Easy Baked Salmon Fillet

Easy Baked Salmon Fillet

Juicy, flaky seasoned salmon fillet, baked in the oven! Start from frozen or thawed, and have a fabulous dinner with 5 minutes' prep!


4 servings


4 salmon fillets (6-8 ounces each), frozen or thawed
2 teaspoons liquid smoke flavoring*
Freshly ground black pepper
Lemon pepper seasoning
Freshly-squeezed lemon juice, optional

Serving suggestions: cooked rice, potato wedges, and a green vegetable or salad


1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Line a baking sheet (with sides, to catch drippings) with foil. Place a wire rack (I use a wire cooling rack) on the foil-lined sheet. Place salmon fillets on wire rack, a few inches apart.

2. Season both sides of the salmon fillets with a thin coating of liquid smoke flavoring, some freshly ground black pepper, a sprinkling of lemon pepper seasoning, and some salt. Squeeze fresh lemon juice over, if desired. If you're using good salmon that was properly cared for/processed (and doesn't smell "fishy"), feel free to skip the lemon juice. :) If your salmon has skin on one side, place it skin-side-down and just season the top.

3. Bake salmon on wire rack/baking sheet in the middle of the oven for about 15-20 minutes (thawed) or 30-35 minutes (frozen). Salmon is done when the flesh flakes easily with a fork and internal temperature is 145 degrees.

Serve with hot rice, salad, and/or a green vegetable.

Seasoning the salmon (frozen, pictured)

The baked salmon fillets

Easy baked salmon fillet

Easy baked salmon fillet

Additional Notes: 

*We put out liquid smoke flavoring in a spray bottle. For this recipe, just lightly spray each side of the salmon fillets (or top only if using fillets with skin on).

Easy baked salmon fillet

Served with Seasoned Baked Potato Wedges and asparagus

Preparation Time: 

5 minutes

Cooking Time: 

15-35 minutes

Tammy's Review: 

This salmon is SO good when baked like this! We are usually partial to grilled meats, but this method of baking salmon (which tends to be a moist, juicy fish) is amazingly delicious! I also love how EASY it is to prepare. I have started with frozen salmon fillets, or ones that were thawed first. I love being able to season the salmon and put it in the oven, and then make the rest of the meal. The beautiful salmon fillets make for a lovely meal! Joshua prefers rice with the salmon, and a green vegetable rounds out the presentation.

If you're unsure about serving fish, have never cooked fish before, or don't usually like fish -- this is a great recipe to start with! It's simple, and if you start with good salmon, I guarantee you'll love this! (When I say "good salmon", I mean either vacuum-sealed frozen salmon, or else FRESH salmon. Your salmon shouldn't smell "fishy"!) :)

Easy baked salmon fillet

Easy baked salmon fillet

Served with Seasoned Baked Potato Wedges and asparagus

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