Baked Salmon is as nutritious as it is delicious and it’s incredibly easy to make! It only takes about 6 minutes to bake and you’ll the most tender, flavorful salmon.
The USDA recently released new dietary recommendations encouraging Americans to eat more seafood!
Luckily, baked salmon is incredibly easy to make… so easy it only takes about 10 minutes total. It’s a wonderful dinner to make when having guests over and it goes SO well with our cilantro garlic sauce. Actually, you must serve it with our garlic sauce.
We love making salmon this way as they lemon adds a fresh flavor and the citrus actually helps cook the fish.
What Are the 5 Types of Salmon?
Did you know there are actually five different types of salmon? They are:
What’s the difference? Here’s what you need to know.
Chum salmon is well known for its eggs, which you may see at a sushi restaurant. Pink salmon is often canned or tinned.
Coho, Chinook, and Sockeye salmon are the best choices for our baked salmon recipe. Chinook is often more expensive than the other two, though Coho and Sockeye are just as delicious.
How to Make Baked Salmon Skewers
- Fresh Salmon
- Olive Oil
- Salt and Pepper
Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.
Remove the skin and cut Salmon into 1 inch cubes.
Slice lemons to go between salmon on the wooden skewers.
Alternate salmon and lemons. You decide how many lemon slices and how much salmon you want per skewer. We prefer about 3-4 cubes of salmon and 2 lemon slices.
Lay the skewers on a baking sheet lined with tin foil.
Squeeze lemon juice and add a big pinch of salt over the top of all the skewers.
Bake for 6 minutes (until internal temp is 135-140 degrees)
It’s as simple as that! Serve with a dipping sauce, a salad or some delicious coconut rice!
Frequently Asked Questions
What Temp Should Salmon Be Cooked?
The FDA recommends cooking salmon to “145°F or flesh is opaque & separates easily with fork”. If you’re following our recipe, preheat your oven to 450 degrees and bake for about 6 minutes.
How Long Should I Keep Salmon in the Oven?
Sometimes, the baking time of the salmon will have to be calculated based on thickness. If you cut it into 1″ cubes, it should be in a preheated 400 degree oven for about 6 minutes.
Can You Overcook Salmon?
Yes. In fact, many people accidentally overcook salmon because they don’t know how to tell when it is done.
When your salmon is finished baking, it should have gone from a glossy orange color to opaque pink. As a test, press down on top of the salmon with a fork. If it flakes, your salmon is ready to eat.
Remember it cooks a lot faster than you think!
Is Salmon Skin Safe to Eat?
Yes! In fact, salmon skin is delicious when you bake it because it gets all oily and crispy.
Many people like to eat the skin with the salmon after it’s done baking. But if not, it’s easy to eat salmon off of the skin. You can also save the crispy skin to put on salads or sushi!
Tips for Making the Best Baked Salmon
Here are a few additional tips to make your baked salmon extra delicious! Think of these as expert kitchen hacks.
Only working with fish at room temperature helps your salmon to bake evenly. This simple trick will help you achieve salmon perfection.
And as always, invest in good kitchen tools. For baked salmon, a baking sheet is your best friend.
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Baked Salmon on Skewers
- 2 lbs salmon, fresh, not frozen
- 3 lemons, sliced
- 3 tbsp olive oil
- pinch salt, course
- pinch pepper, course
- Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.
- Remove the skin and cut Salmon into 1 inch cubes.
- Slice lemons to go between salmon on the wooden skewers.
- Alternate salmon and lemons. You decide how many lemon slices and how much salmon you want per skewer. We prefer about 3-4 cubes of salmon and 2 lemon slices.
- Lay the skewers on a baking sheet lined with tin foil.
- Drizzle olive oil over the skwers.
- Next, squeeze lemon juice and add a big pinch of salt over the skewers.
- Bake for 6 minutes (until internal temp is 135-140 degrees)