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How Long to Bake Salmon at 400

How long to bake salmon at 400 degrees F so it comes out flaky and fork tender every time. Use our dry rub for fish or orange citrus blend to flavor.

How Long to Bake Salmon at 400

We love fish for dinner! With that said it needs to be baked correctly and not dried out, that is tragic. Baked salmon at 400 is the perfect temperature to keep it moist and super flavorful. From there you can season a ton of different ways. Just one of many easy fish recipes on our site. (affiliate links present)

How Long to Bake Salmon at 400 without Foil

This one is based off of our most popular dry rub baked salmon recipe that has gone crazy with my fans. It has a sweet and savory flavor with just a few seasonings you likely have in your cupboards right now. There is a citrus salmon sauce you could try as well below.

There’s no aluminum foil necessary to bake this way. It’s such a quick trip in the oven and I actually do love a bit of crisp on the very top at the end. The only time I would wrap it up is if I were to add a sauce on top like our teriyaki salmon in foil recipe.

How Long to Bake Salmon at 400 without Foil

Baked Salmon at 400

This is about the basics really, not the hundreds of ways you could season your fillet. I’ll offer the one below that has lemon and orange in it, and link my rub as well because those two we make most often. If you prefer just super simple with just a light dusting of salt and pepper with a bit of garlic powder then go with that.

Do you bake salmon at 350 or 400?

Obviously because of the name of this blog post I prefer a higher temp. If you use our VERY accurate cook time and instructions it will not dry out, get grey, or lose it’s moisture. You want the outside to bake the seasonings on with a lighter pink in the middle. Period.

How Long to Bake Salmon at 450

This isn’t recommended. It is too hot and will make the outside too crispy while the middle thickest portion will still be raw. You want a lower temperature since the ideal texture is moist and flaky.

For the basics you only need 3 things. A salmon fillet that is no longer than your sheet pan, and a piece of non stick foil or parchment paper on the bottom. You will want it to be fresh or thawed. If it isn’t this is how to cook frozen salmon instead.

Baked Salmon at 400

Salmon Baked at 400

First you want to decide what flavor profile you’re going for. If you want super low prep but more of a punch than just salt and pepper you could use this bottled seasoning made for fish. I would HIGHLY suggest using ours though, I will share a link to that below.

Our salmon dry rub is amazing. With a little brown sugar for sweetness, salt to balance it out and paprika and garlic it is the perfect combination of all the things. If you use this you would skip all the other ingredients below. You just blot flesh dry with paper towels, rub that on and let it sit for a bit before baking.

  • For a citrus orange sauce you are going to need;
  • Salt and a little pinch of pepper
  • Paprika
  • Olive oil
  • Squeeze of fresh lemon juice or a bit that has been bottled
  • A fresh orange
  • Sliced or diced red onion is a nice touch on top but optional

We typically use the timing for a 2 lb. piece that is whole as you see here. Of course if yours is much larger you may need to increase the timing, or if your piece is rather thick it may need to be adjusted as well.

citrus salmon

Orange Salmon

If you choose this sort of marinade you will soak the onions for just a bit in it, and add it in stages along the way. You could also make it as mustard salmon which is amazing instead. I have a printable recipe at the bottom of this post you can keep on hand but here is a quick rundown of how we cook it to perfectly tender.

  • Always preheat your oven to 400 degrees F at the beginning. Place fish on a baking sheet (skin side down) lined with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. Season top flesh with salt and pepper.
    • if you are using our salmon dry rub mixture instead, skip the rest of the sauce listed below
    • we have a bunch of other salmon sauce recipes you can whip together and pour over the top when done instead too
  • Lay filet on parchment paper on top of your baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes baking time.
  • If you want the top to have a light crisp set to broil for last 2 minutes, for just tender continue baking another 2 minutes. Cooking salmon for 12 -15 minutes max (+3 min. for much larger pieces) total is typically perfect.

Citrus Salmon Recipe

  • Zest and juice your fresh lemon and orange. Combine the juices with the olive oil. Pour half over the salmon.
  • Sprinkle the lemon and orange zest over the top, bake in oven for 10 minutes.
  • Place the sliced red onions in the olive oil bowl and toss with remaining mixture. Allow to sit while fish bakes.
  • After 10 minutes, remove the salmon from the oven and sprinkle the marinated onions over top (not the juices).
  • Return to oven to bake or broil for a bit of crisp for remaining 2 minutes

Salmon should be at an internal temperature 135 F. now. Combine the last bit of the olive oil mixture in your bowl with diced cilantro and parsley leaves. Once the salmon is done baking, drizzle the oil-herb mixture over the top

Orange Salmon

Salmon with Onions

If you are anti onion you could make this same mixture but without them too. Red are better than other colors in my opinion for flavor and just a bit of texture on top. This is by far the best way to cook sockeye salmon or if you had a piece of farm raised.

If you were looking for a new way to make Ninja Foodi salmon I would make this marinade too. Follow those directions in the post above in regards to temperature and timing, but add some of this mid way thru and add the end.

In the case that your piece is frozen you can still add a sauce to it, just wait until it has cooked a bit and is thawed. That would be the case for air fryer frozen salmon. You will be surprised if this is all you have at how well it actually turns out. Adding some melted butter, sauce or marinade on the top adds to the moisture.

Salmon Baked at 400

For an easy side dish we usually go for a batch of slow cooker brown rice, salad or vegetables.

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How Long to Bake Salmon at 400

How long to bake salmon at 400 so it comes out flaky and fork tender every time. Use our dry rub for fish or orange citrus blend to flavor.
Course Entree, Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword 400, baked, citrus, lemon, orange, oven, salmon
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 256kcal
Author The Typical Mom

Equipment

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400 F. Place salmon on a baking sheet (skin side down) lined with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. Season top flesh with salt, pepper and paprika. (or use our salmon dry rub mixture instead and skip the rest of the sauce listed below) Set aside.
  • Zest and juice the lemon and orange. Combine the orange and lemon juices with the olive oil. Pour half over the salmon. Sprinkle the lemon and orange zest over the top, then place in the oven for 10 minutes.
  • Place the sliced red onions in the olive oil bowl and toss with remaining mixture. Allow to sit while fish bakes.
  • After 10 minutes, remove the salmon from the oven and sprinkle the marinated onions over top (not the juices). Return to oven to bake for remaining 2 minutes (baked or broiled if you want a bit of crisp on top).
  • Salmon should be at an internal temperature of 135 F. at this point. Combine the last bit of the olive oil-juice mixture in your bowl with the cilantro and parsley leaves. Once the salmon is done baking, drizzle the oil-herb mixture over the top

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Nutrition Facts
How Long to Bake Salmon at 400
Amount Per Serving (2 oz)
Calories 256 Calories from Fat 144
% Daily Value*
Fat 16g25%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Polyunsaturated Fat 4g
Monounsaturated Fat 9g
Cholesterol 62mg21%
Sodium 269mg12%
Potassium 628mg18%
Carbohydrates 4g1%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 23g46%
Vitamin A 300IU6%
Vitamin C 18mg22%
Calcium 28mg3%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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