15-Minute baked salmon recipe, prepared Mediterranean-style with a delicious garlic cilantro sauce, tomatoes and lime. This easy baked salmon is a regular on the dinner rotation, and it's made a beautifully burnished entree next to things like grilled vegetables and Greek lemon rice and more (lots of ideas below). Be sure to grab my tips for how to bake salmon perfectly (no one likes overcooked salmon!) and watch the video tutorial below.

Baked Salmon with Garlic Cilantro Sauce

Easy Salmon Recipe, and the Secret is in the sauce

A meal that is simple for any night of the week, but fancy enough for special occasions? So few recipes can satisfy these two requirements at once, but I have to say, this easy baked salmon recipe absolutely does it. There is a reason it's a fan-favorite!

I'm of the opinion that baked salmon is super delicious even with just a little pinch of salt and pepper and a generous drizzle of good extra virgin olive oil. But, the secret to this good lookin' baked salmon recipe is in the garlic cilantro sauce. This flavor-packed sauce is made by blending loads of fresh cilantro with a little lemon juice and Private Reserve Greek extra virgin olive oil. All you need is a small food processor or blender. The sauce coats the salmon well and imparts great flavor in just the few minutes of baking. So good!

Garlic Cilantro Sauce with Lime and Olive Oil for Baked Salmon Recipe

Not a fan of cilantro? Try your favorite herb...basil or mint will work well here!

We've got the flavor covered, but probably the trickier thing, and the thing that most people struggle with, is achieving perfectly baked salmon. Many--and I used to be one-- tend to over-cook salmon in the oven. These few tips below are worth considering.

Tips for How to Bake Salmon Perfectly

Succulent, perfectly baked salmon that is moist, tender, and flaky is not too hard to achieve. The one important thing to remember is to avoid overcooking it. Here are a few tips to help with that:

1. Bring salmon to room temperature. Simply set it on the counter for 15 to 20 minutes or so (depending on the size of your salmon). This will help it cook more evenly.

2. Even thicker salmon fillets will cook quickly.  Heat your oven to 425 degrees F and set the salmon pan in the top half of the oven. Allow about 4 to 6 minutes of time per half inch of thickness (so if your salmon fillet is about 1-inch thick, allow 8 minutes of cooking time.) Salmon is ready when it turns a nice opaque pink. Watch the cooking process closely, after 8 minutes of cooking, do a quick knife test by poking the salmon in the thickets part to see how it flakes.

Baked Salmon Served with slice of Lemon

3. Take the guess work out, invest in an instant read thermometer like this one. Internal temperature of baked salmon should be anywhere between 125 degrees F to 140 degrees F, depending on how well-done you like it. Personally, I'll take my salmon out of the oven at 125 degrees F or 130 degrees F, and then I  let it rest for 5 minutes or so as it will continue to finish cooking at that point.

4. One last thing to remember, wild salmon has less fat than farmed salmon, so it could dry out even more quickly.

What to serve with this Baked Salmon Recipe 

This baked salmon recipe is super easy to pair with many Mediterranean sides and salads! I've mentioned grilled vegetables and Greek lemon rice at the top of this post, but this salmon works great next to Greek  potatoes, Lebanese rice, or this barley and roasted vegetables. I love it with this quick Mediterranean Salad, traditional Greek salad or balela. If you want something fresh to start, Gazpacho soup is your ticket. And if you like, add a dip or a dollop of something special, Greek Tztaziki sauce or classic hummus!

Baked Salmon Served with extra garlic cilantro sauce on side and more tomatoes

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Baked Salmon with Garlic Cilantro Sauce

Baked Salmon Recipe with Garlic Cilantro Sauce

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Simple Baked Salmon Recipe, prepared Mediterranean-style with a tasty garlic-cilantro sauce, tomato and lime slices. Comes together in 15 minutes! Grab the tips and serving suggestions below.



For the Garlic Cilantro Sauce

  • 4 to 6 garlic cloves, chopped
  • Salt
  • 1 whole bunch fresh cilantro, stems trimmed (only remove about 1 inch of the stems)
  • ½ cup Private Reserve extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 lime, juice of

For the Salmon

  • 2 lb skinless salmon fillet
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 large tomato, sliced into rounds
  • ½ lime, sliced into rounds


  1. Take salmon out of fridge and set at room temperature for 15 to 20 minutes or so. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
  2. In the bowl of a small food processor, add all the ingredients for the garlic cilantro sauce. Blend until everything is well combined into a sauce.
  3. Place the salmon fillet in a lightly oiled baking pan like this one. Sprinkle lightly with salt and pepper. Now spoon the garlic-cilantro sauce on top of the salmon fillet and spread evenly to coat the salmon. (You will have extra garlic-cilantro sauce, pour it into a small bowl to serve next to the salmon.)
  4. Arrange the tomato and lime slices on top of the salmon fillet.
  5. Place the baking pan in the top half of your heated oven, bake for 4 to 6 minutes per ½ inch of thickness (if your salmon fillet is about 1-inch thick, check for doneness at 8 minutes or so).  Test temprature with an instant read thermometer, and remove salmon from heat at somewhere between 125 degrees F and 130 degrees F, cover lightly with foil and let rest for another 5 to 8 minutes or so to finish cooking. Enjoy!


  • Cook's Tip: Perfectly baked salmon should turn a nice opaque pink in color and should be moist, tender and flaky.  To avoid overcooking salmon, bring it to room temprature before baking (step #1) Watch the cooking process closely and check for doneness using an instant read thermometer. Salmon is ready when it's internal temperature reads between 125 degrees F and 140 degrees F. Here, I like to take it out at the 125 degrees F mark and let it rest for 5 to 8 minutes to finish cooking. A simple poke with a knife at the thickest part will also allow you to see the color and how flaky the fish is.
  • What to serve along? This salmon works well with many Mediterranean dishes like Lemon riceGreek potatoes, simple Mediterranean salad, Tzatziki Sauce...(more ideas in the post above)
  • Leftovers? You can store leftover baked salmon in the fridge for 2 days. My preference is to eat the leftovers cold or at room temperature.
  • Recommended for this Recipe our Private Reserve Greek extra virgin olive oil (single estate. Hand-picked. Cold pressed. From organically grown and processed Koroneiki olives)
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  • Prep Time: 7 mins
  • Cook Time: 8 mins
  • Category: Entree
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean

*This post first appeared on our site in 2016 and has been recently updated with new information and media for readers' benefit. 

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  1. Sofee says:

    Can limes be replaced with lemons?

  2. Maudy says:

    This was the third recipe from the website that I made this week. All three were amazing and will be made again! I cut the portion of fish in half so I have some of the sauce left over. How long do you think it will last in the fridge? Thanks again, I really enjoy your videos and recipes.

    1. TMD Team says:

      Hi, Maudy! Go glad you enjoyed this one. The extra sauce can be stored tight-lid glass jar in the fridge for about a week. The oil will separate from the lemon as it sits in the fridge, so, just give it a gentle shake before using.

  3. Arti says:

    Made this last night. Amazing.

    1. Suzy says:

      Thanks, Arti!

  4. Becky Beerling says:

    This is such a great dish! It is easy enough for a weeknight meal but also can be made for a special occasion. Thanks for sharing!

  5. Cassi says:

    Have made several times for guests and they are blown away!

    1. Suzy says:

      That's awesome, Cassi! Thank you so much!

      1. Ash says:

        Will this garlic-coriander marinade work with chicken? If so, how long should I keep it in the oven for?

      2. Suzy says:

        Hi, Ash! I think you could certainly try this marinade with chicken. Cooking time would depend on the cut of chicken you are using. It should remain in the oven until it achieves an internal temperature of 165 degrees F. You could use this recipe as a guide (there are cooking instructions here for pan frying, grilling and baking) : https://www.themediterraneandish.com/best-chicken-marinade-recipe/

  6. Julie Elzeftawy says:

    Already get your recipes. And have tried a few. Have loved them. My husband is from Egypt also. Alexandria. He has enjoyed them too. I am having problems printing them for future use. Please advise. Am loving your Greek lemon garlic cod

    1. Suzy says:

      Hi, Julie! So glad you are enjoying the recipes. What problems are you having with printing so I can try to advise?

  7. Marie says:

    So perfect!

    1. Suzy says:

      Thanks, Marie!

  8. Maria J Del Re says:

    Simple ingredients and great flavor. Thank you

    1. Suzy Karadsheh says:

      Glad you enjoyed it, Maria!

      1. Natalie says:

        Personally not a fanof salmon - but I think this would translate lovely to a white fish (cod, halibut or haddock)

  9. Sommer says:

    Love that I can have this made in no time and feel good about what my family is eating!

    1. Suzy Karadsheh says:

      Totally! I'm with ya!

  10. Andrea Thompson says:

    I couldn't find cilantro so I used basil. So Delicious!!

    1. Suzy Karadsheh says:

      Awesome, Andrea! Basil works here very well too!

  11. Marjory says:

    I always hate to drag out my food processor...but it's so worth it. The topping is amazing! Love this recipe!

    1. Suzy Karadsheh says:

      I hear ya! But you're right, the cilantro sauce is so worth it!

  12. Tanya Schroeder says:

    Wow that sauce sounds incredible!

  13. lauren kelly says:

    Oh my word, that garlic cilantro sauce is incredible! My family devoured this!

  14. Toni says:

    I really loved how easy this is to make!! Perfect for busy nights!

  15. Tisha says:

    I love salmon, and love finding new recipes! Garlic cilantro sauce sounds so incredible can't wait to try it!

  16. Natalie says:

    I love baked salmon! Looks so delicious and healthy - great for a light dinner or lunch!