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Easy Baked Salmon

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Salmon is not only healthy, but can be made easily for a weeknight meal. Baked salmon is cooked right in the oven with just a few ingredients and in under 30 minutes. So if you are looking for a quick and delicious way to cook salmon, look no further. 

Other salmon recipes we love: Brown Sugar Salmon or Air Fryer Salmon from frozen. 

Baked Salmon in Foil

This salmon recipe is super simple to make!! Don’t be scared of salmon, make it for your fam!! You will feel like a rockstar, making something so delicious and knowing that they are getting all the good nutrients salmon provides. You will all be smarter from this one!!

Ingredients for Oven Baked Salmon

Salmon really provides all of the flavor on its own, so you don’t need a lot of additional ingredients fort this recipe. All you will need to make this baked salmon recipe is the following:

  • salmon– this can be either skin on or skinless, we have cooked this recipe with both
  • olive oil– or another cooking oil such as avocado oil
  • sea salt– table salt will work as well, you might just need to use a little bit more since sea salt is a bigger flake
  • ground black pepper
  • garlic powder
  • lemons– one sliced and one for serving
  • fresh parsley

See the recipe card at the bottom for full ingredient amounts and recipe instructions.

uncooked salmon, topped with lemon slices on a piece of foil

How to Bake Salmon in the Oven

Start by lining a baking sheet with foil, I had to use two sheets overlaying each other to get enough to wrap around the salmon and provide it room to steam inside.

Next, drizzle the salmon with olive oil and season with a simple spice rub of sea salt, ground black pepper and garlic powder.

After the salmon is seasoned, simply pinch the sides of the foil together and create a little tent above the salmon. Make sure all the sides of the foil are all pinched in and that there are no open holes that the steam can sneak out from. You’ve got this!! Feed Your Fam!

salmon in a foil tent

The salmon is baked in a 425ºF oven for about 20-25 minutes.

If you have an instant read thermometer you can bake it until it reaches 135ºF and then let it rest in the foil for about 5 more minutes before serving. This will give you a perfectly cooked, tender salmon.

If you don’t have an instant read thermometer, just cook it until it flakes easily with a fork.

salmon baked in foil, topped with lemon slices

What to Serve with Baked Salmon

Your side dish can be just as simple and delicious as the main star! I like to serve this salmon with rice topped with some fresh parsley, a cooked veggie or a simple salad. One of our favorite side dishes is this Garlic Butter Broccoli, quick and easy to make, because I know life can be straight up crazy busy!!

This salmon may sound like it is an elegant meal (and totally use it for that if you’ve got a candlelight dinner in your future), but it and should be part of your weekly menu!! I hope you are surprised by how easy this is to make and how delicious it is to eat!!

baked salmon topped with lemon slices and parsley on a white serving platter

Recipe for Easy Baked Salmon

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cooked salmon topped with lemon slices and parsley
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5 from 2 votes

Easy Baked Salmon

Oven baked salmon is so easy and delicious!! Ready in 30 minutes and you will be the star of the dinner table!!
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Total Time25 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 253kcal


  • 2-3 pounds salmon
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2 lemons, one sliced and one for serving
  • 1 bunch fresh parsley, chopped


  • Preheat the oven to 425ºF. Prepare a baking sheet by lining with sheets of foil and spraying with cooking spray. The foil should overlap the sides 4-5 inches. 
  • Combine the salt, pepper and garlic powder in a bowl and mix. 
  • Place the salmon on the foil and drizzle with olive oil. Liberally sprinkle the salmon with the spices. You might not use all of the spice mixture, just make sure the salmon is evenly covered. 
  • Place slices of lemon on top of the salmon. 
  • Pull up the sides of the foil up and pinch them together then roll down a few times to secure. Do not make the foil tight on top of the salmon, there should be a little loose space above the salmon. 
  • Place the salmon in the oven and cook for 20-25 minutes until it reaches 135º F or until the salmon flakes easily with a fork. 
  • Sprinkle with fresh parsley if you have it, or serve without with lemon wedges. 


  • nutrition facts are just an estimate
  • store any left over salmon in an air tight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days


Calories: 253kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 31g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 83mg | Sodium: 848mg | Potassium: 856mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 861IU | Vitamin C: 32mg | Calcium: 41mg | Iron: 2mg
Course: Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine: Comfort Food, Seafood
Keyword: Baked Salmon
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  1. 5 stars
    Thanks Sarah! I loved how this salmon turned out!
    I rinsed my meat before putting olive oil on it, but I thought it tasted delicious, almost buttery!

    Thanks again for sharing! 💕ya!


    1. Thanks so much Katie! This is our favorite way to make salmon too, it’s so easy!! You’re the best for leaving me a review and comment!! 💕