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Easy Broiled Salmon (with skin)

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This tender and succulent broiled salmon recipe is easy to pull together and only needs about 10 minutes of broiling time! This will be your new favorite way to make salmon.

I'll show you how to make a simple but flavorful rub for the salmon and how to broil it to achieve perfectly tender, moist salmon. Broiling salmon helps you achieve a crispy crust while getting salmon to temperature quickly and keeping it juicy.

Broiled salmon on parchment next to sliced lemons and parsley.

Broiling is possibly the easiest way of cooking salmon. Broiling cooks a dish under very high heat (typically between 500 to 550 degrees F). When you bake food, you cook it with indirect heat, and while broiling is also a dry heat form of cooking, it actually sears the surface of the food - which is why you get a nice crust on the top.

Salmon is a great food to eat at least once a week, it's high in omega-3 fatty acids, which are essential nutrients are body needs and which amongst other benefits, help reduce the risk of heart disease and strokes (source). Both farmed salmon (Atlantic salmon) and wild salmon provide 100% of your daily values of Vitamin B12 and have over 20 grams of protein per serving (source).

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Ingredients

Here are the simple ingredients you'll need to make this easy salmon recipe.

Ingredients for broiled salmon on a rimmed baking sheet.
  • Salmon Fillet (you can use one large fillet or multiple salmon fillets)
  • Olive Oil (you don't need to use extra virgin olive oil, use the basic stuff for this! You can also use avocado oil)
  • Dry Mustard Powder
  • Sweet Paprika (you can used smoked paprika if you prefer a deeper, smokier flavor)
  • Dried Oregano
  • Garlic Powder
  • Onion Powder
  • Sea Salt
  • Ground Cumin
  • optional - Lemon Zest

See the recipe card for quantities.

Instructions

Place oven racks in the upper ⅓ of the oven (around 6 inches away from the heating element). Preheat the oven to broil. 

For best results, line a rimmed baking sheet or baking dish with aluminum foil. 

Place the salmon filets, skin side down, in the middle of the baking dish, and pat dry with paper towels.

Brush olive oil onto the salmon. 

Salmon fillet brushed with olive oil on a foil lined baking sheet.

Combine the mustard, paprika, oregano, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, cumin, and optional lemon zest in a small bowl and stir to combine. 

Salmon seasoning blend on a small white plate with a silver spoon.

Sprinkle the seasoning over the salmon and pat in into the salmon flesh. 

Seasoned salmon fillet on a foil lined baking sheet.

Place in the oven and broil salmon for 10 to 12 minutes until the salmon easily flakes apart and the internal temperature reaches 145 degrees F on a meat thermometer. 

A broiled salmon fillet on a foil lined baking sheet.

Serve with some lemon wedges so you can give it a squeeze of fresh lemon juice before serving!

More Great Salmon Recipes

Try some of our other favorite salmon recipes!

A fork taking a piece out of a broiled salmon fillet.

What to Serve with Salmon

Check out our full list of side dishes for salmon, or try one of these favorites. They're all simple enough to serve for weeknight dinners.

Storage

Leftover salmon can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 days, when kept in an airtight container.

Tips for Making this Recipe

Cooking Tips - I recommend lining your baking sheet or dish with aluminum foil, not parchment paper. Because the broiling time is 10 minutes, your parchment paper may burn or catch fire, so it's much safer to use aluminum foil.

Cooking Time - Depending on the thickness of the fillets, broiling time can vary by 1 to 3 minutes. If your salmon is on the thicker side (over 1 ½ inches at the thickest part), it will probably need 12 minutes in the oven.

Crispy Skin Tips - If you want to eat the skin and want crispy skin salmon, broil the salmon for the last 2 to 3 minutes skin side up.

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Yield: Makes 2 Servings

Broiled Salmon

Broiled salmon fillet on parchment paper.

This easy broiled salmon is succulent and tender. It's ready in just a few minutes and simple to make, perfect for a busy weeknight.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 pound salmon fillet
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard powder
  • 1 teaspoon sweet paprika
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cumin
  • optional - ½ teaspoon lemon zest

Instructions

  1. Place oven racks in the upper ⅓ of the oven (around 6 inches away from the heating element). Preheat the oven to broil. 
  2. Line a rimmed baking sheet or baking dish with aluminum foil. 
  3. Place the salmon, skin side down, in the middle of the baking dish, and pat dry with a paper towel.
  4. Brush olive oil onto the salmon. 
  5. Combine the mustard, paprika, oregano, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, cumin, and optional lemon zest in a small bowl and stir to combine. 
  6. Sprinkle the seasoning over the salmon and pat it into the salmon flesh. 
  7. Place the salmon in the oven and broil for 10 to 12 minutes until the salmon easily flakes apart and the internal temperature reaches 145 degrees F on an instant-read thermometer.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

2

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 542Total Fat: 35gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 26gCholesterol: 143mgSodium: 670mgCarbohydrates: 2gFiber: 1gSugar: 0gProtein: 51g
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