Baked Lemon Herb Salmon

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 prepwork is minimal. When life is just too busy at 5pm, 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.

lemon herb salmon

lemon herb salmon on a baking sheet with brussels sprouts

lemon herb salmon

Enjoy All the Flavor

Brushing the salmon filets 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 filet 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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lemon herb salmon on a baking sheet

Baked Lemon Herb Salmon

  • Author: Sally
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: serves 4
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Cooking
  • Cuisine: American

Description

This moist and tender lemon herb salmon takes about 30 minutes. Feel free to use other vegetables instead of brussels sprouts. See note below.


Ingredients

  • 4 salmon filets, skin removed (about 2 lbs 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

Instructions

  1. 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.
  2. Brush the melted butter on top of each salmon filet. 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 filet, spreading all over the top. Slice 1/2 of the 2nd lemon and arrange 1-2 slices on top of each filet. 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.
  3. 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 filet or until the thickest part reaches 145°F (63°C) internal heat.
  4. Serve warm.
  5. Leftovers keep well in the refrigerator for a few days. Reheat to your liking.

Notes

  1. If using frozen salmon, thaw completely before starting.
  2. 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.
  3. Other Herbs: Feel free to use thyme or chopped basil, or a combination of your favorite herbs.
  4. 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 filets are smaller than about 6 ounces each, these numbers will be lower.

Keywords: baked salmon, lemon herb salmon

21 Comments

  1. Salmon with herbs is the easiest, most delicious dinner option ever. We do it at least once a week, and my kids actually eat it. The same kids who don’t eat spaghetti or pizza (!?) will eat herb salmon. So it’s a total winner. And you feel so good about yourself after! 🙂

  2. Not only is this delicious, healthy & insanely easy to make, but this would also be great to make ahead of time and take to work. Healthy, delicious & easy “work day” recipes, yes please! Beautiful pics by the way…

  3. This is wonderful– thank you! My husband’s Dr. told him he needed to lose 20 lbs., so I’ve been cooking healthy all week. However, I’m running out of ideas–but now here you’ve posted an awesome low calorie but delicious looking recipe!

    My only concern is: usually it takes my veggies about 25-30 minutes in a hot oven to get them nice and roasted. I think the salmon would be over cooked if I baked them all on one pan. I’m thinking I will do the salmon on a separate pan and take it out sooner than the veggies.

    1. You can certainly start the veggies earlier (or use a different pan!) to get them roasted to your liking. Hope you BOTH enjoy!

  4. Sounds yummy! Can I use dried Rosemary leaves instead? how much should I use?

  5. Erica Steinmann says:

    I absolutely love this! The brussel sprouts add such a wonderful balance, and the rosemary is heavenly with the lemon and salmon.

    1. So happy you made it! It’s now in the regular rotation during the week.

  6. Absolutely delish!!!! Love your recipes!!

  7. Hi Sally 🙂
    I made this salmon recipe and your zucchini fritters for tea tonight and SMASHED IT!! My mother in law (who will definitely tell you if she doesn’t like something!) couldn’t get over the flavours coming through and that it was so simple and healthy, I’ve made so many recipes from yours whilst she’s visiting she said she was going to ‘get the internet’ to look them up – thank you for helping me impress her and my lovely (very well fed) man!

  8. I made this recipe tonight for dinner, and my self-professed salmon-hater boyfriend had two helpings! Thanks for a wonderful (and simple, and healthy!) recipe that I will definitely make again and again.

  9. Wow, I just made this dish today and it was bursting with flavor. I LOVED IT!!! I only changed one thing, I substituted  olive oil for butter and added some cilantro.  Made these  with sweet potatoes  and a side of quinoa.  Thank you for sharing.   This is going to be my go to recipe when I want salmon.  

  10. I made this last night for dinner as I was hoping to find a salmon recipe where I’d already have the ingredients on hand…and I did! And I had fresh parsley, too! This was wonderful and so flavorful and so simple. I love this technique, especially using melted butter. Thanks, Sally. 🙂

  11. Hi Sally, I was just wondering if there are any other vegetables you would suggest roasting with the salmon that would finish in the same amount of time as the salmon. For example, do you think baby red potatoes cut in halves would work? Let me know if you have any suggestions! Thank you 🙂

    1. Hey Abby! I think potatoes would take a little longer but you can start them 10 minutes before adding the salmon. Equal baking time veggies… let’s see… broccoli, cauliflower, zucchini, squash to name a couple.

  12. I added 1 teaspoon of kosher salt, 1 1⁄2 teaspoons fresh thyme leaves,1⁄2 teaspoon dill weed and 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano to add its taste. I need to say that it’s a scrumptious dish which I have tried till now. Bye the way i have also tried your Peanut Chicken Zucchini Noodles…Its really a variety one…

    I shared this website with my colleague Pertyl, who just loves trying out recipes with Salmon.

    Last week She suggested me a website with varieties of Maggi Recipes, I have made SALMON WITH LEEK & WILD RICE STUFFING(Must try one) ….It was really delicious. I will share here the link for those who love to make Maggi recipes:http://www.nestle-family.com/recipes/english/maggi-recipes.aspx

  13. Made this tonight enjoying it now! Excellent recipe. My salmon is cooked to perfection and the veggies (I used what I had broccoli & zucchini) are delicious. Thanks for sharing your talents! I feel talented pulling off this tasty dish!

  14. I made this for my family tonight. Delicious!! My husband and I couldn’t get enough of it. My two little munchkins really enjoyed the salmon as well. I think I will be making this many more times. Thanks for sharing!!

  15. Sally, this is a easy meal & will try. My husband doesn’t like salmon or the fishy taste of it or fish. So I don’t fix it @ home very often. Does this taste that way?

    1. If he doesn’t like salmon, you can browse through my other dinner recipes to find something he would like better (you can also use my recipe index to sort by ingredient – so you can sort by things like chicken if you wish)!

  16. Can I use basil instead of parsley and rosemary?

    1. Absolutely!

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