This easy seafood tutorial will show you how to broil salmon (with or without the skin). Plus, check out our tips for marinades and toppings.
Do you want more salmon in your life?
As much as I enjoy eating salmon, I also realize that cooking fish can seem intimidating. Especially at first.
Happily, it doesn’t have to be.
Broiling salmon is one of my absolute favorite methods to cook salmon. It also happens to be one of the easiest.
I actually think that broiling salmon is even easier than baking salmon! It’s faster and less likely to dry out the fish.
This tutorial will walk you through how to broil salmon, plus give you a few easy recipe ideas.
Looking for more seafood cooking basics? Learn (even more) ways to cook salmon, how to pan-sear fish, learn about the difference between wild and farmed salmon, the difference between smoked salmon and lox and how to grill fish.
Why Broil Salmon?
Your oven’s broiler provides a lot of concentrated heat!
A broiler works similarly to a grill. It’s an easy way to cook fish quickly without drying it out.
It’s also an easy way to cook without a lot of added fats, since you only need a little bit of oil.
How to Broil Salmon: The Basics
Start by patting your salmon dry and seasoning it with a pinch of salt.
Brush an oven-safe pan or a baking sheet with oil. I like to use this Lodge 12″ carbon steel skillet.
Place the salmon in the pan and brush the salmon with oil.
Slide the pan under your oven’s broiler and cook for six to eight minutes per one-inch thickness, or until the salmon is opaque and easily flakes apart.
The exact cook time will depend on the type of salmon used, how thick the fillet is, how close your oven rack is to the broiler, and how hot your oven broiler is.
I like to check on my salmon a minute or two before I think it should be finished to avoid accidentally over-cooking it.
Easy Seasoning Options
Want to add some seasoning to your broiled salmon?
Top the salmon with lemon slices and then broil it! Your salmon will have a little more of a citrus flavor.
One of my favorite seasoning options is to top the salmon with compound butter after cooking, like I do in this herb butter salmon.
How to Broil Marinated Salmon
To add extra flavor to your salmon, add a marinade!
Simply marinade the salmon in a sauce for about 15 minutes before cooking. Brush off the sauce and broil the fish.
While the fish cooks, simmer the marinade. Finally, brush the marinade on the cooked salmon.
Will the Salmon Skin Be Crispy?
I generally discard the skin when I broil salmon.
How to Broil Salmon
- Move an oven rack to about 4" away from the broiler. Preheat broiler to high.Pat salmon dry and sprinkle lightly with salt.Brush oil in an oven-safe pan or baking sheet. If your salmon has skin, place the salmon skin-side down in the pan.Brush the salmon with a little more oil. (If broiling extra-fatty salmon, such as King, you can skip this step. If your fish was marinated before broiling, skip this step.)Slide the pan into the oven.
- Broil salmon for 6-8 minutes per 1" thickness, or until the fish is opaque and easily flakes apart with a fork.Do not flip the fish halfway through cooking.When the salmon is done cooking, remove it from the oven. Serve with lemon wedges.
- Add sliced lemon while broiling. Discard the lemon slices after cooking and serve along with fresh lemon wedges.
- Top cooked salmon with compound butter. (Soften butter and beat in flavorings with a spatula.) We love serving broiled salmon with herbs and citrus zest added to the butter.
- Add flavor with a sauce. Marinade salmon before cooking, simmer the sauce while the salmon cooks, and then brush the marinade onto the salmon. (Our favorite marinade is teriyaki sauce.)