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Garlic Butter Baked Salmon

This Garlic Butter Baked Salmon is tender, flaky, and brushed with a drool-worthy garlic butter sauce! Baked on a sheet pan with your favorite veggies, it’s quick, easy, and perfect for busy weeknights.

Looking for more ways to cook salmon? Try these simple salmon patties.

The Best Baked Salmon Recipe Ever!

Garlic butter baked salmon is, hands down, one of the easiest and tastiest seafood dinners you can make. It requires just a handful of ingredients and it comes together in a snap. And spoiler alert, those ingredients are a collection of everything you love, so you know this is going to be a winner.

Along with the fish and the killer garlic butter sauce, veggies are a must! Broccoli, green beans, sugar snap peas, and asparagus work best because they cook in the same time as the fish. If you’d like to add root vegetables like potatoes or carrots, those should be roasted for 10 minutes before you add the fish and other ingredients to the pan.

All in all, if you want a quick and simple recipe that delivers a healthy, crowd-pleasing meal in about half an hour, this one’s for you!

Is Salmon Good for Your Health?

High-quality seafood is great for your health, and salmon has got to be one of the most popular options out there. This tasty, buttery fish is a good source of healthy protein, vitamin B12, Omega-3s, and more helpful nutrients. So yes, adding salmon or other seafoods to your weekly menu is a good idea for most people. (Of course, if you’re pregnant or have other conditions that make seafood a concern, be sure to check with your doctor before you adjust your diet!)

Close-up shot of salmon with vegetables on a sheet pan, to show the texture of the baked fish.

What You’ll Need

Let’s take a closer look at the ingredients for this quick, sheet pan dinner. There are only a few, and all of them are delicious. Here we go:

  • Salmon Fillets: It’s helpful to have all of the salmon fillets roughly the same size and weight (about six ounces each is perfect).
  • Broccoli: Fresh broccoli is my veggie of choice here, but you can use whatever you like.
  • Garlic: Mince up a little fresh garlic to rub over the salmon.
  • Butter: I use unsalted butter, since I’m already salting the dish.
  • Brown Sugar: Just a spoonful, for a little bit of warmth and sweetness.
  • Dried Herbs: Oregano, thyme, and rosemary add lots of fragrant goodness.
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Lemon: A little fresh lemon squeezed over the dish gives it a lift.
  • Chopped Fresh Parsley: For garnish.

How to Make Garlic Butter Baked Salmon

There are two steps to making this recipe, but both of them are super easy! First you will make the garlic butter sauce, then you’ll add it to the salmon and bake everything together. Here’s the skinny:

Pouring garlic butter sauce from a small white dish.
  1. Make the Garlic Butter. This part is very fast. Just melt the butter (in the microwave or on the stove), and then whisk in the brown sugar, oregano, thyme, and rosemary.
  2. Preheat the Oven and Arrange the Ingredients. Next, preheat the oven to 400°F, and while it heats, get out a big sheet pan. Lightly grease the pan, and arrange the salmon and vegetables across it. Rub some minced garlic over the salmon fillets, and pour the butter mixture over everything. Squeeze lemon juice over as well, and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  3. Bake! Slide that sheet pan into the oven, and let it go for about fifteen minutes, or until the fillets flake easily with a fork.
Raw salmon on a sheet pan with veggies

How Long Do You Bake Salmon?

Salmon is usually done baking in about 15 minutes. You can tell it is cooked through when it flakes easily with a fork. Be sure to preheat your oven so that the salmon goes into an oven that is at the right temperature for baking. And of course, the most reliable and easy way to tell when meat is done is just to use a meat thermometer! The safe internal temperature for salmon is 145°F.

Cooked salmon with broccoli and green beans, with a butter-herb sauce.

Ingredient Substitutions

If you’re missing an ingredient (or two, or three!), don’t worry! This recipe is versatile and adaptable. No butter? Use olive oil. Can’t stand broccoli? Skip it, and use your favorite veggies! Can’t find brown sugar in your pantry? Grab some honey!

No need to fret – make it your own.

Just know that this baked salmon recipe is a restaurant-worthy dish that you can make in the comfort of your own kitchen.

How to Store Cooked Salmon

  • Properly storedcooked salmon will last 3 to 4 days in the refrigerator. Place completely cooled salmon in an airtight container; close and store in the fridge.
  • You can also freeze cooked salmon. Place completely cooled salmon in covered airtight containers or heavy duty freezer bags. Keep in the freezer for up to 4 months.

ENJOY!

Seasoned salmon fillets baked on a sheet pan over a bed of green vegetables.

Garlic Butter Baked Salmon Recipe

Katerina | Diethood
Perfectly baked salmon in the oven! Brushed with garlic butter sauce, this recipe makes amazingly tasty salmon baked on a sheet pan with broccoli florets.
4.95 from 40 votes
Servings : 4 serves
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins

Ingredients
  

FOR THE SALMON AND VEGETABLES
  • 4 (6 ounces each) salmon fillets
  • 4 to 6 cups broccoli florets
FOR THE GARLIC BUTTER SAUCE
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 tablespoon light brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • salt and fresh ground pepper, to taste
  • 1 lemon, halved, divided
  • chopped fresh parsley, for garnish

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 400F. Grease a sheet pan with cooking spray.
  • Arrange broccoli florets and salmon fillets on prepared sheet pan. Rub minced garlic over each fillet. Set aside.
  • In a mixing bowl whisk together melted butter, brown sugar, oregano, thyme, and rosemary.
  • Pour the butter mixture over the salmon and veggies.
  • Take half of a lemon and squeeze lemon juice over everything; then, season with salt and pepper.
  • Place the sheet pan in the oven and cook for 15 minutes, or until the fish flakes easily with a fork and internal temperature is 145F degrees.
  • Remove from oven and garnish with parsley. Serve with lemon slices.

Notes

HOW TO STORE COOKED SALMON
  • Properly storedcooked salmon will last 3 to 4 days in the refrigerator. Place completely cooled salmon in an airtight container; close and store in the fridge.
  • You can also freeze cooked salmon. Place completely cooled salmon in covered airtight containers or heavy duty freezer bags. Keep in the freezer for up to 4 months.
 
WW FREESTYLE POINTS: 8 

Nutrition

Calories: 447 kcal | Carbohydrates: 12 g | Protein: 37 g | Fat: 28 g | Saturated Fat: 12 g | Cholesterol: 138 mg | Sodium: 838 mg | Potassium: 1170 mg | Fiber: 3 g | Sugar: 5 g | Vitamin A: 1160 IU | Vitamin C: 96.4 mg | Calcium: 85 mg | Iron: 2.5 mg | Net Carbs: 9 g

Nutritional info is an estimate and provided as courtesy. Values may vary according to the ingredients and tools used. Please use your preferred nutritional calculator for more detailed info.

Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: baked salmon, easy salmon recipe
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113 comments on “Garlic Butter Baked Salmon”

  1. Have just purchased an air fryer. Would this recipe be suitable to cook in this appliance and if so, for how long? Would appreciate your advice as the recipe looks and sounds delicious.

    1. Katerina - Diethood
      Katerina Petrovska

      Sure! Set Air Fryer at 390˚F and cook the salmon for 7 to 8 minutes, or to desired doneness. Salmon is cooked through when internal temperature registers at 145˚F.

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    missteach82@aol.com

    Hi there! I have made tis recipe a few times and it is SOOOO delicious!
    Thank you so much for sharing! I love all of your recipes! : )
    I am making this again tonight and was going to add russet potatoes to the pan since I have them. Do you think that would work? Thank you!!!!

    1. Katerina - Diethood
      Katerina Petrovska

      Hi!
      I also love this recipe! Happy to know that you like it, too!
      I would suggest to cut the potatoes into cubes, then pop the potatoes in the oven about 10 minutes before everything else.
      So, cook the potatoes, remove the sheet pan from the oven, add the salmon and veggies to the sheet pan, and continue to cook per the recipe. I hope this helps. ☺️

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        missteach82@aol.com

        Absolutely! That so definitely helpful! I will try it. Thank you so much!!!
        Enjoy your weekend!! : )

    2. This recipe is very good, easy to make, my family loved it. I don’t care for salmon but I did enjoy how it turned out. Thank you!

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