A simple recipe for oven-baked salmon comes from the Food Network and involves seasoning the salmon with salt and pepper before baking in a preheated oven for 12 to 15 minutes. The recipe takes five minutes to prepare and serves four people.
To start, preheat the oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit. Cut a 12-ounce salmon fillet into four separate pieces. Season each piece with coarse-grained salt and freshly ground black pepper. Next, place the four salmon pieces, with the skin side down, on a non-stick baking sheet. A non-stick pan with an oven-proof handle works as well. Bake the salmon pieces for approximately 12 to 15 minutes, until the fish is cooked through.
A recommended side dish for the oven-baked salmon, also featured on the Food Network, is a toasted almond parsley salad. To start, mince one shallot, and place it in a small bowl. Pour 1 tablespoon of red wine vinegar over the shallots, and add a pinch of coarse-grained salt. Let the mixture sit for 30 minutes.
Next, chop 2 tablespoons of capers, 1 cup of fresh flat-leaf parsley and 1/2 cup of toasted almonds. Add these ingredients to the shallot mixture. Finally, add extra-virgin olive oil, and mix again. Adjust both seasonings and oil to taste.
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.