Herb crusted broiled salmon is slightly crispy on the outside, but so tender and juicy on the inside! The flavor of this salmon is going to blow your mind. Low carb, gluten-free, paleo and clean eating.
I know this broiled salmon recipe is not exactly the most gorgeous thing you’ll ever lay eyes on…but let me tell you: this is one of the best things I’ve cooked in my kitchen. Ever.
As someone who has over 500 recipes on my site, I hope those words have meaning!
This herb crusted broiled salmon packs a huge punch of flavor, and also has the most amazing texture: slightly crispy on the outside and so tender and juicy and smooth like buttah on the inside.
After discovering how amazingly salmon broils, I really doubt I’m going back to my old method of baking at 425!
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How to broil salmon
Broiling salmon is the quickest way out there to cook it, but not only that, it gives the salmon the most amazing texture! Different broilers will have slightly different intensities, so take the cook times as a rough estimate and use your best judgment when broiling your own salmon.
- Pre-heat the broiler for 5 min.
- Use a metal baking sheet *IMPORTANT- do not use a glass baking dish as it risks shattering under the intense heat of the broiler.
- Brush both sides of the salmon with oil- I’ve tested with both extra virgin olive oil and canola oil. Salmon is an oily fish but brushing the outside helps it get nice and crispy under the broiler.
- Sprinkle the top of your salmon with the spice rub.
- Broil! For 4-5 oz fillets (pictured), 8-10 minutes was perfect.
Note- although some of these pictures show lemon wheels on top of the salmon, I recommend squeezing fresh lemon juice over top before serving; covering the salmon with lemon prevents that spot from getting a crust.
Can I broil salmon without skin? Yes, if your salmon is skinless, you are fine. I recommend brushing the pan under the salmon with oil to prevent it from sticking.
Can I broil salmon in a glass pan? NO! Please don’t do this, as glass risks shattering under the high heat of a broiler. Stick with a sturdy metal baking sheet.
What can I serve with this broiled salmon recipe? We enjoyed our broiled salmon with herbed lemon rice (stay tuned for the recipe!) and broccoli. Cauliflower rice would be great, too! You could also toss some asparagus under the broiler for a few minutes while the salmon cooks. Snap peas would also go great with this salmon recipe.
What other seasonings could I use on broiled salmon?
You could use a number of different seasoning blends, but I would steer clear of any that contain sugar, as it risks burning and giving your salmon an off-putting flavor. I can’t wait to try this Lemon Herb Seasoning Recipe and this Homemade Indian Spice Mix on the broiled salmon next time.
Tips for perfect broiled salmon
- make sure to use a good quality metal sheet pan (I use these ones!) and NOT a glass baking dish
- Pre-heat your broiler for 5 minutes, and make sure your oven rack is placed about 4-6 inches below the broiler
- since all broilers vary in their intensities, keep an eye on your salmon and use your best judgment as to whether it’s ready (especially if you have a thin piece of salmon!)
- for more salmon recipes, check out this Sheet Pan Honey Lemon Salmon and this Chili Rubbed Salmon with Avocado Salsa, or this Balsamic Salmon Marinade!
Psst! You may be interested in How To Cook Salmon, a post where I share tips to avoid dry, overcooked salmon!
Herb Crusted Broiled Salmon
- 4 4-5 oz salmon fillets (skin on or off, either works)
- 1 tablespoon avocado or extra virgin olive oil
- 1 lemon sliced
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
- 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
- Heat oven broiler.
- On a baking sheet, brush a bit of oil where you will place the salmon. Arrange salmon skin side down on top of the oil.
- Stir together the spice mixture and sprinkle over the salmon fillets.
- Place lemon slices on top of the salmon *for crispiest salmon, leave the lemon slices off and squeeze it over just before serving*
- Broil for 8-10 minutes, depending on the thickness of your salmon.
- Fish is done when it flakes easily with a fork.