This easy baked salmon is topped with salt, pepper, paprika, avocado oil, and lemon juice. This recipe is easy to throw together for a simple and healthy weeknight dinner, and it makes a crispy, flavorful, and perfectly baked salmon every time!

Out of all of our recipes that we keep coming back to, my husband and I share in common that this is our favorite. We have it at least once a week and we can never get enough of it! It’s simple, healthy, flavorful, and a filling yet nutritious meal when paired with loads of veggies.

This easy baked salmon fillet is simple enough for a weeknight dinner, but also gorgeous enough to serve for a dinner party. The beautiful salmon fillet will truly be the star of the show and your guests will be so impressed!

This Easy Baked Salmon Is

  • Crispy, flaky, flavorful, and tender.
  • The easiest recipe for salmon that turns out delicious every time! This super simple recipe comes together in 20 minutes. Simply buy a good quality salmon fillet, top with spices, lemon juice, and oil, then bake. It’s that easy.
  • A healthy and filling powerhouse of a meal. It’s jam-packed with omega-3s, protein, and good fats.
  • Easy to pair with your favorite starch and vegetable to make a balanced meal.
  • An easy recipe to make to impress your guests. So long as you buy a good quality salmon, you won’t have to worry about a “fishy” flavor and even guests who don’t like fish will find this recipe delicious.

Ingredients to Make Baked Salmon

  • Wild caught Alaskan sockeye salmon: A good quality salmon that is packed with flavor and nutrients. Look how beautiful and rich in color that salmon is! We get ours at Whole Foods, and you can often find it on sale there.
  • Avocado oil: My favorite oil to use. Avocado oil impart much of a flavor, but it helps the salmon to crisp up nicely in the oven.
  • Salt, pepper, & paprika: Spices to provide flavor. Add yours to taste. The paprika also accentuates the lovely and vibrant hue of the salmon.
  • Lemon juice: Provides a tangy tartness that elevates the flavor of the salmon.

Tips to Make a Delicious yet Easy Baked Salmon

  1. Buy good quality salmon. Your taste buds will thank you. A good quality salmon is less likely to have a “fishy” flavor. My favorite type of salmon is (1) wild caught and (2) Pacific sockeye salmon. Out of the seven types of salmon, sockeye salmon is my favorite in particular because it is sustainable, lower in fat, but also delicious. King salmon is also a great choice, however it’s higher in fat and more expensive so you may be less likely to see it at your local fish market. In regards to wild caught vs farm-raised, wild caught salmon is more nutritionally dense, has less contaminants and diseases, is more sustainable, and generates less pollution than farm-raised salmon.
  2. Use a neutral oil. I love to use avocado oil since it has a high smoke point, but you could also use olive oil.
  3. Don’t be afraid of the skin. Baking the salmon with the skin on helps to keep the fillet juicy and fresh. Once the salmon is baked, the skin should fall away easily from the meat. You can still make this recipe if you have precut salmon fillets that have had the skin removed, but make sure to grease the pan well and watch your cooking time to ensure your fillets are not under or over baked.
  4. Serve with your favorite vegetables. Some great accompaniments are steamed broccoli, roasted vegetables, roasted potatoes, mashed potatoes, asparagus, or peas.

Health Notes

  • Sockeye Salmon is rich in omega-3s, protein, and vitamins A, C, D, E, B3, and B12. Omega-3s help to lower cholesterol and triglycerides, and decrease the risk of heart disease.
  • Wild caught salmon is more nutritionally dense and has less contaminants and diseases than farm-raised salmon.

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Easy Baked Salmon

This easy baked salmon is topped with salt, pepper, paprika, avocado oil, and lemon juice. This recipe is easy to throw together for a simple and healthy weeknight dinner, and it makes a crispy, flavorful, and perfectly baked salmon every time!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Course Main Course
Servings 4 servings

Ingredients
  

  • 1 lb Alaskan sockeye salmon wild caught
  • 1 Tbsp avocado oil
  • salt to taste
  • pepper to taste
  • smoked paprika to taste
  • ½ lemon juiced

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 400 F. Line a baking pan with foil and grease with avocado oil. Place your whole salmon fillet (including skin) on the baking pan, skin side down.
  • Sprinkle the salmon fillet with salt, pepper, and smoked paprika to taste. Then, drizzle 1 Tbsp of avocado oil over the top of the salmon fillet followed by the juice of ½ a lemon.
  • Bake uncovered in a 400 F oven for 12-15 minutes until the salmon is opaque and flakes easily with a fork. Remove from the oven and let cool.
  • Slice into servings, peel salmon away from the skin, and plate. Enjoy!
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