This easy baked salmon recipe is made in just 20 minutes and is completely delicious. It’s topped with a quick and vibrant 1-minute lemon sauce.

Overhead picture of baked salmon on a white platter with lemon slices and parsley.

Are you looking for an easy AND healthy meal? Me too! This baked salmon recipe is the recipe for you (and me)! It is my go-to when I am wanting to make a nutritious meal for my family. Salmon has so many health benefits such as heart-healthy omega-3’s and loads of protein. It’s a no-brainer when looking for that perfect healthy dinner everyone will enjoy.

Salmon fillet on a white plate that's topped with lemon vinaigrette.

I do have a small confession about salmon though. Until my late twenties, I would not eat salmon. Like not even touch it. Yikes! For some reason, I just thought I did not like it. And then I had baked salmon, and oh boy my life was changed for the better!

I’ve found that the key to a good salmon recipe, in my opinion, is the flaky moist fish topped with a delicious sauce. My baked salmon recipe will give you all of these elements and it will leave you wanting more. It will turn any non-fish eater into a seafood lover!

This salmon is delicious served with my classic rice pilaf with orzo recipe. You can see it pictured in most of the photos for this post. If you’re going to serve it with the fish, then I suggest getting the pilaf onto cook while you preheat the oven for the salmon. 

Baked Salmon Questions Answered:

How to bake salmon?

First, place the oven rack on the lowest position and add a rimmed baking sheet to the rack. Then, preheat the oven to 500 degrees. Next, make 4-5 shallow cuts, 1 inch apart, along the skin side of the salmon. Then, pat the salmon dry with a paper towel and then rub the olive oil and salt and pepper over the fish. Next, remove the baking sheet and lower the temperature to 275 degrees. Then, place the salmon skin side down on the baking sheet. Finally, bake until the thickest part of the salmon reaches 145 degrees.

A white dinner plate with baked salmon, rice pilaf, and lemon slices on it.

What temp should salmon be cooked to?

It is important to cook salmon to the appropriate temperature to avoid food poisoning that can occur if the harmful organisms within the salmon are not killed. The harmful organisms are killed after cooking the salmon to 145 degrees as found by the SF Gate in their healthy eating article.

Close up picture of baked salmon with lemon vinaigrette on top.

What should I make with salmon?

Salmon is such a great option because not only is it a healthy meal but also it can be served in many different ways. My Baked Salmon with Lemon Sauce is a great light option which offers a savory baked salmon in no time at all.

You can serve salmon over pasta with this cheesy garlic sauce with tomatoes and spinach using this Creamy Tuscan Garlic Blackened Salmon Pasta Recipe. Or try these Salmon Patties for a delicious and fun twist on traditional salmon. Want to make your salmon with only one dish? Then this One Pot Creamy Lemon Salmon Florentine is for you! It is creamy and quick to clean up!

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5 from 8 votes

Baked Salmon with Lemon Sauce

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
4 people
This easy baked salmon recipe is made in just 20 minutes and is completely delicious. It’s topped with a quick and vibrant 1-minute lemon sauce.

Ingredients
 
 

FOR THE SALMON:

  • 1 ½ pound pounskin-on center-cut salmon fillet
  • 4 teaspoons olive oil
  • Salt and pepper

FOR THE LEMON SAUCE:

  • 3 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 Tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 small shallot minced
  • 1 small garlic clove minced
  • ½ teaspoon sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons freshly chopped parsley
  • salt and pepper

Instructions

  • Move an oven rack to the lowest position and place a baking sheet on the rack. Preheat the oven to 500 degrees. Using a paring knife, cut the salmon fillets into 4 equal pieces.
    Using a paring knife, cut the salmon fillets into 4 equal pieces.
  • On the skin of each piece of salmon, make 4 shallow cuts, making sure to not cut into the pink part of the salmon.
    On the skin of each piece of salmon, make 4 shallow cuts, making sure to not cut into the pink part of the salmon.
  • Use a couple of​ pieces of paper towels to pat the salmon fillets dry. Then, rub each fillet with 1 teaspoon of olive oil and season with salt and black pepper. Take the baking sheet out of the oven and then reduce the oven temperature to 275 degrees Bake until the internal temperature of the salmon reaches 125 degrees F, about 8-12 minutes.
    Process shot for salmon fillets on a baking sheet
  • In a medium bowl whisk together the olive oil, lemon juice, shallot, garlic, sugar, and parsley. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
    In a medium bowl whisk together the olive oil, lemon juice, shallot, garlic, sugar, and parsley. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  • Move the salmon to a platter and spoon the sauce over the salmon fillets. Serve immediately.
    An overhead picture of baked salmon on a plate that is having lemon vinaigrette spooned over it.

Nutrition

Serving: 1fillet | Calories: 380kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 34g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 94mg | Sodium: 77mg | Potassium: 877mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 235IU | Vitamin C: 7.8mg | Calcium: 23mg | Iron: 1.6mg

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8 Comments

  1. Lemon and salmon go so well together. This looks like a lovely light meal.

  2. Thank you for an easy to follow recipe with step by step photos. It was very helpful.

  3. Oh wow this is cooked just perfectly!! And that quick 1 minute lemon vinaigrette – amazing flavour combination.

  4. Amy | The Cook Report says:

    I love this method of cooking salmon, it’s so quick and easy!

  5. Danielle Wolter says:

    you have got me totally motivated to start making salmon for dinner again. this is such a yummy and easy recipe!

  6. I love how quick and simple this is. I bet the lemon takes this to the next level.

  7. Kelly Anthony says:

    I really like the garlic, shallot and parsley that you’ve added to the lemon vinaigrette. Such a great flavor combination!

  8. This baked salmon is the BEST!