Easy Saffron Salmon Kabobs in the Oven

Baked saffron salmon kabobs in the oven can be made with a 5-ingredient marinade in 15 minutes. These spicy salmon bites are one of the easiest appetizers you can make with salmon.

Baked saffron salmon kabobs in oven with onions and peppers on a black tray.

Why You’ll Love These Spicy Salmon Bites

These saffron salmon kebabs are yet another of my easy healthy low-carb salmon recipes. (Like citrus-marinated salmon and paprika salmon with mango salsa.)

Marinate the salmon and vegetables for 10 minutes using a simple yogurt-saffron marinade and pop into the oven.

It is one of those cubed salmon recipes (similar to tandoori salmon recipe) that get cooked very fast. We use a slow-cooking low-temperature setting to bake these salmon kabobs in the oven to preserve their texture. Even then, the total cooking time is just 30 minutes.

A highly nutritious recipe like most of my seafood recipes, this yogurt salmon is also a versatile dish.

These baked salmon kabobs can be eaten as an appetizer. It also tastes great as a wholesome dinner served with a salad and flavored rice.

Salmon has a great flavor on its own, so it needs minimal seasoning. That makes it even easier to cook salmon skewers in the oven.

These spicy salmon bites are the healthiest of all my tandoori, tikka and kabab recipes. Green chicken kabab will possibly be a close second.

Salmon has enough fat which also keeps it moist (no worries, it is the heart-healthy unsaturated fat). So you don’t even need a single drop of oil to cook!

Serve these baked salmon bites with my no-oil avocado chutney for a super healthy appetizer or meal.

Watch How To Make Salmon Kebabs in the Oven

Health Benefits Of Salmon

As we all know, salmon is one of the superfoods with numerous health benefits. It is a highly nutritious fish, rich in heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids, along with protein, niacin, selenium, magnesium, vitamins B6 and B12.

Salmon is also one of the few good sources of vitamin D and has virtually zero carbohydrates, all of which make it one of the healthiest foods.

I love salmon not only for its health benefits but also for its rich flavor and ease of cooking.

This is one of my family’s favorite baked salmon recipes. This is how you make it:


(You can find the exact measurements and instructions in the printable recipe card at the end of this page.)

Labelled ingredients for saffron salmon kebabs in oven.
  • Fresh salmon fillets, cubed: 2 medium-sized fillets for one batch of this recipe.
  • Vegetables: onions, bell peppers.
  • Spices: ginger garlic paste, chili powder (or cayenne pepper), salt and black pepper.
  • Saffron is the special spice that gives the characteristic color and flavor to this kebab recipe.
  • Lime juice: For the tangy flavor to balance the spices.
  • Yogurt: This recipe has no oil, no butter, no cream, yet the kabobs are so creamy. The secret lies in the yogurt that keeps these saffron salmon kebabs tender and juicy.

For those of you who have been following this blog, it should come as no surprise since you know my love for yogurt. Yogurt features in many of my recipes from marinades (tandoori chicken, chicken tikka, baked chicken legs) to sauces (breaded shrimps, tandoori cauliflower, Panko crusted cod).

How To Cook Salmon Kabobs In Oven- step by step

  1. Preheat the oven. Season the cubed salmon with salt, pepper and lime juice.
  2. Mix all ingredients for the marinade.
  3. Add marinade to salmon.
  4. Add onions and peppers.
  5. Mix everything together.
  6. Thread the saffron-infused salmon kebabs and veggies onto skewers and bake!

You are 15 minutes away from enjoying the juicy melt-in-your-mouth spicy salmon bites with a bonus of crunchy roasted vegetables!

Spicy salmon bites with onions and peppers on a baking tray.

Tips To Bake The Best Salmon Skewers In The Oven

  • The secret to baking top-notch salmon kabobs in the oven is the temperature at which they are cooked and the baking time. The kabobs should not get overcooked and rubbery.
  • The best way to cook salmon kebabs in the oven is as low as 120°C/ 250°F for 15 minutes. Cooking at this temperature gives soft and juicy baked salmon bites.
  • Marinate longer to get the best results. You can marinate salmon for up to 1 hour.


  1. The peppers and onions remain crunchy since we are cooking at low temperatures for a short time. If you like them softer and well cooked, thread them in separate skewers and cook at 200°C/ 400°F for 20 to 25 minutes. (after removing salmon from the oven.)
  2. The salmon will be pink, even if it’s cooked through. If you want your salmon kebabs browned, baste with a little olive oil before baking.

Common Questions About Baked Salmon Bites

How do you keep salmon moist while cooking?

Baking at temperatures as low as 120°C/ 250°F keeps salmon soft and juicy while ensuring that it is perfectly cooked and flaky, too.
Cooking at low temperatures is also healthier since it keeps the omega-3 fats in the salmon intact. Though in this recipe we don’t use fats like oil or butter to cook salmon, the moisture is locked in by the yogurt-lime marinade.

How do I cook salmon so it’s not fishy?

Baking with spices, lemon and yogurt is the best and healthiest way to cook salmon.
The unique yogurt marinade with aromatics like saffron, ginger and garlic helps remove the fishy smell and gives a creamy spicy flavor to salmon.

Is it better to bake fish covered or uncovered?

Baking uncovered helps brown the fish on the outside while keeping it moist on the inside.
Covering with foil and baking will steam the fish, making it softer but will not brown the fish. Both are healthier alternatives to pan-frying and result in tender juicy fish fillets.

Close-up view of baked salmon bites with onions and peppers on a black tray.

Can’t get enough of salmon? Learn how to cook oven-baked tandoori salmon without overpowering the natural flavor of salmon. Or try the easy pesto salmon that can be baked within 20 minutes.

Looking for a pan-seared salmon recipe? Try this easy salmon and mushroom sauce.

Love fish? Try these easy fish cakes, baked panko-crusted fish or the lemon-mustard spicy baked fish.

Or make this easy Kerala fish curry that needs just 7 main ingredients.

If you love fish and tandoori flavor, tandoori pomfret will be your next favorite recipe.

What To Serve With These Spicy Salmon Bites

Looking for more skewer recipes?

Chicken tandoori tikka or hariyali paneer tikka could satisfy your craving!

More seafood recipes

Baked salmon kabobs in oven with onions and peppers on a black tray.

Easy Baked Salmon Kabobs in the Oven

Baked saffron salmon kabobs in the oven can be made with a 5-ingredient marinade in 15 minutes. These spicy salmon bites are one of the easiest appetizers you can make with salmon.
Author: Sheeba
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Appetizer, dinner, Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Servings 3 as appetizer
Calories 368 kcal


  • 550 grams salmon fillet 1.2 pounds (2 medium sized fillets)

For seasoning

  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice

For the marinade

  • 2 teaspoon ginger garlic paste
  • 2 tablespoons Greek yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder/ cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon saffron


  • 2 onions cubed, with segments separated
  • 1 cup red bell pepper cubed
  • 1 cup green bell pepper cubed
  • coriander leaves/cilantro for garnishing


Scroll back to find detailed recipe photos!


  • Clean the salmon and chop into 1-1/2 inch cubes. Dice the onions and bell peppers into 1 inch cubes.
  • Season the salmon with salt, pepper and lime juice. Keep aside for 5 minutes while you prepare the marinade.
  • Mix the ingredients for the marinade in a small bowl.
  • Add the marinade to the salmon and mix well.
  • Toss the cubed onions and peppers along with salmon and mix well. Let them marinate for 10 minutes. (note1)
  • Preheat the oven to 120°C/ 250°F.
    Thread the salmon with the vegetables onto the skewers as shown.
  • Arrange the skewers on a baking tray or sheet pan and place in the middle rack of the oven. (remember to line the dish with baking paper to catch the drippings so that cleaning up becomes easier)
    Bake for 15 minutes. Check for doneness using a fork to push through the flesh. The salmon kabab should still be pink but should flake easily.
  • Drizzle some lime juice, garnish with coriander leaves and enjoy!



  • If time permits, marinate the salmon longer. It can be marinated up to 1 hour in advance.
  • The ginger and garlic paste can be replaced with powdered versions. (halve the quantities- 1/2 teaspoon each)
  • Ensure that you set the oven at the specified temperature and not higher. Cooking at a low temperature gives you perfectly cooked tender, juicy salmon skewers.
  • This recipe can be easily multiplied and is perfect for entertaining. The marinating time and cooking time remain the same, whatever the quantity of kabobs you plan to make. Just ensure that you have enough baking trays!
  • You can find more tips in the post above.
  • The peppers and onions remain crunchy after cooking. If you want vegetables that are softened and well-cooked, thread them in separate skewers and cook them separately. Bake them at 200 °C/400 °F for 25 minutes.
  • Since this is a baked recipe, the salmon will still be pink after cooking. If you like well-browned salmon, brush the salmon and vegetables with olive oil before placing them in the oven.
Make-ahead option:
Baked salmon and vegetables stay fresh for 3 days in the refrigerator or 2 weeks in the freezer. Thaw them overnight in the fridge and reheat them in the oven at the same temperature 120°C/ 250°F for 5 minutes. The texture of salmon may slightly change, but would still taste great.
Marinated salmon and vegetables should be cooked within one hour of marinating.
Easy Saffron Salmon Kabobs in the Oven

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