check the temperature of the salmon. The salmon is cooked to perfection at a temperature of 52 to 54°C or 125°F to 129°F. 

Four uncooked, seasoned salmon fillets on a baking tray lined with tin foil.

How to Make Frozen Salmon in the Oven

If you have a spontaneous desire for salmon and you only have a frozen fillet on hand, you can prepare it in the oven as well. To do this, preheat your oven as usual and unwrap the fish from its packaging. 

Then rinse it under cold water to remove ice crystals, carefully pat it dry and then proceed as described above. Therefore, rub it with a tiny bit of oil, season it and put it in the oven.

Since the salmon is frozen, it will take about 10 minutes longer, so about 20 to 25 minutes, depending on the thickness and size of the fillets.

How to Serve Oven Baked Salmon

You can serve salmon with so many side dishes from all different kind of international cuisines. But to give you some inspirations, here are a few ideas: 

A juicy oven baked salmon fillet on a plate, a fork with a piece of salmon next to it.

Here’s How to Save this Recipe or Make It in Advance

You can easily integrate this recipe in your meal prep routine. You can transfer the cooled salmon filets into an airtight container and put it in your fridge. It will keep for several days and can be enjoyed cold or reheated.

You can either reheat the salmon in a pan (no oil needed!) or heat it up in your microwave.

Your Common Questions Answered

In case there are any questions left, I hope these FAQ will help you. If not, feel free to drop your question in the comments below.

At what temperature do you bake salmon?

Bake salmon in the preheated oven at 400°F or 200°C. 

How long do you bake salmon at 400°F?

Depending on the size and thickness of your fillet it will take 10 to 15 minutes. The salmon is done when it easily falls apart as soon as you poke it with a fork. It should still have a nice pink color and be slightly glazed inside.

At what temperature is salmon cooked?

If you want to use a thermometer to determine if your salmon is done, feel free to do so. At a temperature of 52 to 54°C or 125°F to 129°F, a salmon fillet has reached the perfect cooking point.

What seasoning is good on salmon?

If you want to keep it simple, just use a little salt and pepper. If you want something more you can season your fish with some salt, lemon pepper and fresh or dried herbs like rosemary, dill or thyme. In addition, garlic and onions also go perfectly with the cold lake fish. If you want to bake your fish with a sauce or marinade, you can use honey, soy sauce, lemon or orange juice or white wine.

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I hope you like my guide on how to bake salmon in the oven and that you give it a try soon. If you have any further questions or suggestions, feel free to drop them in the comments, or send me a massage via email at contact@julesbalancedrecipes.com or Instagram (@julesbalancedrecipes). 

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Have fun trying it out and bon appétit,
Jules

oven baked salmon fillets on a baking tray, one filet is poked with a fork.

Oven Baked Salmon

Julia Schmitt
Baking salmon in the oven is by far the best and easiest way to prepare salmon filets. You hardly have any dishes, you don’t need to clean the stove and the whole process takes only 15 minutes!
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Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 4 servings
Calories 232 kcal

Equipment

  • 1 baking sheet
  • tin foil

Ingredients
  

  • 500 g salmon fillet fresh or thawed* (≈3.5 to 5.5 oz per serving)
  • 3 TL olive or canola oil
  • salt, pepper
  • optional: lemon pepper, dried thyme, dill, fresh rosemary, lemon zest or juice or marinade of choice

Instructions
 

Preparations

  • Preheat the oven to 200°C or 400°F. Line the baking sheet with tin foil and brush it with a teaspoon of oil.
    A baking tray lined with tin foil on a white background.

Season the Salmon

  • Rinse the salmon fillets under cold water and carefully pat them dry with some paper towels. Place them skin side down on the baking sheet, drizzle a little oil (about a half a teaspoon per fillet) and spread it with your fingers on the surface and sides of the fillet, then season to taste.
    Four uncooked, seasoned salmon fillets on a baking tray lined with tin foil.

Bake Salmon

  • Place the salmon in the oven for 10 to 15 minutes, depending on the thickness and size of the fillets. The fish is ready when the flesh still has a nice pink color, it is still slightly glazed in the center and the salmon effortlessly falls apart into its individual muscle segments as soon as you poke it with a fork. Alternatively, the temperature can be checked using a thermometer. The salmon will be perfect at a temperature of 52 to 54°C or 125 to 129°F.
    oven baked salmon fillets on a baking tray, one filet is poked with a fork.

Notes

*If you only have a frozen salmon fillet on hand, you can bake it in the oven as well. First rinse the frozen fish under cold water to free it from ice crystals and then prepare it as described above. It will take about 10 minutes longer in the oven.
Nutritional values per 100 grams:
  • calories: 232 kcal
  • fat: 17.3 g
    • saturated fatty acids: 3.8 g
  • carbohydrates: 0 g
  • protein: 19 g

Nutrition

Calories: 232kcal
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