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 my mom or I 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, of course you 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. If you happen to be intimidated by cooking salmon or seafood, in general, begin with this simple recipe. You’ll find that cooking seafood is easy and quick.
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! First off, 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 the salmon filet 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. (Be sure to try baked Parmesan and almond crusted salmon!). All that’s left to do after that is to throw the salmon in the oven and bake it!
Salmon typically takes about 20-25 minutes at 400ºF, or 15-20 minutes at 425ºF, depending on the size of your filet. If you want to check it with an instant read thermometer, insert the tip of the thermometer into the thickest part of the filet. The recommended temp is 145°F. The inside of the salmon will look opaque and flakes easily when it’s done.
More fantastic salmon recipes:
- Best Grilled Salmon Recipe and Marinade
- Salmon with Spinach Poblano Cream Sauce
- Slow Roasted Salmon — meltingly tender every time1
- Grilled Salmon in Foil with garlic butter. Or bake it in the oven
- Soy Glazed Salmon
- Walnut Crusted Salmon (such a great complete sheet pan dinner!)
- Mediterranean Salmon Salad from Eating Bird Food
- Salmon Burgers with Slaw from Pinch of Yum
- 2 pounds salmon, rinsed and patted dry with paper towels
- 2 tablespoons coarse (country style) Dijon mustard
- 2 tablespoons real maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/2 teaspoon paprika
- 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
- Preheat oven to 400ºF. If desired, line a baking sheet with parchment paper for easy clean up.
- Place salmon on prepared baking sheet. In a small bowl, combine mustard, maple syrup, olive oil, salt, paprika, and pepper. Spoon about half of this mixture over the salmon in an even layer.
- Bake for 15 minutes. Remove from oven and spoon on the rest of the maple mustard mixture.
- Return to oven and bake for an additional 5-10 minutes or until an instant read thermometer reads 145ºF and fish flakes easily with a fork. (An internal temperature of 145ºF is my personal preference for salmon, but feel free to cook it to whatever temperature you like!). Enjoy immediately!
- This maple mustard glaze will be enough for up to 3 pounds of meat. If you are only making a pound of salmon, I’d recommend halving all the glaze ingredients.
- I baked my salmon on parchment paper and then transferred to the pan for the photographs.
This website provides approximate nutrition information for convenience and as a courtesy only. Nutrition data is gathered primarily from the USDA Food Composition Database, whenever available, or otherwise other online calculators.