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Oven-Baked Salmon

Raise your hand if you are a fish eater. Now raise your hand if you are a fish cooker. I’ve always loved fish, but for years I was too intimidated to cook. I don’t know what it is, but fish just seems mystical and terrifying in the kitchen. For a long time, I bought frozen salmon that came in a box and could be microwaved. It was sort of rubbery to eat, but I felt good knowing it had been salmon at one point.

One day as I was munching on my microwaved fish rubber, I had an realization. That realization was, that I was a grown-up now and I could do lots of challenging things in other areas of my life. So it was probably time to apply myself enough to learn to cook a piece of fish. I marched myself down to my grocery store and bought 2 fresh salmon fillets. Then I cooked them in a pan with a little bit of oil and a little bit of lemon (of course I found a recipe online).

Friends, the difference was amazing! The salmon was flakey and tender, almost buttery, and the flavor was so crisp with the oil and lemon. And you know what? It really was not hard to cook! It took less time than cooking other kinds of protein and, I learned, there was a whole world of cooking fish that I could try: grilling, sauteing, baking, broiling, the list goes on.

This Oven Baked Salmon Recipe is for all of you who would love to cook fish but maybe it feels a little intimidating. This recipe is straightforward, quick, and lets the flavor of the salmon really shine. Give it a try!

Salmon recipe notes:

Calories for 4 ounces of salmon are about 250. Your calories will change based on the size of your fish. Feel free to experiment with different spices and herbs!