Baked Salmon Fillets

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Tender salmon fillets are marinated in a citrus ginger marinade and baked to flaky tender perfection.

Easy and quick, this baked salmon recipe can be halved to feed two people or doubled to feed a crowd!

Baked salmon filets with a fork on a plate topped with green onions

Why We Love This Salmon Recipe

This recipe is quick and easy to make (it only needs about 12 minutes or so in the oven) but tastes and looks elegant.

It’s perfect to make ahead because the marinate will make this recipe flavorful!

The ingredients are things I usually have on hand and really bring out the flavor of the fish without overpowering it (you can use any salmon marinade with this method)!

Ingredients for the marinade for Baked salmon filets


This easy marinade all comes together to give this salmon so much flavor with little effort!

JUICE Good ol’ OJ adds the orange flavor to this glaze. No orange juice? Substitute pineapple juice (even from a can of tidbits) or apple juice in a pinch.

SWEET Brown sugar and honey sweeten things up! Use one or the other if it’s all you’ve got or even add in maple syrup in place!

FLAVORS Ginger and garlic speak for themselves. Use powdered if necessary, but since powdered is stronger be sure to use 1/3 of the amount called for.

Toasted sesame oil adds a lot of flavor to this recipe and shouldn’t be left out.

Baked salmon filets being marinated in a soy orange marinade

Choosing the Best Salmon

Choosing the Best Fillets

  • Look for thick, nicely marbled cuts.
  • Press the thickest part of the flesh and the salmon should spring back, not remain indented.
  • Give it a good sniff! Anything too fishy smelling is probably best avoided.

Storing Fresh Fish

No use buying fresh salmon only to freeze it!

  • Store fresh fish in the refrigerator and cook within two days.
  • Transfer to an airtight container to keep your fridge smelling fresh!

Frozen Fillets

This recipe is great for frozen filets too. Thaw the filets in the refrigerator and proceed as directed in the recipe.

How to Bake Salmon Fillets

This salmon is marinated and then baked in the oven. I like to bake it until almost ready and then broil it for a minute or so at the end.

Reserve a little bit of the marinade for brushing at the end.

  1. Marinate salmon for at least 1 hour or up to 4 hours using the recipe below.
  2. Bake the salmon about 10-12 minutes (this will vary based on thickness, check your salmon early to ensure it doesn’t overcook).
  3. Brush with more marinade and broil 1-2 minutes.

How to Tell if Salmon is Cooked

Salmon should flake easily with a fork but still be very slightly translucent in the center. Once the fish becomes flaky, remove it from the heat right away (overcooked fish is not flavorful and can be dry).

Green onions are a pretty and fresh garnish! Try topping with a twist of orange peel as well!

Baked salmon filets in a dish topped with green onions

What to Serve With It

Go for comfort foods or elegant sides – it’s hard to go wrong!

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Baked salmon filets with a fork on a plate topped with green onions
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Review Recipe

Baked Salmon Fillets

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author Holly Nilsson
Fresh, oven-baked entree marinated in a ginger soy marinade.


  • 4 salmon fillets 6 oz each
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • green onions for garnish optional
Orange Marinade
  • 1 cup orange juice or pineapple juice
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 2 tablespoons dark brown sugar
  • 1 ½ tablespoons low sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger grated
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • ½ teaspoon sesame oil

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  • Combine all marinade ingredients in a small bowl. Set aside two tablespoons of marinade for brushing salmon. Pour remaining marinade over salmon and marinate at least 1 hour or up to 4 hours.
  • Preheat oven to 400°F.
  • Place salmon, skin side down, in a baking dish and discard marinade. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Bake 10-12 minutes (this will vary based on thickness, check your salmon early to ensure it doesn't overcook Brush salmon with reserved marinade and move to the top rack of the oven. Broil 1-2 minutes or just until cooked through, do not overcook.
  • Garnish with green onions if desired.

Recipe Notes

The shape and thickness of your salmon filet will determine how long it needs to cook. A thicker filet will need longer while a thinner and flatter filet will need less time. 
Check your salmon early to ensure it doesn't overcook.
Salmon should be slightly translucent in the center and flake easily with a fork.
Nutrition information includes 25% of the marinade.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 262, Carbohydrates: 5g, Protein: 34g, Fat: 11g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Cholesterol: 94mg, Sodium: 109mg, Potassium: 864mg, Sugar: 4g, Vitamin A: 99IU, Vitamin C: 8mg, Calcium: 23mg, Iron: 1mg

(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

Keyword baked salmon fillet, easy salmon fillet, how to bake salmon
Course Fish, Main Course
Cuisine American
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Baked Salmon garnished with green onions on a plate with writing
Baked Salmon on a plate with writing
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  1. Delicious and easy to put together. (Best Baked Salmon Fillet I have ever Had…and that includes restaurants. The best of all for me is I can treat myself right in my kitchen with this wonderful recipe.

    Thanks Holly I will continue to follow you and look forward to your next Posted recipes.5 stars

  2. Hi Holly, you state in your description that toasted sesame oil should not be left out? However there is no mention of it at all in the marinade before cooking. Where is it and how much is required.

    1. Apologies for the confusion. I use 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil and it is added with the remaining marinade ingredients.