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!
Baked Salmon with Lemon Garlic Butter
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 butter garlic lemon salmon recipe, you’ll need:
- Skin-on salmon fillet
- Whole lemon + lemon juice
- Unsalted butter
- Kosher salt
- Black pepper
- Fresh parsley
How to Make Lemon Garlic Butter Salmon
Lemon garlic salmon is so easy to make! Here’s how this recipe is made:
- 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!
What to Serve with the Garlic Butter Salmon
This garlic butter salmon pairs nicely with a side salad, roasted veggies, or another vegetable. Here are some of my favorite sides to serve with salmon:
Tips for Making Lemon Garlic Butter Salmon
Butter: 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.
Lemon juice: 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!
Broiling tip: And as always, anytime you’re broiling something you should keep a very close eye 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. And finally, you don’t have to broil at all – and can simply skip this step if you don’t care about that extra golden browned top.
What Readers Are Saying
This garlicky lemon butter salmon has been a hit with readers since I first hit “Publish” on this recipe! Here are some of the 5-star reviews that readers have left in the comment section below:
“Made it for dinner tonight! Very yummy! And so simple! Made Greek seasoned rice for a side.” — Shannah
“My son served himself 1/2 of it before I could take a photo. He wolfed it down along with rice and coleslaw. He nodded his head and asked me to add this to the list. We repeat recipes that we like. This made the list.” — Romy T.
“I love this recipe. I am a big salmon lover, and this buttery, lemony recipe is a perfect way to cook it. Will definitely make it again.” — Elizabeth
“Made this exactly as recipe directed and thought it was great! Two servings fit nicely in toaster oven. Recipe is a total keeper!” — Doreen
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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!
- 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
- 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).
- Nestle lemon slices underneath the salmon, spaced evenly around the fillet; set aside.
- To a microwave-safe glass measuring cup or bowl, add the butter and heat on high power to melt, about 1 minute.
- Stir in the lemon juice, honey, and garlic. Pour or spoon about three-quarters of the mixture over the salmon; reserve remainder.
- Evenly season salmon with salt and pepper.
- 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).
- Place foil pack on a baking sheet and bake for about 17 minutes.
- 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.
- Set oven to Hi broil.
- 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.
- Broil salmon for about 5 to 10 minutes, or until salmon is as golden as desired.*
- Optionally garnish salmon with parsley and serve immediately.
*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.
Storage: Salmon is best warm and fresh but will keep airtight in the fridge for up to 3 days.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 675Total Fat: 48gSaturated Fat: 19gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 25gCholesterol: 186mgSodium: 444mgCarbohydrates: 17gFiber: 1gSugar: 14gProtein: 45g
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Originally posted May 2, 2018 and reposted with updated text April 2, 2021 and March 24, 2023.
Thank you so much! Didn’t feel like cooking tonight and was going to order out… I had salmon and looked for a new recipe when I found yours. So glad I tried it, this will be my new favorite for salmon! It turned out so delicious and the family loved it too! Did I mention how easy it was? Wow, thanks!
Thanks for the 5 star review and I am glad that this was a winner and will be your new favorite salmon recipe! And easy too!
Very flavorful and moist! So good! The whole family loved it, even the littles. Fast, few ingredient recipe.. will be making on the regular. Thanks!!
Thanks for the 5 star review and I am glad the whole family loved it and that you’ll make it on a regular basis!
It never mentions at what temperature to bake salmon before switching to broil.
Step 1, the first sentence of the recipe card directions, the temp is listed as 375F.
It would have been perfect had it not been over cooked. I was afraid of that 2nd step of broiling and should have gone with my gut.
I’m sorry that happened to you. But I write my posts as clearly as I possibly can to try to communicate to a broad range of skill levels in the kitchen and be as direct as possible as written instructions can be.
And why in the recipe notes I say: *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.
Nevertheless I appreciate you trying the recipe!
This sounds delicious. Garlic+butter=winner in my book. Would it have a strong honey flavor for someone (me) who doesn’t like that flavor?
No it does not at all. It’s more to balance out the lemon but you could use agave instead which is very flavor-neutral. Nothing can really “overpower” salmon as it’s such a strong fish.
So yummyyyyy…great recipe….the kids loved it. Definitely we will make it again. Thank you
So yummyyyyy…great recipe….the kids loved. Definitely will make it agin. Thank you
Thanks for the 5 star review and glad you’ll make it again!
This was my first time cooking salmon. The recipe was extremely easy to follow and the fish was delicious! Will definitely be making this again.
I’m so glad that your first time cooking salmon was a big success and that you’ll definitely be making this again!
Loved this recipe! Made as is except no garlic. It’s a fantastic recipe. I have been doing a maple glaze without covering the salmon and it turns out black and raw inside. So the 17 minute cover then broiler is perfect! Thank you!
Thanks for the 5 star review and glad this method has been working great for you! Anytime there’s a sugary glaze (chicken on the grill can be a culprit too with a sugary marinade) you can always end up with the burnt yet raw phenomenon so glad the cover then broil aspect is working great!
Made it for dinner tonight! Very yummy! And so simple! Made Greek seasoned rice for a side
Thanks for the 5 star review and glad this was yummy and simple to make for you!
My son served himself 1/2 of it before I could take a photo. He wolfed it down along with rice and coleslaw. He nodded his head and asked me to add this to the list. We repeat recipes that we like. This made the list.
Thanks for the 5 star review and glad that this is going on repeat and that your son inhaled it!
Holy moly was this good lol! I didn’t have butter not cloves of garlic. Buuuutttt I had garlic spread which is both buttery and garlicy! So I used that and omggggg talk about yummy! Thanks for the idea!
Thanks for the five star review and glad it was awesome with the garlic spread! A great shortcut there!
I love this recipe. I am a big salmon lover, and this buttery, lemony recipe is a perfect way to cook it. Will definitely make it again.
Glad to hear it was perfect and you’ll definitely make it again!
Yummy! Came out perfect
I am 65, first time ever making Salmon as I am not a fish lover. It was wonderful will be making again.
Glad it turned out wonderfully, especially for your first time making salmon!
Have you made it with any other types of fish? Cod, Whiting, or other? This looks great!
No but the overall process would work although cooking times may vary.
Looks yummy! Question – do you cook the salmon as one big filet or piece and then cut it into individual portions after it’s broiled? Or cook it as individual portions? Thanks!
I cook it as one big piece as shown in the photos. It doesn’t look as large at it really was in person, but it was a good 1.5 to 1.75 pounds as indicated in the recipe.
Thank you! Will have to try it this weekend :)
Super tasty, and easy to make. My husband and kids loved it!
Thanks for the 5 star review and glad your family loved it and that it was easy and tasty!
I got lucky with this recipe it came out delicious.
Thanks for the 5 star review and glad it came out delicious!
Can you add shrimp to the salmon foil pack?
Since shrimp and salmon cook in different times, i.e. shrimp is super fast, within minutes – it’s probably not the best idea because they could become rubbery.
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!
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.
Averie. Once again you have provided an incredibly delicious and easy and healthy dish. Love it. Also live the orange versionsThanks. Sue
Thanks for the 5 star review and I am glad you loved this! Thanks for the compliment on the recipe :)
Made this exactly as recipe directed and thought it was great! Two servings fit nicely in toaster oven. Recipe is a total keeper!
Thanks for the 5 star review and I am glad this worked in a toaster oven for you!
If I don’t have oven but a microwave with grill option?
Check those out and follow the general method for grilling and use the seasonings, etc. you like.
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.
By now I’m sure you made/baked it and I’m sure it turned out just fine!
Read the recipe in it’s entirety before you cook anything.
I absolutely love and so did my husband thank you for sharing a this delicious recipe
Thanks for the 5 star review and glad you and your husband loved this!
Easy, good flavor,not time consuming . Will make again
Thanks for the 5 star review and I’m glad you will make it again!
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.
Sounds delicious. Where does the kale come in?
Not sure what you mean…you could always add a kale salad on the side if you like.
The recipe name says Sheet Pan Honey Lemon Salmon and Kale. Is this a different recipe?
No it was a typo but fixed now.
Perhaps my salmon was cut too thick- it was raw after 25 mins
Probably it was a thicker cut and all cuts of fish, beef, etc. will always vary. Simply bake until done.
This salmon looks incredible, Averie! The garlic lemon butter has me sold! It’s just so perfect with seafood. Gorgeous!
Thanks for the compliments!
Averie, I must have the oldest oven on the planet. Broiler is a separate drawer and very very tiny. Can I skip broiling?
Yes for sure. Won’t get as crispy on the exterior but still good.
I add garlic to ALL the things. :) Love classic lemon butter salmon and garlic makes it that much better!
Definitely makes it that much better!
Wow! This looks delicious! Super easy too!
Definitely super easy which I am all about :)
Your salmon recipes are so delicious!! I’d love to try this one too. Lots of good flavors together in the butter mixture!
You can’t go wrong with butter that’s been infused with flavor!
I tried this over the weekend and it was every bit as delicious as it looks and so easy! I did the baking part on the grill because I had it going for the vegetables and then finished it under the broiler.
I am glad this was a hit and great thinking to use your grill for the baking part, since it was already on, why not. Grilling is the way to go for me whenever I can!
Easy and super delicious. Will be a mainstay for me. Made just as instructed. Thank you Averie!
Thanks for the 5 star review and I’m glad you will make it again!