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Baked Salmon with Garlic Cilantro Sauce

Baked Salmon Recipe with Garlic Cilantro Sauce


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)
  • 1/2 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
  • 1/2 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 1/2 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

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