Baked Salmon

This Baked Salmon is my preferred way to cook fresh salmon from the grocery, as it's easy, delicious, and cleanup is a breeze. It's great for adding to salads, making salmon salad, and more!
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword baked salmon
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 17 minutes
Servings 3
Calories 316kcal


  • 1 lb fillet of salmon
  • salt
  • freshly ground black pepper


  • Preheat the oven to 425F. Line a baking tray with aluminum foil or parchment paper.
  • Unless they've been removed already by the fishmonger, remove the pinbones from the salmon fillet with tweezers.
  • Season the top of the salmon generously with salt, about 1/2 tsp for a 1lb piece. I don't season the bottom of the fish, since I discard the skin.
  • Add freshly ground black pepper to the salmon, about 1/4 tsp, or to your taste.
  • Place the fish on the lined tray, and bake for 12-14 minutes, until the top is no longer shiny and the fish registers between 125-140F in the middle, depending on desired doneness. 125F is for medium, and 140F is for fully cooked salmon.
  • Serve and enjoy!


This salmon is great for adding to salads, and also making Salmon Salad out of it (like a tuna salad, but with salmon). You can also enjoy it plain, or add simple seasonings like fresh dill, dijon mustard, maple, teriyaki sauce, and more.


Calories: 316kcal | Protein: 31g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 83mg | Sodium: 353mg