This quick and easy recipe for oven baked salmon is ready in about 15 minutes. Enjoy tender, flaky salmon with just the right seasoning, cooked to perfection in your oven. No extra steps, no messy cleanup, just delicious fresh salmon made with ease.
Salmon is one of the most versatile fish in the culinary world. Chefs around the world have infinite ways to season, prepare and serve fresh salmon. For this recipe, we take it right down to the basics to create an awesome, full flavor, with ingredients you already have in your pantry. All the cooking takes place in the oven, no searing or broiling necessary.
For this recipe we’ll use 2 fresh salmon filets of about 6 oz each. This is a real common cut of salmon which most supermarkets carry. You can use skinless or skin-on, everything will remain the same. We start by brushing our salmon filets with a little melted butter, then apply our seasoning mix of garlic powder, paprika, salt and pepper. Yep, that’s all we need! Just wait until you start to smell it cooking, and then take that first bite. You won’t believe how tasty it is!
We love that this recipe is so perfect for a quick meal any time. Preparation really is only about 5 minutes. We place some aluminum foil on a sheet pan or baking sheet and spray it with a little cooking spray. Place our salmon filets on the sheet, brush with the melted butter and season with our simple seasoning mix. That’s it! It literally takes about 5 total minutes to prepare.
Cook at 450°(F) for 12-16 minutes
We go with a high temperature and fairly short cooking time to get the best results. This helps seal in the flavor and keep the salmon nice and moist on the inside. That butter and seasoning will come together to create an absolutely wonderful flavor. Make sure to start with a preheated oven.
The salmon will be done in about 12-16 minutes. We want the internal temperature to be 145°(F) when measured with an instant read thermometer. The fish will easily flake with a fork.
Ready to Serve
Our salmon filets will be ready to serve right away. One of my favorite ways to serve is with a vegetable medley. You can actually place the veggies right on the sheet pan with the salmon. They will be done at the same time the salmon is done. Or, the veggies can be roasted to perfection in an air fryer in about 10 minutes!
Of course, salmon is ideal for a little fresh lemon and dill. Just wait until you try this, you won’t believe how flavorful it is!
Some favorite pairings for this recipe include Air Fryer Zucchini and Peppers, Air Fryer Asparagus, Baked Asparagus with Parmesan and Garlic, Instant Pot Parmesan Potatoes. Another really fun idea is to serve this with our fresh Mango Salsa. Oh my goodness the flavors and texture of the mango salsa are so wonderful with the salmon!
Frequently Asked Questions
Question: Can the recipe be doubled?
Answer: Absolutely this recipe can be doubled. It’s as simple as doubling all of the ingredients. The cooking time will be the same.
Question: Can I use frozen salmon filets?
Answer: I always find the best results come from using fresh salmon filets but you can definitely use frozen filets. The only difference is the cooking time will be anywhere from 5-10 minutes more.
Question: Can this dish be stored for later?
Answer: When it comes to enjoying leftover or meal planning, salmon filets are perfect to enjoy later. Simple pack in an airtight container and store in the refrigerator for 3-4 days. Reheat in a microwave, air fryer or oven.
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Best Damn Oven Baked Salmon
- Total Time: 20 minutes
- Yield: 2 servings
A quick and easy oven baked salmon filet that’s full of flavor, tender, moist and delicious!
- 2 salmon filets, 6oz each
- 1 tsp paprika
- ½ tsp garlic powder
- ½ tsp kosher salt
- ½ tsp black pepper
- 1 tbs melted butter
- Preheat oven to 450°(F)
- Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and spray with cooking spray.
- Place salmon filets on pan, skin-side down, and brush with melted butter. (Melt the butter in a small dish in the microwave for about 30 seconds).
- Generously add all the seasoning to the salmon.
- Bake at 450°(F) for 12-16 minutes, or until internal temperature in thickest part of salmon registers 145°(F) on an instant read thermometer.
- Serve with lemon slices and fresh dill as garnish.
- Prep Time: 5 min
- Cook Time: 15 min
- Category: Dinner
- Method: Oven
- Cuisine: American
Oh yes…this was delish! Family went for seconds. Something about putting the melted butter on first. I basted it with the the juices and butter after it cooked oh my….
I just made. It was excellent. I will make my salmon again like this. The spices and butter were perfect. High temperature made the skin crunchy. It was delicious!
Pearl Darlene Peters
I made it once and it is the best damn oven baked salmon. Making it again:)
Best sauce for fish I’ve tried!
First time salmon maker and this recipe was so easy and so good!!!! Will definitely be adding it to the roster 🙂
It was sooooo great 👍. Tasted great!! Very easy also
Delicious and soooo simple!!!!
Turned out great! Seriously! Coating w oil first, then spices, and cooking at higher heat for shorter time = perfection.
Thanks for the recipe