How to Make the Best Baked Salmon

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baked salmon with lemon juice, olive oil, salt, pepper, and dill baked

Salmon is a nutrient dense food that we like to eat about once a week. Stay away from farm-raised salmon that are fed soy meal and given a chemical to make their flesh pink. Wild caught salmon are rich in 18-carbon omega-3 linolenic acid that protects us against heart disease, high blood pressure, strokes, cancer, arthritis, psoriasis, asthma, and autoimmune disorders. It is also rich in the longer chain fatty acids like EPA and DHA that are necessary for proper function of the brain and eyes (and are especially beneficial in the diet of pregnant women and growing children). Salmon is also an excellent source of vitamin D and contains vitamin A and E, iron, iodine, and the B vitamins. (Information from Sally Fallon’s Book Nourishing Traditions p. 418)


  • Wild Caught Salmon (We buy ours at our local grocery store for $10 for 16 oz.)
  • ¼ c. Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 Lemon
  • ½ t. Dill
  • 1 t. Real Salt (I buy my Real Salt in bulk here. You can buy a shaker here, or a refill pouch here.)
  • ½ t. Pepper
  • Glass Pan (Buy one here.)
  • Lemon Press (Buy one here.)
    salt, pepper, dill, lemon, and extra virgin olive oil to bake wild caught salmon

    Everything You Need to Bake Your Wild Caught Salmon

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  • Preheat the Oven: Preheat the oven to 425˚F.
  • Salmon: Arrange the salmon in the glass pan. I usually need to cut the tail off in order to make it fit. (I like using my kitchen scissors for this.)

    raw wild caught salmon cut to fit in a glass pan with nothing on it

    Wild Caught Salmon Cut to Fit in a Glass Pan

  • Lemon: Use the lemon press to squeeze the juice of one lemon all over the salmon.


    Squeezing Lemon Over Wild Caught Salmon

  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil: Drizzle the olive oil generously on top of the salmon.


    Pouring Extra Virgin Olive Oil Over Wild Caught Salmon

  • Spices: Sprinkle generous amounts of dill, salt, and pepper all over the salmon.


    Sprinkle Salt, Pepper, and Dill onto the Salmon

  • Bake: Bake at 425˚F for 10 minutes. The fish should flake apart with a fork when done.

    baked wild caught salmon with lemon, extra virgin olive oil, salt, pepper, and dill

    Baked Wild Caught Salmon

  • Enjoy: Serve with rice and broccoli for a complete and delicious meal. Our kids love salmon. It is one of their favorite dinners.

    young child eating a salmon dinner with rice and broccoli

    Elliot Loves Salmon!