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.
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Coat the bottom of a baking pan with 1/2 tsp. vegetable oil.
Cut the salmon into serving-sized pieces.
Place the salmon pieces skin-side-down in the baking dish.
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.
Place the baking dish in the center of the oven. Bake the salmon at 400 F for 15 to 20 minutes.