It may seem a little intimidating to bake an entire fillet of salmon. I don’t think you can actually go wrong with making fish. It cooks/bakes very fast, so it does make an easy meal to put together. I like baking the whole fillet because you can have it with different meals. My kids love baked fish with rice with a lot of lemon. My husband is usually always on a diet so he enjoys it with brown rice. So it’s very nice to make some main meal components with some sides. This way you won’t feel like you are eating the same thing after meal prepping, it will give you some options.

Salmon turns a beautiful opaque color as it cooks. It also will flake easily when it’s done baking. You don’t want to bake it longer or else it will loose moisture and will be tough. You can definitely use smaller fillets as well. I just happen to pick up this large one.

You can enjoy this with a side of white/brown rice and roasted veggies. Salmon also works great in tacos and in salads.


Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes


  • 1 whole fillet of salmon
  • 1/4 cup butter softened
  • 1/4 tsp. paprika
  • 2 cloves garlic (grated)
  • 1 lemon zested/juiced
  • 1/4 tsp. salt/pepper
  • Extra lemon slices (optional)
  • any fresh herb for garnish. I used parsley. Dill would be great too


  • Preheat oven to 375F
  • Mix together butter, paprika, garlic, lemon juice/zest, salt/pepper
  • Spread evenly on the salmon
  • Line a baking sheet with baking paper. Arrange the lemon slices on or around fish.
  • Bake for 25-30 minutes.
  • It will be an opaque color, Don't over bake or it will toughen and be dry
  • It can yield anywhere from 6-8 depending on how big or small you cut pieces.
Author: Shazia
Course: Main
Cuisine: American



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