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How to Bake Salmon

This delicious baked salmon is seasoned with olive oil, garlic, and thyme. Just 12 minutes in the oven and it emerges perfectly baked, tender and flavorful!
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword salmon
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 346kcal
Author Vered DeLeeuw


  • 4 (6 oz) wild salmon fillets, skin on or skinless, about 1 inch thick
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon Diamond Crystal kosher salt (or 1/2 teaspoon sea salt)
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme


  • Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Position a rack in the middle of the oven. Line a baking dish with parchment paper.
  • Run your finger across the salmon fillets to check for bones. If your fish have bones in them, remove the bones with fish bone tweezers (I found mine on Amazon).
  • Brush the salmon fillets all over with the olive oil. Arrange them on the baking dish, skin side down. Sprinkle with the kosher salt, black pepper, garlic powder, and thyme.
  • Bake the salmon until opaque and cooked through, and internal temperature reaches 145 degrees F. Depending on your oven, this should take about 12-15 minutes. Serve immediately. 



Serving: 1salmon fillet | Calories: 346kcal | Carbohydrates: 0.4g | Protein: 32g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 360mg