How to oven-bake salmon

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How to oven-bake salmon
Salmon is a low-calorie source of protein. (Thinkstock/Comstock/Getty Images)

Salmon is one of the "fatty" fishes, containing beneficial amounts of essential Omega-3 fatty acids and protein. According to the American Heart Association, consuming two 99.2gr. servings of baked salmon reduces the risk of heart disease and benefits those suffering from cardiovascular complications. However, salmon can also be enjoyable for those not particularly concerned with healthy eating. Baked salmon can be prepared to suit various palates and diets.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Baking tray

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Preheat your oven to 177 degrees Celsius.

  2. 2

    Place the salmon on an oiled or foil-lined baking tray.

  3. 3

    Season the salmon to your preference.

  4. 4

    Insert the baking tray with salmon into the preheated oven for 20 to 25 minutes. When it is done, salmon flakes easily when tested with a fork.

  5. 5

    Remove the pan from the oven carefully.

Tips and warnings

  • Baking salmon at 400 Fahrenheit for a shorter amount of time, 15 to 20 minutes, is also acceptable.
  • Brush the salmon down with butter, margarine, vegetable or olive oil and seasoning, such as lemon slices and herbs, before baking.
  • If possible, purchase wild-caught salmon to reduce the risk of mercury and other contaminates.
  • Baking salmon longer than the recommended cooking times causes the fish to shrink and dry out.

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