Go-To Baked Salmon (quick and easy!)

My daughter’s friend recently ordered a salad with baked salmon on top for lunch. I was impressed with her grown-up, good-for-you choice, and then I thought it was especially sweet when she said the salmon was not as good as her mom’s. Boy, I hope my kids say that about my cooking some time! I know I’m a cookbook author, but to them, I’m also just “mom,” so that would still be the ultimate compliment.

And after all of that I, of course, had to ask her mom … how do you make this famous salmon!?! :) Her daughters ask for it about once a week, she said, and it’s really just maple syrup and soy sauce on top. So, I started with that concept then expanded it with a few simple additional flavors for today’s new Go-To Baked Salmon recipe. It’s really so simple, so quick, and perfect when you need a fast and easy weeknight dinner!

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Go-To Baked Salmon

For a super quick and delicious dinner, try this Go-To Baked Salmon recipe. Complete your meal by serving this over a salad or whole-grain ramen and veggies, or with your favorite side dish.
Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 15 mins
Total Time: 20 mins
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Servings: 4



  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Place salmon skin side down on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Cut several long (shallow) slits in the top of the salmon.
  • Whisk together the soy sauce, honey, sesame oil, toasted sesame seeds, garlic, cayenne pepper, and salt until thoroughly combined. Brush over top of the salmon being sure to push some down into the slits. It's okay if some of the sauce pools onto the baking sheet.
  • Bake until no longer (or just barely) translucent in the middle, depending on how done you like it and how thick the fish is, 10 to 15 minutes.
  • Spoon any sauce back on top that has collected on the baking sheet. Serve with whole-grain ramen and veggies or over a salad. The fish will flake right off the skin when ready to eat.


  • Gluten-free if gluten-free soy sauce is used.
  • We recommend organic ingredients when feasible.
Nutrition Facts
Nutrition Facts
Go-To Baked Salmon
Amount Per Serving
Calories 217 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Fat 11g17%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 62mg21%
Sodium 184mg8%
Potassium 574mg16%
Carbohydrates 5g2%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 23g46%
Vitamin A 56IU1%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 26mg3%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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10 thoughts on “Go-To Baked Salmon (quick and easy!)”

  1. 5 stars
    I have tried numerous salmon recipes and this one for sure hits my top 5! Loved it and I also loved the simplicity of it. I loved the sesame oil because I have never tried it before. I loved this recipe and I love your mission to cut out processed foods! Keep up the great work!

  2. 5 stars
    Thank you! Just tried this recipe last night and it was delicious! I used a king salmon for it (very fatty and soft) and switched the soy sauce for gluten free tamari, but other than that I followed the recipe to a T. Great and indeed easy recipe.

    1. 100 Days Admin

      The reason you leave the skin on salmon is that it provides a protective layer between the fish and the hot surface while cooking, helping to not overcook the fish and easier for you to slide a spatula between the skin and fish. Plus, the grey fatty tissue on the bottom is loaded with nutrients. You can definitely use salmon without skin, but keep an eye on it. – Nicole

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