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How to Bake Salmon Skin-Side Down

author image Susan Peterson
Susan Peterson is the author of five books, including "Western Herbs for Martial Artists and Contact Athletes" and "Clare: A Novel." She holds a Ph.D. in text theory from the University of Texas at Arlington and is an avid cook and gardener.
How to Bake Salmon Skin-Side Down
A plate of salmon garnished with lemon and herbs. Photo Credit: g-miner/iStock/Getty Images

A basic baked salmon recipe contains nothing more than salmon, lemon and vegetable oil. If you wish, you can also add a sprinkling of pepper or other spices. You can dress up this basic recipe to your taste. Add a teriyaki marinade and some grilled pineapple for an island twist. Or add a marinade made from equal parts brown sugar, butter, olive oil, honey and soy sauce for a sweet honey glaze. Once the salmon is out of the oven, top it with a fruity salsa for a south-of-the border meal.

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Step 1

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Coat the bottom of a baking pan with 1/2 tsp. vegetable oil.

Step 2

Cut the salmon into serving-sized pieces.

Step 3

Place the salmon pieces skin-side-down in the baking dish.

Step 4

Squeeze the lemon juice over the salmon. Brush each portion with a light coating of olive oil. Add cracked black pepper or lemon pepper to taste.

Step 5

Place the baking dish in the center of the oven. Bake the salmon at 400 F for 15 to 20 minutes.

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