Best Oven Baked Salmon Recipe

Chef Cindy Mooney , On March 18, 2023


This oven baked salmon recipe yields a tender and juicy salmon fillet when cooked low and slow to an internal temperature of 150°F. Stay close to the oven and monitor the baked salmon temperature closely with a thermometer since this is a type of fish that can dry out quickly. For this baked salmon recipe I use the salmon loin. This is part of the salmon fillet right above the tail (which dries out quickly) and above the belly. This stays more moist and has some better flavor.

Oven Baked Salmon Recipe Cooking Tools

Salmon Recipe Cooking Tools

Oven Baked Salmon Recipe Cooking Tools Needed

  • Baking sheet pan

  • Chef knife

  • Cutting board

  • Thermometer

  • Measuring spoons

Oven Baked Salmon Recipe Ingredients

Salmon Recipe Ingredients

Oven Baked Salmon Recipe Ingredients

  • 1 lb salmon fillet

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika

  • Lemon wedges, for serving

Cooking Directions for this Oven Baked Salmon Recipe

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.

  2. Unless your salmon is pre-portioned, you can cut down the size of a salmon fillet in 6oz-8oz pieces.

  3. Place the salmon fillet skin-side down on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

  4. Drizzle olive oil over the salmon and sprinkle with salt, black pepper, garlic powder, and paprika. To make sure the seasoning is evenly distributed over your salmon fillet season from up high. The seasoning will spread out as it falls and it will coat the salmon evenly.

    Salmon Recipe Ingredients

    Drizzle Your Seasoning Over the Top

  5. Bake the salmon in the preheated oven for about 12-15 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 150°F.

  6. Remove the salmon from the oven and let it rest for a few minutes before serving with lemon wedges.

Nutrition Information for this Oven Baked salmon recipe

Salmon is high in heart healthy omega-3 fatty acids, which also reducing inflammation, and can be beneficial for people performing physical activity putting a lot of stress on joints. It is also rich in vitamin B12, vitamin D, selenium, and potassium. One ~4oz salmon fillet contains:

  • Calories: 200

  • Total Fat: 12g

  • Total Carbohydrates: 0g

  • Protein: 22g

Note the fat content in the salmon is connected to omega-3 fatty acids, which are healthy fats also recommended in the ketogenic diet plan. The low carb content makes this oven baked salmon recipe also beneficial for weight loss diet plan when paired with a mixed greens salad – or for a bodybuilding diet plan when paired with a starch like mashed potatoes that can sustain activity.

Chef Cindy Mooney

With a personal mission to spread the good name of nutrition through mouthwatering recipes, Chef Cindy's philosophy around nutrition is deeply rooted in food as medicine. In the kitchen, she offers a conscious, restorative, and functional approach to cooking; an approach she has cultivated during her years working in farm-to-table restaurants.