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Cilantro Lime Baked Salmon

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Cilantro lime baked salmon is a heart healthy and flavorful dinner. Great for a quick weeknight meal.

salmon shredded with a fork.
Delicious cilantro salmon

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The flavors of lime, cilantro and jalapeño are always a favorite in my house. With salmon they go together so well.

Salmon can be cooked in a variety of ways, but baking it in the oven is how I often cook it. Salmon can take a little longer to cook than other types of fish, but is worth the wait.

The process to making cilantro lime baked salmon is so simple, and the results are delicious.

What Are The Benefits Of Eating Salmon?

Salmon is one of the most nutritious types of fish to add to your diet. Salmon is high in protein, yielding approximately 20 grams in only 3 ounces. It is also low in saturated fat.

Salmon contains no carbs and is also rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which are good for the heart and the brain. It also supplies many vitamins and minerals, such as vitamin B6 and vitamin B12, as well as iron, zinc, niacin.

two fillets of salmon on a plate.
Tasty cilantro lime salmon

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • A great source of protein.
  • Low in carbs and high in flavor.
  • Great for meal prep.

Ingredients You’ll Need

  • Salmon
  • Olive Oil
  • Lime Juice
  • Jalapeño
  • Garlic
  • Salt
  • Ground Pepper

How To Make This Recipe

four image process making cilantro lime baked salmon.
Cilantro lime baked salmon process

I like to buy my salmon fresh from the fish counter at the store, which is what I recommend. However, frozen fish that has been completely defrosted before cooking can be used as well.

Step 1:

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. To prep the salmon, pat it dry and place it on a baking sheet lined in foil.

Step 2:

To make the cilantro lime sauce, add the fresh lime juice, olive oil, jalapeño and garlic to a food processor. Then purée until it’s smooth.

This makes the most delicious sauce for the salmon.

Step 3:

Sprinkle the salmon with a little salt and pepper, then spread the cilantro lime mixture all over the top of the salmon.

Step 4:

Bake the salmon for about 15 minutes. To be sure it’s completely cooked, use a meat thermometer to check that the salmon is cooked through to 145 degrees.

top view of salmon fillets on a plate.
Easy baked salmon with cilantro lime

How Do I Store Leftover Salmon?

Place salmon in an airtight container and place in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Can I Freeze Cooked Salmon?

Yes. Place the salmon in a freezer safe container, or wrap tightly in aluminum foil. Properly stored, salmon will last in the freezer for about 2 – 3 months. 

Yield: 6 Servings

Oven Baked Cilantro Lime Salmon

two fillets of salmon on a plate.

Oven baked cilantro lime salmon is a heart healthy and flavorful dinner. Great for a quick weeknight meal.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


  • 2 pounds fresh salmon
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 jalapeño, roughly chopped
  • 2 tablespoons cilantro, roughly chopped
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 lime, juiced


  1. Preheat oven to 400°. Line baking sheet with foil and lightly spray with cooking spray.
  2. Add olive oil, jalapeño, cilantro, garlic and lime juice to food processor. Process until smooth.
  3. Place salmon on foil and pat dry. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  4. Spread the cilantro lime mixture over the top of the salmon until covered evenly. Bake for 15 minutes, or until internal temperature reaches 145°. Serve warm.


If sensitive to spice, deseed jalapeño before use. 

The internal temperature of the salmon should be at least 145°.  Continue cooking until salmon reaches temperature.

Nutrition Information:



Amount Per Serving: Calories: 235Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 70mgSodium: 114mgCarbohydrates: 1gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 31g

Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.

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Thursday 21st of November 2019

I love the flavors of lime and cilantro together. But haven't combined that with salmon before. Great idea!


Thursday 21st of November 2019

Thanks! I hope you enjoy. :)


Thursday 21st of November 2019

Fantastic! My husband's 2 favorite things are salmon and cilantro, so he can't get enough of this!


Thursday 21st of November 2019

That's great! They are fantastic together.

Shadi Hasanzadenemati

Thursday 21st of November 2019

I made your recipe for a gathering the other day and everyone kept asking for the recipe. It was totally a hit!


Thursday 21st of November 2019

That's awesome! :)


Thursday 21st of November 2019

This looks fabulous! It's 9 in the morning and I want this asap!!


Thursday 21st of November 2019

Haha, it's that good! :)


Thursday 21st of November 2019

You never go wrong with salmon, this one is delicious can't wait to make it again! Plus it is a healthy meal too.


Thursday 21st of November 2019

Thanks, Adriana. :)

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