Chimichurri Baked Salmon is an easy fish recipe just perfect for busy weeknights!
A smear of chimichurri sauce and a hefty layer of charred thinly- sliced garlic and sweet onions add amazingly fresh flavor to this simple salmon recipe sealing in moisture ensuring this salmon will be perfectly cooked and flaky in minutes. A weeknight dinner dream that’s also perfectly appropriate for dinner parties!
Weeknight Dinner Dream (even for people who suck at meal planning)
Let’s be honest. Even as a food blogger and mama of three who was a kick-ass stay-at-home mom for years I still SUCK at meal planning. Even in the off-chance that I remember to take something out of the freezer there’s typically some much needed ingredient I’ll be missing. And living 20 minutes from a grocery store, there’s no way I’m running to grab it.
Which is probably why improvisation, getting creative in the kitchen and recipe development comes so easily to me now.
This oven baked salmon recipe is the result of one such improve night. Armed with a few salmon fillets because they defrost quickly under a stream of cool water. And a handful of various alliums from the garden I opened the fridge looking for a jar of mayo. If you’ve never been introduced to this fisherman’s-favorite salmon recipe trust me slathering mayo on fish before baking sounds crazy but is creates a crispy layer that locks in moisture and cooks fish perfectly. Even better if you add any mix of flavorings to the mayo beforehand.
But this time instead of mayo I noticed my homemade chimichurri verde sauce to use as a stand-in for the flavor packed mayo layer.
Boom! A perfect way to elevate simple baked salmon. And since it’s done in less than thirty minutes with just a minute of prep – if you’ve already got the sauce – this fish recipe is a weeknight dinner dream.
What to serve with Chimichurri Baked Salmon?
Depending on how much time you have you can serve this easy baked fish a number of ways. With rice or noodles and steamed veggies like asparagus, spinach or broccoli. On a bed of mixed green with a thick slice of sourdough bread. Or as on a toasted roll with mixed greens as chimichurri salmon sandwiches. Or in a toasted corn tortilla with pickled red onions as chimichurri fish tacos.
How to Make Chimichurri Baked Salmon
Chimichurri Baked Salmon Recipe
- 1 ½ pounds salmon cut into 2-4 filets
- 1 cup chimichurri verde (1/2 cup divided among filets and ½ cup reserved for serving
- 1 medium sweet onion thinly sliced
- 2 large garlic cloves thinly sliced
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Place salmon fillets, skin side down, onto parchment or foil lined baking sheet. Divide chimichurri in half, using 1/2 cup to evenly coat the salmon filets and reserving remaining 1/2 cup for serving.
- Then top chimichurri-covered salmon with a generous layer of onions and garlic.
- Bake until just cooked through, when salmon reaches about 130 degrees or until flesh is set and still pink in the center but can easily be flaked with a fork. About 10-14 minutes depending on thickness of fish.
- Remove and carefully lift flesh away from skin. Serve with remaining chimichurri sauce on the side over a bed of mixed greens, with rice and steamed vegetables or use to make chimichurri salmon tacos, burgers or sandwiches.
I prefer to bake salmon uncovered in a hot oven, but this recipe also works great as a baked salmon in foil recipe or a grilled salmon recipe. Simply season as the recipe calls for and continue baking or grilling as desired.
Looking for more easy baked fish recipes?
- Citrus Glazed Salmon Salad – another great salad with big flavor and baked salmon
- 10 Minute Lemon Salmon Bowls – swap out the greens for rice in this winning combo of quick baked fish and a side
- Salt Crusted Baked Fish – another impressive but actually super easy way to serve baked fish
- Ari shares her amazing Slow Baked Salmon with an herb compound butter over on her blog Well Seasoned