This was actually my first time cooking salmon and I was surprised at how easy it was. It took almost no time to prepare and it came out great! I thought for sure I'd have to make this recipe, maybe adjust an ingredient or add something else to flavor the fish––and that it ouldn't be ready to photograph and post right away. But, I was wrong. Baked salmon is one of the easiest foods I've ever cooked. I had been looking online to figure out how long I would need to cook the fish for and how to tell when it was done––just to be sure I knew what I was doing when it came time to cook dinner. I found that a general rule for slow cooking salmon at 350 degrees F, is to bake it for 15 minutes per pound. I had a two pound fillet so it should have cooked for 30 minutes and exactly on the 30 minute mark, I stuck a fork into the center of the fish and it flaked apart perfectly. The small amount of lemon and thyme are just enough to subtly flavor the salmon but still let its own natural flavor shine through as it melts in your mouth! I was in love with the light coming in through my kitchen window right before I put the salmon in the oven... I think I ended up spending more time photographing the fish then (and delaying dinner), than after it was cooked! My kitchen faces north so the light that comes in is always very soft and beautiful, but I also live in a house surrounded by woods, so there's a very small "golden hour" window where I get gorgeous lighting. I guess I should just start making dinner earlier so I have that beautiful light to photograph all of my finished dishes in!
Baked Salmon with Lemon and Thyme
Prep Time: 5 min Cook Time: 30 min Total Time: 35 min Serves: 6
2lbs salmon fillet
2 tsp olive oil
2 tsp fresh thyme leaves
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Cover a baking sheet with parchment paper and place your salmon fillet on top. Pour the olive oil across the top of the salmon and using the back of a spoon or your measuring spoon, spread across the entire fish. Sprinkle thyme leaves across the olive oil. Slice one lemon and place slices across the salmon. Bake for 30 minutes.
Salmon cooks at 350 for 15 minutes per pound. Be sure to take this into consideration if scaling this recipe up or down and adjust your cooking time accordingly!
Remove from oven and photograph it until it’s cold feed to your hungry family or guests. Just kidding, serve with the remaining lemon cut into wedges and enjoy!