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Tender Broiled Salmon

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.

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

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! 

Recipe Ingredients

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
  • garlic
  • brown sugar
  • lemon juice
  • low sodium soy sauce
  • Dried herbs –  parsley, thyme, and oregano
  • Salt and fresh ground pepper

For garnish:

  • Lemon slices
  • Chopped fresh parsley

How to Broil 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.
Broiled salmon plated with potatoes and greenbeans and garnished with lemon wedges

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. 🤷‍♀️

Serving Suggestions

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.

Broiled salmon plated with potatoes and greenbeans and garnished with lemon wedges
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5 from 7 votes

Tender Broiled Salmon Recipe

This easy Broiled Salmon recipe is the healthy, delicious, and hassle free dinner you’ve been looking for!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: easy salmon recipe, how to bake 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

13 Comments

  • Kimberly
    April 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 Petrovska
      April 14, 2020 at 3:05 pm

      I hope you enjoy it! THANK YOU! 🙂

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

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

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

      Thank YOU! I hope you enjoy it! 🙂

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    • Katerina Petrovska
      April 16, 2020 at 11:55 am

      Thank YOU! I hope you enjoy it! 🙂

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

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

    Reply
    • Katerina Petrovska
      April 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!

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

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

      Reply

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