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

5 / 5 (15 Reviews)
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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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87 comments on “Garlic Lime Oven Baked Salmon

  1. Heatherposted August 5, 2018 at 8:15 pm Reply

    Delicious….have made 5 times.  also works with cod and halibut 😋

    Rating: 5
  2. Single dad cookingposted November 27, 2017 at 10:02 pm Reply

    I made this a while back and thought it was delicious! Thanks you!

    Rating: 4.5
  3. Portiaposted October 14, 2017 at 6:03 pm Reply

    best salmon recipe ever!!!!!!

    Rating: 5
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  5. Jason Simpsonposted March 16, 2017 at 10:27 pm Reply

    I’ve already made this at least 6 times just for myself, and once for my mom, dad, sister & brother-in-law. We all agree… it’s simply delicious! I’ve never been that crazy about salmon, but now I’m a die hard fan. I do plan on having it another way one day, but I’m having a hard time trying anything else out, since this is so amazing! Not to mention fairly simple & quick to cook. I love it!!!

    Rating: 5
    • Jason Simpsonposted March 16, 2017 at 10:28 pm Reply

      Oops… I forgot I already posted. I just loved it so much, I had to say something ;)

  6. Jason Sposted February 27, 2017 at 10:54 pm Reply

    A little late to the game, but I LOVE this recipe! One day, I’ll have to make salmon some other way, but for now this is my go-to way of making it. I’ve made it 6 times for myself & for my family (parents, sister & brother-in-law) who all loved it as well. I eat it with a whole avocado as a side, so tasty! I actually use twice the ingredients you call for, it literally covers the fillet with beautiful green, and is surprisingly never too spicy. Maybe I just love the heat? This recipe is memorized!!!

    Rating: 5
    • Sommerposted March 1, 2017 at 7:13 pm Reply

      Hi Jason,

      LOL! You just made my day. I’m so glad you like it! Maybe I need to work on another spicy salmon recipe? :)

      • Jason Simpsonposted March 16, 2017 at 10:29 pm

        Yes, I do need to try another spicy salmon recipe. Thanks for the advice :)

  7. Kristenposted November 6, 2016 at 12:30 pm Reply

    Such a great recipe! Living in the Pacific Northwest and being part of a fishing family, we eat a lot of salmon. This is one of absolute favorite ways to prepare it. Easy to throw it on the barbecue in new payment lined foil for hot summer days when you can’t  bear the thought of turning your oven on. 

    Rating: 5
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  15. Christineposted October 27, 2015 at 4:45 pm Reply

    I made this a while back and thought it was delicious! I featured it on my blog where I try out ideas I find on Pinterest. Check it out!

    Rating: 5
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  18. josephineposted August 19, 2015 at 3:02 am Reply

    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.

    Rating: 5
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  21. salmonloverposted April 6, 2015 at 9:55 pm Reply

    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!!

    Rating: 5
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  23. Shirley Williamsposted March 16, 2015 at 10:18 am Reply

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

    Rating: 5
  24. Stacyposted February 28, 2015 at 11:09 pm Reply

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

    Rating: 5
  25. Amandaposted February 25, 2015 at 8:48 pm Reply

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

  26. Shawnposted February 4, 2015 at 10:23 am Reply

    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.