The best baked salmon recipe

Each year, I am lucky enough to enjoy catching some of the bountiful salmon that inhabit Lake Michigan. Below is the best baked salmon recipe in my collection. Read on for an ingredient list, step-by-step instructions, as well as tips and substitutions.

Basil-Parmesan Salmon Recipe

  • Olive oil
  • Two, eight-ounce salmon fillets, skin removed
  • Salt, to taste
  • Black pepper, to taste
  • 1/4 cup Mayonnaise
  • 5 Basil leaves
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese

Step 1: Coat baking sheet lightly in olive oil. Then pre-heat oven to 425° F.

Step 2: Place seasoned salmon on prepared baking sheet.

Step 3: Sprinkle desired amount of salt and pepper over the fillets.

Step 4: Chiffonade the basil leaves. Mix them in with the mayonnaise and cheese in a bowl. Stir until combined.

Step 5: Gently and evenly spread the mixture over the top of the salmon with a spoon.

Step 6: Place baking sheet on the middle rack of your oven until the salmon flakes easily and the spread has browned slightly, about 10-12 minutes.

Substitutions and Tips

This dish can be super rich. I actually prefer it that way. But if you want something a little more refined, there are two options for you.

The first is adding a squeeze of fresh lemon juice to the fillets prior to seasoning with salt and pepper. The acid from the citrus will help balance the richness of the topping.

Another method to contemplate is pairing this protein with a fresh side salad. Again, for the sake of balance.

Be sure to check on the salmon at around the 9-10-minute mark. If the fish is close to done, but the mayonnaise and cheese mixture isn’t showing signs of browning, move the fish up the top rack for a minute or two. If you take this route, be sure to keep a close eye on the fish to avoid overcooking.

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