Some simple oven baked salmon recipes call for only olive oil, salt and pepper, while other recipes include slow baked salmon with lemon and thyme. Baking salmon in the oven is one of the easiest ways to cook it.
To make TheKitchn.com's baked salmon recipe, gently pat the salmon dry, and then lightly coat the salmon fillets in olive oil, and sprinkle them with salt and pepper. Then place the fillets onto a foil lined baking sheet with the skin side down, and put them into the oven at 425 F. The pieces should bake for approximately four to six minutes per half inch of thickness.
Epicurious.com features a recipe for slow baked salmon with lemon and thyme, which helps to melt the layers of fat in between the pieces of fish by cooking at a lower temperature for a longer period of time. To make this recipe, first preheat the oven to 275 F. Next, place the salmon skin side down on a foil covered baking sheet and brush them with a half of a tablespoon of olive oil. Then, in a small bowl, mix together 1 tablespoon of olive oil, 1 tablespoon of chopped fresh thyme and the zest of a lemon.
Pour this mixture over the salmon, and then sprinkle them with kosher salt and black pepper to taste. Allow the salmon to sit for 10 minutes, and then bake it for approximately 15 to 18 minutes or until it is slightly opaque in the center.