Salmon recipes in the oven mean perfectly cooked salmon served "just as she is" with potatoes and a simple avocado, pea and radish salad.
You can dress salmon up in many different outfits, but it’s also nice to remember once in a while that you don’t need to add anything and it is delicious just as it is.
In this simple, oven-baked salmon dinner we’re letting her true flavours shine, baking her in the oven with some potato wedges, and serving with a fresh salad of lettuce, avocado, radish and peas, and an easy french dressing. This is the ultimate - “looks fancy, but is deceptively simple” dinner, that is tasty and satisfying as your weeknight, or casual entertaining meal. You can make it in half an hour and you’ll have a dinner everyone will enjoy.
How will we cook our salmon in the oven?
I feel almost like a cheat calling this salmon recipe in the oven a recipe, because we’re not actually adding anything at all to our salmon. In my opinion, it doesn’t need anything in the oven, it’s perfect just as it is. There are a few tips when we prepare it to make it taste delicious.
- First, place it on the baked potatoes, skin side up. Place in the oven for 8-9 minutes.
- Turn on the grill function in your oven and place under the grill for the last 3 minutes - this will crisp up the skin perfectly so you have delicious crackling salmon skin.
How long does it take to cook salmon in the oven?
I recommend 8-9 minutes at 220 C, then 2-3 minutes under the grill to crisp up the skin. Depending on the size of your salmon fillets, and how well you like them cooked, you can decrease or increase the time in the oven. The above timings cook a medium-large fillet of salmon all the way through - but if you prefer some pink on the inside, reduce the time.
Is it better to bake salmon covered or uncovered in the oven?
In this recipe I’m cooking it uncovered because I want to crisp up the skin. I also like having a slightly crispy outside to the fillet. Sometimes it is useful to cover it if you want the flavours you are cooking with to infuse in the salmon, or if you want the skin more moist and less of a difference between the outside and inside of the salmon.
Do you have to flip salmon in the oven?
No - in this salmon recipe in the oven we’re cooking it skin side up, which will allow the skin to crisp up. There’s no need to flip it, in fact, if you try to flip it halfway through it will increase the cooking time and might break apart.
What to serve with oven baked salmon?
A salad is a salad, right? Wrong. Salad, the versatile creature that she is, can take on many forms. If you think of an iceberg lettuce salad with shredded carrot, tomatoes and cucumber, vs. a salad of oakleaf lettuce with radish, peas and avocado, you’ve got two very different propositions on the table. While they’re both essentially the same thing, one is everyday school canteen, and the other is elevated and elegant. Often we fall into the patterns we are familiar with (school canteen salad) and have to remind ourselves there are different options out there. A few simple choices can make all the difference.
We’re serving baked potato wedges, (I LOVE salmon and potatoes - the potatoes pair so well with salmon), a dollop of mayonnaise and our elevated oakleaf lettuce, pea, radish and avocado salad with a simple vinaigrette.
Ingredients for this Salmon Recipe in the Oven
- Salmon - Skin on salmon fillets, about 150g each
- Potatoes - washed white potatoes - 800g is 3-4. Cook in olive oil, salt and pepper.
- Salad - Soft leaf lettuce like Oakleaf or butter lettuce. Radishes, avocado and baby peas.
- Dressing - Dijon mustard, Red wine vinegar, olive oil, salt and pepper.
- Mayonnaise - to serve.
If you don’t like the skin on your salmon, feel free to buy salmon without skin and don’t turn on the grill for the last few minutes.
- Alternative proteins - Swap salmon for other fish or chicken tenders.
- Vegetarian - Instead of salmon you can add your favourite cheese, like halloumi, or for a vegan option add sliced tofu dipped in paprika, garlic powder and salt.
- Dairy Free - This recipe is dairy free.
- Gluten Free - This recipe is gluten free.
- Serve peas, avocado and potato wedges with flaked salmon.
- Check the salmon for bones.
- Skip the radish, lettuce and vinaigrette.
You will need an oven, a baking tray.
More Salmon Recipes
Salmon with Wedges and Pea Salad
- Baking tray
- 800 g potatoes washed
- 2 tablespoon olive oil ¼ cup total for the recipe
- 4 radish
- 1 cup frozen baby peas
- 1 avocado
- 1 oakleaf lettuce
- 2 tablespoon olive oil ¼ cup total for the recipe
- 2 tablespoon red wine vinegar
- 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
- 500 g salmon fillets
- 2 tablespoon mayonnaise
- Salt and pepper
- Preheat your oven to 220 C and line a baking tray with paper.
- Slice potatoes in half, then into half cm wedges. Toss with olive oil and ½ teaspoon salt and pepper and lay in a single layer. Place in the oven for 15 minutes.800 g potatoes, 2 tablespoon olive oil, Salt and pepper
- Slice radish thinly into rounds. Defrost peas. Slice avocado. Place your child’s portion of avocado and peas on their plate now. With the rest, build a salad of lettuce, radish, avocado and peas.4 radish, 1 cup frozen baby peas, 1 avocado, 1 oakleaf lettuce
- Make a dressing by whisking together olive oil, red wine vinegar, mustard and ¼ teaspoon salt and pepper.2 tablespoon olive oil, 2 tablespoon red wine vinegar, 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard, Salt and pepper
- Remove potato tray from the oven, turn potatoes, then lay out salmon fillets, skin side up. Return to the oven for 8 mins, then turn on your grill for 3 more minutes to crisp up skin.500 g salmon fillets
- Serve kids potatoes, peas, avocado and flaked salmon. Take care to remove any bones.Serve adults salmon and potatoes with mayonnaise, salad and dressing.2 tablespoon mayonnaise