HOW TO BAKE SALMON PERFECTLY

August 20, 2012

Getting salmon just right can be an elusive pursuit. Without having a grill, I had conceded that I would never get to enjoy a perfectly moist and flakey filet. Well, turns out my dreams came true with this perfect method to make salmon.

ROASTED RED PEPPER SAUCE from Rachel Schultz-2 copyHOW TO BAKE SALMON PERFECTLY
Serves 4

4 salmon filets
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Arrange filets on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Roast for 15 minutes (for well-done).

HOW TO BAKE SALMON PERFECTLY
 
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Ingredients
  • 4 salmon filets
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
  2. Arrange filets on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  3. Drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper.
  4. Roast for 15 minutes (for well-done)

Adapted from The Whole 30.

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Comments

  • Sandra

    I recall you having a technique without preheating. You set the temperature and put the salmon in immediately for a specific time (longer than 15 minutes I believe). I used this method in the past and it was perfect! I came back to find it but it’s gone. All the same, you have some brilliant recipes!

  • Cassie

    I know this sounds like a mistreatment of salmon, but I take melted butter and crushed up ritz crackers to the top of the salted salmon and bake it just like this….SOOO good!

  • Judy Harris

    Glad to discover your web site. Love the cold oven salmon. Great for when cooking a lot at once for company. The recipe I was given said to place the pan on the lowest rack. * That would put it nearest the heating element) However, my daughter in law has an oven with only one heating element and it is at the top; so should you place the pan on the top rack? Possibly this is a convection oven; so maybe it would not matter where the rack is. Does anyone have any experience with this?

  • katie

    I have used this method to prepare salmon and it has been consistly great every time!!!
    Thanks!

  • Laura

    When fish goes into bake is it WRAPPED tightly with foil, or just setting on layer foil beneath fish?

    • Rachel Schultz

      Just on top of foil

  • Do you cover it with foil or not? Thank you. Thank you for the tip.

    • Rachel Schultz

      You’re welcome! There is no need to cover with foil.

  • Diane

    This is the perfect cooking method for salmon. I have cooked it numerous times since reading this and it turns out perfect and moist and delicious every time. I steam vegetables to go with it and have rice. You can have dinner on the table in 30 minutes. And my husband and daughter love it. And that’s what counts! Thank you!

  • Patricia

    Works every time! It makes me look like a genius in the kitchen! Thanks so much for this tip!

    • Rachel Schultz

      You’re welcome!

  • I’ve used this method three times now – twice with steelhead and tonight with halibut. Excellent each time! Cooking is much of the pleasure in my life and I love fish, but I’ve always been intimidated about cooking it. Your recipe has been a confidence creator – thanks!

    • Rachel Schultz

      That’s so great to hear. Thanks for commenting!

  • Anonymous

    Skin side up or down?

  • charlene grounds

    if salmon is frozen do I let it thaw first?

    • Rachel Schultz

      Yes.

  • gaby

    this looks delicious cant wait to try it!

    • Rachel Schultz

      Hope it’s a success!

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