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Easy Baked Salmon that IS Edible! Yay!

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I love salmon or should I say I use to just love salmon when I would go to a restaurant to eat it? You see, previously when I would try to cook salmon… well, I would either over-cook it, under-cook it, or just make sure it wasn’t edible. Yep, I’ve learned that there are far too many ways to screw up salmon.

So with that being said, I was very happy to learn from a friend how to make salmon taste just like you are dining at a restaurant. It’s also super simple to make and doesn’t require very many ingredients. And did I mention it’s delicious?! 🙂

Even if you aren’t a salmon fan or think you aren’t a salmon fan, I would give this recipe a try. You may be surprised. Really.

Easy Baked Salmon

Salmon fillets
Freshly squeezed juice from 1 lemon (or more)
3 to 4 tablespoons of olive oil (honestly, I didn’t measure)

Optional ingredients depending on what you like:
Minced or smashed garlic with fresh or dried basil
Fresh dill
Or use any other herbs or spices that you have on hand

Place salmon fillets in small casserole dish or glass baking dish (skin side down if you purchased the salmon with the skin and don’t worry, the skin easily peels off after it has been baked). Generously salt and pepper the salmon. I like salt… a lot. 🙂 Now throw in any other herbs or spices you like. I threw in minced garlic. I didn’t have any basil on hand, but I would have added if I did. Squeeze the juice of one lemon over the salmon and then drizzle olive oil generously over everything. Let marinate in fridge for about an hour… if you don’t have an hour, just marinate for as long as you can. It will still be delicious even without marinating at all.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Cover baking dish with aluminum foil and bake for about 25 to 30 minutes or until fish easily flakes with fork. Remove foil and broil for another 2 to 3 minutes until the salmon starts to look a little crispy! Yum!

I served the salmon with spinach salad, which I added apples, walnuts and a pear dressing to. I also cut a butternut squash into “fries” (so much fun cutting a butternut squash – NOT!). I tossed the “fries” in coconut oil, generously salted and peppered, then baked at 450 degrees for about 20 minutes while making sure to flip half way through. And then I devoured my plate. Eating Healthy tastes so darn good! 😀

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  1. Steph

    That looks delicious! I love salmon. I never make it the same way twice. Just last time I put the fillets in foil steam bags, or tents, whatever they are called with orange slices on top. Very good. I also like to to make sauces with soy, ginger, peach marmalade, garlic, honey, maple syrup, whole grain mustard, etc. Any combo between sweet and spicy I like. I also prefer my salmon well done. I thought I hated salmon growing up because my mom made salmon patties a lot, then I discovered real salmon and it is my favorite protein source.

    • Teresa

      My mom made those patties, too. I hated them, but like you, I love real salmon!

  2. Sarah

    You are too funny lol but, that salmon meal looks sooooo yummoooo!!! 🙂 Great job!

  3. Nicole

    Another great way to marinate salmon if you don’t have a fresh lemon on hand is to pour some Kraft Sun Dried Tomato Vinigrette on top and bake like you did in your recipe. It’s delicious.. if you’ve planned ahead you can also put sliced sun dried tomatoes and parsley on top.

    Also, an easy way to do a butternut squash is to use a potato peeler to the outside skin.

  4. Cheryl S.

    Looks delish!

  5. Laura

    My hubby and I LOVE salmon. I’ve made Ina Garten’s Asian Salmon recipe dozens of times and it’s amazing!

    Salt and pepper the salmon and either grill it or cook it in a little olive oil on the stove. When it’s fully cooked, drizzle this sauce on top. You also can marinade it in this same sauce.

    2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
    3 tablespoons good soy sauce
    6 tablespoons good olive oil
    1/2 teaspoon minced garlic

    • mel

      Laura I made that the other night too, really good!! 🙂 Collin your dinner looks heavenly, you really know how to cook girl, thanks for sharing!!!! 🙂

  6. melinda imbriale

    Is there a certain type of salmon that you buy? I am also trying to do the Paleo lifestyle as well and that just looks AWESOME!!!

    • Collin (Mrs. Hip)

      I am not picky when it comes to Salmon… we usually purchase whatever is on sale. We used Alaskan Salmon when I made the meal pictured above.

    • Tiffani Lusson

      You should always try to buy Wild Alaskan Salmon vs farm raised. Farm raised salmon can have antibiotics, pesticides, growth hormones and artificial coloring agents. If you can’t get fresh, frozen Wild Alaskan Salmon is just as good.

      • robyn

        I second what tiffani l. stated. WILD is the best option.

        • katie

          Wild is what you should get no matter what kind of seafood!! Wild fresh is the best. Wild flash frozen at sea is second. Wild frozen is third.

  7. Annie

    I love salmon! I’ll be sure to bookmark this post 🙂

  8. CW

    My husband adores the very limited time salmon that comes out of some special river (whatever, lol) and the Wilderness Lodge at Disney World only gets it about a week a year…its the best on earth. I’ll give him this recipe and see what he thinks (and get back to you) 🙂 Thanks! He’s quite picky…..

    • Mary

      CW—is it Copper River Salmon? If so it is great!

  9. Terry (female, mom just had so many kids, the y was automatic)

    Can’t wait to try this, I have never fixed it at home and it be as good as the restaurant. I am emailing the entire thing to my email account until I have the time to do the complete recipe and the picture for my recipe book. Thanks and thanks again.

    • Joy

      Haha your explaination of your name.. my sister is Terri.. I have 8 siblings..

      Thank you for the email idea..all along I have been looking back at Collin’s and other hipsters recipes..sometimes I can’t find them..I just emailed this to myself..I like the butternut squash fries idea..yummy…

      Martha Stewart’s Living magazine (which I got free of course) has a great butternut squash/apple soup in the January issue.. going to make it this week..

  10. HA

    This looks FANTASTIC!! My husband and I are doing WW… I’m so over it. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with healthy olive oil, coconut oil, nuts, etc. I know that’s not what they’re saying, and it’s more portion control/awareness of fat sources… but I think that the paleo diet is a great idea! Thank you for the recipe!!

  11. jai

    I agree. Cutting a butternut squash is hard and time consuming!!!! AHHH. I always question why in the world AM I DOING THIS!!!! But, in the end…WORTH IT!! YUM!

    • Melissa

      Yes, I want to know an easy way to cut butternut squash.

      • Mary

        I put it in the oven to soften it first and then I peel it~I do this when I make butternut squash soup!

        • Paulette Anderson

          I put the squash in the microwave to loosen the skin some. I do this with sweet potatoes, too!

      • Joy

        I have the produce worker to cut it in half for me.. this way I don’t have to wait on my husband to get home from work and cup the squash in half for me…they wrap it up for you..back together like it’s a whole squash again..I bought one about 2 weeks ago..I cooked half of it and still have the other half I am going to cook this week. it is still nice looking.. very fresh..I actually checked it yesterday to make sure..or you can purchase a smaller one..then as one other hipster mentioned…I use a potato peeler.. works great..and much easier than a knife..

        Collin the salmon looks great.. I usually just cook mine w/ some parsley, basil, sea salt, pepper and then squeeze some lemon over it.. back it for about 15 mins..on my broiler pan.. covered in foil..then remove foil and cook about 5 more mins.. I use the same ingredients for the grill..just add some olive oil so it doesn’t stick.. thnx alot..

      • cindi

        Costco sells pre sliced or diced squash in their refrigerated area. It’s more epxensive than buying a squash obviously, but to me so worth it!

    • Cassandra

      Easiest tip ever for cutting squashes… use the “child safe” knife that you use to cut a pumpkin at halloween. Works like a charm, can’t cut your hand open and everyone has one in their junk drawers from last halloween.

      You’re welcome!

      • Brook

        If you microwave the squash first, it makes it alot easier to cut.

  12. laura s.

    thank you for posting this!! yummm….cant wait to try this!!
    my husband wont eat fish so i usually dont cook it but i have been and he hasnt complained too much about the smell….soooo i will def be trying this!

  13. Sunny

    This looks great- thanks for all of the recipes you have been posting!

  14. LAurie

    Collin I just wanted to say thanks for passing on your recipes. I have tried several and really enjoyed them. As someone who does not particularly enjoy cooking I appreciate real recipes that are easy to make. Kepp it up!

    • Collin (Mrs. Hip)

      Awe… thanks, Laurie! It makes me happy to hear that! 🙂

  15. andrea

    Salmon is super yummy with pesto. Try it sometime, I also bake chicken that way and sometimes add a slice of provolone on top and sliced tomato. We call it green chicken=)

  16. Suzanne

    I have never eaten salmon until recently. I had a salmon patty and really didn’t like it at all. Is there a difference in taste? I just can’t see buying it if it is the same flavor. I would love to love it. Also do the squash fries taste similar to sweet potato fries?

    • Stacy

      OMG, NO!! (sorry for the intense response, but believe me when I say NO, LOL)

      In my personal experience I could eat baked salmon every day of the week if it were healthy to do so, but a salmon patty I would not be paid to eat. I seriously have tried 2 times to eat one and both times (sorry for this visual) I ate a bite or two and had to spit it out and threw the rest away. It was too fishy and too ‘not like a hamburger’ to be placed on a bun . . . try baked salmon. If the ‘fishy smell’ bothers you, I have found that soaking the fillet in vinegar for 20 mins before marinating it in the above recipe Colin gave or your own marinade, eliminates the odor but keeps the taste. It is super easy to fix, I buy the kind without skin too, so it even more easy to prepare.

      Try it ! And I am glad you asked, because I had the same question before I tried the patty and when I bit into it for the first time I quickly realized the two were NOT the same taste at all!

  17. SimplySara

    I’m with you on the squash cutting – I once sliced through my thumb nail and thumb trying to cut one (the stupid thing rolled and I caught my thumb!) and I haven’t cut a whole one since. Now I wrap the squash up in two or three plastic bags, tie them in a knot and throw the thing off my balcony to crack it open. The pieces aren’t even but I seldom need them to be and it saves me a $50 copay, four hours Urgent Care and having to have my thumb nail removed.

    • Laurie

      Boy did I get a good laugh out of your comment!!!:) I don’t have a balcony to throw my squash off of and those things are TOUGH all right.

  18. serena

    I’ve noticed a HUGE difference when I put a little milk or soymilk on the top of it and then cover with foil, cook, etc. It comes out creamier and more moist. Yum!!!

  19. Heather

    Try brushing salmon with teriyaki sauce and then baking. Yum!

  20. irene

    Salmon on a charcoal grill is my favorite way to go. Marinate with Dijon mustard and a bit of garlic olive oil. And don’t forget to oil the grates or your salmon will be holding on for dear life! Indoors, a quick sear on a super high heated skillet gives that crunchy exterior with a medium center. Mmmmmm…

  21. Caramia

    Love how hip2save is just not about coupons! and yes it looks very YUMMY!!!

  22. Lindsey

    Hi Collin, I love your healthy recipes and ideas. 🙂 I’m trying to eat healthier (more fruits and veggies, less fat and sugar) and your blog is very encouraging. Would you be able to do a vegetarian recipe sometime soon? I’m a vegetarian and I’m always looking for healthy and fast meals to make.

  23. Annemarie

    Hi Collin, here’s a super-easy marinade for salmon that even my kids will eat: 1/4 cup maple syrup plus 1-2 tablespoons soy sauce. Marinade for 30 minutes and then bake as you did until it flakes off. So good! Thanks for the recipes and great deals.

  24. Patty

    I cook fish at least a couple of times a week and often wild salmon. It comes out great if you wrap the whole piece or pieces in aluminum foil after you season. The stick on a cookie sheet or other dish and cook – open the aluminum foil the last few minutes under the broiler – much easier to clean up and the bottom comes off super easy. My favorite topping is dijon, a little honey and pepper……thinking I’ll make that tonight! I love making sweet potato fries.

  25. JoAnna

    We use the same basic recipe for tilapia, too 🙂

  26. Kristy and Mary

    I make this dish often but throw it in the toaster oven on broil. Works quite well and is much cheaper on the electricity bill than the oven! =)

  27. PaigeP

    I liberally sprinkle salmon with garlic salt and lemon pepper then put it in a gallon ziploc with lemon juice to Marinate (easy cleanup). Then I grill it on my George foreman about seven minutes. Super, super easy and a family favorite.

  28. Dee

    Thanks for posting this! Great timing — It showed up in my FB news feed as I was about to search for a salmon recipe last night.

  29. julie s

    You know what stops me from making salmon or most any fish-tilapia for instance? It’s the icky fish smell that lingers in my kitchen forever! Is there a way to stop the smell? And please don’t say “scentsy”.

    • Stacy

      LOL . . . you sound like I did a week ago! But I just learned this ‘trick’ this past weekend in fact, it won’t eliminate the smell completely, but I soaked the fish in vinegar for 20-30 mins before I soaked in my marinate and cooked it. It eliminated the smell so much and added to the moist taste too, the fish did not taste like vinegar either. It was recommended by my mother in law (who is the BEST cook I know) because she hates the fishy smell too and I always noticed her fish was so tasty but her house did not reek for days after, so I had to ask her secret! I tried it and I won’t cook it any other way now, it worked. I still had the fish smell, but it seemed to go away within a few hours. I definitely could not smell it the next morning or when I came from work the next day even, which I would always have had before.

      Good luck!

  30. donna

    I absolutely love Salmon, but have always been afraid to make it at home myself. I never really knew what kind to buy and the best way to make it. This sounds so wonderful and the picture of your dinner looks sooo good! I just may have buy some fresh Salmon this week and give it a try. Yum!

  31. Sarah

    Im making this salmon and butternut squash right now! i hope it turns out as well as yours did! Great recipies thank for posting it

  32. Theresa

    Umm, ever think of making “Collin’s Cookbook”?! All the food you make looks so yummy!!!

  33. Laura

    Just popping in to say that this is THE ONLY way I cook salmon now. I just couldn’t get it right before, but this way is amazing – perfectly juicy and flaky. Thanks, Collin!

  34. Gina

    How do you time with the fries with the Salmon?

  35. Mel

    Just made it and it was delicious, even my picky son ate 2 helpings. For the seasoning I used Emerald’s seasoning.

  36. Kelly

    How much minced garlic do you use in this recipe?

  37. Marilyn

    So glad I found this on Pinterest. Tried it today and it is so delicious. Thank you. Like you I ,don’t measure, just add what I think might work. 🙂 I did add basil & thyme( just have this thing about any fish &thyme). I only used 1 lemon & will increase to 2 next time. Thanks again.

  38. linda

    I tried this last wkend, I’m making it again tomorrow! We love it!

  39. Audra Patt Spaulding

    My daughter cannot stand salmon. When I made this for the first time she not only ate it but asked for seconds. I’ve tried many salmon recipes….all have failed the approval of my family. This recipe will be a regular on our menu. Thank you for sharing.

  40. Ty Hodges

    This was delicious! Maybe the most moist salmon I have ever made.

  41. Teresa

    I use this method all the time now that I found your post. The only thing I change up is the flavor. My favorite so far is just spreading this home made roasted garlic and herb butter that I make all over each filet, it makes the softest, buttery yummy salmon ever!!!

  42. Valeta

    Just popped this recipe in the fridge to marinade, and excited to see how it turns out. My only worry is that I only had sea salt and hope that I didn’t over salt it! We will see!!!

  43. Gayle

    Can you cook cod and halibut the same way?

  44. Kurt

    I made this recipe with steelhead trout. Amazing!

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