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Level 6: Soft & Bite-Sized Easy Baked Salmon

Easy Baked Salmon

This Level 6: Soft & Bite-Sized Easy Baked Salmon recipe is so simple and requires few ingredients! All you need is a salmon fillet, salt, pepper, and an oven!

Easy, Baked Salmon

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Eventually, I’ll post variations to this recipe with sauces to give it lots of flavor. However, I wanted to post this recipe as a blank slate. That way, if you wanted to, you could get creative with flavors at home! 

I think the most important part of this recipe is how to cook the salmon. If you’re new to cooking meat/fish for a dysphagia diet, I hope this post will help. You can read our post on modified meats here, or go to our get started page. Sometimes, meats can develop an exterior crust that make it hard to swallow. By baking the salmon, you will avoid that!

All you need to do is season the salmon with salt and pepper, and bake! The color will become more pale pink. The salmon will stay soft and you’ll be able to flake it easily with a fork.

Level 6: Soft & Bite-Sized

Level 6: Soft & Bite-Sized is appropriate for individuals who have good tongue control and force and can manage chewing. At this level, the size of each bite is predetermined, and can be appropriate for individuals with some pain or difficulty chewing, or those who may not choose appropriate bite sizes without help.

Food pieces can be no larger than 15mm square for adults or 8mm square for children. Foods must have no separate thin liquid, but should be soft and moist. The pressure from a fork or spoon must be able to mash the pieces easily; this is called the Fork Pressure or Spoon Pressure Test. In these tests, the utensil must be able to easily cut through or break apart the food using only the side of the utensil. When mashing the sample to test, only use as much pressure as causes your thumbnail or fingernail to blanche white. After mashing, the food must not return to its original shape. We recommend watching IDDSI’s Youtube video of the Fork Pressure and Spoon Pressure Test before you cook as well as during the testing of your final modified portion.

Always test your food before serving to ensure that it meets all the IDDSI testing guidelines.

Easy to flake, easy to eat

Raw Salmon
Baked Salmon

According to IDDSI, you’ll need to cut it easily with a fork into 1.5 cm pieces for a soft and bite sized diet.. Just make sure the salmon is cooked all the way through! If it is, you will EASILY be able to achieve both of these requirements. If you look at this picture, you can see how easily I could flake the salmon with my fork.

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Serve this Level 6: Soft & Bite-Sized Easy Baked Salmon with a wedge of lemon and voila, the easiest baked salmon ever! It’s also incredibly delicious. 

I hope you enjoy this recipe! It should be an easy way to incorporate fish into your modified dysphagia diet. 

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Level 6: Soft & Bite-Sized Easy Baked Salmon

This Level 6: Soft & Bite-Sized Easy Baked Salmon recipe is so simple and requires few ingredients! All you need is a salmon fillet, salt, pepper, and an oven!
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time12 minutes
Course: Main Course


  • Salmon
  • Salt & pepper
  • Lemon wedges for serving


  • Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
  • Place the salmon on a baking sheet. Season generously with salt and pepper.
  • When the oven is preheated, cook the salmon for 10-12 minutes. The salmon is done when it’s easily flaked with a fork and cooked all the way through.
  • Serve warm with a slice of lemon. Enjoy!

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