Have you been wanting to learn how to bake salmon?
You’ll be happy to know that baking salmon is quite simple and this delicious fish is often praised for its heart healthy omega 3’s, so it’s an excellent dish to serve often. There are many different ways of cooking salmon, but here are some easy salmon recipes to get you started. Choose your favorite baked salmon recipe, or substitute a gas or charcoal grill and enjoy grilled salmon. Either way, the results are delicious.
Baked salmon is very easy to cook and makes a delicious and healthy meal. It is also one of those dishes you can quickly and easily prepare in advance, which makes it a convenient meal any day of the week. You can prepare the salmon before heading off to work in the morning and it will be all ready to pop in the oven when you get home. Simple, delicious and nutritious!
Baked salmon requires not much more than the salmon itself. A baking dish (or paper/foil), and whatever flavors that you want to infuse the salmon with. It is usually best to keep it very simple; some olive oil and a little lemon juice added to the salmon bakes up into a delicious dish. However, if you prefer to add more flavors, there’s a plethora of marinades and spices which can be used to impart flavor to the baked salmon.
Most baked salmon recipes use one of two main methods of preparation:
• On a roasting tray or in a casserole dish – This method often incorporates additional liquid such as white wine to help keep the salmon moist; vegetables can be baked along with the fish as well. It is particularly suitable to use when baking a whole salmon or other varieties of whole fish.
• Wrapped in greaseproof paper or foil – this method is call “en papillote” by chefs. Simply brush a piece of foil or greaseproof paper with melted butter and lay the salmon (or any seafood) on the paper/foil along with any desired flavorings such as seasoned butter, wine, vegetables or herbs and seal the packet to hold in the moisture and heat. The salmon bakes in its own sealed ‘mini-oven’, locking in moisture and resulting in a succulent piece of salmon or fish.
Baked Salmon with Garlic and Basil
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
• 2 cloves minced garlic
• 3 Tbsp light olive oil
• 1 tsp dried basil
• 1 tsp salt
• 1 tsp ground black pepper
• 1 Tbsp lemon juice
• 1 Tbsp fresh chopped parsley
• 2 – 6 oz salmon fillets
1. Prepare the marinade in a medium-sized glass bowl. Combine garlic, olive oil, basil, salt, ground pepper, lemon juice and chopped parsley in the bowl. Place the salmon fillets in a glass baking dish and pour marinade over the fillets. Let the salmon marinate for approximately 1 hour (in the refrigerator), turning 3 or 4 times.
2. Preheat oven to 375° F.
3. Place fillets on a piece of aluminum foil, cover salmon with the marinade mixture and seal packet. Place the sealed salmon in a glass baking dish and bake 35-45 minutes, until it flakes easily with a fork.
Simple Baked Salmon
Simple, quick and delicious!
• 1 – 12 oz. salmon fillet, divided into 4 pieces
• Coarse salt
• Fresh ground black pepper
Preheat oven to 450° F.
Season the salmon with coarse salt and ground pepper. Place salmon on a baking sheet (non-stick), skin side down. Bake until salmon flakes easily with a fork. About 12 – 15 minutes.
Spicy Baked Salmon
This recipe has a little kick to it, but it’s really not all that spicy. Adjust the cayenne and black pepper if necessary.
• 1 Salmon fillet – approximately one pound
• 1 garlic clove, finely minced*
• 2 Tbsp finely minced onion*
• 1½ tsp freshly ground black pepper
• ¾ tsp paprika
• ¼ tsp cayenne
• ¾ tsp dried thyme
• ¼ tsp salt
• 1 ½ Tbsp olive oil
Preheat oven to 350°F. Combine seasoning ingredients and spread evenly over the salmon. Place skin side down in glass pan. Bake 30 to 40 minutes, until salmon flakes easily.
* Garlic or onion powder can be substituted, but fresh is always best.
Baked Salmon Dijon
This baked salmon recipe is always a crowd pleaser! Family and friends always ask for more, so be sure to make extras.
• 4 – 4oz salmon fillets
• ¼ c melted butter
• 3 Tbsp Dijon mustard
• 1 ½ Tbsp honey
• ¼ c dried bread crumbs, or Panko crumbs
• ¼ c finely chopped pecans or walnuts
• 4 tsp fresh parsley, chopped
• Salt & Pepper to taste
• Lemon (for garnish)
1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
2. In a small bowl, combine butter, mustard and honey, stir to combine thoroughly. Set aside. In a separate bowl, mix bread crumbs, chopped nuts and parsley.
3. Coat each salmon fillet with the honey-mustard mixture, then the bread crumb or Panko mixture.
4. Bake 12 – 15 minutes, or until salmon flakes easily with a fork. Season as desired with salt and pepper and serve with lemon wedge for garnish.
Asian Baked Salmon
A delicious and healthy baked salmon recipe with the flavors of Southeast Asia. Makes a great presentation.
• 2 – 4 oz salmon fillets
• ½ c pineapple juice
• 2 cloves garlic, finely minced
• 1 tsp soy sauce
• ¼ tsp ground ginger
• ¼ tsp sesame oil
• Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
• 1 c fresh fruit diced, such as mango, papaya and pineapple
In a small bowl, combine pineapple juice, garlic, soy sauce and ginger and stir to combine.
Place salmon fillets in a small glass baking dish and pour the juice mixture over the fillets. Place in refrigerator and let marinate for about 1 hour, turning 2 or 3 times.
Preheat oven to 375°F. Lightly spray two pieces of aluminum foil with a cooking spray. Arrange one piece of salmon on each sheet of aluminum foil. Drizzle each fillet with 1/8 tsp sesame oil. Season with salt and pepper and top each with ½ of the diced fruit.
Wrap each fillet with the foil, fold edges to seal tightly. Bake about 10 minutes on each side, until the salmon is opaque throughout and flakes easily with a fork.
Be sure to try some of our other great salmon recipes: grilled salmon, smoked salmon and salmon cakes are all hearth healthy, delicious and easy to prepare. Salmon is also an excellent addition to any weight loss program!
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