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How to Bake Perfect Salmon

Servings: 3 servings
Author: Shinee
Fool-proof method for delicately tender and juicy baked salmon every time! You’ll love melt-in-your-mouth buttery salmon layers infused with flavorful pesto sauce!
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  • 3 skinless salmon fillets
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons pesto
  • Lemon wedges for serving


  • Preheat the oven to 300°F (150°C).
  • Line a baking sheet with foil.
  • Drizzle the olive oil all over the prepared baking sheet and evenly sprinkle half of the salt and pepper on the baking sheet.
  • Arrange the salmon fillets over the olive oil and sprinkle the remaining salt and pepper.
  • Spread 1 tablespoon of pesto on each filet.
  • Bake for 15-20 minutes. Depending on the thickness of the fish, it’ll take more or less. I prefer to cook the fillets until internal temp reaches around 135°F.
  • Drizzle fresh lemon juice and serve immediately.


For step-by-step photos and additional notes, read the post above.