Crisp on the outside and tender and buttery on the inside, this 4-Ingredient Baked Salmon Recipe is the easiest and most delicious way to prepare fish at home! With just a few pantry staples, you can create a healthy and family-friendly dinner in just 30 minutes!
Since it’s the beginning of January and many of you are looking for lighter meal ideas to get the New Year started in the right direction, I thought that I’d share one of my all-time favorites with you today!
Just like all of the other dishes that I serve, this baked salmon recipe is quick, easy, and perfect for a busy weeknight!
Salmon is definitely our family’s favorite fish (my boys devour the stuff in very large quantities!), but it’s not always readily available. We live near the mountains in Central Virginia — very far from the Alaskan frontier! In fact, our little rural grocery store doesn’t even have a seafood counter.
That’s why I’m always sure to grab a beautiful piece of fish when I make the trip into Charlottesville to shop at Costco. Their seafood is very affordable for such high quality, so it’s a no-brainer in my cart.
When I picked up this piece of salmon a couple of weeks ago, I was trying to figure out how to use it for dinner that night (without having to make a separate trip to another grocery store), and I was instantly reminded of this baked salmon recipe. It takes advantage of just three other pantry staples for a simple and healthy dinner that I can prepare any time!
I originally received this idea from a colleague of mine many years ago when I was working as a lawyer. I was at a conference with another female attorney, who also happens to have 3 kids, and we were lamenting the challenges of getting dinner on the table each night after a busy day in the office.
Malissa mentioned that her daughters’ favorite easy meal is this simple combination of ingredients that come together in the world’s most delicious and satisfying baked salmon recipe! I have tweaked (and perfected) it over the years, but Malissa’s 4 basic ingredients have stayed the same.
You’ll start by basting the fish with soy sauce and letting it “marinate” on your counter while you preheat the oven.
During the second half of the baking time, you’ll baste the fish again — this time with a mixture of honey and maple syrup. It gives the salmon a subtle layer of sweetness and adds a great caramelized texture on the exterior of the fish.
I find that lining my dish or tray with foil or parchment paper makes clean up a breeze!
You can garnish the salmon with green onions and toasted sesame seeds if you like, and serve it with rice and broccoli. It’s a very versatile dish, and it also works nicely with pasta, crusty bread, salad, or anything else that you have on hand.
For a season when grilling your salmon isn’t as easy, I know that you’ll find this tasty baked salmon recipe a perfect alternative!
4-Ingredient Baked Salmon Recipe
- 1 1.75 -2 lb. salmon fillet
- 2 tablespoons reduced sodium soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup
- Optional garnish: sliced green onions; toasted sesame seeds
- Place salmon in a greased 9 x 13-inch baking dish or on a parchment-lined rimmed baking sheet.
- Pat salmon dry with paper towels and season liberally with salt and pepper.
- Brush soy sauce all over the fish, and allow to sit and marinate at room temperature for about 15 minutes.
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
- Bake salmon, uncovered, for 7 minutes.
- While salmon is in the oven, whisk together honey and maple syrup in a small bowl.
- After 7 minutes, remove salmon from oven. Baste with honey mixture.
- Return salmon to oven and continue baking for 7-9 more minutes, or until fish flakes easily with a fork.
- Garnish with green onions and toasted sesame seeds, if desired.