Sheet Pan Honey Lemon Salmon

Honey Lemon Salmon — This baked honey lemon salmon is ready in under 30 minutes! It’s impossible to wind up with dry salmon when making this recipe, it’s just that good!

Honey Lemon Salmon in foil pack

Honey Lemon Salmon Recipe

This is some of the best salmon I’ve ever made — it’s tied with my Sheet Pan Orange Chili Salmon. It knocked our socks off and we devoured this one pound fillet in five minutes. No joke.

What I love about this honey garlic recipe is that it’s almost foolproof. Meaning it’s nearly impossible to end up with dry salmon because the salmon bakes in a mixture of butter, honey, and lemon juice. Simple ingredients that pack a ton of flavor.

I could drink that buttery elixir of the gods and was literally spooning it in with every bite of tender, juicy salmon.

I sprinkled the salmon with a generous pinch of Morton Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper before sealing up the foil pack. The right salt matters. Morton Kosher Salt adds a gourmet touch to the dish. It’s the preferred salt of chefs because it’s easy to control, which creates perfectly seasoned food.

Morton Coarse Sea Salt adds an artistic pop that you can see and taste. The large crystals also provide contrasting texture. Morton Fine Sea Salt is great for blending in all cooking. The fine salt crystals dissolve quickly, making them perfect for marinades, soups, sauces and dressings.

This lemon salmon is a fast and easy recipe for everything from casual weeknight dinners to fancy dinner parties. You’ll impress your family or your party guests with it. Cleanup is as easy as tossing away the foil!

Morton kosher salt for Honey Lemon Salmon 

What’s in Honey Lemon Salmon? 

For this easy baked salmon with lemon, you’ll need: 

  • Skin-on salmon fillet 
  • Whole lemon
  • Lemon juice
  • Butter
  • Honey
  • Morton kosher salt
  • Black pepper
  • Fresh parsley

baked salmon with lemon slices

How to Make Lemon Salmon

To make this lemon honey baked salmon, you’ll first need to line a baking sheet with aluminum foil. Place the salmon skin-side down, then nestle the sliced lemon underneath and around it. Stir together honey, melted butter, and lemon juice and pour about two-thirds over the salmon (save the rest for serving!). 

Season the salmon with salt and pepper, then seal up the foil pack before baking for 15 minutes. After that time is up, open up the foil pack and broil the salmon on Hi for roughly 5 to 10 minutes, or until the top reaches your desired level of golden brown. Garnish with parsley before serving.

Do I Have to Broil the Salmon? 

If you don’t feel confident using your broiler or it’s broken, you don’t have to broil the lemon salmon. However, it does add a nice ‘toasting’ effect that you’ll miss out on. If desired, you can continuing baking the salmon in your regular oven – just keep an eye on it so it’s not overdone or become too dry, or underdone and raw.

Can I Make This With Smaller Pieces of Salmon? 

Yes, but the bake times will vary depending on how thick your salmon fillets are. If you use individual pieces of salmon instead of one large salmon fillet, my best advice is to cook the salmon until it’s done and keep an eye on it. 

Honey Lemon Salmon Recipe

Tips for Making Lemon Salmon 

If desired, you can scale back the amount of butter used in this recipe. I love buttery salmon, but if you prefer yours with less butter you can easily adjust the amount in this recipe. 

If possible, buy organic lemons or give regular lemons a good wash under warm water before slicing. Since you’ll be baking the lemon slices with the skin on, you don’t want any nasty chemicals sneaking into your lemon honey salmon. 

For the best flavor, use freshly squeezed lemon juice and not the bottled stuff. Freshly squeezed is so much brighter in flavor and makes a big difference in this lemon salmon recipe! 

Lastly, you can eat the skin on salmon (some people don’t know that, so I wanted to mention). And if you have any leftover lemon salmon, I suggest enjoying it cold atop sandwiches or salads. 

Morton Salt’s Next Door Chef

I also want to share about a recent trip I took to Nashville for Morton Salt’s Next Door Chef. The experience was hosted by a man, Travis, who wanted to learn to become a better cook and had help in doing so from local celebrity chef, Karl Worley, of Biscuit Love.

Travis’ house was transformed into a pop-up restaurant, Indie’s Kitchen, for one night. I had the pleasure of being a guest along with about a dozen other bloggers.

This was Morton Salt’s second Next Door Chef event and was tied around springtime cooking, perfect for this time of year. Morton Salt has shared that they will be releasing video and recipes from their third Next Door Chef, in New Orleans, this summer. 


At the Nashville event, I learned more about the benefits of using Morton Kosher and Sea Salt versus table salt when cooking. Turns out a lot of us are using table salt for almost all cooking purposes which is a big miss in the kitchen. If you usually use table salt for all your cooking needs, you may want to adjust your strategy.

Sheet Pan Honey Lemon Salmon

Sheet Pan Honey Lemon Salmon

This baked honey lemon salmon is ready in under 30 minutes! It's impossible to wind up with dry salmon when making this recipe, it's just that good!

Yield: 3 servings
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 to 1.25 pounds skin-on salmon fillet
  • 1 lemon, sliced into thin rounds
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons honey
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons lemon juice (from about 1 lemon)
  • 1 teaspoon Morton Kosher Salt, or to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, or to taste
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh parsley, optional for garnishing

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375F and place a piece of foil on the baking sheet to cover it completely.
  2. Place salmon on the 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).
  3. Nestle lemon slices underneath the salmon, spaced evenly around the fillet; set aside.
  4. To a microwave-safe glass measuring cup or bowl, add the butter and heat on high power to melt, about 1 minute.
  5. Stir in the honey and lemon juice. Pour or spoon about two-thirds of the mixture over the salmon; reserve remainder.
  6. Evenly season with Morton Kosher Salt and pepper, to taste.
  7. 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).
  8. Bake for about 15 minutes.
  9. Remove salmon 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.
  10. Set oven to Hi broil.
  11. 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.
  12. Broil salmon for about 5 to 10 minutes, or until as golden as desired. Keep a close eye on it because all broilers are different and you don’t want it to burn. Exact broiling time will depend on the size and thickness of the salmon, climate and oven variances, and personal preference.
  13. Optionally garnish with parsley and serve immediately. Salmon is best warm and fresh but will keep airtight in the fridge for up to 3 days.

Notes

Recipe adapted from my Sheet Pan Orange Chili Salmon.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

3

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 758 Total Fat: 54g Saturated Fat: 24g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 27g Cholesterol: 200mg Sodium: 831mg Carbohydrates: 27g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 24g Protein: 43g

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25 comments on “Sheet Pan Honey Lemon Salmon”

  1. This sounds just as delicious as the chili orange recipe–I’ll be making this Friday night!!

  2. Love this! I make a similar recipe for work–it’s amazing how much that layer of citrus underneath flavors the salmon. Can’t wait to try yours. Love the chili.

  3. Hello,
    It looks and sounds delicious. Could you please give some cooking time instructions for small individual portions of salmon?
    Thank you,
    Angela from Australia

    • It’s really hard to say because it’s entirely dependent on the size piece. You basically just have to cook until it’s done, whatever that means in your oven, how many small portions you’r making at a time, etc.

  4. I would have left a comment on the baked honey lime salmon recipe, but I can’t find it. Ours was bitter and dry. Very sad. But, as we are to eat more salmon, I will try again with this lemon honey recipe, and keep fingers crossed. Hubby won’t eat anything with sesame oil, ginger, dill, mustard, so making salmon palatable to him is often a challenge. Lemon, honey, butter – sounds like a winner!

  5. I love this as much as the chili orange–can’t pick a favorite between the two (probably because I like any citrus with fish and chicken)! Jon loved  it too! I added some leftover basil to your honey lemon dressing and made a great salad to go with the fish. I’ll definitely make both again!

  6. I was wondering, how would it be if I made the honey with the orange instead of the lemon.

  7. Thanks Averie, for another great dish. I made this tonight, and me and my family really enjoyed it. I didn’t have honey, but I had Agave, and that worked out just fine.

    Thanks!

  8. Wonderful flavor! And easy too. I made two pieces of salmon and ate one hot. Looking forward to trying the second one cold.

  9. Do I have to broil at the end, or can I remove the foil and place back in the oven? My broiler does not function properly, and I don’t want to ruin the dish. Thanks!

    • You don’t have to broil it but it does add a nice ‘toasting’ effect however you can still bake in your regular oven – just keep an eye on it so it’s not overdone and too dry, or underdone and raw.

  10. We enjoyed your salmon recipe tonight for dinner as it has nice flavors. I did feel that it had more butter than needed but all-and-all it is a great cooking method which I will make again! Thank you!

  11. Could I do this in the crockpot?

  12. Made this last night and it turned out so great!

    Rating: 5
  13. You grill the salmon directly on the grill grates, not a cedar plank or anything? And it flips fine without falling apart? Would you recommend cooking first on the skin side or fish side? Thanks! Will be trying it this week

    • Well this recipe that you’re commenting on is an oven-baked salmon recipe.

      For grilled salmon without a plank, cook it skin side down, and I don’t usually flip it. Because yes it will be prone to breaking apart. I don’t like my salmon too well done anyway so not flipping is fine; keeps the fish intact and the moisture level sufficient.

  14. Made this recipe for the potluck everyone said It’s so delicious. Definitely will make it again!!

    Rating: 5

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