30 Minute Baked Salmon Fillet Recipe

Crispy & tender, packed with fresh herb-y flavor, these 30 minute oven baked salmon fillets are perfect for dinner or lunch. Kid-friendly too.

30 minute salmon fillets oven baked
Easy Oven baked salmon fillets Recipe

One of the simplest, yet impressive (and not to mention healthy) dinner recipes that you can pull off with ease for 30 minutes or less is called Salmon Fillets. But, I’m certain you already know that, otherwise you might have been gazing at our Best Walnut Cookies recipe (see it here, it requires only 3 ingredients, seriously…)

HOW TO COOK TENDER SALMON (FISH) FILLETS

My go-to little secret for cooking tender salmon fillets is covering the baking dish with aluminum foil for a portion of the cooking process. That way moisture stays within the cooking pan and ‘’returns’’ in the fish, creating soft, mouth-melting feel of your baked fillets.

HOW TO KNOW SALMON (FISH) FILLETS ARE COOKED – THE EASY WAY

One way to know if fish is done is to stick an instant read thermometer, however if you are like me (and do not own such gadget) the old-fashioned fork way does the trick. Gently try to separate the skin of fillets from fish meat. If skin comes off easily your dinner is ready to be served. That applies to all fish meals you cook (just sayin’).

PAIR IT WITH THESE TASTY SIDES: 

Mediterranean Farro Feta Cheese Salad (see recipe here)

Baby spinach and Feta Salad (see recipe here)

Easy Potato Bake with Pumpkin Seeds (see recipe here)

French-style baked Potatoes (see recipe here)

Skinny Honey Glazed Carrots (see recipe here)

Creamy Baba Ganoush Recipe (see recipe here)

30 Minute Baked Salmon Fillet Recipe

Crisp & tender oven baked salmon fillets infused with fresh herbs and ready under 30 minutes.
CourseMain Course
CuisineAmerican, European
Keywordsalmon
Total Time 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 lb (approx. 900 g) skin-on salmon fillets
  • 1/3 cup lemon juice, or juice from one fresh lemon
  • 2 tbsp olive oil, extra virgin
  • 3 tbsp fresh basil, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced (or more to taste)
  • Salt and black pepper to state

Instructions

  • Lay salmon fillets skin side down on non-stick baking pan.
  • In a small mixing bowl mix olive oil, minced garlic, basil, salt and pepper and cover fillets (by rubbing it with kitchen brush /you fingers).
  • Let coated salmon fillets sit in the fridge for 10 minutes. (not mandatory, but allows fillets to absorb marinate and become richer in taste).
  • Take fillets out of fridge and cover cooking pan with aluminum foil. Place in preheated oven and bake until almost done (approx. 10-15 min in my oven). Remove foil for the last 5-7min of baking. Serve while still hot.

Recipe Notes

Roasting time may vary due to the thickness of your salmon fillets.

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30 Minutes Salmon Fillets with Garlic and Basil - baked in the oven

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