Apple Glazed Baked Salmon

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  • Salmon- you either love it or hate it. Except for this recipe where I turned my close friend from a salmon-hater to a believer.

    Close up of baked salmon on foil with chives and parsley

    Baked Salmon Recipe

    Baking salmon is one of the most popular ways to prepare it. Closely followed by grilling, broiling, pan fry and of course, smoking.

    One of the reasons people love it so much is how easy it is! Don’t get me wrong, I love a lemon dill, BBQ or pesto salmon like the rest of them, but the flavor profiles don’t tend to vary much. Same old, same old.

    baked salmon filet cut into pieces

    Before you start judging this easy salmon recipe, just hear me out. Yes, apples and horseradish sound gross but the sweetness of jelly combined with tartness of horseradish is just a perfect mix. Trust me, it is zippy.

    What? I thought you said it was APPLE Baked Salmon?

    Salmon Glaze

    Yes, apple and horseradish. In fact, here is the whole list.

    ingredients for salmon glaze in a bowl
    • Apple jelly – this serves as the sugar you’d usually add, mostly commonly in form of honey or maple syrup.
    • Champagne Vinegar- vinegar adds the acidity that balance sweet and savory flavors. You can also use white wine or apple cider.
    • Horseradish– this is the “AH” element and rightfully so, but the pungent punch of prepared horseradish isn’t overwhelming when paired with sweet flavors. Think about it paired with sweet ketchup for cocktail sauce.
    • Chives– if onions are for you, omit them. I like the fresh crunch they give in the sauce and for garnish. Scallions are also acceptable.
    • Apple Juice– more sweet and just enough to bind it all together.
    • Kosher salt & Freshly Ground Pepper– according to taste.
    ingredients for baked salmon

    Farm Raised vs Wild Caught

    What is the difference between farm raised and wild caught salmon?

    Wild caught salmon is generally lower in fat and calories because it is leaner from doing all that swimming upstream. The color is a deep, almost neon reddish-pink and it is usually thinner. It is higher in iodine and other contaminants are unknown because the fisher has no idea what it has come in contact with. It is also more expensive.

    apple glazed salmon on a baking sheet

    Farm raised is a little less expensive, more of a light pink color, thicker and more fatty. These fish are generally given antibiotics to prevent disease in their pens and fed a diet of grains and corn since they aren’t finding food in their natural habitat. Many are farmed sustainably to protect the population in the wild.

    There are pros and cons to both farm raised and wild caught salmon. This is a sustainably farm raised Atlantic salmon that has never been frozen.

    How to Bake Salmon

    Since salmon is fairly fatty (the good kind), it can withstand high temperatures. Pair that with the optimal doneness being medium and you’ve got a pretty short cook time meaning that baking is ideal.

    spatula cutting into baked salmon recipe

    For nearly any fillet, line a rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil or parchment to prevent sticking. Heat oven to 350-400 degrees.

    How long do you bake salmon? Bake for 12-15 minutes for 1 inch thickness, more or less accordingly. Meat will be opaque and flaky. This works universally with almost all seasonings, rubs and sauces.

    I sometimes opt to give mine a quick trip under the broiler just to brown the sugars in my glaze, but that is totally optional and will burn if you are simply using a rub.

    juicy medium salmon

    I don’t see the point in doing a foil wrapped salmon- it is essentially steaming it and can actually take longer to cook. There is no benefit to the tenderness of the fibers or flavor.

    Grilled Salmon

    Heat grill to medium-high heat, around 350-400 degrees. Oil grates well to prevent sticking. Also oil a fish basket to prevent sticking, if using.

    Use the same marinade and instructions of first and second coat, but instead cook on indirect heat for 15-20 minutes, depending on thickness. On average, pieces will be 1 inch thick.

    salmon filet on a white plate with salad

    Salmon Temperature

    We are heading into murky territory, foodie friends. Technically speaking, salmon can be eaten raw, which means that if handled and stored properly, you are also free to eat it rare and anything above that.

    fork easily flaking salmon

    Most restaurants serve it medium, which is an internal temperature of 125 degrees, BUT the USDA recommends 145, which to many of us will be overdone.

    Keep in mind that the reason most people don’t like making salmon at home is because it gets dry and that is usually a result of overcooking.

    What to Serve with Salmon

    Anything, really. I usually do some sort of vegetable or leafy green salad with a starch. Here are some of my favorites.

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    More delicious salmon recipes:

    The Ultimate Salmon Sandwich
    angle view of salmon sandwich
    The Ultimate Salmon Sandwich is the best salmon sandwich because it uses two types of salmon with dilled sour cream and caviar on a buttery brioche roll.
    Ancho Citrus Salmon
    Ancho Citrus Salmon Recipe - a base of orange juice concentrate, lemon, ancho chili powder and a drip of honey.
    Ancho Citrus Baked Salmon is a simple, easy, low fat, vitamin packed, deliciously tasty recipe! This ancho citrus marinade is an ideal sauce to use for salmon! 
    Crispy Chipotle Salmon Salad
    Crispy Chipotle Salmon Salad is a simple and healthy salad filled with a fun texture and spicy chipotle peppers. Top with Cilantro Lime Dressing. #salmonsaladrecipe #saladrecipes #bakedsalmonrecipe
    Crispy Chipotle Salmon Salad is a simple and healthy salad filled with a fun texture and spicy chipotle peppers. Top with Cilantro Lime Dressing.
    Pastrami Spiced Salmon
    Pastrami Salmon Rub is a blend of the perfect salmon seasoning! Not only for baked salmon, this rub also work for grilled salmon and salmon kabobs!
    Pastrami Salmon Rub is a blend of the perfect salmon seasoning! Not only for baked salmon, this rub also work for grilled salmon and salmon kabobs!

    Tools for making salmon recipes:

    9 x 13 Glass Baking Dish– an absolute essential for any kitchen! Use it for baking, marinating or storing. Get one with a lid, you’ll thank me later.

    Wood cutting board – wood won’t dull your knives like plastic and if treated properly, has natural antimicrobial properties.

    baked salmon on a baking sheet

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    5 from 12 votes

    Apple Glazed Baked Salmon

    Moist and quick baked salmon with an apple and horseradish glaze. Sweet and savory for the perfect weeknight dinner idea!
    Prep Time5 mins
    Cook Time15 mins
    Total Time20 mins
    Course: Main Course, Main Dish
    Cuisine: American
    Keyword: baked salmon recipe, how long to bake salmon, Salmon in the oven
    Servings: 4
    Calories: 378kcal
    Author: Jessica Formicola



    • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
    • Rinse fish, pat dry and place in a deep glass baking dish coated in cooking spray. Season fish with kosher sea salt and freshly ground pepper.
    • In a small bowl, combine apple jelly, vinegar, horseradish, apple juice and chives. Mix well, however there may be lumps and it will be a little milky. This is normal.
    • Baste over salmon filet, reserving anything leftover, you'll baste it again.
      basting salmon with glaze
    • Bake uncovered, for 10 minutes. Remove, baste again and turn oven to high broil. Broil for 1-2 minutes until edges brown slightly.
    • Remove and allow to sit for 5 minutes before serving. Garnish with additional chives and/or chopped parsley.
    • If you've tried this recipe, make sure to come back and let us know how you liked it! 


    Calories: 378kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 34g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 93mg | Sodium: 121mg | Potassium: 915mg | Sugar: 24g | Vitamin A: 100IU | Vitamin C: 6.4mg | Calcium: 33mg | Iron: 1.6mg
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