I'm not sure what the exact definition of "recipe" is- this post is pretty simple and straightforward. But it IS the easiest and (IMO) tastiest way to prepare fresh salmon.
Salmon filets (about 1/2 to 3/4 lb per person)
Salt or other seasonings (optional)
You can use either one large piece of salmon like this, or several smaller filiets. You can even use salmon-steaks (when it's cut into a circle); you might just have to adjust the cooking time slightly.
Line a baking tray with aluminum foil. Normally I wouldn't bother with this kind of thing, but when you're cooking fish it just makes cleanup WAY easier. Plane the salmon on the tray skin-side down.
Soften a few tablespoons of butter in the microwave- if the butter is to hard you can mess up the salmon trying to spread it around, kind of like toast but way worse.
Spread the butter on the salmon- this will help keep it from drying out while it cooks. You don't have to use as much as I did- I kind of went a little overboard here. You could probably also swap out the butter for olive oil; I have tried that recently but it would serve the same purpose.
This step is optional- if you want to skip it go ahead and pop the salmon in th oven right here.
Anyway, there are plenty of pre-mixed seasonings will work; if you don't want to buy any of those, a little salt and garlic powder or paprika will do the job too. Or do what I do and mix a pinch of each together.
Anyway, sprinkle the salmon with your choice of seasoning. Be careful to not use to much salt. I'd recommend going easy on the seasoning until you figure out exactly how much intensly you like your food spiced.
Preheat your oven to 425 degrees fahrenheit and then put in the salmon.
Bake for about 12-15 minutes. For a piece about an inch think, 15 minutes should be plenty. If they are thinner, reduce the cook-time slightly. Some times if there is a much-thinner part of the filet I'll trim it off and put it in a few minutes lates, but that's not required, especially if you use plenty of butter.
You should be able to slip a spatula pretty easily between the fish and it's skin and lift it cleanly off the tray. Feel free to serve with rice or noodles and your choice of veggies. I would recommend avoiding potatoes and fish since potatoes are a very heavy starch and fish tends to do better with a lighter side-dish. Unless you're doing fish-and-chips of course, but most of those use a whitefish instead,
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