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.
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.
Today’s oven baked salmon recipe is one of my favorites for any night of the week.
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.
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.
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.
Garlic Lime Oven Baked Salmon
Yield: 6-8 servings
Prep Time:10 minutes
Cook Time:12 minutes
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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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