How to Cook Salmon
For a low-fuss, light dinner idea that could just as easily wow the members of your book club or woo the object of your affections over candlelight, consider learning how to cook salmon. Cooked just right, salmon has a simple, understated elegance. This heart-healthy fish is also a great source of protein and essential omega-3 fatty acids, so it's good for you, too. You may want to make it your catch of the day any time you're feeling more in the mood for surf than turf.

This recipe for oven-roasted salmon couldn't be easier to prepare. Just brush the filets with a little olive oil, sprinkle on seasoning and toss in the oven. The whole meal takes less than 10 minutes to make--so you can throw together a gourmet dinner even on very short notice. Not only is it great for busy week night meals, but it may just become your go-to recipe for when unexpected company drops by--so keep your freezer stocked with salmon fillets just in case.

Hey, everyone. I'm Judith with, and today, I'm gonna be showing you how to make Oven-Roasted Salmon, a quick and easy preparation and a delicious recipe. So, this particular recipe calls for four salmon filets but we're using two this time, and I here have two boneless and skinless 5-ounce salmon filets. I also have a pinch of salt and pepper and I have half a tablespoon of olive oil. I have our shallow baking tray in here which we've lined with aluminum foil. Now, what I'm gonna do is get our salmon filets, place them on our baking dish, and we're gonna do a little bit of basting, so get our olive oil and we're just gonna smother than both sides and this is a really healthy, wonderful, nutritious recipe. Salmon is very, very good for you. A lot of omega-3 fatty acids, which are good for our cardiovascular health and makes your skin glow, if you didn't know that. All right. So, we've done the two sides and we're gonna do some salt and pepper on there, too. I like to be nice and generous with my salt here. Of course, sea salt is the best. All right, that's on, and then let's get our pepper on. Quick sprig of pepper, the side. There we go. Now, we've preheated our oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit and these salmon are ready to go in there, and they should take about 8 minutes, but check on it, and when it's flaking, that's when it's ready, so that's going in there. So it's been about 8 minutes. We've taken our salmon out of the oven. Looks delicious, and it's just about done. Now, if you wanna check if it's ready, what you can do is you can see if it flakes easily with a fork, and as you can see, it does so there. Now, of course, a lot of people like to cook salmon to their liking. Some people like it a little bit pink inside, but this is a great way to test if it's just about done, and there you have it. That is a very simple and quick Oven-Roasted Salmon. Well, thanks for watching everyone. For more great recipes and savings, go to
What You'll Need
  • 4  5 - 6  ounces fresh or frozen skinless salmon fillets

  • 1   tablespoon olive oil or your favorite flavored oil

  • 1   teaspoon seasoned salt or your favorite salt blend

  • 1/4  teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Step By Step
Thaw fish, if frozen. Rinse fish; pat dry with paper towels. Measure the thickest portion of the fillet. Brush fish with oil and sprinkle with seasoned salt and black pepper. Place fish in a parchment paper- or foil-lined shallow baking pan.
Bake, uncovered, in a 450 degree F oven for 4 to 6 minutes per 1/2-inch thickness of fish or until fish begins to flake when tested with a fork.

Serve with a side of fresh steamed seasonal vegetables to complete this nutritious, hearty-healthy dinner.
Can't get enough of this delectable meal? You're in luck--the American Heart Association recommends eating fish twice per week, even for people who are not at high risk for heart disease. So indulge away. Worried about mercury content? While it's true that large fish such as salmon contain small amounts of this toxin, experts agree that the benefits of eating fish far outweigh the risks for most people.
While the basics of how to cook salmon are relatively easy to master, the dish makes such a great impression that it often earns the chef high marks among his or her dinner guests.
More Recipes
Smoked salmon is always a cocktail party favorite.
Make these fun salmon and biscuit sandwiches when you need dinner fast.
This salmon salad recipe has a creamy garlic-and-lemon dressing that is tossed with greens, Parmesan cheese, and topped with broiled salmon to make a light and summery dish.
Bright pink salmon and green arugula make these appetizer triangles perfect for Christmas gatherings.
This traditional Italian bread salad is full of tomatoes and cucumber and gets a protein boost with the addition of grilled salmon.
Candied ginger seasons the Asian-style marinade that doubles as a sauce for the salmon, pea pods, spinach, and pasta.
A low-fat white sauce, made with fat-free milk, coats the salmon, pasta, and broccoli in this complete 30-minute meal.
Combine salmon, fat-free milk, and reduced-sodium broth to make this heart-healthy dinnertime soup recipe.
The salmon in these baked packets is flavored with lemon, dill, mint, and capers. You can serve this delicious, flaky fish recipe in less than 30 minutes.
This 20-minute dinner features salmon served over orzo pasta and topped with a mix of olives, fresh parsley, and lemon peel.
Get out of your tuna salad rut and try salmon salad for a change. This version is spiked with olives, lemon, onion and capers.
Don't be intimidated by this fancy-looking breaded-salmon pinwheel, it's quite easy to do. This technique works best when you use "center-cut" salmon fillet. If you don't have a center-cut fillet or want to simplify the preparation, leave the fillet whole, spread the mayonnaise over it, top with the breadcrumb mixture and bake. To cut down on prep time, ask your fishmonger to skin the salmon for you. Serve with garlic-rosemary roasted potatoes and wilted spinach.
What an elegant entree--salmon fillets topped with sauteed mushrooms and green onions--served Wellington-style in a flaky puff pastry wrapping.
Find phyllo dough near the other puff pastries in the freezer section of your local grocery store. Wrap it around salmon for a crispy pastry seafood bundle.
This homemade creamy garlic-lemon dressing recipe is healthful with creamy plain yogurt. Tossed with greens and topped with grilled salmon, this one-dish recipe is worthy of serving to guests.

shop our favorite products