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Baked Fresh Salmon: 15-Minute Meal

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Peg Cole is a self-taught cook who shares favorite recipes and methods of cooking and baking.

Fresh Atlantic salmon is quick, easy, anddelicious

Fresh Atlantic salmon is quick, easy, anddelicious

What's for Dinner?

Whether you're on a budget or just looking for something new to fix for dinner, this meal is easy to prepare, requires little clean-up effort, and is economical. One fresh salmon fillet can easily make three main dish entrees for under $10.

Add your choice of veggies, bread, or a green salad, and you're ready to eat in under 20 minutes.

Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

5 min

15 min

20 min

3 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 large salmon fillet, fresh
  • Dash of salt and pepper
  • 3 teaspoons butter or margarine

Optional seasonings:

  • Onion salt, to taste
  • Garlic powder, to taste
  • Seasoned salt, to taste
  • Parsley flakes, to taste
Cut the fillet with scissors and place skin-side down on a cookie sheet covered with foil.

Cut the fillet with scissors and place skin-side down on a cookie sheet covered with foil.

Instructions

  1. Remove the salmon from all packaging and place on a cookie sheet with the skin side down.
  2. Cut the raw fillet into portions as desired using kitchen shears or a sharp knife.
  3. Season lightly with salt and pepper (and optional onion salt, garlic powder, seasoned salt, or any combination of spices that you enjoy on seafood).
  4. Put a small spoonful of butter or butter substitute on each portion and sprinkle each fillet with optional parsley flakes.
  5. Place the prepared cookie sheet into a preheated oven at 375°F. After 2-3 minutes, when the butter starts to melt, use a fork to spread it evenly over the fillet.
  6. Bake for 15 minutes (total) or until the salmon is light in color and flakes with a fork.
  7. Remove from the oven. Using a fork to hold the fillet in place, separate the cooked fish from the skin using a spatula. Plate as desired and serve.
Salmon after 15 minutes in a 375-degree oven

Salmon after 15 minutes in a 375-degree oven

Cooking Notes

  • Seasonings: Seasoning the raw fillet is a matter of personal taste and preferences. Our family likes a dash of Lawry's Seasoned Salt and garlic powder before it's topped with butter substitute and parsley flakes.
  • No oil needed: Since the fish is oily in nature, cooking oil or other shortening is not required. It does help to spray the aluminum foil with a light coating of olive oil or vegetable shortening, although it's not really necessary.
  • How to separate the skin: If the skin sticks to the foil, it's actually easier to separate the skin from the fillet. Simply hold the edge of the cooked portion with a fork along either side and scoop off the fillet with a spatula. Then, place the fish directly on a plate or on top of a prepared salad. Ready-washed, bagged greens are great for this dish.
Place the baked salmon fillet on a bed of prepared greens for a quick lunch or dinner.

Place the baked salmon fillet on a bed of prepared greens for a quick lunch or dinner.

Nutrition

Atlantic Salmon Fillet nutrition from Trident Seafoods

Atlantic Salmon Fillet nutrition from Trident Seafoods

Instructions for Salmon Salad

  1. In a small bowl use a fork to separate the cold salmon fillet into smaller pieces.
  2. Add one chopped hard-boiled egg.
  3. Add 1 tablespoon of mayo, pickle relish, salt and pepper and yellow or Dijon mustard (optional).
  4. Stir the ingredients together and serve on bread or a bed of salad greens.

Salmon Burgers

Tips and Ideas

  1. If the salmon is frozen, be sure to thaw the package in the refrigerator and not at room temperature.
  2. Refrigerate any leftover portions immediately.
  3. Cold fillets are great the next day for making salmon salad.

© 2021 Peg Cole

Comments

Peg Cole (author) from North Dallas, Texas on May 18, 2021:

Linda, My hubby always asks, "Are we going to eat or just take photos of this stuff?" Thanks for the nice comment about the pics.

Peg Cole (author) from North Dallas, Texas on May 18, 2021:

Mary, It's always nice to have you drop by. Thank you.

Peg Cole (author) from North Dallas, Texas on May 14, 2021:

Hi Bill, Thanks for stopping by. Sunday is special. In fact, every day seems more and more special as I grow older. I'll try to catch your next article and comment in the rather short window of opportunity.

Peg Cole (author) from North Dallas, Texas on May 14, 2021:

Hi Flourish, Lucky you. My husband won't eat salmon at all so I have to put the leftovers to good use. :)

Peg Cole (author) from North Dallas, Texas on May 14, 2021:

Thanks, Umesh.

Peg Cole (author) from North Dallas, Texas on May 10, 2021:

Hello Dora. Thanks so much for coming by.

Peg Cole (author) from North Dallas, Texas on May 10, 2021:

Hi Peggy W, I forgot that the comments come in reverse order and yours looks like it was first. I always appreciate your visits and kind words. Meals that are simple and healthy. That's important to me, too. Thank you.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on May 09, 2021:

Thank you for sharing the recipes. Your photos are lovely. The food looks and sounds delicious!

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on May 09, 2021:

I love salmon and we often have it for dinner in the summer. Usually, we cook it on foil in the barbecue. I usually cover my pan with foil when I bake in the oven. It makes for ease in cleaning.

Peg Cole (author) from North Dallas, Texas on May 09, 2021:

Hi Liz, I love Hollandaise sauce, too. Your meal sounds really delicious.

Peg Cole (author) from North Dallas, Texas on May 09, 2021:

Hello Sp Greaney, Leftovers really make the next meal fast and easy. Thanks for stopping in.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on May 09, 2021:

I'm all for anything having to do with salmon. Thanks for the recipe, my friend. Happy Sunday! I hope it is a special one for you.

Peg Cole (author) from North Dallas, Texas on May 09, 2021:

I agree, Chitrangada. Less ingredients and quick prep is important to me. Nice to see you, and thanks!

Peg Cole (author) from North Dallas, Texas on May 09, 2021:

Thank you so much.

Peg Cole (author) from North Dallas, Texas on May 09, 2021:

Hi Pamela, Ease of preparation is one of my favorite things, too!

Peg Cole (author) from North Dallas, Texas on May 09, 2021:

Thank you very much. Nice to see you here.

HIRA LAL BOOT from BATALA on May 09, 2021:

Nice one meal which seems to be too delicious.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on May 09, 2021:

We like salmon and these recipes sound delicious. I like the ease of preparation too. This is an excellent article. Thank you.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on May 09, 2021:

This looks yummy and nutritious!

I like this kind of food, less ingredients and quick to prepare!

Thank you for sharing the details!

Sp Greaney from Ireland on May 09, 2021:

This is a really good list of ideas of dishes you can prepare with cooked salmon. Great way to use any leftovers the next day.

Liz Westwood from UK on May 08, 2021:

Salmon is a favourite in our household. Quick and easy to prepare, my go-to recipe is serving it with small potatoes, a selection of vegetables and hollandaise sauce. After reading your great article, I have picked up some interesting alternative serving suggestions.

FlourishAnyway from USA on May 08, 2021:

My husband loves salmon so I will try these. Thanks for the inspiration.

Umesh Chandra Bhatt from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India on May 08, 2021:

Well presented. Thanks.

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on May 08, 2021:

Great suggestions and so easy. I'll try this within a week. Thanks for the recipe.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on May 08, 2021:

Sounds delicious, Peg. I love meals like this that are simple to prepare and healthy.

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