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
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
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.