The Easiest Salmon You Will Ever Make

True story: I used to be terrified of making salmon.


For some reason, I thought it was going to the most difficult thing ever, and so I just didn’t make it. For a while, I spent way too much buying pieces of pre-cooked salmon from an adorable market down the street from my apartment, totally justifying the cost because I swore salmon just wasn’t something that you could make.

But, of course, it’s super simple.

And that’s where this recipe comes in.


I am declaring this recipe The Easiest Salmon You Will Ever Make (caps totally and completely necessary) because I believe this is true.

All you have to do is preheat your oven, sprinkle some salt, pepper, coconut sugar and red pepper flakes on your salmon (as many pieces as you want, really), and bake. That’s it.


The result is super delicious and it’s even more delicious because of how easy it was. Don’t you love when that happens? You get a sweet and spicy piece of salmon that’s filling and goes with just about any side dish under the sun, from sweet potatoes to brown rice to broccoli to any green salad or veggie you could ever want.

Now that I am confident in my salmon making abilities, it’s one of my favourite proteins to make. On a regular basis, I batch-cook (batch-bake???) salmon and chicken thighs. I make a huge pot of brown rice and roast a whole bunch of sweet potatoes. And I totally rely on frozen broccoli and cauliflower (so cheap and so good). My dinners usually look like a combo of those three things: a good protein, carb, and vegetable. I’ve also been known to liberally pour hot sauce over whatever protein I’ve made.



What are your favourite ways to make salmon? Any flavour combos I should try out?

The Easiest Salmon You Will Ever Make
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This super easy salmon is a great combination of sweet and spicy. It's versatile and goes with any side dish.
Recipe type: Lunch, Dinner
Serves: 2
  • 2 pieces salmon
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 tsp coconut sugar (per piece)
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes (per piece)
  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Put a piece of parchment on a baking sheet.
  2. Sprinkle the salmon with the salt, pepper, coconut sugar and red pepper flakes.
  3. Bake for 25 minutes or until cooked through. Your oven temp might vary and your salmon might be done before that, but this is the sweet spot for my own oven.

Aya Tsintziras is a food blogger at She posts gluten-free, dairy-free and mostly sugar-free recipes, lifestyle and pop culture stories on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays.

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  1. Salmon is quite likely one of my favorite sources of protein on the planet. I’d eat it every day if I had the money to! 😛 Love how simple this recipe is–it looks delicious!

    1. Thank you so much! All about simple and delicious!

  2. Ooooh, sweet and salty anything is just the best–and when it’s on salmon it’s a million times better! My favorite way to make salmon is the way my dad makes it; he grills it on a cedar plank with some sugar and spices on top! It has the yummiest flavor.

    1. Totally agree, sweet and salty is the way to go! That sounds amazing, now I’m hungry!

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