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Garlic Lime Oven Baked Salmon

Spicy zesty oven baked salmon with loads of flavor and minimal effort… just my kind of weekend dinner. Yet this baked salmon is elegant enough to serve at your next dinner party.

Spicy Garlic Lime Oven Baked Salmon #salmon #dinner #recipe

Salmon is sort of my go-to fish.

It’s colorful, versatile, distinctly rich, and one of the easiest fish to buy “wild caught” here in the US.

Although I love to cook various white fish and tuna, salmon is the fish I try first with any new recipe concept. Its rich fatty flavor doesn’t get lost under toppings and sauces, making it a fish that even most meat-n-potatoes eaters will try.

Also, salmon’s silky texture gives it a luxurious quality, making it not only an easy midweek option, but a dinner party favorite.

Making Spicy Garlic Lime Oven Baked Salmon #salmon #dinner #recipe

Today’s oven baked salmon recipe is one of my favorites for any night of the week.

You can serve this particular oven baked salmon with easy grilled veggies for a quick and healthy weeknight meal, or dress in up with heavier side dishes for a lavish feast.

I simply laid a whole salmon fillet on a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Then drizzled it with an easy mixture made of olive oil, garlic, lime zest and jalapeño.

The bold and zesty flavored-oil seeps into the salmon while baking, creating amazing contrast, while keeping it moist.

Simple Spicy Garlic Lime Oven Baked Salmon #salmon #dinner #recipe

Oven baked salmon takes only minutes to cook through.

One of the biggest mistakes when cooking fish is over-cooking. As with any type of fish, it should be cooked until just barely cooked through, so it flakes when pricked with a fork, but is still moist and tender on the inside.

Must-Try Spicy Garlic Lime Oven Baked Salmon #salmon #dinner #recipe

Just look at that.

Spicy, garlicky, limey, tender and rich… oven baked salmon at its best.

You could certainly buy single cuts of salmon and make the same recipe, but I guarantee, once you’ve tried it you are going to wish you had baked up an entire fillet.

Dinner Tonight: Spicy Garlic Lime Oven Baked Salmon #salmon #dinner #recipe

Garlic Lime Oven Baked Salmon

Yield: 6-8 servings

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 12 minutes

Spicy Garlic Lime Baked Salmon with Jalapeño.


  • 2 lbs. wild caught whole salmon fillet
  • 2 Tb. olive oil
  • 1 lime, zest and juice
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 jalapeño, grated
  • Salt and pepper


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper and lay the salmon fillet on it. Pat dry with a paper towel.
  2. Whisk the oil, lime zest, and garlic together. Grate the jalapeño and smell for spiciness. If it is very spicy (or you are sensitive to spice) add only half the grated pepper. Otherwise add it all to the oil mixture. Pour the mixture over the salmon fillet and salt the pepper liberally.
  3. Bake for 10-14 minutes, until just cooked through, but not dry. Squeeze lime juice over the top and serve warm.

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70 Responses to “Garlic Lime Oven Baked Salmon”

  1. Melanie @ Carmel Momentsposted April 28, 2014 at 6:16 am

    It’s been a long time since I’ve made salmon. Looks so delicious and healthy. Just gorgeous.
    Have a beautiful Monday Sommer!


  2. Rachel @ Baked by Rachelposted April 28, 2014 at 6:17 am

    I love how easy you’ve made this!


  3. Jenny Flakeposted April 28, 2014 at 6:39 am

    I’ve been on a major salmon kick these days! Looking forward to trying your recipe!


  4. Amandaposted April 28, 2014 at 6:43 am

    Love salmon and always looking for new ways to prepare it, thanks!


  5. Tieghanposted April 28, 2014 at 6:51 am

    I love salmon, garlic and lime so I cannot wait to make this! YUM!


  6. Aimee @ Simple Bitesposted April 28, 2014 at 6:54 am

    Splendid idea for weeknight dinner for us. Gorgeous, Sommer!


  7. Norma | Allspice and Nutmegposted April 28, 2014 at 7:12 am

    This salmon is gorgeous. I was just thinking it’s been a long time since we’ve had salmon. Definitely want to try this.


  8. Christine from Cook the Storyposted April 28, 2014 at 7:40 am

    The color is GORGEOUS!


  9. Christine @ Cooking with Cakesposted April 28, 2014 at 7:59 am

    love how simple this is Sommer, the colors look SO yummy against the pink salmon – pinning!


  10. Mariaposted April 28, 2014 at 8:03 am

    Love the garlic and lime!


  11. Gabyposted April 28, 2014 at 8:21 am

    Love these flavors and salmon is always wonderful!


  12. Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweetposted April 28, 2014 at 8:43 am

    Beautiful salmon, Sommer! Love the flavors!


  13. Julie @ Table for Twoposted April 28, 2014 at 8:58 am

    Love the simplicity and flavors of this dish!


  14. naomiposted April 28, 2014 at 9:32 am

    Zesty and with minimal effort–I’m on it! This is a great weekend night meal.


  15. Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountainposted April 28, 2014 at 10:29 am

    Love salmon! And this oven version looks amazing!


  16. Jackie {The Beeroness}posted April 28, 2014 at 10:38 am

    Love! Now that I’m in the salmon capitol of the world I have to try this.


  17. Amy (Super Healthy Kids)posted April 28, 2014 at 10:50 am

    We eat two kinds of fish in our house- salmon and tilapia :) WE’re always looking for new ways to prepare it. Thanks!


  18. Heather Christoposted April 28, 2014 at 11:07 am

    this is just beautiful- I think I am seriously going to make this for dinner tonight!


  19. Liz @ The Lemon Bowlposted April 28, 2014 at 11:27 am

    This is my ideal meal!! Doesn’t get much better or easier!


  20. Candiceposted April 28, 2014 at 1:37 pm

    This looks absolutely delicious! I love how easy it is and the added kick from the jalapenos. Can’t wait to try this!


  21. gina @ skinnytasteposted April 28, 2014 at 1:45 pm

    This looks phenominal!! I eat salmon every week, trying this next time!


  22. Laura Dembowskiposted April 28, 2014 at 2:13 pm

    Wild salmon is my favorite food. I eat it a couple times a week. I always bake it in whole fillets, but typically I just leave it plain to let the flavors shine through. I can’t wait to try these flavors on it!


  23. Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchenposted April 28, 2014 at 4:21 pm

    Gorgeous baked salmon, Sommer! Thank you for sharing. Pinning (of course)!


  24. Nomad Cookposted April 28, 2014 at 6:30 pm

    Never had spicy Salmon before, I’ll have to try this recipe:)


  25. alison @ Ingredients, Inc.posted April 28, 2014 at 6:58 pm

    posting this on a magazine I work on facebook page :)


    • Sommer — April 29th, 2014 @ 3:58 pm

      Thanks Alison!


  26. Missposted April 28, 2014 at 7:43 pm

    It has been too long since we’ve had salmon and I know my guys would love this!


  27. Kristen Dukeposted April 28, 2014 at 7:58 pm

    I’ve been trying to make fish for my family more so thanks for sharing this! Pinning! :)


  28. marlaposted April 29, 2014 at 9:58 am

    Great looking salmon recipe!!!


  29. Sandy @ ReluctantEntertainerposted April 29, 2014 at 10:13 am

    Fabulous. Perfect for a springtime dinner party!


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  31. KalynsKitchenposted April 30, 2014 at 11:08 am

    Looks so good!


  32. Lisaposted May 4, 2014 at 8:50 am

    Do you happen to have nutrition info for this?


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  34. Shainaposted May 7, 2014 at 9:36 am

    Just made this last night. Divine!


    • Sommer — May 9th, 2014 @ 7:16 am

      YAY!! Thanks for letting me know Shaina. So glad you liked it!


  35. Deborahposted May 10, 2014 at 9:02 pm

    Made this tonight. It was awesome, everyone loved it! Looking forward to making it again. Thinking of trying the same recipe with chicken.


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  41. Emilyposted June 9, 2014 at 1:09 pm

    With young children (and being a spicy wuss myself), I wondered if I should just cut waaay back on the amount used or if it would be better to sub in a milder pepper?? Thoughts?


    • Sommer — June 9th, 2014 @ 10:46 pm

      Hi Emily, It depends on just how spicy your jalapeño is… sometimes they are pretty mild. You can usually tell by smelling them after you cut the end off.


  42. Suzanna Diazposted June 9, 2014 at 10:38 pm

    So simple, fast, easy deelishis Salmon. Perfect if u don’t have that much time to spend in the kitchen!! It literally took less then 10 mins to prep this!! It was a hit for my family, especially for my sis which surprise me due to the fact that she isn’t a salmon eater!! Love this recipe!!! Thank you for this simple amazing recipe (:
    Can’t wait to try ur other recipes!!!!!


    • Sommer — June 10th, 2014 @ 3:51 pm

      Hi Suzanna, So glad you liked it. Thanks for sharing!!!


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  46. Claireposted November 6, 2014 at 10:54 am

    Not a salmon fan but love the marinade idea. Will try with Mahi and Grouper, how would you recommend adjusting the cook time? Thanks.


  47. amanda bposted November 6, 2014 at 12:23 pm

    This looks delish and I can’t wait to try it!! Do you have any favorite side dish suggestions? Thank you!


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  49. Kathi @laughingspatulaposted January 19, 2015 at 11:39 am

    Making this tonite! We are salmon fanatics here in Seattle and this looks so easy and so flavorful – a little scared to grate a jalapeño but gonna dive in with baggies on my hands :)


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  51. Gabrielaposted January 30, 2015 at 10:36 pm

    Made this last night and loved it! Moist and so flavourful, thanks for sharing.


  52. Shawnposted February 4, 2015 at 10:23 am

    This looks delicious. I’ll admit, I did not try this yet but it inspired me to create a lime, garlic and cilantro variation instead. I will sure have to try this one as well. Beautiful and creative.


  53. Amandaposted February 25, 2015 at 8:48 pm

    This sounds so good. I can’t wait to make it.


  54. Stacyposted February 28, 2015 at 11:09 pm

    Really good salmon. My husband said I’m cooking the salmon from now on.


  55. Shirley Williamsposted March 16, 2015 at 10:18 am

    Made this the other night it was fabulous! I would like to try it with Tilapia. Do you think it would work?


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  57. salmonloverposted April 6, 2015 at 9:55 pm

    This tasted SO good and was really easy to make. Thanks for this recipe. Definitely going to be eating more salmon now. I’ll be exploring the site for more recipes!! Thanks once again!!


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  60. josephineposted August 19, 2015 at 3:02 am

    This was fantastic. No fishy smell or taste, refreshing, and it just melts in your mouth…
    Thank you.
    I randomly googled this when i searched for salmon recipes with lime instead of lemon and this was jackpot.
    Its so simple yet awesome.


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