I love easy, quick baked fish dishes. There is something about baking fish that makes the flavors come alive- without creating a somewhat unpleasant smell that takes over the whole house. Simple baked fish dinners are one of my favorite summer meals- or anytime I’m looking for delicious protein that won’t weight us down and is full of healthy fats. This easy Cilantro Lime Salmon Recipe is one of the easiest, most simple and delicious preparations for a flavorful baked salmon in under 15 minutes start to finish.
This is one of my hands down favorite ways to make salmon- especially with inexpensive, pre-frozen cuts of fish. I like to grab filets from Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods and stock our freezer full of them so when we’re running a bit low on groceries we always have something healthy and quick on hand. Just pop them in the fridge the night before you go to make this, and it will be fully defrosted and ready to go!
One important note on cook time- this recipe is very vague on cook time on purpose- and this depends on the size and thickness of your salmon filet. The cook time I have listed is for a filet under 1″ thick and about 8 inches long- about two 6oz servings. If you’re cooking a much larger fish, you’ll increase the amount of time. Just watch to see when fish turns a whiter pink all over- if it starts to release the white fat (albumin), it is definitely cooked- I like to cook salmon just under, so it hasn’t released all the fat yet (this will keep it from drying out). Just watch the fish closely to gauge how quickly its cooking !
- Salmon filets
- lime juice, 1 oz
- celtic sea salt
- 2 tbsp chopped cilantro
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Cover baking sheet in foil.
- Add salmon to foil, sprinkle with lime, salt, and cover with cilantro.
- Fold foil to make a pouch over salmon.
- Place in oven and bake 10-15 minutes until cooked through- just before albumin (white fat) is released from fish.