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Oven baked salmon on a serving plate with a side salad
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Oven Baked Salmon

Enjoy this delicious baked salmon that's moist and flaky on the inside with a crispy exterior!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: dinner, Main Course
Cuisine: American, European
Keyword: how long to bake salmon, how to bake salmon
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 236kcal
Author: TipBuzz


  • 2 pounds salmon 6-8 oz filets with skin on, about 1-inch thick*
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • ½ teaspoon salt or to taste
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper freshly ground, or to taste
  • lemon wedges for serving


  • Remove the salmon from the fridge 20-30 minutes before cooking to let it approach room temperature for even cooking.
  • Preheat oven to 425°F (218°C). Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil or parchment paper.
  • Pat dry the salmon with paper towels. Then place it skin-side down on the prepared baking sheet. If there are any thin sections, tuck them underneath to prevent overcooking.
  • Brush the salmon with oil on all sides, including the skin. Then sprinkle salt and pepper on top.
  • Place in the oven and bake for 10-12 minutes. It’s done when the internal temperature reaches 135-140°F in the thickest section and the surface is firm but springy.**
  • Remove from the oven and place the salmon on a plate. Remove the skin if desired and sprinkle fresh lemon juice on top to serve.


  • Seasonings: You may wish to add other dry seasonings can include paprika, onion powder and thyme.
  • * For thicker salmon, add 4-6 minutes more to the baking time per additional 1/2-inch of thickness.
  • ** To measure the internal temperature, insert an instant-read thermometer into the middle thickest section. Alternatively, you can use a wireless dual-probe thermometer to measure in the oven while the salmon is baking.
  • Storage: Cooked salmon can be stored for up to 2 days in an airtight container in the fridge or frozen for up to 3 months.


Calories: 236kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 30g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 83mg | Sodium: 260mg | Potassium: 741mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 60IU | Calcium: 18mg | Iron: 1mg