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Easy Broiled Salmon made with frozen or fresh salmon fillets, seasoned with garlic, lemon, salt and pepper! Plus this broiled salmon is ready in 15 minutes!

This Broiled Salmon is as easy as it gets! The salmon fillets get slathered in a super simple yet flavorful mix of olive oil, lemon juice, garlic powder, and a little shake of salt and pepper. Then, they go under the broiler for a few minutes and transform into a caramelized, moist, perfectly cooked salmon fillet! Yep, that’s the whole shebang! Broiled salmon is perfect for those nights when you’re swamped but still want to whip up something that looks and tastes like you’ve put in a ton of effort.

Closeup of broiled salmon on a black plate. In the background, there are green beans and a slice of lemon

So, most of us usually stick to baking salmon, right? Well… I’ve fallen head over heels for broiling it instead. There’s just something about the broiler’s intense heat that really does wonders for salmon – it quickly brings out its naturally rich, buttery goodness in a way that literally melts in your mouth. Seriously, I used to be all about baking my salmon, but ever since I tried this broiled salmon recipe, I haven’t looked back! It’s quick, simple, and UNBELIEVABLY delicious!

Broiled Salmon Overview

Cuisine Inspiration: American
Number of Ingredients: 6
Feeds: A family of 6
Total Cook Time: 16 minutes
Primary Cooking Method: Broiling
Dietary Info: Gluten-Free, Low-Carb
Key Flavor: Zesty and savory with a hint of garlic
Skill Level: Beginner

Notable mentions

  • Perfect for Salmon-Cooking Newbies: If the idea of cooking fish sounds intimidating, this broiled salmon recipe is your perfect starting line. It breaks down the process into easy-to-follow steps, ensuring a foolproof path to a yummy meal. It also works great for all different types of fish, like my broiled cod.
  • Flavor and Texture Delight: The broiling method is so amazing (yeah, I’m obsessed) that it makes every bite of this salmon a perfect blend of tender, buttery goodness with a zesty and garlicky crust.
  • Many Health Benefits: Did you know that salmon is low in carbs and rich in healthy proteins and omega-3 fatty acids? Not only is it a treat for your taste buds, but it’s also packed with nutritional benefits that are great for both adults and kids!
  • Quick Cooking Time: In the hustle and bustle of daily life, finding time to cook a nutritious and tasty meal can be a challenge. That’s where this broiled salmon recipe shines! With a broiling time of just 6 to 9 minutes, you can go from prep to plate in a jiffy.

Ingredients to make Broiled Salmon

  • Salmon Fillets: I use skin-on frozen fillets, make sure they’re fully thawed to get that ideal tenderness and flakiness. Uniform size is a plus for even cooking!
  • Extra-Virgin Olive Oil: It not only adds a hint of flavor but also keeps the salmon moist under the broiler. If you’re out, avocado oil is a great substitute.
  • Fresh Lemon Juice: This is where that zesty pop comes from! It really brightens up the broiled salmon fillets. If you forgot to pick up lemons, bottled lemon juice can also work.
  • Garlic Powder: Salmon + garlic = best duo ever. I mean, garlic adds a depth of flavor that’s just unmistakable.
  • Seasonings: This includes sea salt and freshly ground black pepper. They’re the essentials for bringing out the salmon’s natural flavors.
Overhead shots of ingredients to make broiled salmon on a white surface before cooking

How to make Broiled Salmon

  1. Arrange the salmon fillets on a prepared baking sheet and let them thaw.
  2. Add extra virgin olive oil, fresh lemon juice, garlic powder, sea salt, and freshly ground black pepper to a small bowl. Whisk together until well combined.
  3. Evenly coat the thawed salmon fillets with the seasoned olive oil mixture using a basting brush.
  4. Place the tray in the oven and broil until the salmon is cooked through to your liking.
A step by step image collage on how to make broiled salmon with placing raw salmon on the baking sheet, mixing the olive oil mixture, coating the salmon with the mixture, and broiling the salmon
  • Minced Garlic Upgrade: Swap out the garlic powder for minced garlic to give your salmon an extra punch of fresh, intense garlic flavor. Use about 1 or 2 cloves, finely minced.
  • Saucy Salmon: Picture your easy broiled salmon with a drizzle of homemade creamy dill sauce… Mouthwatering! Just whip up some Greek yogurt, fresh lemon juice, a handful of chopped dill, a little garlic powder, and season with salt and pepper.
  • Spice Things Up: Experiment with different spices and seasonings! Think a sprinkle of smoked paprika, a dash of cayenne for some heat, or a mix of dried herbs like thyme and oregano. Start with a ½ teaspoon of each and adjust to taste.
  • Citrus Twist: Instead of lemon juice, try other citrus juices like lime or orange for a different kind of zesty kick. Lime juice pairs wonderfully with cilantro for a more Mexican-inspired flavor, while orange juice can add a sweeter citrus note. Just use the same amount as you would lemon juice.

Tips for making the best broiled salmon with lemon

  1. Pat the Fillets Dry: Before you start, give those fillets a gentle pat with a paper towel to dry them off. Removing excess moisture ensures you’ll get a beautiful sear under the broiler.
  2. Use the Middle Rack: Place the salmon fillets on the middle rack of your oven when you broil them. This sweet spot helps cook the salmon evenly, giving you that perfect balance of caramelized outside and moist inside.
  3. Quick Fix with Foil: If you notice your salmon getting too toasty too fast, don’t sweat it! Just tent the fillets with a sheet of aluminum foil. This trick lets them finish cooking without turning into charcoal.
  4. Give ‘Em Space: When you’re arranging the salmon on the baking sheet, make sure they’re not all cuddled up together. Spacing them out allows the heat to circulate better, ensuring each fillet cooks evenly.
Closeup of three broiled salmon fillets on  parchment paper surrounded with lemon slices

How to store & reheat Broiled Salmon

First, let your salmon cool down to room temp. Then, store it in an airtight container and pop it in the fridge. If you have some sauce or extras, keep ’em in separate airtight containers so they stay fresh for other dishes.

For reheating this broiled salmon with lemon, you’ve got options. If you’re in a hurry, the microwave can be your friend. Just add a teeny splash of water, cover it, and zap it for a minute or so – it helps keep things moist. Or, if you’ve got a bit more time, gently warm it up on the stovetop over low-medium heat.

How long will Broiled Salmon last in the fridge?

This broiled beauty will hang tight in the fridge for about 3 days.

Can I freeze broiled salmon fillets?

You sure can! Wrap each fillet individually in plastic wrap, then place them in a freezer bag or airtight container. They’ll stay fresh and tasty inside the freezer for about 3 months. Once you want to enjoy a fillet again, let it thaw in the fridge overnight, and it’ll be ready for reheating.

What to serve with Broiled Salmon

  • Pasta: I like to serve this salmon with my easy Cacio E Pepe, but it would also go great with a quick alfredo!
  • Rice: Rice is where broiled salmon fillets are meant to be. I’m a huge fan of switching it up between butter rice for richness or cilantro lime rice when I’m feeling a bit zesty.
  • Veggies: I’m all about those veggies on the side. Sauteed asparagus with a bit of garlic and a squeeze of lemon? Chef’s kiss. It’s a simple way to add some crunch and freshness. And green beans, oh, they’re a side that can’t go missing!
  • Salads: Nothing beats a good salad to lighten things up. A simple mixed greens salad with avocado slices drizzled with a balsamic glaze is my go-to.
  • Mashed Potatoes: I’ve done everything from classic buttery mash to sneaking in some sour cream for that extra kick. P.S.: Sweet potato mash is another winner in my book!

Frequently asked questions

What’s the best way to know when the salmon is done?

The best way to check if your salmon is done is to look for an opaque color throughout and a flaky texture. You can gently poke it with a fork – if it flakes easily, it’s ready.

Do I have to remove the skin from the fillets?

You don’t have to remove the skin from the fillets, and actually, I think keeping it on is always beneficial. The skin keeps the salmon moist by sealing in all the juices while it’s broiling.

Can I make this recipe ahead of time?

While broiled salmon is best enjoyed fresh, you can prep the seasoning mix ahead of time or even marinate the salmon in the fridge for a few hours before cooking. This can help you save some precious time and enhance the flavors even more!

A piece of broiled salmon being lifted with a fork. In the background there is a black plate with the rest of the salmon and a bowl with green beans

Whether you’re feeding yourself on a hectic Tuesday or you’ve got friends popping by unannounced, this Broiled Salmon has got you covered. It’s the ultimate blend of simple and fancy! I mean, who can resist an utterly delicious meal that’s ready to eat in less than 20 minutes? I sure can’t!

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Broiled Salmon

Easy Broiled Salmon made with frozen or fresh salmon fillets, seasoned with garlic, lemon, salt and pepper! Plus this broiled salmon is ready in 15 minutes!
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Author Jackie
Servings 6 servings
Course Main Course
Calories 288
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 6 minutes
Total Time 16 minutes

Equipment

Ingredients
  

  • 6 salmon fillets 8oz fillets fresh or frozen, thawed
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • teaspoons garlic powder
  • teaspoon sea salt
  • ¾ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Instructions

  • Turn the oven on to the broil setting to peheat. Prepare a baking sheet with sides by lining it with foil or parchment paper, and apply a light coating of non-stick spray. Set aside.
  • Add extra virgin olive oil, fresh lemon juice, garlic powder, sea salt, and freshly ground black pepper to a small bowl. Whisk together until well combined.
  • Arrange the salmon fillets on the prepared baking sheet.
  • With a basting brush, evenly coat the salmon fillets with the seasoned olive oil mixture.
  • Place the tray in the oven and broil for 6 to 9 minutes, or until the salmon is cooked through to your liking.
  • Once cooked, remove from the oven and let the fillets rest for a few minutes before serving.

Notes

  • Pat the Fillets Dry: Before you start, give those fillets a gentle pat with a paper towel to dry them off. Removing excess moisture ensures you’ll get a beautiful sear under the broiler.
  • Use the Middle Rack: Place the salmon fillets on the middle rack of your oven when you broil them. This sweet spot helps cook the salmon evenly, giving you that perfect balance of caramelized outside and moist inside.
  • Quick Fix with Foil: If you notice your salmon getting too toasty too fast, don’t sweat it! Just tent the fillets with a sheet of aluminum foil. This trick lets them finish cooking without turning into charcoal.
  • Give ‘Em Space: When you’re arranging the salmon on the baking sheet, make sure they’re not all cuddled up together. Spacing them out allows the heat to circulate better, ensuring each fillet cooks evenly.

Nutrition

Serving: 1 salmon fillet, Calories: 288kcal, Carbohydrates: 1g, Protein: 34g, Fat: 15g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g, Monounsaturated Fat: 7g, Cholesterol: 94mg, Sodium: 657mg, Potassium: 856mg, Fiber: 0.2g, Sugar: 0.3g, Vitamin A: 70IU, Vitamin C: 4mg, Calcium: 23mg, Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate. It will vary based on cooking method and specific ingredients used.

Cuisine American

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