Go-To Baked Salmon (quick and easy!)

My daughter’s friend recently ordered a salad with baked salmon on top for lunch. I was impressed with her grown-up, good-for-you choice, and then I thought it was especially sweet when she said the salmon was not as good as her mom’s. Boy, I hope my kids say that about my cooking some time! I know I’m a cookbook author, but to them, I’m also just “mom,” so that would still be the ultimate compliment.

And after all of that I, of course, had to ask her mom … how do you make this famous salmon!?! 🙂 Her daughters ask for it about once a week, she said, and it’s really just maple syrup and soy sauce on top. So, I started with that concept then expanded it with a few simple additional flavors for today’s new Go-To Baked Salmon recipe. It’s really so simple, so quick, and perfect when you need a fast and easy weeknight dinner!

Baked salmon with maple and soy on parchment paper

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Go-To Baked Salmon

For a super quick and delicious dinner, try this Go-To Baked Salmon recipe. Complete your meal by serving this over a salad or whole-grain ramen and veggies, or with your favorite side dish.


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  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Place salmon skin side down on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Cut several long (shallow) slits in the top of the salmon.

  2. Whisk together the soy sauce, honey, sesame oil, toasted sesame seeds, garlic, cayenne pepper, and salt until thoroughly combined. Brush over top of the salmon being sure to push some down into the slits. It’s okay if some of the sauce pools onto the baking sheet.

  3. Bake until no longer (or just barely) translucent in the middle, depending on how done you like it and how thick the fish is, 10 to 15 minutes.

  4. Spoon any sauce back on top that has collected on the baking sheet. Serve with whole-grain ramen and veggies or over a salad. The fish will flake right off the skin when ready to eat.

Recipe Notes

Nutrition Facts

Nutrition Facts

Go-To Baked Salmon

Amount Per Serving

Calories 217
Calories from Fat 99

% Daily Value*

Fat 11g17%

Saturated Fat 2g13%

Cholesterol 62mg21%

Sodium 184mg8%

Potassium 574mg16%

Carbohydrates 5g2%

Fiber 1g4%

Sugar 4g4%

Protein 23g46%

Vitamin A 56IU1%

Vitamin C 1mg1%

Calcium 26mg3%

Iron 1mg6%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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