Delicious baked salmon recipe with mayonnaise Filipino style! Only 20 minutes in the oven to get the best salmon that is moist and full of citrusy flavor! This is an easy family recipe with a trick to perfectly cook salmon every time!
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This baked salmon recipe with mayonnaise is easily a childhood favorite! The salmon is perfectly cooked in the oven with a combination of the lemon and mayo seasoning.
It can be very easy to dry out salmon in the oven, but this post will explain the best way to cook your salmon and the kitchen tool you need to get the best results each time.
With very simple ingredients, this Filipino baked salmon with mayo recipe will have people asking you for the technique on cooking your salmon. Be prepared!
This post will go over everything you need to know to create this baked salmon recipe with mayonnaise.
Recipe difficulty: Infant to beginner status (No joke, the kitchen tool described below does all the work for you in the oven!)
This baked salmon with mayo and soy sauce recipe is super easy to knock out during a weeknight dinner in just 20 minutes! Only 1 kitchen tool needed to bake the salmon in the oven! Say hello to a moist, cooked fish that is definitely restaurant quality.
Sam’s Pro Tips for this Baked Salmon Recipe with Mayonnaise
- Secret tool – Use a BROILER PAN! Alright folks, this pan will get you perfect salmon each time! You don’t even need to tent the salmon with aluminum foil! Easy, easy, easy! There are a couple steps to make this process work. First, spray the BROILER PAN with non-stick spray as the salmon will lay right on top! Second, make sure to fill the bottom with water! Every time my mom makes this, she always fills the bottom pan with water and she sprinkles rosemary directly on top of the water. I know it sounds weird, but somehow, it’s almost as if the steam from the water combined with the rosemary further infuses the salmon as it bakes! As the oven preheats, this pan will already be in the oven and the water will heat in the pan to create steam.
How to Keep the Salmon Moist
- Score the salmon: This is another trick to keep the salmon moist! By cutting slits into the salmon, the soy mixture will further seep into the fish creating an incredible flavor! This process is very similar to our Stuffed Chicken Bake Recipe where we add the vent holes on top to release steam. Make sure you don’t skip this step! The slits just need to be deep enough without cutting into the skin for the soy sauce and lemon juice to get in there!
- Baste the salmon while the oven preheats: You’re probably thinking what the heck does that mean? Trust me, this is another trick for us to get an easy creamy salmon out of the oven. So, while the oven is preheating, in a small bowl have the salmon sit in the seasoning juice. Depending on how long it takes for your oven to reach 400 degrees, it may take at least 10 minutes? During that time, is where we baste the salmon every couple minutes. All you need to do is spoon the seasoning juice over the salmon while it rests in the bowl. So simple! At this step of the process, the salmon will already be scored so each time we baste the salmon in the seasoning juice it just further sits in the slits before the salmon bakes.
Just to be Safe…..
- Don’t forget to wash your salmon! I know this may sound like a no-brainer, but honestly, I didn’t know this when I first started cooking! Especially when you buy salmon fresh, you may be thinking it looks already clean and washed. This seriously only takes like 10 seconds, and just ensures you don’t have any leftover scale particles or other foreign specks on the fish.
Key Ingredients – Baked Salmon Recipe with Mayonnaise
Below are some key ingredients for this recipe:
- Salmon: Obviously you would want a good quality salmon always! For us, we really like Fresh Atlantic salmon from Trader Joe’s or the value pack from Costco. I remember my mom buying the salmon pack from Costco and it was enough to feed the whole family. Rarely do we get Alaskan Sockeye salmon. It’s not a bad choice, but it seems to dry out faster. Does this happen to anyone else? Also, we cook the salmon with the skin on as it bakes. I personally love the salmon skin and eat it whole after baked!
- Mayonnaise: You can use Light Mayo or the whole deal. For 1 pound of salmon is usually 3 tablespoons of mayonnaise. This is the base of what creates this creamy salmon recipe and is great in combination with the soy sauce and lemon juice. Honestly, I love this salmon recipe with the mayonnaise with white rice.
- Soy sauce: Alright so usually I’m not a stickler on what type of soy sauce to use, but for this recipe there is a brand we stick with! We love the Knorr Original Liquid Seasoning in combination with the salmon. This type of soy sauce seasons the fish perfectly and has the best flavor. You can use other brands of soy sauce you like, but for the best results this brand hits the spot!
- Lemon juice: We all know lemon pairs well with fish and this dish is no exception! The juice of 1 lemon is needed. If you don’t have fresh lemon on hand, usually 1 lemon can yield 3 tablespoons of store-bought lemon juice.
- Dried rosemary leaves: I definitely do not use fresh rosemary for this baked salmon with mayo and soy sauce. All I use is the dried rosemary seasoning to get a nice, herbed flavor on the salmon. Make sure not to accidently get ground rosemary as this is a different texture and the measurements provided in the recipe is for dried rosemary leaves.
More Variations to this Recipe
There are a few ways you can variate this baked salmon recipe with mayonnaise. Here’s how:
- Change the toppings: You can easily switch up the rosemary used in this recipe with dried parsley. Or you can add fried garlic bits on top of the mayonnaise mixture to get a more garlic taste! However, I love this recipe as is especially since this is the one my mom made as a kid.
- What can I pair with this dish? White rice of course! Did you think I was going say anything different? Make sure to have extra lemon wedges on the side if you want additional lemon juice when plating. Asparagus will also go great with this dish or any other type of vegetable. Try our Spiced Honey Glazed Carrots Recipe with Pecans for a great sweet and savory combination! Or for a real authentic Filipino dish, we sometimes eat with our fish this Salted Egg Salad Recipe perfect on the side.
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Frequently Asked Questions
What temperature should you bake salmon?
Depending how you like your salmon cooked, we usually cook our salmon at 400 degrees for 20 minutes to keep the inside of the fish moist. Make sure to use the broiler pan with water to keep the fish moist.
Should salmon be baked covered or uncovered?
For this recipe, we bake the salmon uncovered as the steam from the water is what cooks the salmon.
Do you flip salmon when baking?
We bake the salmon skin side down and it doesn’t need to be flipped when baking.
How much juice can you get from one lemon?
Usually, 1 lemon can yield 3 tablespoons of juice depending on the size of the lemon.