This easy five ingredient baked salmon is going to be your weeknight go-to salmon recipe. The glaze is the perfect balance of spicy and sweet. Try it tonight!
Ben loves my lemon salmon with dill, but I’d argue this recipe is the best oven baked salmon recipe. It’s so, so, so tasty! This is actually my mom’s signature way to prep salmon, and it always tastes so amazing, so I knew I had to share with you guys. Neither of us typically prepare this with a recipe (a little of this, a little of that!). It’s a very forgiving recipe, so if you’re decent at eyeballing things, you probably don’t even need to get any measuring spoons dirty.
But if you’re not so great at eyeballing things (you know yourself!), maybe measure just so you don’t think my recipe stinks because you put in 1/2 cup of mustard and 1 teaspoon of maple syrup instead of my suggested amounts. Deal?
With that being said, if you want to adjust a little, you of course may do that. Add a little more syrup if you like things sweeter. Add a little more mustard if you want it a little more mustardy. If you like it a little spicy, try adding a touch of cayenne to the mix.
Side note: If you haven’t noticed, I love the maple mustard combination. Proof: Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Maple Mustard Sauce, Autumn Quinoa Salad with Maple Mustard Vinaigrette, and Slow Cooker Maple Dijon Ham (also only five ingredients!).
Salmon is so healthy and is really easy to prepare. I used to be intimidated by it, but it really couldn’t be easier.
Fun Fact: This recipe is gluten-free, paleo, and grain-free. If you care about any of those things. It’s also just plain delicious.
How to Make Baked Salmon
It’s seriously so easy, you guys! I used to be intimidated by cooking salmon, but no longer! I always give my salmon a quick rinse under cold water. It freshens it up a little and makes sure all the loose scales are rinsed off.
Next, you want to pat it dry and place it skin side down on a baking sheet. Top it with this glaze, or anything else you’d like to season it with. All that’s left to do after that is to throw it in the oven and bake it!
It typically takes about 20-25 minutes at 400ºF or 15-20 minutes at 425ºF, depending on the size of your filet.