To make an easy oven-baked salmon, preheat the oven to 475 degrees Fahrenheit. Place 2 tablespoons of melted butter on a baking sheet, then place an 8-ounce piece of salmon on the sheet, and bake for eight minutes. Sprinkle the finished salmon with salt, pepper and parsley.
Another simple oven-baked salmon recipe by Epicurious uses lemon juice and olive oil to create a zesty marinade. This recipe makes four 8-ounce fillets. Preheat the oven to 275 degrees Fahrenheit, then brush the fillets with olive oil, and season them with salt and pepper to taste. Place the fillets skin-side down in a prepped baking pan. Mix 1 tablespoon of extra-virgin olive oil, the zest of one lemon and 1 tablespoon of thyme together in a small bowl. Pour the mixture over the salmon, and place pan in the oven. Bake for about 15 minutes or until done. Sprinkle some parsley over the finished product, and serve with extra lemon wedges.
Salmon is finished cooking when it just turns opaque. Take the salmon out of the oven a few minutes before it reaches this point, as the fish continues to cook even after it's out of the oven. Many recipe books suggest the salmon is done once it's flaking, but that is too late, as at that point the fish is going to be a little dry, indicates Fine Cooking.