Our easy broiled salmon recipe is a must-try for salmon lovers.
Need to cook salmon quickly and still end up with a satisfying eat? This broiled salmon recipe takes 20 minutes, and it makes to-die-for fillets.
Besides the melt-in-your-mouth salmon, we’ll show you how to pack boring quinoa with flavors. Here’s what will be on your plate: a tender fillet laying on top of a bed of quinoa, with cooked asparagus on the side.
If you’re in a hurry, click “jump to recipe” for a detailed how-to. Have time to spare? Scroll slowly to find out what this delicacy has to offer.
Is Broiled Salmon Healthy?
This sought-after fish is well worth its popularity. In the list of foods that yield DHA, salmon takes second place, which is amazing because DHA is rare in nature.
DHA, or omega-3, is one of the good fats that only exist in certain kinds of sea animals, seeds, and nuts. It does the body wonders and, unlike fad diets, its benefits are backed by science.
“EPA and DHA have been credited with several health benefits, such as decreasing inflammation, lowering blood pressure, reducing the risk of cancer and improving the function of the cells that line your arteries,” says Healthline. With each benefit backed by Pubmed-published studies, there’s no doubt that salmon is a healthy food.
Not only does it yield good fats, salmon is also a lean protein source. Like beef, salmon contains the essential amino acids for muscle growth.
So instead of a beef burger, you can make a salmon burger. It’s a tastier take on burgers that’s also better for your health.
As you can see, we don’t want to serve you only fish because over-consuming protein has consequences. We want balanced meals for you, so there are a few additions to this recipe to complement the salmon and make a wholesome meal.
Easy Broiled Salmon Calories
Each serving of this easy broiled salmon recipe gives 470 calories. Up to 70% of the calories come from protein and good fats.
What to Season Salmon with
All good dishes start with fresh ingredients, then the seasonings. We, however, favor glazes and do not marinate the fish prior.
In this easy broiled salmon recipe, we make a honey-butter glaze fragrant with garlic, thyme, and oregano. It’s quick and deserves a chef’s kiss.
The Difference Between Bake and Broil
Baking and broiling are very different, despite their oven connection.
Baking means exposing food to hot air, allowing it to cook slowly and evenly on all sides. Broiling, however, requires intense heat so the food is both thoroughly cooked and golden on top.
Foods like pork chops often come in thick chunks, so broiling can lead to a half-and-half chop— golden on top, and freezing raw on the bottom. Instead, they are first baked, and finally broiled for a golden, crisp crust.
But when it comes to delicate foods like certain vegetables or thin slices of fish, broiling is brilliant. Take this broiled salmon for instance: it cooks top-down, possessing a caramelized top and is still cooked throughout.
To bake, we make sure both upper and lower heat are turned on so whatever’s in there is cooked and cooks slowly. The time may vary depending on whether the food is thick or thin, meat or vegetables.
How to broil, on the other hand, depends on what type of oven you own.
Typically, we first reheat the oven, then switch off the lower heat and crank up the top heat to an intense temperature. Slide the fish into the middle rack and allow to broil until the top’s golden.
In this broiled salmon recipe, we broil the salmon according to the following scenario. Our oven has two racks, one for broiling and one for baking, and it’s really convenient.
If your oven’s similar to ours, broil the fish on the first rack (the broiling rack) and leave both heats on. The temperature should be intense, of course, but not too intense because the fillet is close to the heat now.
How to Make Easy Broiled Salmon
If you want to skip the details, refer to this as the how-to of our broiled salmon recipe. It gives you an overview of what we did to get the 5-star fillet:
- Preheat oven and make the sauce
- Glaze the fillet and place on the baking tray
- Butter the asparagus, place onto the tray, and broil
- Retouch salmon halfway through with glaze, then put back into the oven
- Stir quinoa with butter, garlic, and salt
- Grate lemon zest, and serve
1. Temperature for Salmon
We adjusted the heat to 350°F and it worked phenomenally.
If you’re broiling with a single-rack oven, go for 370°F, or simply allow the fillet to cook longer. You’ll end up with a glossy fillet that’s cooked through either way.
It’s important not to crank the heat too high, because the juice will come out, leaving you with a dry fillet.
2. How Long to Broil Salmon
Our fillet’s thickest segment is around one inch, and it’s completely thawed. We allow it to broil for 5 minutes, brush the top again with glaze, then broil for another 7 (12 minutes in total).
If your fillet is thicker, it probably needs another 1 or 2 minutes to cook all the way through. If it’s too thick, we suggest playing it safe by baking, then broiling.
As we mentioned, the fillet needs to be thawed completely. It allows the fish to cook evenly, which is especially crucial when broiling.
To thaw, transfer the fillet from the freezer to the fridge and let sit overnight, or at least 8 hours. Then, submerge it in room-temp water for half an hour before broiling.
3. How Do You Know When Broiled Salmon Is Done?
Sometimes salmon might look cooked, but is pink and raw in the center. If you’re unsure, stick a thermometer in your fillet and make sure its inner temperature reaches 145°F before serving it.
Some people slice open the fillet and check whether the color looks translucent (raw) or opaque (cooked). This is unsafe because the salmon might be cooked, but bacteria might still be thriving.
What to Serve with Broiled Salmon
Although the fillet already tastes amazing, why stop there? It’ll be much better with a complementing side, like this watermelon arugula salad we have here— a perfect palate cleanser.
Plus, what better way to end the meal than freshly-made juice? We asked the chefs for a chilled glass of watermelon juice, and it was satisfying gulping it down our throats.
Can You Freeze Broiled Salmon?
Cooked salmon can be frozen for 4 to 6 months, says the FDA.
However, the tender, juicy fillets lose their succulence once cooked, frozen, and reheated. We highly recommend you enjoy the dish freshly cooked.
Easy Broiled Salmon Recipe
- 3 tbsp unsalted butter melted, divided into 3
- 2 tsp garlic minced and divided into 2
- 1 tsp lemon juice
- 1/2 tsp thyme fresh
- 1/2 tsp oregano dried
- 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
- 1 tsp honey
- 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
- 1/2 tsp salt divided into 2
- 20 oz boneless salmon
- 3 1/2 cups cooked quinoa ~1.5 cups uncooked
- 12 oz asparagus washed
- 1/2 tsp lemon zest
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- Preheat the oven to 350°F.
- Add 1 tbsp of melted butter in a skillet over medium heat. Stir in 1 tsp minced garlic and cook until fragrant. Add lemon juice, thyme, oregano, Worcestershire sauce, honey, 1/4 tsp salt, black pepper, and stir to combine. Remove from heat.
- Place salmon fillets onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, skin side down. Brush the top of each fillet with half of the glaze and save the other half for a later retouch.
- Place asparagus onto the baking sheet and brush it with 1 tbsp butter. Slide onto the top rack of the oven and bake for 7 minutes. Remember to set the timer.
- When the timer dings, take the baking sheet out and brush the fillets once more with the remaining glaze. Slide it back onto the broiling rack and cook for another 5 minutes.
- As soon as the tray’s back in the oven, add 1 tbsp melted butter to the skillet and stir-fry 1 tsp garlic over medium heat. Add cooked quinoa, season with 1/4 tsp salt, and cook for 3 minutes. Remove from the heat and prepare to assemble.
- When the fish is cooked, place the baking sheet on the kitchen counter and begin plating. Place a pile of quinoa in the middle, lift the fillet with a spatula and place it on top, and put the asparagus next to the fillet. Grate lemon zest over the top, and serve.
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