This easy Broiled Salmon recipe is the healthy, delicious, and hassle free dinner you’ve been looking for! Perfectly seasoned and lightly crisp on the outside, but tender and juicy on the inside.
An Easy Broiled Salmon Recipe
I think salmon can sometimes get a bad rap. I know, some people LOVE their salmon, but I feel like others assume it’s just for dieters. They assume that since it tends to be low-carb, gluten free, paleo, and clean, that means it’s also got to taste like cardboard.
If I just described you, please know – you, my friend, have seriously been missing out!
I love salmon because it is fresh, meaty, and super versatile. It’s loaded with omega-3 fatty acids, potassium, vitamin B, and protein, too! Salmon is also a super absorber of any marinade or glaze. This makes every bite juicy and flavor packed.
Why Broil Salmon?
I really like to broil my salmon, as opposed to baking, because of the texture. It makes for a really crispy, flaky crust while the inside stays tender and juicy. It cooks evenly and there’s no need for you to flip it. Since this recipe calls for brown sugar, the crust will have this amazing caramelized texture that you seriously won’t be able to stop eating.
Salmon also broils really quickly, and you know me, I LOVE a quick meal!
When you bake salmon, it will take longer and the outside won’t be nearly as crisp. Trust me, broiling is the way to go!
For this recipe, you’ll need salmon. I bet you already knew that, though! But, you do have some options here. You can choose to use one whole salmon fillet or 4 individual salmon fillets, each weighing about 4 to 5 ounces.
In addition to the salmon, you’ll need:
- olive oil
- brown sugar
- lemon juice
- low sodium soy sauce
- Dried herbs – parsley, thyme, and oregano
- Salt and fresh ground pepper
- Lemon slices
- Chopped fresh parsley
How to Broil Salmon
- Prep: Preheat your broiler. While your broiler is coming to heat, generously grease the baking pan with cooking spray and set it aside.
- Mix: In a mixing bowl, combine the olive oil, minced garlic, brown sugar, lemon juice, soy sauce, parsley, thyme, salt, oregano, and pepper. Whisk everything until it’s thoroughly incorporated.
- Coat: Add the salmon fillets to the mixture and coat them evenly.
- Broil: Transfer salmon to previously prepared pan; broil for 12 to 15 minutes, or until salmon is browned and cooked through.
- Serve: Remove salmon from the oven. Garnish with lemon slices and parsley; serve.
How Long Does it Take to Broil Salmon?
- Broiling salmon can be done really quickly. It won’t take you more than 12-ish minutes. For the best results, preheat your broiler for about 5 minutes before you put the salmon in. Make sure your oven rack is set about 5 inches below the broiler itself.
- The one thing to be cautious of with a broiler is that things can change very quickly. So, make sure you are monitoring things closely. Don’t simply set a timer and walk away. You may come back with completely crisp salmon. Broiling your salmon may take less or more time based on your broiler.
- Since we are choosing to broil, please be sure you do not use a glass pan! Glass is likely to shatter under the hot heat of a broiler. No one want wants their broiled salmon served with a side of glass shards. 🤷♀️
I really like serving my broiled salmon with a green veggie and a lite starch like lemon herb rice, quinoa, or roasted potatoes.
My favorite green veggies to serve with broiled salmon:
- Roasted or steamed broccoli
- Green beans sauteed with lemon and garlic
- Roasted Brussels sprouts
- Baked asparagus
This broiled salmon is also great over linguine or zoodles. Or, on top of a bed of lettuce with your favorite salad toppers.
Tender Broiled Salmon Recipe
- 1 whole salmon fillet (18-20 ounces), or 4 individual salmon fillets, each weighing about 4 to 5 ounces
- ¼ cup olive oil
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon low sodium soy sauce
- ½ teaspoon dried thyme
- ½ teaspoon dried parsley
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon dried oregano
- ¼ teaspoon fresh ground pepper
- lemon slices, for serving
- chopped fresh parsley, for garnish
- Preheat broiler.
- Generously grease baking pan with cooking spray and set aside.
- In a mixing bowl combine olive oil, minced garlic, brown sugar, lemon juice, soy sauce, parsley, thyme, salt, oregano, and pepper; whisk until thoroughly incorporated.
- Add salmon to the mixture and coat evenly.
- Transfer salmon to previously prepared pan.
- Broil for 12 to 15 minutes, or until salmon is browned and cooked through.
- Remove from oven.
- Garnish with lemon slices and parsley; serve.