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Salmon loaded with flavors and baked to perfection in a mere 20 minutes!

Salmon is known to have immense nutritional value, it is rich in omega-3 fatty acids and a great source of proteins, vitamins, and minerals. The most interesting fact about salmon is that it is loaded with the antioxidant called astaxanthin, which is known to lower the risk of heart disease by reducing oxidation of LDL cholesterol and increasing HDL cholesterol. So you see, all the hype around salmon being a super-food is totally justified. Personally, I love salmon; for one, it is healthy, and two it is super easy to cook and most importantly it tastes awesome.


I have plenty of recipes for cooking salmon, of which, this baking recipe is the most straightforward. This garlicky and lemony salmon is the easiest baked salmon recipe that you can imagine. Just prepare the sauce, smother the salmon with the sauce, and put it in the oven. Voila! Juicy, tender, and flaky baked salmon is here for dinner.


Why is it recommended to bake salmon skin-on?

Salmon skin is tasty and nutritious. Keeping the skin-on provides a safety layer between the flesh of the fish and the pan or grill. Bake the salmon skin-side down, and let it crisp. Having the skin makes it much easier to slide a spatula under the salmon skin if you wish to flip it.

Is salmon skin edible?

Salmon skin is safe to eat. It contains more of the same minerals and nutrients that salmon contains, which may be an excellent addition to any diet.

What is the white stuff that comes out of salmon when you bake it?

The white stuff is called albumin. It is a protein that exists in the fish in liquid form when it is raw, but coagulates and becomes semi-solid when you subject the salmon to heat during the baking process.


Salmon is so versatile that it can be paired up with almost any vegetable. You can easily convert this recipe into a one-pan meal by adding some vegetables like potatoes, asparagus, beans, or even broccoli. Just make sure that you bake the potatoes a little longer because salmon cooks really fast.


Put the salmon into an airtight container or wrap it in foil or plastic wrap. However, keep in mind that freshly baked salmon would be much richer in flavors and tastier too. You can store cooked salmon for up to 3 days. I would not recommend storing it longer.


Yield: 2
Author: The GradChef
Prep time: 2 MinCook time: 18 MinTotal time: 20 Min
Salmon loaded with flavors and baked to perfection in a mere 20 minutes!


  • 2 salmon fillet about 8 oz each
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tbsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tbsp ginger powder
  • 1 tsp lemon zest
  • 1 tsp white sesame (optional)
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • salt to taste
  • a pinch of sugar


  1. Preheat the oven to 350F.
  2. Prepare the sauce by combining all the ingredients.
  3. Generously apply the sauce on the salmon fillets and let them rest.
  4. Grease a baking pan and put the salmon fillets on it.
  5. Bake for 16-18 minutes until salmon is flaky.
  6. Garnish as desired


I used sockeye salmon for this recipe, you can use other varieties too. If you have some time in hand, let the salmon rest for 20 mins before baking, that way the flavor is more intense. If you do not like sesame, skip it. You can add Italian herb mix or even fresh herbs while preparing the sauce, to give this basic recipe an interesting spin. You can also add chili flakes.
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