The Best Healthy Baked Salmon Recipes

Baked Salmon with Lemony Orzo and Basil-Bacon Peas
Photo by Allrecipes.

Cooking salmon in the oven is one of the best ways to put healthy, delicious meals on the table with little fuss. We love the versatility of salmon, too, and these top-rated baked salmon recipes offer loads of variety. From simple, stripped-down salmon with lemon to seriously saucy preparations, here's how to bake salmon! And for even more 5-star recipes, check out our complete collection of Baked Salmon Recipes.

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Salmon with Lemon and Dill

top-down view of a salmon fillet on a plate, garnished with a twisted lemon slice, with steamed vegetables on the side

"This is a wonderful (and easy) recipe -- the flavors of lemon and dill really complement the fish," says Michelle Ramey. "I like to use wild Alaskan salmon for this recipe, but any salmon will work. Play with the ingredients to suit your own tastes!"

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Chef John's Baked Lemon Pepper Salmon

Chef John's Baked Lemon Pepper Salmon
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"You don't need the broiler to make great salmon fillets," says Chef John. "A hot oven can produce tender, moist, flaky meat every time. This recipe uses lots of lemon juice and black pepper."

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Oven-Roasted Italian Salmon with Caesar Salad

Flaky, perfectly moist, oven-roasted salmon gets its sweet, smoky flavor from a paprika, coconut sugar, and orange zest rub. "A sweet-smoky, moist, oven-roasted salmon texture served on a bed of delicious and refreshing Caesar salad," says Csilla Brimer.

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Baked Salmon with Lemony Orzo and Basil-Bacon Peas

Baked Salmon with Lemony Orzo and Basil-Bacon Peas
Photo by Allrecipes.

"Orzo, lemon, basil, bacon, peas, and baked salmon come together to make a quick and easy weeknight pasta dish for the whole family," says Julie Hubert.

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Baked Salmon II

two salmon fillets garnished with fresh chopped parsley and a lemon slice

Here's a great recipe for baked salmon that is not only delicious, but also quick and easy. Fresh parsley and lemon juice keeps this dinner light.

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Greek-Style Baked Salmon

This baked salmon recipes is topped with delicious Greek-inspired ingredients, like feta cheese, olive oil, and olives, along with tomatoes, red onions, and basil.

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Oven-Baked Salmon with Herbs

Easy to make and big on flavor, this foolproof salmon dish is marinated with dill, olive oil, lemon juice, honey, and garlic and baked in the oven.

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Almond-Crusted Salmon and Salad

This baked salmon recipe has a baby spinach and cherry tomato side salad built right in. It makes a quick and easy weeknight dish for four.

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Salmon with Caramelized Leeks

You'll top this simple baked salmon fillets with caramelized leeks and matchstick carrots. Louisville Hugger rates this recipe "5 stars every time. What can I say about these leeks? They cook up beautifully with the carrots and the smell is outstanding."

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Salmon with Pineapple Tomato Salsa

"A very colorful, refreshing summer salmon dish that is full of flavor and a great way to use your garden tomatoes," says Valerie Brunmeier.

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Sheet Pan Salmon and Bell Pepper Dinner

Here's an easy recipe for quick weeknight dinners, featuring salmon, bell peppers, parsley, and lemon. It's ready in about 30 minutes.

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Parchment Baked Salmon

Parchment Baked Salmon
Parchment Baked Salmon | Photo by Deb C.

Here's a light, quick meal that's perfect for two. And so simple! A salmon fillet is steamed in parchment paper with lemon and basil.

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Cilantro and Walnut Crusted Salmon

"This salmon is fresh and easy. All ingredients are thrown in a food processor to form a paste then spread on salmon fillets," says 00leah00. "Bake and enjoy!"

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Earth, Sea and Fire Salmon

"This dish is amazingly easy to make and the end result will just make you look super good," says CynthiaRussell. "The secret of its great flavor is in the quality of the ingredients. Earth (potatoes, onions, roasted peppers), Sea (fresh salmon) and Fire (your favorite oven) make this a winning recipe!"

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Baked Salmon Fillets Dijon

Baked Salmon Fillets Dijon
Photo by Dianne.

Top your salmon fillets with a crunchy crust featuring butter (or olive oil), Dijon mustard, and bread crumbs. "This was a great recipe -- easy, delicious, and fast," says IGUS. "Works great when you want to impress with a minimum of effort. Went well with rice pilaf and asparagus."

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Fresh Salmon Medallions

Fresh Salmon Medallions
Fresh Salmon Medallions. Chef John

This healthy recipe calls for boneless salmon tail fillets. Watch the video to see a very clever technique for turning a less desirable cut of salmon into something absolutely fabulous. "Basically, this is one of those 'when life gives you lemons' lessons. Serve on top of a shaved cucumber salad and sprinkle with more cayenne pepper if you like," says Chef John.

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