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How to Cook a Whole Salmon in the Oven

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author image Sarah Bourque
Sarah Bourque has been a freelance writer since 2006 and is based in the Pacific Northwest. She writes and edits for the local publisher, Pacific Crest Imprint and has written for several online content sites. Her work recently appeared in "The Goldendale Tourism and Economic Development Magazine" and "Sail the Gorge!" magazine. She attended Portland Community College where she studied psychology.
How to Cook a Whole Salmon in the Oven
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Cook a whole salmon in the oven for an impressive and delicious main course. Whole, baked salmon is easy to prepare, yet festive enough for a holiday feast. Remove the head before cooking for squeamish eaters or leave the head in place and enjoy the prized cheek meat. Fresh salmon needs only lemon, olive oil and herbs to bring out the flavor without masking it. Salmon is a good source of protein and omega-3 fatty acid.

Step 1

How to Cook a Whole Salmon in the Oven
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Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Wash the salmon under cold, running water. Pat dry with paper towels.

Step 2

How to Cook a Whole Salmon in the Oven
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Combine the butter, garlic, dill, parsley, rosemary, salt and pepper in a small bowl. Mix together to combine the ingredients.

Step 3

How to Cook a Whole Salmon in the Oven
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Rub the butter mixture all over the inside cavity and outside of the salmon until it is thoroughly coated. Place the fish in a baking dish.

Step 4

How to Cook a Whole Salmon in the Oven
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Arrange the lemon pieces around the salmon. Cover the baking dish loosely with aluminum foil and place in the oven on the center rack.

Step 5

How to Cook a Whole Salmon in the Oven
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Bake the salmon for around 35 minutes, or until an internal temperature of 135 degrees Fahrenheit is reached and the fish flakes easily with a fork. Let the fish rest at room temperature for 10 minutes before serving.

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