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This Healthy Baked Chili Lime Salmon requires just 4 ingredients and 15 minutes to make. It’s super healthy, and super flavorful. You can’t beat this kind of easy dinner recipe!

Chili lime salmon in foil.

This salmon recipe is super simple and easy and makes for a quick and delicious week night meal. We know, not everyone loves fish. No need to worry, because between the freshly squeezed lime juice and chili powder, this salmon recipe packs so much flavor. Even our kids have learned to love it, and often choose fish for their special birthday dinners. 

Fish contains a ton of omega 3 fatty acids, and is a fantastic healthy addition to your diet, so we do our best to add one fish recipe to our meal plan each week. Once you whip up a salad, vegetable side dish, and your favorite carb, you’ve got yourself one healthy, well balanced, and totally delicious meal. Only 15 minutes to a delicious, healthy meal? Whoa, that feels like a miracle.

  • Can I make this with any other type of fish?

    Yes! This recipe is a really delicious way to prepare many different types of fish. Yellowtail, mackerel, mahi mahi, trout, and stripped bass are similar to salmon and would make a good substitution.

  • What should I serve on the side?

    There are so many great options! Green beans are always a great idea, as well as mashed potatoes and dinner rolls! Roasted broccoli is also always a good option. 

  • What temperature does Salmon need to be cooked to?

    The USDA recommends that fish needs to be cooked to an internal temperature of 145 degrees F. However, some say that salmon is overdone at this point. For a medium to medium-well cook on your salmon, remove the salmon from the skillet when it reaches 125-130 degrees F and let it rest for 5 minutes.

  • Tips for Buying Salmon


    Ask to smell your salmon before purchasing when purchasing salmon from a fish counter or fish market. The salmon shouldn’t have a fishy smell. A fishy ocean-like smell indicates that the salmon is not fresh and may have been sitting there for a while. Fish should always smell clean and fresh. Generally, you want to cook it the same day. If using frozen fish, consume the fish as soon as possible after it thaws for maximum freshness and minimum fishiness.

  • Storage and Reheating Instructions:

    We really don’t love to reheat fish. It never tastes quite as good or stays moist enough for our taste. However, if you find that you have leftovers and need to reheat, we recommend that you do it low and slow in the oven. Reheat your salmon in an oven preheated to 275 degrees Fahrenheit until warmed through, approximately 15 minutes. 

A filet of chili lime salmon.

If you like this recipe, you may be interested in these other delicious fish recipes:

Watch the video below where Rachel will walk you through every step of this recipe. Sometimes it helps to have a visual, and we’ve always got you covered with our cooking show. You can find the complete collection of recipes on YouTube, Facebook Watch, or our Facebook Page, or right here on our website with their corresponding recipes.

A filet of chili lime salmon.
This Baked Chili Lime Salmon requires just 4 ingredients and 15 minutes to make. It's super healthy, and super flavorful. You can't beat this kind of easy recipe!
Prep Time 3 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
  • 1 fresh salmon filet about 1 pound
  • 2 limes
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro for garnish (optional)
  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Lay the salmon, scale side down in the baking dish. Season the salmon with salt. Sprinkle the chili powder over the salmon and rub it all over.
  • Squeeze the juice from one of the limes over the salmon. Spread it out with your hands so that it mixes with the chili powder.
  • Bake in the preheated oven for 12-15 minutes, until salmon flakes easily with a fork.
  • Serve with remaining lime, cut into slices or wedges.


Calories: 173kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 22g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 62mg | Sodium: 212mg | Potassium: 609mg | Fiber: 1g | Vitamin A: 360IU | Vitamin C: 9.7mg | Calcium: 28mg | Iron: 1.3mg
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Baked Chili-Lime Salmon
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January 20, 2017 9:03 am

5 stars
Made this and added a dash of Thai fish sauce. Delish, thank you!

August 9, 2017 7:38 am

5 stars
Hi I’m on a keto friendly diet gonna take your recipe and add chili lime rimming salt instead.. thanks for The recipe it sounds delish its just I’m cooking at work for a couple of us need something quick

February 26, 2014 8:53 pm

Hi! This looks so great! thank you! But how on earth do you get the salmon to oven cook without all that unnattractive white stuff coming out? I believe it is the salmon fat, but I have never been able to cook salmon without it happening, so have given up. I do hope you know what I mean! Thanks again!

February 27, 2014 12:08 am
Reply to  Anonymous

The white stuff is coagulated protein. You pretty much will always get at least a little bit of it, but overcooking salmon creates more of it. Brining it in a little salt water for 10 minutes before cooking can drastically reduce the white stuff.

April 1, 2014 12:28 am
Reply to  Anonymous

How many calories

April 1, 2014 1:18 am
Reply to  Anonymous

Well, there are 412 calories in a half filet (198 grams), so it'll be about that since the other ingredients have negligible calories.

April 1, 2014 2:27 pm
Reply to  Anonymous

Thanks so much.

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