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A Guide on How to Bake Salmon

Updated on August 4, 2012
Baked Salmon Fillets
Baked Salmon Fillets | Source

The health benefits of salmon range from improving your memory to giving your hair a supermodel shine. This super fish is an excellent source of omega-3, calcium, iron, phosphorus, selenium and vitamins A, B and D - but what do you do with it?

You may have had baked salmon in restaurants or seen it on the menu, but have you ever tried it at home? Baked salmon is actually really easy to perfect and is a surefire way to impress your friends at a dinner party! If you're not sure how long to bake salmon in the oven, follow this guide!

First, you need to be sure you select a great piece of salmon as this is the star of your dinner, them you're ready to get baking. Different cuts require different cooking methods, so find the best cooking method below for the cut you have chosen.

Tips for baking salmon

Always line your baking pan with foil before baking salmon as the scales of the fish have been known to cause erosion to non-stick pans, cause a burnt on residue that is difficult to remove and will also stick to glass baking dishes.

As a general rule, salmon should always be cooked at 180°C/400°F for the best results. It is always best to salt your salmon after it has finished cooking as any flesh that has been salted before baking is more likely to dry out.

When your salmon is fully cooked it will look white in appearance with pink lines. When pressing cooked salmon it will be resistant to pressure and not feel soft.

Method for baking all salmon

Regardless of what cut of salmon you have chosen, follow these preparation steps.

1. Preheat oven to 200 degrees C/400 degrees f
2. Line a baking pan with aluminum foil and grease lined pan with oil.
3. For the best results, coat salmon fillets/steaks with oil, butter or margarine and drizzle with lemon juice.

Raw Salmon Fillets
Raw Salmon Fillets | Source

How to bake thin salmon fillets

Thin fillets are usually taken from a smaller fish or closer to the tail of the salmon. A thin salmon fillet is generally less than 1" thickness.
Follow the above preparation steps, place fillets onto tray and bake for 15-20 minutes.

Raw salmon fillets with skin
Raw salmon fillets with skin | Source

How to bake salmon middle fillets

This section of the salmon is one of the thickest cuts. Each fillet has about a 2" thickness and requires a longer cooking time than other cuts.
Follow the preparation steps above, place fillets onto tray and bake for 18-20 minutes.

Raw salmon steaks
Raw salmon steaks | Source

How to bake salmon steaks

Steaks are much thicker than salmon fillets and thus require a longer cooking time. For each inch of thickness, bake the steaks for 10 minutes (for example a 3" thick steak will need around 30 minutes).

How to bake salmon tail fillets

Tail fillets are the thinnest fillets and are often the most tender. For the best results with tail fillets, increase the heat to 210°C/415°F and bake for 12-15 minutes.

Now that you know how to bake salmon, why not make a special dinner for your family and friends and show off your new skills!

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