A filet of salmon baked on a baking sheet, topped with a lemon garlic sauce.
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How to Bake Salmon

The dos and don'ts for how to bake salmon in the oven. Healthy baked salmon seasoned with your choice of garlic butter, lemon-dill or cajun seasoning.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time12 mins
Total Time22 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6
Calories: 161kcal
Author: Lauren Allen

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2-2 lbs. Salmon fillet
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper

For garlic butter sauce:

  • 3 tablespoons butter , melted
  • 3 cloves

    garlic

    , minced
  • 1/4 cup low sodium chicken broth , or dry white wine
  • 2

    tablespoons

    lemon juice
  • 1

    teaspoon

    honey
  • fresh chopped parsley and lemon slices , for garnish, optional

For Cajun Seasoning:

  • cajun seasoning (I love McCormic Cajun Seasoning)
  • olive oil

For Lemon Dill Seasoning:

  • 1/2 cup butter melted
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons lemon zest
  • 3 cloves garlic , minced
  • 1 tablespoon dried dill (or 1/4 cup fresh dill, chopped)

Instructions

  • Allow salmon to rest at room temperature for 30 minutes. Pat gently with a paper towel.
  • In the meantime, prep seasonings.
    For Garlic butter: Melt butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Add garlic and sauté for 30 seconds. Add chicken broth and lemon juice. Cook for 3-5 more minutes to reduce the sauce. Stir in honey.
    Dill: Combine all ingredients in a small bowl.
    Cajun seasoning: have ingredients ready. When ready to bake, spread olive oil over filet with a brush and top with desired amount of cajun seasoning.

Sheet Pan Salmon:

  • Place salmon, skin side down, on a large baking sheet. Season with salt and pepper and add desired type of seasoning or sauce.
  • Bake at 400 degrees F for 12-15 minutes depending on thickness of salmon. Check for doneness with a thermometer, (aim for no more than 140 degrees F as the salmon will continue to cook a little after removing it from the oven) or use a fork to gently pull back on a section in the thickest part of the filet. The salmon should flake away easily and look opaque.

Tinfoil Salmon:

  • Tear off a large piece of tinfoil (enough to fold over the filet and seal). Place salmon, skin side down on lightly greased tinfoil. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Lift up all four sides of the tinfoil, creating a pocket and cover/top salmon with desired seasonings.
  • Wrap salmon tightly in tinfoil by folding the sides of the tinfoil creating a tight seal.
  • Bake at 400 degrees F for 12-15 minutes depending on thickness of salmon. Check for doneness with a thermometer, (aim for no more than 140 degrees F as the salmon will continue to cook a little after removing it from the oven) or use a fork to gently pull back on a section in the thickest part of the filet. The salmon should flake away easily and look opaque.

Notes

Cooking times vary based on thickness of salmon.  As a general rule, cook salmon about 4-6 minutes per half inch of thickness (measuring at the thickest part of the filet).

Nutrition

Calories: 161kcal | Protein: 22g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 62mg | Sodium: 50mg | Potassium: 556mg | Vitamin A: 45IU | Calcium: 14mg | Iron: 1mg