This lemon herb salmon recipe stands the test of time. It’s consistently in our dinner rotation because it’s quick, flavorful, pretty nutritious, and the prep work is minimal.
When life is just too busy at 5 p.m., homemade dinners like this are always appreciated. You’ll enjoy the robust herb flavors paired with garlic, lemon, and pepper. A little butter adds richness and you can even roast vegetables at the same time making this a convenient dish. We often serve everything with brown rice or a side salad.
Video Tutorial: How to Make Lemon Herb Salmon
Enjoy All the Flavor
Brushing the salmon fillets with a smidgen of melted butter is key to its fantastic flavor. This helps the herb mixture on top stick while keeping the cooked centers extra moist and tender.
After you brush each salmon fillet with butter, spread your herb mixture on top. We usually use rosemary and parsley as the herbs, then mix in garlic and freshly ground black pepper. A squeeze of lemon rounds out all these savory flavors.
You can even add your favorite vegetable to the baking sheet to cook it at the same time as the salmon. Some options are brussels sprouts, sliced zucchini, cut asparagus, or broccoli. Feel free to add another squeeze of lemon and a sprinkle of salt & pepper on top of the vegetables.
That’s all you do. Dinner tonight is this simple. When a dinner recipe delivers on taste AND requires so little effort, it’s a major win.
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- Slow Cooker Chicken Chili
- Honey Garlic Shrimp
- Apple Cider Chicken
- Sausage Stuffed Peppers
- Lemon Thyme Chicken
- Chicken Meatballs
- Zucchini Fritters or Corn Fritters
This moist and tender lemon herb salmon takes about 30 minutes. Feel free to use other vegetables instead of brussels sprouts. See note below.
- 4 salmon fillets, skin removed (about 2 lbs. (900g) total)
- 4 cups halved brussels sprouts*
- 2 Tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
- 2 Tablespoons chopped fresh rosemary (or use 1 Tablespoon dried)
- 2 Tablespoons chopped fresh parsley (or use 1 Tablespoon dried)
- 1 Tablespoon minced garlic
- 2 medium lemons, divided
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided
- sea salt, to taste
- Preheat oven to 400°F (204°C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. Arrange salmon and brussels sprouts evenly spaced on top.
- Brush the melted butter on top of each salmon fillet. In a small bowl, stir the rosemary, parsley, garlic, juice of 1 lemon (around 4 Tablespoons), and 1/4 teaspoon pepper together. Spoon evenly onto each fillet, spreading all over the top. Slice 1/2 of the 2nd lemon and arrange 1-2 slices on top of each fillet. Squeeze the other lemon half on top of the brussels sprouts. Sprinkle the brussels sprouts with remaining 1/4 teaspoon of pepper. Sprinkle sea salt evenly over the whole pan—not much is needed, but go by your preference.
- Bake the salmon for 15-20 minutes depending on thickness, about 10 minutes per 1-inch inch thickness measured from the thickest part of the fillet or until the thickest part reaches 145°F (63°C) internal heat.
- Serve warm.
- Leftovers keep well in the refrigerator for a few days. Reheat to your liking.
- Special Tools (affiliate links): Baking Sheet | Silicone Baking Mats or Parchment Paper | Pastry Brush | Glass Mixing Bowl | Instant-Read Thermometer
- Frozen Salmon: If using frozen salmon, thaw completely before starting.
- Other Vegetables: Instead of brussels sprouts, you can use broccoli, chopped asparagus, or zucchini. Chop your vegetables small so they cook in the same amount of time as the salmon OR start the vegetables in the oven a few minutes earlier than the salmon.
- Other Herbs: Feel free to use thyme or chopped basil, or a combination of your favorite herbs.
- Nutrition Information: Using SparkRecipes calculator and including the brussels sprouts, this recipe comes out to 330 calories, 16g fat, and 37g protein. If your salmon fillets are smaller than about 6 ounces each, these numbers will be lower.
Keywords: baked salmon, lemon herb salmon