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.

  27. Gabrielaposted January 30, 2015 at 10:36 pm Reply

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

    Rating: 5
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  29. Kathi @laughingspatulaposted January 19, 2015 at 11:39 am Reply

    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 :)

    Rating: 5
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  31. amanda bposted November 6, 2014 at 12:23 pm Reply

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

    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!!!!!

    Rating: 5
    • Sommerposted June 10, 2014 at 3:51 pm Reply

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

  36. Emilyposted June 9, 2014 at 1:09 pm Reply

    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?

    • Sommerposted June 9, 2014 at 10:46 pm Reply

      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.

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  42. Deborahposted May 10, 2014 at 9:02 pm Reply

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

    Rating: 5
  43. Shainaposted May 7, 2014 at 9:36 am Reply

    Just made this last night. Divine!

    • Sommerposted May 9, 2014 at 7:16 am Reply

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

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  45. Lisaposted May 4, 2014 at 8:50 am Reply

    Do you happen to have nutrition info for this?

  46. KalynsKitchenposted April 30, 2014 at 11:08 am Reply

    Looks so good!

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

    Fabulous. Perfect for a springtime dinner party!

  49. marlaposted April 29, 2014 at 9:58 am Reply

    Great looking salmon recipe!!!

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

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

  51. Missposted April 28, 2014 at 7:43 pm Reply

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

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

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

    • Sommerposted April 29, 2014 at 3:58 pm Reply

      Thanks Alison!

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

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

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

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

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

    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!

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

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

  57. Candiceposted April 28, 2014 at 1:37 pm Reply

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Love salmon! And this oven version looks amazing!

  63. naomiposted April 28, 2014 at 9:32 am Reply

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

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

    Love the simplicity and flavors of this dish!

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

    Beautiful salmon, Sommer! Love the flavors!

  66. Gabyposted April 28, 2014 at 8:21 am Reply

    Love these flavors and salmon is always wonderful!

  67. Mariaposted April 28, 2014 at 8:03 am Reply

    Love the garlic and lime!

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

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

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

    The color is GORGEOUS!

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

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

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

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

  72. Tieghanposted April 28, 2014 at 6:51 am Reply

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

  73. Amandaposted April 28, 2014 at 6:43 am Reply

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

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

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

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

    I love how easy you’ve made this!

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

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