How to Bake Cajun Salmon in the Oven

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Coated in a flavorful blend of herbs and spices, baked Cajun salmon is an inspired take on a classic dish. Low in calories and packed with protein, this flavorful variation is simple enough for a quick dinner, yet elegant enough for company. Whip up a side dish of steamed or sauteed veggies, and you've got a nutritious, satisfying meal in under 30 minutes. For an extra burst of zesty flavor, garnish the salmon with lemon or lime wedges before serving.

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Prepare a Cajun spice mixture by combining 2 parts each cayenne, garlic powder and paprika with 1 part each dried oregano, thyme, onion powder and black pepper. Season the mixture to taste with salt, or skip the salt altogether if you're sticking to a low sodium diet. You may also use a store-bought Cajun spice mix, if desired.

Lay the salmon, flesh-side up, in a lightly oiled baking dish or rimmed baking sheet. Line the dish with aluminum foil for easy cleanup, if you wish.

Brush the salmon lightly with olive oil and rub with the Cajun spice mixture so it is completely coated.

Bake the salmon until the flesh is opaque and flakes easily with a fork, about 12 to 15 minutes for individual fillets. Cooking times can vary depending on the size and thickness of the salmon.