This recipe for broiled salmon is fresh fish fillets coated in olive oil, garlic and herbs, then broiled until browned. A quick and easy dinner option that’s on the table in less than 20 minutes!

I serve salmon at least once a week, some of our favorite recipes include honey garlic salmon, pan seared salmon, and this simple yet satisfying broiled version.

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Broiled salmon with lemon wedges and parsley for garnish.

My whole family enjoys salmon – it’s quick to make, loaded with nutrition and tastes great. This broiled salmon recipe doesn’t get any easier – the salmon fillets are smothered with a blend of olive oil, seasonings, garlic and herbs, then they take a quick trip through the broiler to get all browned and caramelized. This recipe is simple enough for a busy week night, yet elegant enough to serve to company! You can add some homemade salmon seasoning to the sauce for even more flavor.

How do you make broiled salmon?

It is amazing how quick and easy it is to make delicious broiled salmon. Simply whisk together olive oil, brown sugar, soy sauce, lemon zest, lemon juice, parsley, thyme, salt, pepper and garlic in a bowl. Place the salmon in the bowl and coat the salmon with the sauce. Put the salmon on a sheet pan and broil at 500 degrees F for 10-15 minutes until the salmon is opaque and browned on top. Remove the salmon from the oven, garnish with chopped parsley and lemon wedges and serve.

Salmon fillets in a bowl of olive oil, garlic and herbs.

What is the best temperature to broil salmon?

The key to broiled salmon is high heat from the top of the oven to get that lovely caramelized exterior. You can broil salmon at the temperature of your oven’s broil setting. Most broilers are set at 500-550 degrees F, but if your broiler is set at 450 degrees F, that will also work. Just be sure to use a high heat for the best results.

Salmon fillets on a sheet pan.

What is the difference between broil and bake?

Broiling in its simplest form is high heat from above. Broiling activates only one heating element in an oven above the food. Broiling is great for thin meats that can cook quickly, crisping breads or toppings and melting cheese over a cooked dish. When broiling salmon, radiant heat from the top of the oven caramelizes sugars and amino acids in the salmon. The heat browns and crisps the top of the salmon unlocking the flavor.

Cooked salmon fillets with herbs on top.

How do you know when salmon is done?

You can tell when salmon is cooked when the flesh of the salmon goes from translucent to opaque, and the salmon flakes easily with a fork. You also want to see browning on top of the salmon to know that the flavors have been released.

Broiled salmon served with rice and asparagus.

Broiled salmon variations

I typically prepare this recipe as-is, but you can easily customize the flavors to your family’s tastes.

  • Cilantro Lime: Use lime zest and lime juice instead of lemon, and substitute cilantro instead of thyme and parsley for a fresh and zesty flavor.
  • Mexican Style: Follow the marinade recipe in my chicken burrito bowls and coat the salmon with that marinade.
  • Asian Style: Use green onions instead of thyme, also add 2 teaspoons of minced ginger and 1 tablespoon of toasted sesame oil to the marinade.

This simple salmon recipe is as easy to make as it is delicious. It is sure to be a hit in your house, and it’s one of my go-to dinner options!

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5 from 60 votes

Broiled Salmon

AuthorSara Welch
Broiled salmon with lemon wedges and parsley for garnish.
This recipe for broiled salmon is fresh fish fillets coated in olive oil, garlic and herbs, then broiled until browned. A quick and easy dinner option that's on the table in less than 20 minutes!
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Total Time20 minutes
Course Main
Cuisine American
Serves 4


  • 4 salmon fillets 4-6 ounces each
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh parsley plus more for garnish
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons fresh thyme leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • lemon wedges for serving
  • cooking spray


  • Preheat the broiler. Coat a sheet pan with cooking spray.
  • Place the olive oil, brown sugar, soy sauce, lemon zest, lemon juice, parsley, thyme, salt, pepper and garlic in a bowl. Whisk to combine.
  • Add the salmon, toss to coat evenly.
  • Place the salmon fillets on the prepared sheet pan.
  • Broil for 10-15 minutes or until salmon is browned and opaque.
  • Garnish with chopped parsley and lemon wedges, then serve.


Calories: 274kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 62mg | Sodium: 592mg | Potassium: 565mg | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 95IU | Vitamin C: 2.2mg | Calcium: 18mg | Iron: 1.2mg

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  1. 5 stars
    This recipe is delicious, We served it with English peas with mint and spring onion.
    However, 15 minutes is way too long for broiling salmon. I found that even 10 made the filets too well done.

  2. 5 stars
    Made this tonight. Absolutely delicious! I didn’t change a thing. I used fresh Alaskan Coho salmon that was flown in yesterday, so therefore l reduced broiling time to just under 8 minutes. That gave me the medium to medium rare temperature and did not dry out the salmon. I highly recommend this recipe! It’s a keeper!

  3. 5 stars
    Prepared exactly to recipe (dried parsley)
    9 minutes under the broiler. Absolutely fabulous
    Will definitely make again
    Too bad I can’t post a photo…restaurant quality meal

  4. 5 stars
    Excellent recipe!. No changes or tweaks needed. I made this for the first time a few months ago and it has been in my biweekly meal rotation since. So simple and so good. I will say I did not have a lemon on one occasion and it was still just as good. Pairs great with asparagus and rice. I plan to try the honey garlic salmon next!

  5. I love your idea of aluminum foil over each salmon steak. I tried this recipe along with BROILED TOMATOES it taste great together.

  6. 5 stars
    Wow — just made this and it was fabulous. So quick, easy and tasty! Only change I made was to add some lime juice as well as lemon to the sauces, and to up the herb quantities a bit. Mine was done in about 10 minutes, so you might want to check on the fish periodically while it’s cooking.. We had the fillets with braised chard and wild rice. Excellent!! Thank you so much.

  7. 5 stars
    I tried this recipe for the first time tonight. Absolutely delicious! Salmon cooked perfectly and the flavors all blended well. I zested both the lemon and garlic. Definitely will make again. This is a keeper.

  8. 5 stars
    This sounds amazing and Im definitely going to try it! I was just wondering though, do I place skin side down when I broil the salmon?

  9. 5 stars
    This simple as-is recipe has become far and away our favorite way to prepare salmon! We leave out the pepper , but the flavors of the ingredients in the sauce complement each other perfectly. 10 minutes at high broil was just right for our 8 ounce filets. When the thin ends of the filets were fully caramelized and turning dark brown, I laid squares of aluminum foil over them so that they would not burn during the couple of additional minutes that the thick ends needed to finish. Thanks for this recipe; my family loves it!

  10. 5 stars
    I’m about to make this recipe today! My broiler has two settings – low and high. Which do I put it on?