Easy oven baked salmon is a great choice for weeknight dinners. pair it with arugula avocado salad and that makes a whole hearty meal!
As a family who is trying to eat healthily, we try to eat seafood at least once a week-I am going to tell you how we make fish specifically in this post- but well, sometimes we fail to do that because either we are travelling or we cannot find what we like. I mean Tempora is tasty but it’s deep fried so you know, not that healthy of a choice. I prefer shrimp to be oven baked like this Shrimp Avocado toast. It’s healthier and it’s just much easier to pop them in the oven right away.
We are also big fans of fish. If we visit the north of Iran, we always have fish there, and in some cases like this one, if we catch a fish, we definitely cook it and enjoy every bite of it! Ladies and gentlemen, here is my dad with the fish he caught a couple of weeks ago!
Big fish huh? I know, my dad is awesome, he is the best man in the world and always in my heart, my beloved baba is wonderful!
Ok…back to the fish talk!
We make fish in two ways:
1- We pan sear fish fillets, usually the ones that have denser texture.
2- We oven bake them, usually the ones with softer and lighter texture.
Therefore if we have salmon fillets, the lunch or dinner is always going to be this easy oven baked salmon! It’s easy, and believe me, it can be on the table in less than 25 minutes! It tastes great and when it’s baked in the oven, it gets so flaky and tender, plus it holds all the juice inside so it won’t be dry at all.
The cooking time for this easy oven baked salmon varies from 15 to 20 minutes depending on the thickness of the fillets. Generally, it won’t take more than 20 minutes.
As a side for this dish, I made an arugula avocado salad and for dressing I just mixed lemon juice, vinegar, shallots, salt and pepper. The salad was inspired by a side dish I had with my breakfast quiche at The London Plane in Seattle which I enjoyed every bit of it, it was very nice of them to answer my questions when I asked about the salad and its dressing.
The salad made a great companion to the salmon. The acidity of the dressing complimented the tenderness of the fish very well as the softness of the avocado balanced the whole dish and turned it into a perfect hearty meal.
Now if you are craving a light, easy and most importantly, delicious meal, this easy oven baked salmon is for you! Enjoy the happiness of a guilt-free dish!
Easy Oven Baked Salmon With Arugula Avocado Salad
- 2 Salmon fillets
- Juice of 1 Lemon
- 2 garlic cloves minced
- 2 tbsp. olive oil
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 2 cups arugula
- 1 avocado sliced
- 1/2 shallot diced
- 2 tbsp. lemon juice
- 2 tbsp. vinegar
- 1 tbsp. olive oil
- Salt and pepper to taste
Preheat the oven to 400 F / 204C. Line a baking sheet with foil and coat it with cooking spray.
Mix lemon juice, garlic, olive oil, salt and pepper in a bowl.
Put the salmon fillets on the baking sheet and brush every side with the lemon mixture.
Bake in the oven for 15-17 minutes depending on the thickness of the fillets.
Place the arugula and sliced avocado in the plate.
Mix diced shallot, lemon juice, vinegar, olive oil and spices. Pour the dressing on the salad.
Serve with baked salmon fillets.