Baked Whole Salmon

I bought a whole frozen 1.5lb salmon for about $4.50 a pound at the farmer’s market, which is extremely cheap by farmer’s market standards. Googling for recipes turned out to be a bit tricky because I didn’t want a recipe, I just wanted to bake it. As it turned out, this recipe from Livestrong was a pretty good starting point. Here’s what I did (though all the flavorings are actually optional – what matters is the fish):

  • whole salmon
  • 1 lemon
  • olive oil
  • salt and pepper

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Slice the lemon in thin rounds. Rinse the salmon in cool water. Scale as needed (run a knife lightly over the scales to get rid of them). Put the salmon on an aluminum foil-lined pan (cut off the tail if it doesn’t fit). Rub olive oil, salt, and pepper on both sides and in the cavity of the salmon. Arrange the lemon slices in a row inside and on top of the salmon. Cover the whole thing with aluminum foil and put it in the oven. Bake for approximately 35 minutes. Let rest 10 minutes before serving.