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Oven Baked Salmon

Salmon is a good source of protein and omega 3 fatty acids.
Here is a simple and very tasty way to oven bake a whole salmon.


  • 4-6 pound salmon
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 lemon, sliced thin
  • 1 onion, sliced thin
  • 1 bunch parsley
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • fresh ground pepper
  1. Wash salmon and pat dry with paper towel.
  2. Tear off a large enough piece of foil to lay salmon on and also wrap in completely.
  3. Lay cleaned salmon on foil lined baking sheet. Rub the outside of salmon with olive oil.
  4. Fill cavity of salmon with thin slices of lemon, onion and sprigs of fresh parsley. 
  5. Cut butter into small pieces and lay on top of lemon and onion slices.
  6. Salt and pepper inside of salmon.
  7. Grind fresh pepper onto outside skin of salmon. 
  8. Fold foil over salmon and seal edges to hold in moisture while baking.
  9. Bake at 400ºF for 40-45 minutes. (approximately 10 minutes per inch thickness of salmon)
  10. Remove from oven and allow to rest for 5 minutes. Open foil, and lift salmon onto a serving tray. 
Side note: Using the method above the bones are still in the fish when you serve it. You can easily remove the lemon and onions, slit the baked fish and pull out the bones before serving. They come out very nicely once the fish is bake. 


  1. Thanks for this recipe Kathy. I've always been afraid to try doing a whole salmon! This is so helpful.

  2. I can just imagine the flavours of this salmon. I will try this next time I serve salmon...or maybe just do it for two and enjoy the leftovers.

  3. Thank you, Kathy. I had planned to cook a salmon(thanks to our sil's fishing success!)today. I'll use your recipe !!

  4. living in alaska, we bake salmon like this very often, even on the grill. Use any herb you might have---dill or cilantro is very nice. and believe it or not, Montreal Steak seasoning is killer on salmon. Serving it is even easier if you start at the top and just peel down the flesh off of the bones, from the backbone down. . when one side is done, flip it over or just peel off all the bones.

    1. Thanks for the great tips. I can imaging the wonderful seafood you get in Alaska. Kathy

  5. We love salmon in our home and eat it in many different ways. Thanks for another recipe. :)

  6. Thanks for linking this super salmon post in to Food on Friday. I am now signed up to follow you. A follow back to Carole's Chatter would be wonderful – or are you already following? Cheers

  7. Definitely a must try. I wish I can put all these wonderful recipes away until when I need them.


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