A healthy dinner can’t get any better, especially if you love healthy baked Salmon. This really easy oven baked salmon recipe. We know it will be your go-to recipe for those busy weeknights that you’re craving something healthy but don’t have the energy to wash a load of dishes.

Baked salmon in dish

Oven Baked Salmon Recipe

The technique on how to bake salmon in the oven is very simple. Within 15 minutes, you can have a healthy salmon dinner or lunch. Our technique is to bake the salmon in a hot oven at 450°F. This will cook the salmon quick enough without drying it out. Also, some ovens vary and so do the size of the salmon. So timing might be a minute or two off for different ovens.

Baked salmon on plate

Video: Healthy Baked Salmon Recipe

Tips on How to Bake Salmon

  • Use fresh salmon for best results. If you’re using frozen salmon, make sure to thaw the salmon completely before baking.
  • You can have so many different variations with spices on it that you won’t feel like you’re stuck with just one salmon recipe here.
  • For flavor variations, you can add a touch of lemon juice, different types of fresh herbs, fresh minced garlic and what ever spices you like. Pesto is a great addition! We love pesto salmon.
  • Serve the salmon with healthy salad, on rice, couscous, quinoa or with roasted vegetables.
  • As long as you use the simple ratio, cooking time and technique below, you’ll ever be bored with baked salmon. All recipe details are in the recipe box below.
Baked Salmon in dish

Different Types of Salmon

There’s so many different varieties of salmon for this oven baked salmon recipe. The possibilities are endless and each variety is delicious. You’ll need to adjust cooking times based on the salmon variety you use and how thick the fillets are. Leaner salmon like Sockeye or Coho should be cooked less than fattier salmon such as Chinook or Atlantic. Here’s some varieties for you to explore the next time you’re at the seafood market:

  • Atlantic Salmon
  • Chinook Salmon or King Salmon
  • Coho Salmon
  • Chum Salmon
  • Pink Salmon or Humpback Salmon
  • Sockeye Salmon or Red Salmon
  • Although not technically a Salmon – Steelhead is a close cousin and is a great option
  • Did we miss any? Please let us know in the comments!
Baked salmon in dish

How to Oven Bake Salmon

Adjust cooking times based on the salmon variety used and how thick the fillets are. Leaner salmon like Sockeye or Coho should be cooked less than fattier salmon such as Chinook or Atlantic.
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  • 12 oz. (340 g) Salmon Fillets (2 fillets – 6 oz-170g each)
  • 1 Tablespoon (15 ml) extra-virgin Olive Oil , to coat salmon
  • Kosher Salt , to taste
  • fresh cracked Black Pepper , to taste
  • chopped Italian Parsley , for garnish
  • optional , lemon wedges


  • Preheat oven to 450°F/230°C. Rinse and pat dry the salmon.
    Patting dry salmon with paper towel
  • Lightly oil the baking dish or pan.
    Oiling a baking dish
  • Place the salmon on the oiled baking dish/pan (if salmon has skin on, place skin side down). Lightly oil the salmon with the olive oil. Season with salt and pepper.
    Raw salmon filet in baking dish
  • Bake for 12-15 minutes or until cooked through.
    Cooked salmon fillets in baking dish
  • Garnish with chopped parsley and optional lemon wedges and serve.
    Salmon fillets garnished with lemon and parsley


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Nutrition Information per Serving

Calories: 303kcal, Protein: 34g, Fat: 18g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g, Monounsaturated Fat: 9g, Cholesterol: 94mg, Sodium: 75mg, Potassium: 834mg, Vitamin A: 68IU, Calcium: 20mg, Iron: 1mg

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