Oven Baked Salmon Recipe with Jalapeño and Lime
Oven Baked Salmon… With A Kick!
Baked 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 whitefish 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 also a dinner party favorite.
How to Bake Salmon in the Oven
Today’s oven-baked salmon recipe is one of my favorites for any night of the week.
It is loaded with flavor and is so easy to make. It’s perfect for any weeknight or can be dressed up for a fancier dinner. Here’s how to make it.
Garlic, Lime, and Jalapeño
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with foil or 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 fillet and salt the pepper liberally.
The bold and zesty flavored-oil will seep into the salmon while baking, creating amazing contrast while keeping it moist.
How Long to Bake Salmon
3. Bake for 10-14 minutes, until just cooked through, but not dry. Squeeze lime juice over the top and serve warm.
This recipe 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… salmon at its best.
You could certainly buy single cuts 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.
Here are some oven-roasted side dishes that are easy to whip up with this recipe:
- Easy 2-Ingredient Oven Roasted Potatoes
- Baked Zucchini Chips
- Oven Roasted Broccoli Recipe
- Baked Sweet Potato Chips Recipe
How Do You Know When Salmon Is Done?
Dry salmon is always such a disappointment.
To make sure your salmon stays moist and tender, check it after 10 minutes to see if it’s done. If you stick a knife in the center, it should look moist and flaky, but not raw in the middle.
The internal temperature of cooked salmon should be 145 degrees F. Insert an instant read thermometer into the thickest part of the salmon filet for accuracy.
What Kind Of Salmon Is Best For Baked Salmon?
We like to use Atlantic Salmon, King Salmon, or Coho Salmon for this recipe.
See The Recipe Card Below For How To Make This Oven Baked Salmon Recipe. Enjoy!
other fish recipes you might like:
- Pan Fried Tilapia Southwest Skillet
- Sweet Potato Crusted Salmon Sheet Pan Dinner
- Seared Scallops and Wilted Greens
- Candied Smoked Salmon Recipe
- Fish Florentine from Skinny Taste
Oven Baked Salmon Recipe with Jalapeno and Lime
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees 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.