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Oven Baked Salmon Recipe with Jalapeño and Lime

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Oven Baked Salmon Recipe: Garlic, lime, and jalapeño make for a zesty combination that complements the richness of Salmon. Loads of flavor with minimal effort!

Oven Baked Salmon Recipe with Jalapeno, Lime, and Garlic - overhead shot on tray

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.

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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

  1. 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.
  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 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.

Baked Salmon Recipe with fresh lime zest, garlic, and spicy jalapeños

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.

How to Bake Salmon in the Oven - fish on tray with fork

Side Dishes

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.

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

Here are some oven-roasted side dishes that are easy to whip up with this recipe:

Oven Baked Salmon with spices, cut open with fork

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!

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Oven Baked Salmon Recipe with Jalapeno and Lime

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 22 minutes
Oven Baked Salmon Recipe: garlic, lime, and jalapeño makes for a zesty combination that complements the richness of Salmon. Loads of flavor with minimal effort!
Servings: 6



  • 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.


Serving: 1serving, Calories: 264kcal, Carbohydrates: 2g, Protein: 30g, Fat: 15g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Cholesterol: 83mg, Sodium: 67mg, Potassium: 752mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 85IU, Vitamin C: 6.4mg, Calcium: 24mg, Iron: 1.3mg
Course: dinner, Fish, Main Course, Seafood
Cuisine: American
Author: Sommer Collier

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92 comments on “Oven Baked Salmon Recipe with Jalapeño and Lime”

  1. 2nd time I am making this dish this week. It is delicious and easy

  2. Turned out great. This was the right blend of sour and salt for Costco’s wild caught sockeye salmon. I would let the oil/garlic/jalapeño/lime zest hang out and meld together for 20 minutes or so before mopping onto the fish next time only because e could really taste those 3 distinct flavors. I roasted baby potatoes with garlic and jalapeño slices along with it (started the potatoes 15 minutes before adding fish), added broccoli and called it a great dinner!

  3. I appreciate very much when you say the level to use in the oven, ie, lower shelve or middle etc., it is very helpful to me as it is a problem for me knowing which level to use. I am sure it makes a difference.

  4. Nice flavor. I will make this again. It’s simple and tasty. 

  5. I appreciate this work amazing post for us. I like it.

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

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

  8. best salmon recipe ever!!!!!!

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  10. 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!!!

  11. 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!!!

  12. 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. 

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  20. 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! https://iampinderella.wordpress.com/2015/10/02/garlic-lime-oven-baked-salmon-co-the-bf/

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  23. 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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  26. 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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  28. Made this the other night it was fabulous! I would like to try it with Tilapia. Do you think it would work?

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

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

  31. 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.

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

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  34. 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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  36. 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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  40. 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!!!!!

  41. 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?

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

  48. Just made this last night. Divine!

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  50. Do you happen to have nutrition info for this?

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  52. Fabulous. Perfect for a springtime dinner party!

  53. Great looking salmon recipe!!!

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

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

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

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

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

  59. 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!

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

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

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

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

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

  65. Love salmon! And this oven version looks amazing!

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

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

  68. Love these flavors and salmon is always wonderful!

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

  70. 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. Love the simplicity and flavors of this dish!

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

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

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

  75. Beautiful salmon, Sommer! Love the flavors!

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

  77. I love how easy you’ve made this!

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

  79. Love the garlic and lime!