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How to Broil Salmon

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.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Diet: Gluten Free
Servings: 2 people
Calories: 225kcal


  • 8 ounce salmon (2 fillets)
  • pinch sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon avocado oil, plus more to brush on salmon Or use another high-smoke point oil, such as canola
  • ½ lemon, cut into wedges


  • 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.
    Add Salmon to an Oiled Pan
  • 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.
    Broil Until Tender


Recipe Variations: Try adapting this recipe by adding more seasoning!
  • 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.)


Calories: 225kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 62mg | Sodium: 283mg | Potassium: 563mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 46IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 14mg | Iron: 1mg