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!
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)!
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.
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!
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.
- Marinate salmon for at least 1 hour or up to 4 hours using the recipe below.
- Bake the salmon about 10-12 minutes (this will vary based on thickness, check your salmon early to ensure it doesn’t overcook).
- 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!
What to Serve With It
Go for comfort foods or elegant sides – it’s hard to go wrong!
- Try alongside roasted parmesan asparagus for extra gourmet deliciousness!
- Roasted potatoes or sweet potatoes round out this meal well.
- No one ever complained about being served these mashed potatoes or even a simple rice pilaf.
- A salad is simply a must with baked salmon!
- Feeling adventurous? Try creamy mushroom risotto!
Fave Salmon Recipes
- One Pan Sesame Ginger Salmon – with broccoli
- Salmon Croquettes – reader favorite
- Garlic Butter Baked Salmon – whole or fillets
- Easy Grilled Salmon – great for summer
- Herb Crusted Baked Salmon – 30 min meal
- Honey Mustard Salmon – perfect weeknight meal
- Ginger Garlic Salmon Marinade – grilled, baked or broiled
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Baked Salmon Fillets
- 4 salmon fillets 6 oz each
- salt & pepper to taste
- green onions for garnish optional
- 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
- 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.
(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)