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Baked salmon is one of my favorite ways to cook it, but if you want to make it in the oven even faster, try this broiled salmon recipe. With simple instructions, big flavor, easy prep, and just the right amount of seasoning, it’s one of those healthy main dishes you can customize easily and pair with almost any side dish!
Broiled salmon cooks as fast as other proteins that brown under a blast of heat, such as London broil or broiled lobster tail. But, it also captures the juicy texture of pan seared salmon and air fried salmon with the robust taste of grilled salmon. A short cook time leaves the fish flaky and moist. Broiling salmon combines the best of all these methods into a fast and flavorful dish!
Why You’ll Love This Broiled Salmon Recipe
- Mild, savory taste
- Tender, juicy interior, slightly crispy exterior
- Just 6 simple ingredients
- Ready in only 12 minutes
- Naturally gluten-free, low carb, and packed with omega-3 fatty acids
- Quick and easy fish recipe
Ingredients & Substitutions
This section explains how to choose the best ingredients for the best broiled salmon recipe, what each one does in the recipe, and substitution options. For measurements, see the recipe card below.
- Salmon – Buy individual 5- to 6-ounce salmon fillets, or get a whole fillet and slice crosswise. Individual fillets cook more evenly (and more quickly!) than a whole one. I prefer to use wild-caught salmon with skin for best flavor and nutrition (and broiling salmon makes the best crispy skin!), but you can use any variety that you prefer. Read more about choosing salmon in my post for pan seared salmon.
- Olive Oil – You could also use avocado oil, or any neutral cooking oil you prefer.
- Lemon Juice – I often use bottled lemon juice for convenience, but fresh lemon juice tastes even better! You could also use lime juice.
- Garlic Powder – Avoid using fresh garlic here, as it may burn under the heat of the broiler.
- Sea Salt & Black Pepper
How To Broil Salmon
This section shows how to make broiled salmon, with step-by-step photos and details about the technique, to help you visualize it. For full instructions, including amounts and temperatures, see the recipe card below.
- Prep. Preheat the broiler. (If yours has multiple settings, set it to High or 500 degrees F.) Position the oven rack 4-6 inches from the heating element. Line a rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil for easy cleanup. (A baking dish works as well, but many are not safe for such a high temperature.)
- Arrange. Place the salmon skin side down on the baking sheet.
- Season. Whisk together the olive oil, lemon juice, garlic powder, sea salt, and black pepper. Brush the salmon fillets with the mixture.
TIP: Marinate for a few minutes for even better flavor.
If you have time, let the seasoning mixture sit for 5 minutes before broiling salmon to let fish absorb the flavors.
- Cook. Broil salmon until it’s opaque, flakes easily with a fork, and reaches your desired doneness (see below). Garnish with a sprinkle of fresh parsley and lemon wedges, if desired.
How Long To Broil Salmon?
Broil salmon for 6-9 minutes, depending on your desired doneness. For best results, use an instant read thermometer. Internal temperature should reach 135-140 degrees F for medium to medium well, or 140-145 degrees F for medium well to well done.
- Store: Keep any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 2-3 days.
- Meal Prep: Make a double batch of this flaky salmon and use it as a meal prep for salmon salad for the week.
- Reheat: Cover loosely with foil and bake at 350 degrees F for about 10 minutes, or until heated through. You can also reheat in the microwave, but it may be more dry. To do so, wrap salmon in a damp paper towel and heat on high for about 1 minute, or until hot.
- Freeze: Wrap each fillet in plastic wrap to prevent freezer burn and freeze for up to 3-4 months.
What To Serve With Broiled Salmon
Salmon broil is an easy, nutritious meal that works as a versatile main course. Serve it with a side dish or two to complete the meal. Here are some ideas:
- Salad – Pair this easy recipe with a simple salad. Try kale and brussels sprouts salad, blueberry spring mix salad, or a sweet kale crunch salad.
- Roasted Veggies – I served this dish with roasted green beans (pictured above), but it would be delicious with roasted asparagus or roasted cauliflower.
- Air Fryer Veggies – If you have an air fryer, you can use it to cook air fried cauliflower (or air fryer broccoli if you prefer it) or air fryer asparagus while the salmon broils in the oven.
- Sautéed Veggies – While your salmon broils in the oven, saute up some fried brussels sprouts or sauteed asparagus.
- Starches – Serve with pasta, roasted potatoes, rice, or lighter options like mashed cauliflower, easy zucchini noodles, or fluffy cauliflower rice.
More Easy Salmon Recipes
If you’re a fan of salmon, you’ll love my collection of easy and flavorful salmon recipes:
Tools For Broiling Salmon
- Baking Sheet – This baking sheet is perfect for roasting, baking and broiling – plus it’s easy to clean, rust-resistant and has a non-stick coating that helps to prevent sticking.
- Brush – Perfect for grilling, roasting, and basting — plus, it’s heat safe up to 446 degrees F and has ergonomic handles for easy use!
Broiled Salmon Recipe (Crispy & Juicy!)
This easy broiled salmon recipe creates crispy, moist, and flaky fish in less than 10 minutes, with just 4 simple ingredients and quick prep.
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Tap on the times in the instructions below to start a kitchen timer while you cook.
Preheat the broiler to 500 degrees F (260 degrees C). Position a rack in the oven 4-6 inches from the heating element.
Line a rimmed a baking sheet with aluminum foil. Arrange the salmon fillets on the baking sheet, skin down.
Broil salmon for 6-9 minutes, depending on your desired doneness. (I recommend 7 minutes for medium.) The internal temperature should reach 135-140 degrees F (57-60 degrees C) for medium to medium well, or 140-145 degrees F (60-63 degrees C) for medium well to well done.
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Serving size: 1 broiled salmon fillet
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