Sheet Pan Lemon Garlic Butter Salmon

Sheet Pan Lemon Garlic Butter Salmon — Juicy salmon at home in 30 minutes that’s EASY and tastes BETTER than from a restaurant! The butter is infused with lemon and garlic and adds so much FLAVOR!

Garlic Butter Salmon in foil packet with sliced lemonsBaked Garlic Butter Salmon

Butter that’s infused with lemon, garlic, and a touch of honey helps give this salmon tons of flavor and keeps it extremely moist and tender. This baked salmon recipe is a spinoff of my recipes for Sheet Pan Honey Lemon Salmon, Honey Dijon Salmon, and Sheet Pan Orange Chili Salmon.

This version incorporates garlic, because why not. My family loves garlic and since salmon is a robust fish, it can stand up to the garlic without being overwhelmed.

And I love a dinner that’s easy, ready in 30 minutes, tastes better than the salmon you get in a restaurant (which I find to be dry and bland usually), and cleanup is as easy as throwing away the foil.

What’s in Garlic Butter Salmon? 

For this buttery lemon garlic salmon recipe, you’ll need: 

  • Skin-on salmon fillet 
  • Whole lemon + lemon juice
  • Unsalted butter
  • Honey
  • Garlic
  • Kosher salt
  • Black pepper
  • Fresh parsley

baked salmon filet with garlic butter sauce on piece of foil

How to Bake Salmon 

You’ll first need to line your baking tray with foil; fold up the edges a bit so the garlic butter sauce doesn’t spill out. Place the salmon on the foil-lined tray, then nestle lemon slices underneath. 

In a small bowl, stir together the melted butter, lemon juice, garlic, and honey. Pour most of it over the salmon, but reserve a little bit for serving. Season the salmon with salt and pepper, then fold the foil over the filets and bake. 

You’ll need to bake the salmon for about 17 minutes in a sealed foil pack and then unseal it so the salmon is exposed. At this point switch over to broiler mode and let the broiler crisp up the top and edges of the salmon.

The interior is so tender and juicy while the edges have a bit of crispiness — a perfect contrast.

Do I Have the Broil the Salmon? 

No, just note that the edges of the salmon won’t be as crispy if you don’t broil it. Your salmon will be safe to eat after baking it, so feel free to enjoy it as is! 

forkful of Garlic Butter Salmon on aluminum foil

Tips for Making Garlic Butter Salmon

I prefer using unsalted butter for this lemon garlic salmon because it lets me control the amount of salt in this dish. If you only have salted butter on hand, that should be fine to use but you may want to scale back the amount of kosher salt you season the salmon with. 

If possible, use freshly squeezed lemon juice for this baked salmon recipe. The fresh stuff has a much better flavor than the pre-bottled kind, and you only need about one lemon’s worth of juice for the buttery sauce! 

And as always, anytime you’re broiling something you should keep a very close on your food because it can burn very quickly under the broiler. Remember that you don’t have to broil on the top rack (you can use the second rack), and while it will take slightly longer, there’s less chance of it burning.

Sheet Pan Garlic Lemon Butter Salmon - Juicy salmon at home in 30 minutes that's EASY and tastes BETTER than from a restaurant!! The butter is infused with lemon and garlic and adds so much FLAVOR!!

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Sheet Pan Lemon Garlic Butter Salmon

Sheet Pan Lemon Garlic Butter Salmon

Juicy salmon at home in 30 minutes that’s EASY and tastes BETTER than from a restaurant!! The butter is infused with lemon and garlic and adds so much FLAVOR!

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

Ingredients

  • about 1.5 to 1.75 pounds skin-on salmon fillet
  • 1 lemon, sliced into thin rounds
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice (from about 1 lemon)
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons honey
  • 5 cloves garlic, finely pressed or minced; or to taste
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt, or to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, or to taste
  • 2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh parsley, optional for garnishing

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375F. Place salmon on a sheet of foil (with the longer side parallel with the longer side of the sheet pan) with the skin-side down. Raise the edges of the foil up about 2 inches (or enough so that when you pour the buttery mixture over the top it will be contained in the foil).
  2. Nestle lemon slices underneath the salmon, spaced evenly around the fillet; set aside.
  3. To a microwave-safe glass measuring cup or bowl, add the butter and heat on high power to melt, about 1 minute.
  4. Stir in the lemon juice, honey, and garlic. Pour or spoon about three-quarters of the mixture over the salmon; reserve remainder.
  5. Evenly season salmon with salt and pepper.
  6. Seal up the foil. Likely you will need to add another sheet of foil on top in order to seal it. Crimp or pinch the top and bottom pieces of foil together; get it as air-tight as possible but it doesn’t have to be perfect. If you have time, set aside to marinate for about 10 to 15 minutes (enhanced flavor).
  7. Place foil pack on a baking sheet and bake for about 17 minutes.
  8. Remove baking sheet from the oven and remove the top piece of foil or open up the packet so salmon is exposed but keep the edges raised to contain the buttery mixture.
  9. Set oven to Hi broil.
  10. Spoon the reserved buttery mixture over the salmon, if desired. Use your judgment and if there’s already lots of juice you don’t need to add it because you don’t want it to start leaking. If you have extra buttery mixture, it’s great served over the finished dish.
  11. Broil salmon for about 5 to 10 minutes, or until salmon is as golden as desired.*
  12. Optionally garnish salmon with parsley and serve immediately. Salmon is best warm and fresh but will keep airtight in the fridge for up to 3 days.

Notes

*Tip: You don’t have to broil on the top rack, you can use the second rack, and while it will take longer, there’s less chance of it burning. Keep a close eye on it because all broilers are different and you don’t want the salmon to burn. Exact broiling time will depend on the size and thickness of the salmon, climate and oven variances, and personal preference.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 675 Total Fat: 48g Saturated Fat: 19g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 25g Cholesterol: 186mg Sodium: 658mg Carbohydrates: 17g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 14g Protein: 45g

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33 comments on “Sheet Pan Lemon Garlic Butter Salmon”

  1. Your salmon recipes are so delicious!! I’d love to try this one too. Lots of good flavors together in the butter mixture!

  2. Wow! This looks delicious! Super easy too!

  3. I add garlic to ALL the things. :) Love classic lemon butter salmon and garlic makes it that much better!

  4. Averie, I must have the oldest oven on the planet. Broiler is a separate drawer and very very tiny. Can I skip broiling?
    Thanks!

  5. This salmon looks incredible, Averie! The garlic lemon butter has me sold! It’s just so perfect with seafood. Gorgeous!

  6. Sounds delicious. Where does the kale come in?

  7. I just got to your page, and salmon is one of my very best. [ haven’t made it yet but I will, and I look forward try out others from you. thank you.

  8. Easy, good flavor,not time consuming . Will make again

    Rating: 5
  9. Please explain before step six that sealing the top with tin foil is something we have to do! I only had enough to cover the bottom. None to seal the top. Had I known I needed more tinfoil I would’ve waited.

  10. If I don’t have oven but a microwave with grill option?

  11. Made this exactly as recipe directed and thought it was great! Two servings fit nicely in toaster oven. Recipe is a total keeper!

    Rating: 5
  12. Averie. Once again you have provided an incredibly delicious and easy and healthy dish. Love it. Also live the orange versionsThanks. Sue

    Rating: 5
  13. Wonderful recipe! You will need to adjust your bake time if the salmon is thicker! 17 minutes was not long enough for me but my salmon was on the thicker side. Cooked it for about 30 minutes total, then broiled &it turned out amazing. The lemons really give it flavor. Making this again tomorrow for my anniversary ☺️ Husband, son & twins on the way were all satisfied!

    Rating: 5
    • Thanks for the 5 star review and glad to hear you’re making it again tomorrow for your anniversary!

      And yes, always bake until done and if your salmon was thicker, 30 minutes total sounds about right.

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