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Old Bay Roasted Salmon

Classic Old Bay seasoning makes this fresh salmon recipe pop with flavor! And the simple oven-roasting method couldn’t be easier. I’m positive this Old Bay Roasted Salmon will become a regular on your menu!

overhead shot of roasted salmon fillets with brussel sprouts and yellow squash

Easy Oven Roasted Salmon with Old Bay Seasoning

I know what you’re thinking. What is Old Bay seasoning? It’s not something you hear about often, but Old Bay is a classic seasoning that’s been around for over 75 years. The secret formula is, well, a secret – but the blend includes black pepper, red pepper, paprika, and dry mustard. It packs bold flavor and definitely kicks things up a notch.

There’s also a wonderful herb-y flavor thanks to celery salt and possibly some bay leaf, plus spicy notes that could be cardamom or a nutmeg. Again, it’s a secret formula, so I’m guessing!

Whatever the case though, this awesome spice blend is hugely flavorful, utterly cravable, and works amazingly on this simple roasted salmon!

close up shot of roasted salmon fillets with brussel sprouts and yellow squash

Recipe Ingredients

  • Salmon: This recipe uses about 1 pound of salmon fillets.
  • Olive Oil: For brushing on the fillets. About 2 tablespoons of olive oil should do it, and you can use extra virgin, virgin, or light olive oil. Avocado Oil works great, too.
  • Old Bay Seasoning: You’ll need 1 teaspoon of this classic seasoning mix.
  • Garlic and Onion Powder: These help give an intensity of flavor to the rich salmon.
  • Dried Dill and Parsley: These classic herbs give a little extra contrast to the salmon’s flavor.
overhead shot of seasoned raw salmon fillets

Can You Use Frozen Salmon?

Yes! And while some cooks encourage cooking fillets straight from frozen, I think the texture and flavor are better if you thaw salmon before cooking.

To do this quickly, place the fillets in sealed food storage bags (if they’re not already sealed in plastic). Then place the bagged fillets in a large bowl or basin of cold water for one hour, replacing the water with more fresh cold water halfway through. Easy!

How to Make Oven Roasted Salmon with Old Bay Seasoning

Roasting salmon really couldn’t be easier! It’s also a very fast method, essentially requiring you to just preheat the oven, season the fillets, and go! That’s one reason it definitely qualifies as an easy weeknight recipe!

  1. Prepare the Oven, Pan, and Fillets. Preheat the oven to 450˚F. While it heats, generously grease a baking sheet or pan with cooking spray. Then place the fillets, skin side down, on the baking sheet, and brush them with olive oil
  2. Combine the Seasonings and Rub Onto the Fillets. In a small mixing bowl, blend the Old Bay seasoning, garlic powder, onion powder, dill weed, and parsley; mix well to combine. Rub this spice mixture onto the fillets, all around the top and sides. There’s no need to season the skin side.
  3. Roast! Bake the fillets for 8 to 10 minutes, or until they flake easily with a fork. You can also use an instant read thermometer to check for doneness; salmon is cooked through when internal temperature registers at 145˚F.
  4. Enjoy!
side shot of cooked salmon fillets seasoned with old bay seasoning

Tips for the Best Oven Roasted Salmon

  • Use Parchment: While it’s fine to cook this salmon directly on your baking sheet or pan, it makes cleanup a lot easier to line your pan with a large piece of parchment paper .
  • Choose Wild: If possible, go for wild-caught salmon fillets (whether frozen or fresh). Most cooks agree that wild-caught salmon has a superior flavor to its farmed counterpart!
  • Select for Size: It’s best to use fillets that are all about the same size and thickness, so that they cook evenly. If your fillets are too different in size, the smaller ones may overcook while the larger ones remain undercooked!

Serving Suggestions

  • Start with Soup: Warm up to the meal with my Quick and Easy Instant Pot Corn Chowder. Its bacon-y sweetness goes well with just about anything, but especially seafood! Yum!
  • Buttery Bread: I just love serving hot, buttery yeast rolls with this dish, and my No-Knead Dinner Rolls are an extra-good choice because they’re fast and easy!
  • Simple Salad: Yep, a simple salad is always a good idea, right? You could do a classic garden or Caesar salad, or try something a little different with my Cucumber Salad with Sour Cream Dressing. It’s so minimalist, and so very good!
overhead shot of roasted old bay salmon fillets with brussel sprouts and yellow squash

How to Store and Reheat Leftovers

  • To refrigerate: store the leftover salmon fillets in food storage bags or airtight containers. Salmon fillets will keep in the refrigerator for 3-4 days.
  • To reheat: place leftover fillets in an ovenproof dish and cover loosely with foil. Bake at 275˚F until heated through, about 15 minutes.
  • I don’t recommend freezing the leftover salmon, as it tends to become dry and/or mushy when thawed and reheated.
overhead shot of roasted salmon fillets with brussel sprouts and yellow squash
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5 from 6 votes

Old Bay Roasted Salmon

This simple and easy roast salmon recipe features fillets seasoned with dried herbs, spices, and Old Bay seasoning, and then quickly roasted in the oven for a superior flavor and texture.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: easy salmon recipe, old bay seasoning, oven roasted salmon recipe, salmon dinner
Servings: 4
Calories: 307kcal

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 450˚F.
  • Generously grease a baking sheet or pan with cooking spray.
  • Place fish, skin side down, on the baking sheet.
  • Brush fish fillets with olive oil.
  • In a small mixing bowl combine old bay seasoning, garlic powder, onion powder, dill weed, and parsley; mix to combine.
  • Add spice mixture to the fillets and rub it all around the top and sides.
  • Bake for 10 minutes, or until fish flakes easily with a fork. You can also use an instant read thermometer to check for doneness; salmon is cooked through when internal temperature registers at 145˚F.
  • Remove from oven and serve.

To Make with Roasted Vegetables (optional)

  • Prepare halved brussel sprouts and slices of yellow squash with a drizzle of olive oil, salt, and pepper; arrange on baking sheet and roast for 10 minutes.
    Add raw salmon fillets around the veggies and continue to roast for 10 more minutes, or until salmon is cooked through.

Nutrition

Calories: 307kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 34g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 94mg | Sodium: 76mg | Potassium: 833mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 81IU | Calcium: 25mg | Iron: 2mg

13 Comments

  • Jen
    November 12, 2020 at 7:05 pm

    5 stars
    This is such a genius idea! My hubby introduced me to Old Bay when we were dating (I had never heard of it before). It’s perfect on just about everything. Can’t wait to try this recipe.

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    • Katerina Petrovska
      November 18, 2020 at 7:09 pm

      Thank you so much! I hope you enjoy it! 🙂

      Reply
  • Beth
    November 12, 2020 at 7:38 pm

    5 stars
    Yum! My daughter and I are going to love this recipe! I can’t wait to make this!

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  • Catalina
    November 13, 2020 at 10:56 pm

    5 stars
    This salmon looks so inviting! Love how easy is to make this dish!

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    • Katerina Petrovska
      November 18, 2020 at 7:08 pm

      Thank you! I hope you enjoy it! 🙂

      Reply
  • Kevin
    November 16, 2020 at 5:44 pm

    5 stars
    I have been craving salmon and this was the answer! I am so glad I cam across this!

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    • Katerina Petrovska
      November 18, 2020 at 7:07 pm

      I hope you enjoy it! Thank YOU! 🙂

      Reply
  • Cathy
    November 16, 2020 at 6:21 pm

    Such a flavorful dinner! My family loved it!

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    • Katerina Petrovska
      November 18, 2020 at 7:03 pm

      Thank YOU! I am very glad you enjoyed it! 🙂

      Reply
  • Sandra McCollum
    November 16, 2020 at 7:59 pm

    5 stars
    This is such an amazing salmon recipe!! Love how tasty it is!

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    • Katerina Petrovska
      November 18, 2020 at 7:03 pm

      Thank YOU! I hope you enjoy it!!

      Reply
  • Sara Welch
    November 16, 2020 at 9:25 pm

    5 stars
    Gave this a try for dinner last night and they did not disappoint! Easily, a new family favorite dish!

    Reply
    • Beti
      November 18, 2020 at 7:01 pm

      That’s great! I am very glad you enjoyed it! Thank YOU! 🙂

      Reply

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