BROILED SALMON – naturally fresh salmon broiled to a perfectly cooked exterior and a juicy melt-in-your-mouth interior. This butter mustard herby basted salmon fillets make a fantastic pair to your favorite veggies. Quick and easy low-carb dinner that should be on a weekly rotation!
This incredibly simple Broiled Salmon is your canvas into serving luscious, gastronomic creations. If you’re reading this far into my blog, you’d probably notice that I love food! And aside from serving it beautifully, I also love the fact that y’all can do lots of funky experiments with it.
If you’ve just started your culinary journey, this Broiled Salmon recipe should be a great starting point because I promise you, this is going to be easy-peasy lemon squeezy kind of dish.
The plus side of this is its healthier in the sense that it uses less oil than frying. I’ll translate for the folks who are trying to lose a few waistline inches: “Fewer hours of cardio”. But the best part about this dish is that you can serve it with different sides. It’s all up to your imagination!
Broil vs Bake
Broiling and baking are two common cooking techniques used in different dishes. If you have traveled into different countries, you’ll see that most dishes prepared by broiling and baking have similar concepts.
Baking, by definition, is a cooking method that involves using indirect, medium heat. The source of the heat is all around the food so that the exposed part creates a crust while the inside is cooked evenly. Think of bread, cakes, and lasagna (this sounds tempting but we’re not going to focus on these today).
Baking also helps in forming the shape of the food because baking is mainly intended for food that has no exact form before heat is applied.
Broiling is a less popular and more intricate technique for cooking. It uses direct radiant high heat with the source coming from above the food. This cooks the top part of the food creating a textured crust that we all know and love while lightly cooking the inside.
Broiling is best used for thin slices of meat, or meats that you can eat with less cooking.
How To Season Salmon
Since salmon itself has a very plain taste profile, you can choose to play around with different herbs and spices to give it your own personal jazz. But the essentials for seasoning is usually citric acid (you can use lemon, lime, orange, or any source of citric acid.
Personally, I prefer lemon juice for my Broiled Salmon Fillet and oil (olive oil, truffle oil, or even the natural oil from the salmon, whichever suits your taste), as this will help maintain the moisture and flavor inside the fish.
The acidity will help breakdown the natural fats from the salmon which will cook the fish through. This also aids in making sure that your salmon is clean as the citric acid would kill off any harmful bacteria on the surface of the salmon.
But wait, there’s more. These flavor combinations below will make you a huge salmon fan.
- Rosemary, thyme, salt, pepper, and garlic will give you a very aromatic broiled salmon dinner.
- For a lemony zingy taste use lemongrass, ginger, and garlic.
- Add heat to your oven broiled salmon with capers, paprika, and dried chili.
- If you want a more Italian taste profile you may want to use basil, parsley, and a good amount of grated parmesan cheese.
- Creole seasoning adds that out of this world flavor and smoky aftertaste. See my homemade Creole HERE.
While it’s fun to play around with different flavors, it should be noted that the flavors must compliment the dish. Don’t let something else steal the thunder of Broiled Salmon.
How to Tell if Salmon is Done?
You can visually tell if your Broiled Salmon is done. Raw salmon is visually translucent and marbleized. If it still looks like so, it needs more time to cook. If it looks opaque, then say “Yas! Ding! Ding! Ding!” it’s done!
What to Serve with Broiled Salmon?
This Broiled Salmon Recipe is best paired with different veggies of your choice. Parmesan Crusted Baked Asparagus, which you could also broil at the same baking tray, is a great pair for this dish. The smoky taste of the vegetable complements the natural flavor of the fish. Here are other options that you can try as well.
More Tasty Salmon Recipes
Love salmon? Don’t worry, I got more for you to choose from.
How To Broil Salmon
In a large saucepan, melt butter, then add oil followed by garlic. Sauté for about 30 seconds or until fragrant. Then add minced thyme, rosemary, and cook for another 30 seconds to a minute. Turn off the heat, add mustard and lemon juice.
Preheat the broiler. Adjust your rack to the center position in your oven. Line a heavy rimmed baking sheet with foil or parchment paper. Use cooking spray to spray the baking sheet. Set aside. Pat the salmon fillets dry with a paper towel. Salt and pepper salmon, then place in a single layer on the baking sheet. Using a spoon, pour butter mustard sauce over fillets. Broil for 3 minutes. Then flip the fillets so the side is facing the heat source and baste with butter sauce. Broil for another 3 minutes. Salmon is done when it is fork-tender.
Watch How To Make It
- 4 6-oz salmon fillets
- 2 tablespoon s melted butter
- 2 tablespoons cooking oil
- 1 tablespoon garlic , minced
- 1-2 teaspoons minced thyme , chopped
- 1-2 teaspoons rosemary , chopped
- 1 tablespoon mustard
- 1-2 tablespoon s lemon juice
- salt and pepper to taste
- In a large saucepan, melt butter, then add oil followed by garlic. Sauté for about 30 seconds or until fragrant. Then add minced thyme, rosemary, and cook for another 30 seconds to a minute. Turn off the heat, add mustard and lemon juice.
- Preheat the broiler. Adjust your rack to the center position in your oven.
- Line a heavy rimmed baking sheet with foil or parchment paper. Use cooking spray to spray the baking sheet. Set aside.
- Pat the salmon fillets dry with a paper towel. Salt and pepper salmon, then place in a single layer on the baking sheet.
- Using a spoon, pour butter mustard sauce over fillets. Broil for 3 minutes. Then flip the fillets so the side is facing the heat source and baste with butter sauce. Broil for another 3 minutes. Salmon is done when it is fork tender.
Tips & Notes:
- Please keep in mind that nutritional information is a rough estimate and can vary greatly based on products used.