Ranch Salmon

You only need 3 ingredients and 20 minutes to make a delicious salmon recipe with everyone’s favorite flavor: ranch! This baked Ranch Salmon is the ultimate easy weeknight meal.

close up of ranch salmon on a baking sheet


 

Looking for an simple weeknight meal with minimal ingredients? This easy Ranch Salmon is it!

Dry ranch seasoning is a miracle ingredient as far as I am concerned. It is so versatile and can be used on many dishes, including seafood. Some of my favorite recipes that use ranch seasoning are:

Salmon is one of our favorite easy weeknight meals and ranch seasoning is the perfect way to spruce it up, so this Ranch Salmon recipe was a no brainer!

Basting salmon filet with ranch seasoning

Salmon has many health benefits, most of all it is packed with omega 3 fatty acids. In addition, it has been linked to lower cholesterol, reducing the chance of heart attacks, aiding in the building of muscle and it is tasty! 

However, as much as I love salmon, I am very particular about how to cook it! My tips for baking the best salmon are below.

pieces of seasoned salmon on a parchment lined baking sheet

How to bake salmon:

People tend to be very worrisome about making salmon at home when reality, it is very easy. Pay attention, keep an eye on it and you’ll be a salmon pro in no time at all.

  • Always make sure your salmon internal temperature is 145 degrees Fahrenheit at the thickest part of the fillet. Use a meat thermometer to check. 
  • If it flakes easily with a fork that means it’s ready.
  • There’s no need to flip your salmon while it’s cooking.
  • There are 3 things to look for to know if your ranch salmon fillet is ready: firm, flaky, and non-transparent.
Four salmon fillets seasoned with Ranch dressing mix

Here are our favorite salmon recipes:

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 Spiced Salmon

4.34 from 6 votes
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!
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air fryer salmon on a plate with fried rice

Chile Lime Air Fryer Salmon

5 from 5 votes
This quick and easy Air Fryer Salmon is ready in only 15 minutes and seasoned with a zesty chili lime sauce. Perfect for an easy weeknight meal!
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Fork cutting into pesto salmon

Pesto Salmon

4.73 from 11 votes
This Pesto Salmon recipe is the best way to make baked salmon. With only 5 ingredients including Greek yogurt and homemade pesto, it will be your new favorite.
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Best sides for salmon:

spoon in bowl of macaroni salad

Best Macaroni Salad

4.45 from 56 votes
If you’ve ever wondered how to make macaroni salad, this Classic Macaroni Salad recipe is the answer! Great for BBQs, potlucks, cookouts and, of course, garbage plates!
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Garlic Parmesan Asparagus

4.88 from 8 votes
Garlic Parmesan Asparagus is an easy side dish with loads of flavor. One of your favorite vegetables covered in fresh garlic and Parmesan cheese, what could be better? 
See The Recipe!
ranch salmon for pinterest

Tools for making baked salmon recipes:

Rimmed Baking Sheet– another kitchen staple! You’ll use this for prep work, roasting and much more. I have 7 at my house. 

Fish Spatula– It is just a long spatula making it easier to transport and serve longer fish fillets.

Meat Thermometer– Every home kitchen should have a meat thermometer. Never take a guess as to if something is done again! 

Ranch salmon with rice and fresh lemon wedges

Questions you may have about this easy Ranch Salmon:

Can salmon be eaten rare? 

Yes, it can. Salmon can be eaten raw as it is in many sushi rolls. You do need to make sure it was handled properly and kept at the right temperature before eating it below 145 degrees. Always be cautious of eating undercooked or raw meats.

A plate of salmon with rice

How much salmon should I plan for per person? 

Four to six ounces per person is a good amount. While a whole fillet looks impressive, it is easier to get similar size pieces if you get individual fillets. It also cooks faster and more evenly.

Can I freeze salmon? 

Raw salmon can be frozen and in all honesty, has probably previously been frozen before you even bought it.

Freezing fish isn’t the worst thing, in fact it is known to kill some bacteria that could possibly be harmful. (Not all bacteria and you still need to make sure it is handled and cooked properly).

Can you bake frozen salmon? 

You can, I suppose, but I wouldn’t recommend it. It will not cook evenly. I would let it thaw first.

Baked Ranch Salmon for Pinterest
A plate of salmon with rice

Ranch Salmon

4.35 from 29 votes
Looking for an simple weeknight meal with minimal ingredients? This easy Ranch Salmon is it!
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line a rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil or spray a 9×13 baking dish with cooking spray.
  • Baste olive oil over each filet and then sprinkle with dry ranch seasoning.
  • Bake uncovered for about 10 to 15 minutes or until fish is opaque and flakes easily when tested with fork.
  • Allow to rest for 3-4 minutes before serving with fresh lemon wedges. Season to taste with freshly ground pepper and Maldon sea salt.
  • If you’ve tried this recipe, come back and let us know how it was!

Nutrition

Calories: 254 kcal, Carbohydrates: 6 g, Protein: 22 g, Fat: 14 g, Saturated Fat: 2 g, Cholesterol: 62 mg, Sodium: 894 mg, Potassium: 556 mg, Vitamin A: 45 IU, Calcium: 14 mg, Iron: 1 mg
Author: Jessica Formicola
Calories: 254
Course: Main Course, Main Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: baked salmon, ranch salmon
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Jessica Formicola in her ktichen

About the Author

Jessica Formicola

Jessica the mom, wife and chef behind Savory Experiments. You might see her on the Emmy- nominated TV show Plate It! or on bookshelves as a cookbook author. Jessica is a Le Cordon Bleu certified recipe developer and regularly contributed to Parade, Better Homes & Gardens, The Daily Meal and more!

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  1. 5 stars
    Love this recipe, the only thing I do different is I mix the olive oil with the ranch seasoning and then brush it on the salmon!

  2. 5 stars
    I can’t believe I’ve never thought of putting ranch with salmon! Totally trying this recipe!

  3. 5 stars
    3 ingredients?? you know you can count me in!! This sounds so perfect, I just gotta get some salmon and I am all set 😉