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Easy Oven Baked Salmon Steaks

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Easy Oven, Baked Salmon Steaks Recipe is a healthy and tasty dinner ready in less than 30 minutes!

  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x


  • 34 salmon steaks* about 1 1/2 inch thick (you can also use salmon filets!)
  • 4 tablespoons melted butter OR olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground paprika
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • Ground black pepper to taste
  • Fresh parsley, finely chopped for garnish
  • Lemon slices, for garnish


  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil or parchment paper and grease with a little cooking spray or oil. You can also use a large baking dish. 
  2. Pat salmon steaks dry with a clean paper towel. 
  3. In a small bowl, combine melted butter or olive oil with minced garlic. Use half of this mixture to baste the salmon steaks, making sure to coat all sides of the salmon.
  4. In a separate bowl, mix honey or brown sugar, Italian seasoning, ground paprika, salt, and ground black pepper. Rub this mixture onto the top of the salmon steaks.
  5. Drizzle the remaining half of the olive oil and garlic mixture over the salmon steaks.
  6. Place the salmon steaks on the prepared baking sheet or oven-safe baking pan.
  7. Bake in the oven for 15-22 minutes or until the salmon is cooked and flakes easily with a fork. See notes on internal cooking temperatures.
  8. Once baked, remove the salmon from the oven and let it rest for 5 minutes before serving. Spoon any extra sauce over the salmon. 

Enjoy your delicious Easy Oven Baked Salmon Steaks!


*In the U.S.A., you may have to ask your fishmonger to special-cut the salmon into steaks. If you can’t find them, use regular salmon fillets! 

The FDA recommends cooking fish, including salmon, to an internal temperature of 145°F (63°C). Here’s a brief guide to internal temperatures for salmon:

  • Rare: 120-125°F (49-52°C) – Some people enjoy salmon cooked to this temperature for a more delicate texture and flavor.

  • Medium-Rare: 130-135°F (54-57°C) – Salmon will be slightly opaque outside and more translucent in the center.

  • Medium: 140-145°F (60-63°C) – This is the recommended safe temperature according to the FDA. Salmon will be opaque and flake easily.

  • Well-Done: 150°F (66°C) and above – If you prefer your salmon well-done, ensure it reaches this temperature.

Keep in mind that there is carry-over cooking, which means the temperature of the salmon may continue to rise a few degrees after you remove it from the oven due to residual heat.

You want to remove the salmon from the oven just before it reaches the desired internal temperature, allowing for carry-over cooking to complete the process.

Using a meat thermometer is the most accurate way to check the internal temperature of your salmon. Insert the thermometer into the thickest part of your salmon fillet, avoiding the bone if there is one.

My preference is 125°F – 130°F, when salmon is the most succulent while still perfectly flaky.

  • Author: Elena
  • Prep Time: 5 min
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Category: Savory
  • Method: American
  • Cuisine: American