The Easiest Baked Salmon Recipe

Introducing: the fastest and easiest baked salmon recipe ever.

Guaranteed to be delicious.

3 ingredients and boom – perfect, tender salmon.

simple lemon salmon

For a long time I used to never cook salmon at home. 

I loved it at restaurants, but every time I tried to make it at home it came out dry and tough.

Slowly, over the years, I’ve come up with quite a few yummy ways to make salmon – most notably my Salmon with Lemon Mustard Dill Sauce, Pesto Baked Salmon, Roasted Salmon with Watermelon Salsa, and Sheet Pan Asian Salmon

Those recipes are all awesome, but they require some measuring and/or pre-marinating.

The other night, I wanted to make salmon, but I didn’t want to deal with a separate marinade or a ton of measuring/dishes. I also wanted a basic salmon recipe that was flavorful but in a way that it mixed easily with other dishes so the leftovers could be repurposed.

So I decided to try to simplify things a bit. 

And what do you know – it came out delicious! 

So delicious I knew I had to create a formal recipe page for this easiest baked salmon recipe so I can reference it later, and so you guys and my nutrition clients can quickly find it later, too. 

how to make juicy salmon

This recipe literally has three ingredients: salmon + olive oil + lemon juice, and everything is done in the same pan – the marinade AND the baking. 

simple lemon baked salmon (1)

So here’s the deal.

In a deep oven-safe baking dish, place a hefty drizzle of olive oil (about 1 tablespoon) + the juice from 1 to 2 lemons (about 3 to 4 tablespoons). Swirl it together a bit, then place your salmon into the dish, skin side up.

After about 10 minutes, flip the salmon so that the skin side is DOWN, then place the dish into the oven, uncovered, for 12 minutes at 400 degrees F. 


the easiest lemon baked salmon recipe

And that’s it! 


Easiest baked salmon recipe ever, right?! 

The best part about this recipe besides how simply and quick it is is that the salmon comes out SUPER tender and juicy. No dry, tough salmon here, friends! 

It will keep fabulously in the fridge for a few days, too, so you can enjoy it in packed lunches or simply for another dinner later in the week. 

the easiest baked salmon recipe

I like making this salmon at the start of the week and then enjoying it for a few days in different variations. It’s good as is, but it’s also delicious with tzatziki on top, with pesto on top, etc. 

I love it with brown rice or quinoa and roasted veggies on the side (hot tip: here’s how to love veggies), but it’s also really good atop salad (especially Greek salad with feta and a lemon-y vinaigrette) or would be with my quinoa salad with orange vinaigrette. It was also delicious with my Mediterranean Bulgur Salad with Lemon Mint Vinaigrette – I enjoyed that combo recently too!

super easy baked lemon salmon

Here’s the full recipe.

I hope you’ll love it as much as we do! 

Yield: 4 servings

The Easiest Baked Salmon Recipe

The Easiest Baked Salmon Recipe

This quick, easy, one pan recipe will be your new meal prep best friend. The salmon comes out really tender and juicy!

Prep Time 3 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Additional Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes


  • 4 salmon fillets
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 4 tablespoons lemon juice
  • Salt + pepper to taste


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. In a deep oven-safe baking dish, swirl together the olive oil and lemon juice.
  3. Place your salmon into the dish skin side up, then let sit to marinate.
  4. After about 10 minutes, flip the salmon so that the skin side is down, then place the dish into the oven, uncovered, for 12 minutes. (For extra thick salmon fillets, you may want to add a couple minutes depending how cooked through you prefer your salmon.)
  5. Enjoy with a side of grains and veggies, or atop salad.

If you try this easiest baked salmon recipe, please tag me @fANNEtasticfood on social media so I can see how you liked it! 

Love one pan recipes? Check out my mix + match sheet pan dinners post for an easy recipe formula you can follow for fast weeknight meals!

You may also enjoy my post on 15 pantry staples for 15 minute dinners


  1. 1

    I have always been intimated by cooking fish but this sounds easy – I’m going to try it!

  2. 2

    Curious where you buy your salmon? I just think it’s so hard to find safe, sustainably sourced fish that doesn’t break the bank these days (that is also not frozen, farmed, imported from a country with substandard food practices, etc.)

  3. 4

    Have you ever tried slow roasting salmon? I roast salmon fillets at 275 for 20ish minutes. They hardly look like they’ve cooked when they’re done, but they’re always perfect. And if you forget about them in the oven, they’re really hard to over-cook.

  4. 6
    Roadrunner says

    That looks super. And super easy, too. Thanks! Cannot wait to try it!

  5. 7

    Finally made this and it is SO good and SO easy!


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