These Easy Baked Salmon Steaks are an easy weeknight meal that's done in just 20 minutes!
This best baked salmon recipe is done in only 20 minutes! Salmon is one of our favorite types of fish. I've been seeing salmon steaks at the grocery store this summer, and I thought it would be great to give them a try.
Salmon steaks are a cut of salmon that have the bone in the center and have more smaller bones in the salmon than typical fillets. Keep this in mind - because it will be important to de-bone the salmon (except for the main bone) before you make it. That way, you don't have pesky bones in your salmon while you're trying to eat.
Baking salmon is one of the easiest ways to make delicious fish! Salmon is known for its health benefits, and this recipe is a great way to make it in a short amount of time.
I love serving this with a side salad and some couscous or with roasted vegetables.
Why You'll Love this Recipe
Delicious - This baked salmon recipe is so delicious. Each bite is packed with flavor that your family will truly love! This salmon is also great for entertaining a crowd!
Approachable - This recipe is approachable and is easy to make. You only need a sheet pan and a small bowl to make this recipe!
Versatile - This is great for an easy weeknight meal or a meal prepped lunch! This salmon pairs with a variety of dishes, making it a versatile meal you can enjoy again and again.
Here are the simple ingredients you will need for this Baked Salmon Steak recipe:
- Fresh Salmon Steaks - Small bones removed. You can also use salmon fillets if you can't find salmon steaks.
- Olive Oil
- Kosher Salt
- Black Pepper
- Garlic - minced. You can also use garlic powder
- Onion Powder
- Chili Powder
- Basil - for serving. You can also use other fresh herbs, lemon wedges, or lemon slices for serving.
Let's make this recipe together!
Preheat oven to 400F.
Pat salmon steaks dry. Rub with olive oil and place salmon on a baking tray or baking dish lined with aluminum foil or parchment paper.
Combine salt, black pepper, minced garlic, onion powder, and chili powder in a small bowl. Rub spice blend on both sides of the fish steak.
Bake salmon steaks for 12 minutes, or until the internal temperature of the thickest part of the salmon reaches 145F, when the fish flakes with a fork.
Expert Tips and Tricks
Here are some expert tips to make this delicious recipe perfect.
Check your Salmon - Keep an eye on your salmon while it is baking to ensure it doesn't overcook!
Complete the Meal - Complete the meal with a simple side salad and couscous or orzo.
Utilize Leftovers - Use leftovers for meal prep. Add a piece of salmon to a container with couscous, quinoa, or your favorite grain and add some roasted veggies for a delicious prepped meal.
Here is some kitchen equipment you will need for this recipe. You can find all of these products on Amazon.
Instant Read Thermometer - I recommend investing in an instant read thermometer so you can quickly tell if your food is cooked properly.
Sheet Pan - Use a good quality sheet pan so your salmon cooks evenly.
Mixing Bowl - I love these mixing bowls and use them daily in my kitchen. They are great for tossing salads, mixing ingredients, and even serving!
Here are some common recipe substitutions and variations for this easy recipe.
Types of Salmon - You can use a salmon filet in place of a salmon steak. Cooking time may vary depending on the thickness of your salmon, so make sure you check on the internal temperature so it is not overcooked. You can also use sockeye salmon, king salmon, Atlantic salmon, wild salmon, or your favorite salmon based on personal preference.
Cooking Method - You can also pan sear these salmon steaks. Heat olive oil in a pan over medium-high heat and sear for 4 minutes per side.
Seasoning Variation - You can add as many other spices as you like to the spice blend on these salmon steaks. Some suggestions include dried herbs, smoked paprika, or lemon-pepper seasoning.
Frequently Asked Questions
Salmon steak does not taste any different than salmon fillets. A salmon steak is just a different type of cut of salmon that is typically thicker than smaller fillets.
This is entirely up to preference. Salmon contains many fatty acids, making harder to dry out than other fish. Salmon cooked at a lower temperature will be soft and flaky, and salmon cooked at a higher temperature will develop a nice crust in the oven.
Salmon is very versatile and is delicious with a variety of spices! You can use garlic, onion powder, lemon pepper, lemon juice, melted butter, dill, basil, parsley, oregano, rosemary, cilantro, and thyme to season salmon.
What to Serve With
Here are some side dishes to serve with this easy baked Baked Salmon Steak recipe!
- Easy Greek Salad
- Lemon Butter Pasta
- Aglio Olio
- Honey Sriracha Brussels sprouts
- Sautéed Sweet Potatoes
- Maple Bacon Brussels Sprouts
- Broccolini with Whipped Goat Cheese
Recipe Storage and Reheating
Here are storage and reheating instructions for this recipe.
Refrigerator Storage: Store in an airtight continuer and eat leftovers within 4-5 days.
Freezer Storage: Freeze in a freezer-safe, airtight container and keep for up to 3 months. When you're ready to use, thaw in the refrigerator and reheat as instructed below.
Reheating Instructions: The best way to reheat this recipe is to heat in a skillet with a little olive oil over low heat until warm.
Other Recipes to Try
Easy Baked Salmon Steaks
- 4 salmon steaks small bones removed
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon black pepper
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
- Fresh basil for serving
- Preheat oven to 400F.
- Pat salmon steaks dry. Rub with olive oil and place on a lined baking tray.
- Combine salt, black pepper, garlic, onion powder, and chili powder in a small bowl. Rub spice blend on both sides.
- Bake salmon steaks for 12 minutes. Top with fresh basil and serve.