If you want “easy, fancy,” it doesn’t get much better than roasted salmon fillets. It can be a mid-week date night, an al fresco meal with friends, or dinner with the in-laws, and salmon will rise to the occasion.
Today, we’re showing you the easiest, simplest way to cook salmon in the oven. It’s the kind of recipe to keep in your back pocket — though it’s hardly a recipe at all. Make it once and you’ll never wonder what to do with salmon again.
The key to good salmon is not overthinking it. Today, all we’re doing is rubbing the fillets with a little oil and sprinkling them with salt and pepper before popping them in the oven. Even thick fillets of salmon will cook very quickly so don’t wander too far from the oven. Aim for 4 to 6 minutes per half-inch of thickness. Since most fillets are about one inch thick in the thickest part, start checking around 8 minutes. When the fish starts to flake easily with a fork and the flesh looks opaque, it’s time for dinner!
As with any fish, buy the best salmon you can find and afford. For more information about best practices for buying salmon.