baking sheet with 4 filets of salmon; white cloth with green stripe checked in background

How To Bake Salmon Perfectly!

Contributor: Jill Silverman Hough

If you love tender, succulent salmon, you’ll love this simple way of cooking it—it comes out perfect every time!

  • Author: Jill Silverman Hough
  • Prep Time: 3 minutes
  • Cook Time: 18 minutes
  • Total Time: 21 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Fish
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: American


  • 1 and ½ Tbsp. olive oil, divided
  • 4 (5-6 oz.) salmon fillets, about ¾-in. thick, with or without skin (whichever you prefer)
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. pepper


  1. Preheat the oven to 275°F*.
  2. Meanwhile, brush about one-half of the oil on a rimmed baking sheet. Arrange the salmon on top, skin or skinned side down, and brush with the remaining oil. Sprinkle with the salt and pepper.
  3. Bake until the salmon is barely opaque throughout, 18 to 20 minutes.


*This is a slow cooking method that results in luxuriously tender and juicy salmon with almost no risk of overcooking—but the salmon doesn’t get particularly browned or crispy. If you prefer it like that, bake it at 450°F for 12 to 14 minutes.