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Sheet Pan Lemon Salmon

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This sheet pan lemon salmon is the perfect quick and easy weeknight meal. It combines delicious salmon cooked up with asparagus, brushed with a garlic lemon butter sauce, and seasoned with fresh thyme. This recipe is light, bright, and delicious!

Sheet Pan Lemon Salmon on a white late.

Are you looking for a healthy, quick, and flavorful weeknight meal?

Well, look no further than this sheet pan lemon salmon!

This meal feeds a family of 4 and is made on just one sheet pan! It also pairs great with white rice.

Trust me, if you’re tired at the end of the day and don’t feel like cooking this is the recipe for you! The part I love best is that I have easy and fast cleanup.

Seriously, who doesn’t love fast cleanup?

Ingredients for Sheet Pan Lemon Salmon laid out

Ingredients for sheet pan lemon salmon

  • Salmon filets – Center-cut salmon filets are preferred for this recipe but you could use a whole filet if you’d like. Just make sure the salmon is a uniform thickness so it cooks evenly. 
  • Asparagus – I love asparagus with salmon but you could also use green beans if that’s what you have on hand.
  • Olive oil and butter – The combination of olive oil and butter helps crisp the salmon and asparagus without it burning. It also adds delicious flavor! 
  • Lemon – Fresh lemon juice makes all the difference in this recipe. I much prefer it over the bottled lemon juice.
  • Garlic – Garlic is a classic flavor with salmon and asparagus. If you don’t have fresh garlic, 1 teaspoon of garlic powder will work as well.
  • Thyme – Adds freshness and herbaceousness to the salmon. Parsley would also be delicious! 
Sheet Pan Lemon Salmon served with white rice.

Different types of salmon

There are 6 main types of salmon.

  • King – Often considered the best of the best when it comes to salmon.
  • Coho – More delicate in texture than King salmon but tastes are similar.
  • Pink – Regularly used in canned salmon but sometimes found smoked.
  • Sockeye – A beautiful red-fleshed salmon regularly found at markets.
  • Atlantic – This is a farmed salmon but still delicious and affordable.
  • Chum – You won’t find this salmon in stores to purchase as fillets because it’s mostly sold overseas, used in pet food, or frozen.

Wild and farm-raised salmon is a big discussion found in a lot of food groups but my personal opinion is this – Eating salmon is not always in the budget for every household. Buy whatever you can afford so you and your family can enjoy a nice meal.

There is no shame in buying farm-raised over wild-caught.

The best salmon to use

For your cut of salmon, I really like to use center-cut.

That’s because the slice of salmon is fairly uniform in size so all the pieces of salmon will cook evenly.

A hand holding a served plate of Sheet Pan Lemon Salmon.

Temperature to cook salmon

Wild-caught salmon should be cooked to 120 degrees F.

Farmed salmon should be cooked to 125 degrees F.

The difference in cooking temperatures is because the fat content can be slightly different from wild to farmed.

Storing leftover sheet pan salmon and asparagus

Story any leftover salmon and asparagus in an airtight container and use it within 3 days.

Any leftover salmon can be flaked and mixed with rice and veggies for a quick and easy leftover meal.

Want even more flavor in your salmon? Try this 20-minute blackened salmon!

Sheet Pan Lemon Salmon on a plate.

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Sheet Pan Lemon Salmon

Sheet Pan Lemon Salmon

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

This sheet pan lemon salmon is the perfect quick and easy weeknight meal. It combines delicious salmon cooked up with asparagus, brushed with a garlic lemon butter sauce, and seasoned with fresh thyme. This recipe is light, bright, and delicious!

Ingredients

  • 2 center cut salmon filets (about 6 ounces each)
  • 3/4 pound asparagus, with the ends trimmed
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon freshly minced thyme
  • 3-4 slices fresh lemon

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F and line a large baking sheet with foil or parchment paper. This will help keep the salmon from sticking and make for easy cleanup. 
  2. Place the salmon on one side of the baking sheet and the asparagus on the other. 
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, melted butter, lemon juice, minced garlic, and minced thyme. 
  4. Brush the salmon and asparagus with the butter mixture and sprinkle them lightly with kosher salt and pepper. 
  5. Roast for 10 minutes, then turn the asparagus and roast for an additional 5 minutes. 
  6. Broil the salmon on high heat for 2-3 minutes or until the top is golden brown and crisp. 
  7. Remove from the oven and serve over rice. Spoon over the additional sauce and garnish with freshly chopped parsley. 
  8. Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to two days. 

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 370Total Fat: 27gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 17gCholesterol: 87mgSodium: 127mgCarbohydrates: 6gFiber: 2gSugar: 2gProtein: 27g

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Saturday 30th of April 2022

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Natalie

Tuesday 26th of April 2022

Such a perfect quick and healthy dinner idea. Looks delicious. I'll make this tomorrow for lunch. Thanks for inspiring me to cook something healthy for my family.

Willie

Monday 25th of April 2022

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