The other night I was craving some salmon and risotto, and reallllly wanted Publix’s bourbon salmon, but alas, Harris Teeter doesn’t have that, so I bought some regular salmon fillets instead.  Then I hit up Google for a recipe — and of course didn’t have all the ingredients, so I made a few alterations and somehow it turned out pretty good.  Here’s a great basic way to bake salmon, and then add whatever flavors you want in.

Oven Baked Salmon


  • Salmon fillet(s)
  • ~1/8 c Olive or grape seed oil
  • ~ 2 T Lemon juice
  • ~ 1 t Thyme
  • 1/2 t minced garlic
  • Salt / pepper to taste
  • Aluminum foil
  • Baking pan

First preheat the oven to 450 degrees.  Then cut the salmon fillet into smaller pieces — same width, but about 2″ long.  In a separate bowl mix the grape seed oil, lemon juice, thyme, garlic, salt and pepper.  If you have any fresh parsley or cilantro, throw that in there too.  And I bet some dill or dijon would be tasty too, so really just mix some stuff you have in your kitchen.

Oil / lemon / herb mixture

Line the baking pan with aluminum foil, or else you’ll be scrubbing the pan afterwards.   Place the salmon on the pan, and brush all sides of the salmon with the oil mixture.  Cut the lemon into slices, and put on top of the salmon.

Ready for the oven

Bake for 13-15 minutes, until the salmon is flaky, and serve!  This is especially great over creamy arborio rice with some greens..


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