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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 26 reviews

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 min
  • Cook Time: 15 min
  • Total Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 6 1x


  • 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
  • 1/2 tsp coarse kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 TB extra virgin olive oil, plus extra for pan


  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Mix Seasonings: In a small bowl, stir together all remaining ingredients until combined. Evenly press the mixture over the top of salmon.
  4. 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.
  5. 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 ♡


  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 238
  • Sugar: 2.1 g
  • Sodium: 313.1 mg
  • Fat: 9.6 g
  • Carbohydrates: 6.1 g
  • Fiber: 0.3 g
  • Protein: 34.1 g
  • Cholesterol: 77.2 mg
  • Category: main, seafood
  • Method: bake
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Keywords: Lemon Salmon, Sheet Pan Salmon

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    • Dia Darling

    I bet the flavor on this is AMAZING. It looks so good.

    • Mum mum Ma

    I love how easy it is to make and quick as well. This is going on my weekly dinner routine. Thanks for sharing

    • Elizabeth O

    A great recipe for salmon lovers. It looks really lovely indeed and would make a lovely dinner party dish.

    • Anna

    OMG! your pictures are too good, I am going to try this tonight. thanks for sharing

    • Geraline Batarra

    Wow and wow, this is so delicious and the procedures looks so easy to follow. I will def try to make this on this coming weekend.

    • Reese Woods

    This is simply stunning! I think I could devour the whole thing in one sitting!

    • Sue Tanya Mchorgh

    oooh lala looks so good. I can’t wait to try this recipe.

    • Nati

    I normally don’t eat salmon, but my husband LOVES it! So I like to have a new recipe to prepare for him and this one sounds amazing! 😉

    • Fiona Crystal

    I can almost feel the taste of the lemon because the pictures are so great! I would love to give this recipe a try fof sure! 🙂

    • Preet

    Wow! I would love try making this recipe!My husband would absolutely love these.This is my kind of weekend treat.

    • Tosha Ornelas

    Love this recipes! Sad that I’m the only one in this household of 6 that loves salmon! But def need to try with basil in future for just me lol thanks!

    • Holly Lasha

    Yummy! This looks perfect. I am hungry just reading your post! Definitely going to make this recipe!

    • Ranelle Emma

    I find fish to be one of the more intimidating items to cook! I never know what to do with it other than roll it in crumbs and fry it!

    • Emma Riley

    Wow, these dish looks really delicious and the procedure looks so easy to follow. I will definitely try to make this on this weekend.

    • GiGi Eats Celebrities

    So friggin’ yum! I haven’t been totally craving salmon lately because this baby is doing weird things to me, but now I want it because of you! 😉

    • Ramona Cruz-Peters

    This looks soooo delicious! Pinning to make for my family!

    • Indu

    Wonderful salmon recipe. Though I will not be able to have it being vegetarian but certainly recommend to nonveg friends to relish.

    • Nancie

    This looks fab. Salmon (wild not farmed) is a common fish in Nova Scotia, so easy to get. I have lots of fresh basil in my herb garden right now, so I am going to try this recipe.

    • Monidipa Dutta

    It looks tasty. I can try out the recipe as it is mouth watering but not sure mine will look so good like yours.


    We love Salmon, it is so easy to make. Thanks for sharing this recipe, looks delicious!

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