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Overhead view baked salmon in roasted red pepper sauce in white and black skillet

Baked Salmon with Roasted Red Pepper Sauce

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  • Author: Lindsay Cotter
  • Total Time: 26 minutes
  • Yield: 3 servings 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free


Baked salmon is a nutritious, delicious meal, but it’s even better with a creamy roasted red pepper sauce on top! This one-pan salmon recipe is perfect for Christmas dinner.



For Roasted Red Pepper Sauce

  • 1/2 cup jarred roasted red peppers (see notes if using fresh peppers)
  • 1/4 cup smoked nuts (almonds and/or cashews)
  • 1 plum tomato, chopped
  • 2 Tablespoon red wine vinegar or sherry cooking wine
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • Pinch of paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1/3 cup or 34 ounces heavy cream (or non dairy unsweetened creamer/milk)
  • Fine kosher salt and pepper to taste

(printable sauce recipe can be found here)

For Baked Salmon

  • 3 fillets or 1518 ounces of salmon, skin removed
  • 1 Tablespoon coconut oil, ghee, or other high smoke point oil
  • 1/2 lemon, cut into slices
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh oregano
  • Sea salt
  • Black pepper


Roasted Red Pepper Sauce

  1. Blend all sauce ingredients except for cream.
  2. Add sauce to small saucepan over low heat and stir in cream. Stir on low heat until warm, smooth, and combined, about 2-4 minutes. Set aside. 

Baked Salmon

  1. Preheat oven to 400 F.
  2. Heat oil in oven-safe pan over medium-high heat.
  3. Sear one side salmon in hot oil for 2 minutes, then flip salmon over and sear other side for 2 minutes.
  4. Add prepared roasted pepper sauce to pan with salmon. Heat for 2 minutes, then transfer pan to oven.
  5. Bake at 400F for 10 minutes, or until salmon is no longer pink. 
  6. Garnish with sliced lemon, oregano. Season with sea salt and pepper, to taste.


If you don’t have jarred peppers, you may use fresh red peppers. Roast 1 large or 2 small red bell peppers, remove skin, slice and remove seeds. Adjust sauce consistency with cream.

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 16 minutes
  • Category: Main
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 6 oz.
  • Calories: 351
  • Sugar: 3.5 g
  • Sodium: 177.3 mg
  • Fat: 20.6 g
  • Saturated Fat: 6.5 g
  • Carbohydrates: 8.2 g
  • Fiber: 2.5 g
  • Protein: 35.7 g
  • Cholesterol: 90.8 mg