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Baked Salmon (Sheet Pan Recipe)

This Baked Salmon, using simple sheet pan is a deliciously quick and easy weeknight meal that’s healthy and flavorful. This easy salmon recipe only needs 15 minutes.

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Easy Baked Salmon with Lemon = SO easy and delicious!

Baked Salmon on a Sheet Pan

If you sometimes feel promptings or read articles that encourage adding more healthful fish into your regular dinner rotation, you’re not alone.

Pretty much everywhere we turn, we’re reading or hearing about how to add more omega-3’s or incorporate more wild salmon onto our plates.

We will admit: all of us would much prefer a flavorful serving of a deliciously baked salmon, rather than pop omega-3 pills. And while a teaspoon or two of flax in this amazing Omega-3 Chocolate Cake is genius, it’s definitely not a daily weeknight occasion.

But an easy, flavorful baked salmon on a sheet pan? We’re talking minimal prep, minimal dirty dishes, and maximum healthy-deliciousness in under 30 minutes. This lemony baked salmon is absolutely for daily weeknight occasions.

Benefits of this Baked Salmon Recipe:

  • It’s crazy easy and deliciously tender and flavorful
  • It tastes like you spent SO much more time than you did
  • You really only spent 20 minutes on it
  • It’s like getting restaurant quality salmon, but way more affordable and totally manageable
  • There’s basically zero cleanup
  • Oh, and this: omega-3’s 😉
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Use a foil lined sheet pan for easy prepping and cleaning

How to bake salmon perfectly using a sheet pan

For most sheet pan dinners, you’ll want to use a sturdy, large sheet pan with rims to prevent any spillage of savory juices onto the bottom of your oven. Avoid flimsy or thin metal pans. Always line with heavy duty foil and grease it prior to placing ingredients on it. This helps with super easy clean up, without any food sticking to the foil. When you’re finished cooking, just fold up the used foil and toss away.

Aside from a nice, thick piece of salmon, you’ll need just a few fresh ingredients to make this salmon recipe come alive:

  • Fresh basil is a unique addition to this simple baked salmon, and lends a fabulous flavor profile
  • Freshly squeezed lemon juice and lemon zest are key; bottled lemon juice is not recommended.
  • Basic pantry seasonings such as garlic, kosher salt, and freshly ground pepper to bring all the flavors alive.

How long to bake salmon for perfect tenderness

This lemon salmon needs only 15 minutes on the sheet pan total. From start to finish, this broiled salmon comes together in about 20 minutes. You’ll roast your salmon on a large sheet pan for 10 minutes and then finish it off with a 5-minute high broil for gorgeous browning and color.

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Super easy, flavorful baked salmon is yours.

Extra Tips for Your Best Salmon Dinner Ever

  • Use salmon that’s about 1-inch thick; if it’s thinner than that, please lessen cook time to ensure your beautiful salmon isn’t overcooked
  • As a rule, always use paper towels to pat dry your fish prior to adding seasonings. It’s tempting to skip that part, but don’t skip it. Removing excess moisture from your fish is important for both flavor and browning results.
  • Watch closely when your salmon is under the broiler, ensuring even browning without burning
  • Let finished dish sit at room temperature for 5 minutes before serving, to retain juiciness

More to cook and eat:

Try this Marinated seared ahi tuna, too:

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Baked Salmon with Lemon

5 from 39 ratings
This Baked Salmon with Lemon is a deliciously quick and easy weeknight meal that's healthy and flavorful. This salmon recipe only needs 15 minutes on the sheet pan.
Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 15 mins
Servings: 6


  • 2- lb salmon fillet, about 1-inch thick
  • Zest of 1 large lemon
  • Juice of half of the lemon
  • 2 TB freshly chopped basil leaves
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp coarse kosher salt
  • ¼ tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 TB extra virgin olive oil, plus extra for pan


  • Preheat Oven: Preheat oven to 375F with rack on lower middle position. Line a large sheet pan with foil and grease the foil with some olive oil. Set aside.
  • Remove Moisture: Use paper towels to pat-dry the salmon fillet, ensuring that all excess moisture is removed (this step is important, as excess water/moisture causes fish to be "steamed" instead.) Place salmon on the prepared sheet pan.
  • Mix Seasonings: In a small bowl, stir together all remaining ingredients until combined. Evenly press the mixture over the top of salmon.
  • Bake: Bake salmon for 10 minutes in preheated oven. Carefully but quickly take salmon out, move rack to top position underneath the broiler, and place salmon tray back on rack.
  • Broil: Broil on high for up to 5 minutes or until top is nicely browned, but watch carefully for even browning without burning. Remove from heat immediately. Serve with extra slices of lemon.


This lemon basil salmon is amazing with Easy Rice Pilaf with Mushrooms or this 20-Minute Lemon Spinach Orzo Salad
If you enjoyed this recipe, please come back and give it a rating ♡


Calories: 238kcal | Carbohydrates: 6.1g | Protein: 34.1g | Fat: 9.6g | Saturated Fat: 1.6g | Cholesterol: 77.2mg | Sodium: 313.1mg | Fiber: 0.3g | Sugar: 2.1g
Course: Main, seafood
Cuisine: American
Diet: Gluten Free
Method: Bake

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    • Russ
    • 5 stars

    Old people cooking for two, skipped the tomatoes and substituted air fryer zucchini. On fixed income so Costco frozen salmon portions.
    Absolutely delicious! Home grown basil fresh off the plant and Peach wine.

      • Amy Dong

      Russ, I’m right there with you – homegrown basil is amazing. And yes to peach wine! 🙂

    • silvia
    • 5 stars

    This salmon is one of those recipes you want to make over and over again, both because is unbelievably easy o prepare and it tastes delicious. The basil and lemon combination is a winner.

    • Kayla DiMaggio
    • 5 stars

    This baked salmon was so delicious! I loved how easy it was! The whole family raved!

    • Ramona
    • 5 stars

    Wow, this recipe looks super delicious! I love all the flavors and combinations in this, it looks super flavorsome. Thank you for sharing this recipe!

    • Erin

    I think my kid would just like this! And I love how easy it is. Saving it for later this week!

    • rachel
    • 5 stars

    This sounds like the perfect salmon recipe!

    • Marie
    • 5 stars

    This salmon is absolutely perfect. I love the zesty flavor of lemon and it came out of the oven cooked to perfection! I thought we’d have some salmon leftover for later lunches but it was so delicious my family devoured it all in one sitting 🙂

    • Amanda Mason
    • 5 stars

    I loved this recipe and the fact that you broil it for that seared taste and texture out this one over the top flavor wise. So dang delish! Just WOW!

      • chewoutloud

      Yay, Amanda!

    • Healing Tomato
    • 5 stars

    Cooking salmon in sheet pan is such a great idea because it turns out flaky. I love your recipe because you use lemon and basil together.

    • Angela
    • 5 stars

    I love baked salmon. The name of you blog made me it

    • sambo

    I was just doing a research on hypertension and gout attack and I found out that salmon is one of the proposed food to take since it helps reduce the chance of gout attack. One thing i’m unsure of if whether we should add oil or butter to salmon as it may be more harmful to the body. Just a thought.

    • Mosaic Murals
    • 5 stars

    This looks SO GOOD! I love Salmon a lot but I never tried sheet pan salmon, I can imagine how good it must be. Can’t wait to make your recipe, can’t wait!

    • Bri
    • 5 stars

    We love this recipe! It has made into the dinner rotation.

    • Lori | The Kitchen Whisperer
    • 5 stars

    Whoa!!! That char on the edges of the salmon! EPIC! This was super flavorful and absolutely easy to make. This is an any night of the week meal for sure!

    • Linda
    • 5 stars

    What a delicious recipe! And perfect for a quick and easy clean up

    • Marysa

    My mom used to bake fish a lot and I remember how good it was. I will have to try out your recipe, as it sounds so tasty and convenient as well.

    • Bethany Galloway
    • 5 stars

    Wow, this looks so juicy and flaky, perfect! Can’t wait to try this recipe!

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