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Tender Broiled Salmon

This easy Broiled Salmon recipe is the 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.

Broiled salmon plated with potatoes and greenbeans and garnished with lemon wedges

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 people watching what they eat. They assume that since it tends to be gluten free, paleo, and clean, that means it’s also got to taste like cardboard. If I just described you, please know have seriously been missing out!

Why You’ll Love This Broiled Salmon Recipe

  • So Versatile: Salmon takes on the flavors of whatever you cook it with. It’s super easy to change things up by adding a marinade, a glaze, or a spiced rub.
  • Super Easy: It doesn’t get much easier than throwing a salmon filet under the broiler. This dinner will be ready before you know it!
  • Great Texture: 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. 
raw salmon topped with olive oil and black pepper

What You’ll Need

For this recipe, you’ll need salmon… I bet you already knew that, though! Here’s what else is on the list. Scroll down to the recipe card for exact amounts.

  • Salmon: You can choose to use one whole salmon fillet or 4 individual salmon fillets, each weighing about 4 to 5 ounces.
  • Olive Oil
  • Garlic
  • Brown Sugar
  • Lemon Juice
  • Soy Sauce: I like to use low sodium so I can control the salt content of the dish.
  • Seasoning: We’ll be using dried parsley, thyme, and oregano along with salt and pepper.
  • Garnish: Totally optional, but I love to broil salmon finished with some fresh lemon and parsley.
Broiled salmon plated with potatoes and greenbeans and garnished with lemon wedges

How to Cook Salmon

  1. Prep: Preheat your broiler. While your broiler is coming to heat, generously grease the baking pan with cooking spray and set it aside.
  2. 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. 
  3. Coat: Add the salmon fillets to the mixture and coat them evenly.
  4. Broil: Transfer salmon to previously prepared pan; broil for 12 to 15 minutes, or until salmon is browned and cooked through. 
  5. Serve: Remove salmon from the oven. Garnish with lemon slices and parsley; serve.

Tips and Tricks

  • Preheat Broiler: 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. 
  • Don’t Walk Away: 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. 
  • Don’t Use a Glass Pan: 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. 🤷‍♀️
Broiled salmon plated with potatoes and greenbeans and garnished with lemon wedges

What to Serve With Broiled Salmon

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:

This broiled salmon is also great served over linguine or zoodles. Or, on top of a bed of lettuce with your favorite salad toppers.

How to Store and Reheat Leftovers

  • Broiled salmon makes great leftovers and I actually love eating it cold over a salad (like our salmon BLT salad!) the next day. You can store your salmon in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.
  • To reheat, gently warm it in the oven so your fillet doesn’t get too dried out.
Broiled salmon plated with potatoes and greenbeans and garnished with lemon wedges

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Broiled salmon plated with potatoes and greenbeans and garnished with lemon wedges
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4.70 from 10 votes

Tender Broiled Salmon Recipe

This easy Broiled Salmon recipe is the 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.
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: broil salmon, broiled salmon, broiled salmon recipe, easy salmon recipes, how to cook salmon
Servings: 4
Calories: 330kcal

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  • 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.

Nutrition

Calories: 330kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 70mg | Sodium: 483mg | Potassium: 634mg | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 51IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 24mg | Iron: 1mg

19 Comments

  • Kimberly
    Apr 14, 2020 at 3:41 am

    5 stars
    This looks like absolute salmon perfection, can’t wait to make it!

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    • Katerina
      Katerina Petrovska
      Apr 14, 2020 at 3:05 pm

      I hope you enjoy it! THANK YOU! 🙂

      Reply
  • Vikki
    Apr 14, 2020 at 5:02 am

    5 stars
    Beautiful crispy skin and delicious tender salmon! I love it!

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    • Katerina
      Katerina Petrovska
      Apr 14, 2020 at 3:05 pm

      Thank YOU! I hope you enjoy it! 🙂

      Reply
  • Allyson Zea
    Apr 14, 2020 at 3:06 pm

    5 stars
    Wow this turned out SO delicious!! Thank you!

    Reply
  • Suzy
    Apr 14, 2020 at 5:19 pm

    5 stars
    This is the best way to cook salmon! Love how tasty this is!

    Reply
    • Katerina
      Katerina Petrovska
      Apr 16, 2020 at 11:56 am

      THANK YOU! I am very happy you enjoyed it! 🙂

      Reply
  • Catalina
    Apr 14, 2020 at 6:40 pm

    5 stars
    I am drooling over this salmon! It looks so tasty!

    Reply
    • Katerina
      Katerina Petrovska
      Apr 16, 2020 at 11:55 am

      Thank YOU! I hope you enjoy it! 🙂

      Reply
  • Toni
    Apr 14, 2020 at 10:03 pm

    5 stars
    This was so good!! My family loved it!

    Reply
    • Katerina
      Katerina Petrovska
      Apr 16, 2020 at 11:55 am

      I am very happy you enjoyed it! Thank YOU! 🙂

      Reply
  • Laura
    May 12, 2020 at 2:26 pm

    5 stars
    This is by far our favorite broiled salmon recipe, it came out perfect and delicious!! I am moving this to my “Favorites” board, as I’m sure it will be requested multiple times in the future! Thank you for a wonderful, easy preparation for broiled salmon!

    Reply
    • Katerina
      Katerina Petrovska
      May 12, 2020 at 6:12 pm

      That’s great! I am very happy you enjoyed it! Thank YOU! 🙂

      Reply
  • Fred
    Jan 1, 2021 at 6:37 pm

    5 stars
    I made this and it was easy and delicious. I had to substitute lime for lemon juice.

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    • Katerina
      Katerina Petrovska
      Jan 12, 2021 at 4:07 pm

      Thank YOU! I am very glad you enjoyed it! 🙂

      Reply
  • Diana Mika
    Apr 10, 2021 at 9:28 am

    2 stars
    I found it just bok. I was disappointed as it broiled too fast on top and did not cook enough inside. The flavor was also just ok. I bought fresh herbs and followed the recipe excited for amazing flavorful salmon. It was disappointing.
    Did not get a crisp texture outside because it was almost burnt. Not sure why the flavors weren’t there nor the texture.

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    • Katerina
      Katerina
      Apr 10, 2021 at 9:57 am

      Sorry you didn’t enjoy the salmon! All ovens cook at different temps, especially the broiler. Yours probably cooks at a higher temp and that is why it was burnt on top. I’d suggest to probably pull out the salmon at around the 10 minute mark. Also, using fresh herbs at that heat (broilers temperature is between 500˚F and 550˚F) will definitely change the flavor and texture of the fresh herbs; it doesn’t destroy them, but it is best to use dried herbs, as my recipe suggests.

      Reply
  • Jan
    Apr 7, 2022 at 6:52 pm

    5 stars
    Oh my gosh Katerina,
    Both my husband and I raved about this salmon, and
    As you said, it was a fast prep, awesome flavor, and perfectly done!
    Thank you so much! Wonderful!

    Reply
    • Katerina
      Katerina Petrovska
      Apr 8, 2022 at 1:29 pm

      That’s great! I’m very happy you and your husband enjoyed it! Thank you for chiming in! 🙂

      Reply

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