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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.
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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.

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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

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