How to Bake Wild Alaskan Salmon Fillets


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If you’re sensitive to the smell of cooking fish, baking is a great way to go, and also quite simple. Because the oven is contained, it does a better job of limiting the smell of salmon.

Wild salmon is significantly less fatty than farmed salmon. As a result, wild salmon cooks significantly faster, regardless of what method you’re using to prepare it.

3 Tips for Baking Wild Salmon 

How to Season Wild Alaskan Salmon 

Salmon is a versatile protein and baking a filet is one the best ways to hone in on its rich flavor profile. Before diving into more complex recipes, here are some basic herbs, cooking fats, and seasoning that'll bring out richness in your baked wild Alaskan salmon fillets: 

Basic Seasonings 

  • Lemon Juice 

  • Sea Salt

Cooking Fats 

  • Extra-Virgin Olive Oil 

  • Macadamia Oil 

  • Melted Butter 

  • Canola Oi

Fresh Herbs and Spices 

  • Cilantro 

  • Ground Black Pepper 

  • Dill

  • Parsley

  • Garlic 

  • Chives

  • Rosemary 

  • Basil 

  • Tarragon

How to Calculate Your Baking Time 

A good rule of thumb to use for oven baking wild salmon is 4-6 minutes per half-inch of thickness. Time will vary depending on the thickness of the fillet, so make sure to keep an eye on it.

How to Prepare Your Wild Salmon Fillet for the Oven 

To prepare your salmon for the oven, make sure any excess moisture is removed with a paper towel or clean kitchen towel. 

Then, preheat your oven to 450°F. A popular way to bake salmon is with a little melted butter or extra-virgin olive oil spread on top of the fillet. 

Then, you can add salt, pepper, and some herbs on top of the fish, which will infuse it with some flavor, and perhaps some lemon slices under it, giving your fillet a nice kick of brightness.

Aluminum foil will help minimize cleanup time if you place the fillet on the foil (skin-side down) before putting it on a baking sheet. 

You may want to layer the foil with olive or vegetable oil to prevent the skin from sticking as it gets crispy. Once the oven is ready, place the baking sheet on the middle rack.

Using this rule of thumb above, let the fish cook. Everyone’s oven is different, so it’s wise to check on the salmon every 4 minutes or so to make sure you don’t overcook it. 

Aside from using a thermometer to gauge the fillet's internal temperature, a simple test for doneness is to poke with a fork and see if the salmon flakes easily. 

Once ready, take it out, but don’t start eating yet. Let the salmon rest for a couple of minutes to lock in its natural juices.

You can also add some of your favorite veggies to the pan or rimmed baking sheet for a one-pan dinner. Just make sure that the timing lines up with the salmon cook time. 

Some Oven-Baked Salmon Recipes We Love

This recipe has slow-roasted tomatoes with a lemon-y essence and oregano olive oil that can be made up to 3 days ahead, all served alongside pearl couscous.

And this recipe with kale-quinoa salad is an easy, no-fuss meal with the flavor profile and healthy elements we always crave.

And if you want to prepare other types of fish in the oven, check out How to Oven Bake Wild Cod and How to Broil Wild Halibut.

Discover Even More Alaskan Salmon Recipes

Wild Alaskan Company is the leading source for wild-caught salmon. Explore our selection of wild seafood caught sustainably off Alaska's pristine waters and learn more about the six to eight ounce wild coho and sockeye salmon we ship direct to home cooks throughout the world. 

Getting hungry? Whether you love baking fish, grilling, pan-searing, or throwing it on the broiler, we have cooking tips and recipes for busy weeknight dinners, salmon salads, appetizers, and more. Visit our blog and explore recipes for even more easy and creative ways to cook salmon at home. 

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