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This Baked Salmon that turns out perfectly every time. Ready in about 15 minutes, this baked salmon recipe is a weeknight and entertaining favorite!
Salmon recipes have to be some of my favorite fish or seafood recipes. I could seriously eat salmon two or three times a week and be perfectly happy. Thankfully, over the years, I’ve figured out how to make baked salmon that turns out absolutely perfect every time.
You can use any type of salmon filets that you prefer, I personally use wild-caught salmon from Alaska. On our family bucket list is to make a family trip to Alaska for a fishing trip. I think it would be an adventure we’d all remember for a lifetime! My husband, his brothers, and my father-in-law made the trip years ago and still talk about it being one of the best trips they’ve ever taken together. Not to mention, it is one of the states we’ve not visited as a family. Yet!
Okay, so back to the baked salmon. Even though my whole family loves it, my husband can not stand a very fishy taste in his fish. He prefers a milder salmon flavor. Through years of testing this, that and the other baking salmon, I found a couple of tricks that make it just right every single time I make it. That’s this baked salmon recipe. That’s why I call it perfect. It reduces any heavy fishy taste, yet makes the salmon flavor even better, in my opinion.
Here’s my recipe for my baked salmon. It turns out perfect every time! I can’t wait to hear how you like it.
Perfect Baked Salmon Recipe
- 1 salmon filet about 2 pounds, left whole
- 1/2 teaspoon brown sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic salt
- fresh parsley chopped
- 1 lemon cut into wedges
- Preheat oven to 425º F. Line rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper or aluminum foil for easiest cleanup.
- Place salmon, skin side down, onto lined baking sheet. Sprinkle brown sugar on top of salmon, making sure entire flesh side of salmon has a light dusting. Sprinkle garlic salt onto the salmon. Bake salmon until it has cooked through, about 12-15 minutes.
- Remove from oven and top the salmon with optional garnishes, if desired.
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(Originally published March 3, 2014. Republished February 3, 2015.)
Your salmon recipes do sound tasty and have consistent, reliable results. But I just can’t make myself add very much to salmon, when I get it. I keep it simple: a bit of olive oil, a couple squirts of lemon juice and very little fresh ground pepper.
I am certain I would enjoy salmon prepared with your recipe. And I would likely prepare it using one of your marinades after having the opportunity to eat it.
You nailed it…… Still know it is salmon but no strong fishy smell or taste. This is a classic “Go To” recipe. thanks for sharing.
So happy you liked it, Terry Jo! xo
I had never heard of brown sugar on salmon before this recipe (I don’t get out much) but let me tell you – this dish was fantastic! The flavors, the texture of the glaze that forms on too of the fish? Absolutely scrumptious. Thanks so much, my family has already asked when we’re having it again!
I’m so happy you gave it a try, Angela! Thanks so much for letting me know that your family enjoys it! xo
This was so good. I can really mess things up sometimes but this was great and easy! Thanks❤
Thanks for sharing! What would you recommend serving with it?
Hello. Can the salmon be baked with asparagus in it? If so, how much time I need to adjust the cooking time? Or do I need to take the salmon out after 12-15 mins and leave the asparagus longer?
I would drizzle olive oil over the asparagus, making sure it is well coated, and place on the pan with the salmon. The asparagus should be done about the same time the salmon is. Another recipe I have is for Lemon Garlic Salmon and Asparagus Packet that you might want to try. Hope you enjoy!
Thank you so much for posting such easy to follow instructions! (The photos are beyond helpful since I’m a beginner at cooking) My boyfriend is fed up with having to cook everyday and now I’m going to be the one trying to cook us dinner every night and hopefully I have good luck with your recipes!
I’m glad the photos help, Arpita. There are videos for some of the recipes that might help you as well. xo
Super simple easy to follow directions. Thank you for that. I probably went a little heavy on the brown sugar, but omg best salmon EVER
Thanks, Dawn. I’m so happy you loved this salmon recipe.