Best baked salmon recipe with a dry rub that will knock your socks off!! Fork tender flaky fillet baked in your oven. A healthy tasty dinner.
This is the best baked salmon in the oven you’ll ever make. In just 12 minutes you too can cook flaky fish with TONS of flavor that’s sweet and a bit spicy. Adjust the heat to your liking but bold flavors is where it’sat. (affiliate links present)
We used this same mixture on our smoked salmon recipe years ago. It was so popular we stuck with it and no matter how we cooked it, that is what we used.
For a sweet and savory mixture you’ve gotta’ make it just as it states below, don’t doubt it. Yes it is right. 😉
- I’ll share the ingredients for that below.
First you’ll need a beautiful salmon filet from the store, or you can order it and have it delivered to your door too. We’ve done this during the winter months and it’s so handy.
Best Baked Salmon Recipe
I prefer fresh versus frozen and defrosted if possible. The reason is the texture.
To me defrosted tends to be a bit softer on the top. If you have a fisherman in the house, right out of the water is over the top amazing!
What temp should salmon be cooked?
The internal meat temperature should be 145 degrees F according to the FDA. Keep in mind that it will continue to cook once it is removed so resting for at least 5 minutes once removed is important too.
I find 12 minutes is absolutely perfect. If you want a bit of crisp on the top, broil it for the last 2 minutes.
Either way creates incredibly tender fish that’s fork tender and flavorful.
Timing and temp. are everything. Anything over 15 minutes for a large fillet is going to create a dry grey appearance, you don’t want that.
Checking after 12 minutes is ideal, if it’s not flaky add a min. more and check again.
Are you supposed to flip salmon in the oven?
No. Whether you leave the skin on (suggested) or remove it, there’s no need to flip it to the other side.
The most important element to baking salmon in the oven is timing, and this salmon dry rub recipe.
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These are the ingredients you’ll need to get started:
- 1 or 2 salmon fillets – I suggest keeping the skin on
- I like to take it out beforehand so it’s closer to room temperature when starting
- Baking sheet
- Brown sugar
- Chili powder
- Garlic powder
- Salt and pepper (if you like pepper on all the things)
- Could top with a few lemon slices if you like (I typically don’t)
This is a favorite sweet and savory mixture that everyone loves. You don’t need melted butter or olive oil.
It will stick just fine with the moistness of the fish itself. Don’t doubt it, just make it!
Here is an explanation of how you’re going to make it but there’s a printable version below as well for you.
Time needed: 12 minutes.
Best Baked Salmon
Lay fillet on cutting board with salmon skin side down. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. In a small bowl mix dry rub mixture. Break up any clumps of brown sugar.
Sprinkle on top side of the salmon and gently press down. Lift up and allow excess to fall off. If you want a really intense flavor, cover with plastic wrap like this and refrigerate for an hour or two.
Cover baking sheet with non stick foil. Lay fillet on top. Bake for 10 minutes baking time. Then switch to broil hi for 2 minutes cooking time to crisp the top just a bit.
Just a tip: before switching to broil look to see if there is excess rub that has burned on to the foil on the side of the fish, if so just add a small piece of foil on top of that to cover it so it doesn’t smoke when you put it under the broiler.
Allow to rest on baking sheet for 5 minutes before cutting into pieces and serving.
And this is what it looks like when it’s done. Seriously it is my favorite every recipe, next to having it smoked on our Traeger (using the same rub).
Serve with some roast potatoes with a bit of minced garlic on them and serve!
Looking for a few more easy recipes. Here are a few other baked mouthwatering recipes using meat we love:
- You have to try our oven baked brisket some night too!
- Our best baked pork chops get ***** five stars from everyone who has tried them. Some say they never liked this cut until they tried this!
- Make our dutch oven chicken some night, that is killer too.
Of course since we love fish so much we have a lot of other ways to cook this too. In the smoker is shared above.
Another favorite is our air fryer salmon using a great rub as well.
Instant Pot frozen salmon comes out quite well too. It is good to have on hand if you forget to defrost what’s for dinner.
I am always forgetting that here and there so I keep this “trick” in my pocket for those evenings.
Can I freeze leftover cooked salmon?
I don’t know why you would want to but you could. You’d need to ensure it was at room temperature. Then wrap in plastic wrap and then in foil. Alternatively you could put into a freezer bag and suck the air out.
- Freeze for up to six months.
- When defrosting leave in fridge overnight or submerge into water.
Can you reheat cooked salmon?
We rarely have any leftover but occasionally there might be a small piece. I will flake it into some butter noodles and just stir in to warm. If I am eating as is I’ll just put into the microwave in 30 second intervals until warm.
The trick to keeping leftover salmon moist is to eat as soon as possible of course. Another is to wrap it tightly so moisture can’t escape.
The longer it is refrigerated or frozen the more it will change it’s texture, not for the good.
Just reheat in the oven for best results, squeeze a bit of lemon juice on top and enjoy.
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Best Baked Salmon
- Lay fillet on cutting board. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
- In a bowl mix dry rub mixture. Break up any clumps of brown sugar.
- Sprinkle it on top of your fish and gently press down. Lift up and allow excess to fall off.
- Cover baking sheet with non stick foil. Lay fillet on top.
- Bake for 8-10 minutes. (thick fillets I bake for 10)Then switch to broil hi for 2 minutes to crisp the top just a bit. (just a tip: check to see how well done your fish is in the center already, if it's already as done as you'd like it I would skip broil step)
- Allow to rest on baking sheet for 5 minutes before cutting into pieces and serving.