Everything But the Bagel Salmon is the perfect weekday meal. This healthy baked salmon recipe is made with just FIVE ingredients and is ready in 15 minutes. You'll love the bright flavors from lemon and classic everything bagel seasoning.
Everything But the Bagel Salmon
Whether you call it Everything But the Bagel Salmon or simply Everything Bagel Salmon, this simple salmon recipe is the perfect simple and easy way to bake salmon. I cook salmon for my family every week or two. It's so simple and fast to prepare plus it tastes great. Plus the entire family including the twins gobble it up every time. Since I cook salmon so often, I'm always looking for ways to mix it up, and this healthy Baked Salmon recipe is the perfect way to do that.
This flavor-packed salmon recipe could not be easier to prepare and can be on your table in less than 15 minutes making it a perfect weekday meal. It also LOOKS fancy enough if you want to make this for the weekend or for a dinner party. It will be our little secret on how simple it is to make!
What is Everything But the Bagel Seasoning?
If you aren't familiar with Every But the Bagel Seasoning yet, you are missing out! It's the perfect combination of flavors found on your favorite New York-style Everything Bagel. It's made of a blend of dried onion, garlic, black sesame seeds, regular sesame seeds, poppy seeds, and sea salt flakes. The flavors POP and go well with so many savory dishes including this Everything But the Bagel Salmon.
The spice mix first became popular at Trader Joe's but is sold at many grocery stores now including ALDI. You can also make your own very easily though! I even have the perfect DIY Homemade Everything Bagel Seasoning recipe.
Why You'll Love Everything Bagel Salmon...
- This Everything But the Bagel Salmon is healthy AND delicious. It's salty and savory in the best way.
- It's a fabulous weeknight dinner and can be made for meal prep too.
- Salmon night can feel a bit repetitive, which is why you are going to LOVE this salmon with everything seasoning. It's great because the entire mix of spices you need for the dish comes in one bottle! No need to pull a bunch of stuff out of the cabinets. This recipe is SO easy.
- This entire Everything Bagel Salmon is made with just FIVE ingredients including no added oil!
- Salmon is a superfood with so many other health benefits! See the list below.
- It's low-carb, low-cal, high-protein, gluten-free, pescatarian, clean eating, and more.
Health Benefits of Eating Salmon
- This is also a dinner you can feel good eating because salmon is so good for you. One serving of salmon is around 200 calories is very low in saturated fat and is a good source of protein. This recipe is only 260 calories a serving.
- Salmon is full of omega-3 fatty acids which support heart health. It's also full of vitamins like B12.
- It's low in unsaturated fat and a great part of an anti-inflammatory diet.
- This superfood-packed dinner is tasty AND good for you.
- Salmon Filet: Look for fresh or frozen salmon fillets at the grocery store. You'll want a 4-6-ounce portion for each person you are serving.
- Lemon: Fresh lemon juice and slices add some brightness and zest to the recipe plus make it look prettier.
- Spicy Mustard: Your favorite Dijon mustard adds a bit of moisture and flavor to the salmon without having to add oil.
- Honey: Just a touch of honey balances out the mustard and brings out the sweetness of the salmon.
- Everything But the Bagel Seasoning: Buy an already-made blend HERE or make my DIY version HERE. It's a blend of dried onion, garlic, black sesame seeds, regular sesame seeds, poppy seeds, and sea salt flakes and sometimes pepper.
How to Buy Salmon
When you are buying salmon at the store look for a piece that's vibrant and doesn't smell. You'll also want to find a piece that looks moist.
Don't assume that the "fresh" fish at the seafood counter is the best option either. Unless it's marked "fresh never frozen" it's probably the same as the frozen fish that they are also selling. I'll often buy frozen fish because then I can keep it in my freezer and thaw it out when I want to cook it. Most frozen salmon now is frozen right after it's been caught and vacuum-sealed keeping it safe. If you have access to a fresh fish market or live near the coast where fresh fish is available do that, otherwise frozen might be your best option. Uncooked, raw salmon has a short fridge and you'll need to eat it within 48 hours of buying it.
The Monterey Bay Aquarium always has great information on the best salmon to buy for sustainability.
Here's an overview of how to cook Everything But the Bagel Salmon. The full recipe is below.
- Spray a baking pan with cooking spray and preheat your oven to 425 degrees. Put your salmon fillets in the baking pan and pat them dry.
- Cut the lemon in half and carefully cut four thin slices out of the lemon. Take the remaining lemon and squeeze the juice out over the salmon.
- In a small bowl mix together the mustard and honey. Brush the mixture over the salmon. You'll want to generously coat it.
- Carefully sprinkle the Everything bagel seasoning on top of the salmon.
- Put the lemon slices on top of the salmon.
- Bake for 10-12 minutes or until the salmon just starts to flake.
Tips on Cooking Salmon:
Salmon cooks very quickly in the oven so don't wander too far from the kitchen. Even the thickest pieces shouldn't take more than 10-15 minutes. You should cook this Everything But the Bagel Salmon for four to six minutes for every half-inch of thickness.
Thinner slices of salmon will take around 8 minutes while thicker slices could take closer to 12 minutes.
How to Tell When Salmon is Done
Salmon is done when it turns opaque and starts to flake with a fork. I prefer my salmon just slightly on the rare side. The USDA recommends you cook your salmon to 145 degrees, but I feel like that makes a very dry and overcooked salmon. I prefer to cook my salmon between 125-130, but there is a small risk with that.
I love this Everything But the Bagel Salmon recipe as written, but here are some fun variations.
- Make it an Everything Bagel Salmon Sheet Pan Meal: You can add a quick-cooking vegetable like green beans, carrots, or asparagus to the pan to make it an all-in-one sheet pan dinner by cooking it on a baking sheet. For easy clean-up line it with parchment paper.
- Make it on the Stove: You can also cook this on a stove top by searing it. Add olive oil to a hot oven-safe saute pan on medium-high. When the oil is hot Place the salmon skin side down and cook for 3 minutes. Lower the heat to medium and cook for another 3 minutes. Flip the fish to the everything bagel seasoning crust side is down and finish cooking until done, which should be around 2-3 more minutes.
- Make it in the Air Fryer Salmon: Make this in an air fryer by preheating the air fryer to 400 degrees. Add the salmon in a single layer and cook for just 8 minutes! No need to flip it.
Storage & Leftovers
Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.
I do not recommend freezing this recipe as the fish will get a strange consistency and the fish will turn more fishy. You technically can freeze it for up to 2 months, but I think it's better to just make this one fresh.
Can salmon be raw in the middle?
Salmon can be served medium-rare but like a steak. Leaving the salmon slightly undercooked allows it to retain its moisture and be more tender. However, eating undercooked food does always have some risk, so use caution when doing it.
How long do I bake salmon at 425?
A 4-6 ounce salmon fillet takes 10-15 minutes to cook, depending on its thickness. Thicker pieces take longer to cook through than thinner ones. It's done when the flesh turns translucent and it easily flakes with a fork. Baking individual portions of salmon is best at a higher temperature like 425 degrees, while a large side of salmon should be cooked closer to 375 degrees.
Everything But the Bagel Salmon is the Perfect Dinner
This Everything But the Bagel Salmon is such a perfectly healthy dinner idea. The Everything Bagel Seasoning has the perfect blend of savory spices and the lemon brings out all of the freshness of the fish.
I love this for a quick easy weeknight meal and I'm sure you will too. I serve mine with my Everything Bagel Roasted Potatoes as shown in the photos but there are some other great ideas to turn this into a healthy meal. Feel free to also serve it with any of my 25+ Healthy Side Dishes for Salmon.
What to Serve with this Recipe:
- Everything But the Bagel Potatoes
- Lemon Parmesan Roasted Broccoli
- Rosemary Lemon Asparagus
- Parmesan Garlic Mashed Cauliflower
- Sauteed Kale with Garlic and Lemon
- Oven Roasted Sweet Potato & Brussel Sprouts
- Simple Roasted Sweet Potatoes
More Healthy Salmon Recipes to Try:
- Blackened Baked Salmon
- Parmesan Panko Crusted Salmon
- Baked Salmon with Rosemary
- Salmon Ceviche
- Grilled Cedar Plank Salmon with Peach Salsa
- Salmon Foil Packets with Rainbow Veggies
- Balsamic Glazed Salmon
- Pesto Salmon
- Easy Baked Lemon Salmon with Greek Yogurt Dill Sauce
- Teriyaki Salmon Bowls
More Everything But the Bagel Recipes to Try:
- Homemade Everything But the Bagel Seasoning
- Everything Bagel Stuffed Celery
- Everything Bagel Cucumber Bites
- Everything But the Bagel Sweet Potato Chips
- 4 Ingredient Everything But the Bagel Dip
- Everything Bagel Guacamole
- Crispy Everything Bagel Chickpeas
- Everything But the Bagel Hummus
- Everything Bagel Stuffed Mini Bell Peppers
Everything But the Bagel Salmon
- Preheat the oven to 425 degrees and spray a baking pan with cooking spray.
- Cut 4 thin slices out of the lemon. Squeeze the juice from the rest of the lemon on the salmon.
- Mix together the mustard and honey in a small bowl. Spread the mixture over the salmon.
- Sprinkle the salmon with the everything bagel mixture and put a lemon slice on top of each piece of fish.
- Bake for 10-12 minutes or until the salmon flakes with a fork.
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