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How to Cook Salmon in the Oven

Find out how to cook salmon in the oven with this super simple baked method. Quick, easy, healthy and delicious!
Course dinner, Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword Baked Salmon, Baked Salmon recipe, how to cook salmon, Salmon, Salmon recipe
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 3 people
Calories 283kcal



  • Preheat the oven to 375°. Place a rack in the middle of the oven. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or just use a cast iron skillet. Remove salmon from the fridge and pat the salmon fillets with a paper towel.
  • Place salmon (skin-side dowin the baking sheet or cast iron skillet. Drizzle some oil over the top of each salmon fillet. Use a pastry brush or your fingers to rub the oil all over the salmon.
  • Season with salt, pepper and paprika (or Cajun seasonin and transfer to the oven.
  • Bake for 10-15 minutes. Time depends on the thickness of your salmon. So, check it after 10 minutes in the oven. Salmon is done when it gets at the minimum internal temperature of 145˚F. Use a meat thermometer to check the internal temperature. You also know if it’s ready when the salmon flakes easily with a fork.



  • It's important to pay dry the salmon so it browns nicely instead of steaming in the oven. 
  • I recommend keeping the skin on so the salmon stays moist. The skin is also edible and gets crispy when cooked in the oven.
  • I recommend getting wild-caught salmon over farmed salmon. 
  • To store: Store leftover salmon in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 4 days.
  • To reheat: You can reheat salmon on the stovetop or microwave. 
  • To freeze: Freeze in a freezer-safe bag once the salmon fillets have reached room temperature. Freeze for up to 4 months.


Serving: 1/3 | Calories: 283kcal | Protein: 28g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 7g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 79mg | Sodium: 451mg | Potassium: 719mg