This Baked Salmon and Broccoli is the perfect easy and healthy weeknight dinner that the whole family will enjoy! Simple to prep with only 4 ingredients and ready in under 30 minutes this Sheet Pan Salmon Dinner will be the next meal added to your regular rotation.
Sheet Pan Salmon
One of the simplest, easiest, and healthiest weeknight dinners you can make for your family! Baked Salmon and Broccoli is literally a lifesaver in my house. So simple to throw together with the easiest of ingredients and it is ready to eat in under 20 minutes.
You basically just need salmon and broccoli, plus a few flavors like butter and lemon and you are ready to rock.
One of the things I love about this recipe is that you actually want to put the food into a cold oven, which is prefect for when you are in a rush to get dinner on the table.
So get ready to learn how to make the BEST Sheet Pan Salmon Dinner and pretty soon it will be on the regular dinner rotation at your house.
What do I need for Baked Salmon and Broccoli
Foremost you need salmon. I prefer to get my salmon fresh caught from the grocery store and in one large fillet. While that is what I prefer, smaller individual fillets work just as well. You can also use frozen salmon that is thawed.
Broccoli, you can buy heads to cut up yourself or buy pre-cut florets. Either way you can’t tell the difference 😉
And a side note on the broccoli, a lot of times when I make this I make it the same way I make my Oven Roasted Broccoli Recipe. I give it a toss in nutrition yeast. This of course isn’t necessary but I thought I would point it out as an option.
Butter! I think butter tastes way better on fish but if you are in a pinch you can use a drizzle of olive oil. The butter works best in the recipe if it is in cold pieces to place on top of the salmon.
A lemon. In my opinion lemon pairs perfectly with salmon, so I slice one up and throw the slices on top of the fish, it gives the salmon that extra flavor without being over powering.
Along with salt and pepper as a final flavoring for the fish.
As far as kitchen tools you will need a Sheet Pan and an oven, SO SIMPLE!
How To Make Baked Salmon and Broccoli
The best thing about this recipe is that you don’t want to preheat the oven, which is perfect for those nights when you don’t have time for the oven to preheat. Putting the fish into a cold oven results in an even and juicy bake!
I will note for easier clean up you can use a piece of aluminum foil to cover the pan. OR if you have family members who don’t like food and flavors mixing, use a piece of foil for under the fish and gently fold up to create a little barrier between the broccoli.
So to start you will add broccoli florets to a sheet pan. Drizzle with enough olive oil to coat and toss. Spread broccoli to the outside of the pan to make room for the salmon.
Add salmon fillet(s) to the center of the sheet pan, surronded by the broccoli. Evenly add lemon slices and butter to the top of the salmon. Salt & pepper the whole pan to taste.
Transfer the sheet pan to the cold oven. Heat oven to 400ºF. Bake 20 minutes until salmon is fully cooked or flakes easily apart with a fork, serve immediately.
Side Dishes for Sheet Pan Salmon
So the nice thing about this dinner it is essentially one pan but it often could use just one more simple side:
• I love a bagged salad with this meal because it is EASY
• Rice or other grains like quinoa make a good side
• Mashed or baked potatoes would also be lovely
- 1 to 1.5 pounds salmon (skin on or off)
- 3 broccoli crowns, cut into florets
- 3-4 tablespoons butter, cold
- 3 teaspoons olive oil
- 1 lemon, sliced thin
- salt & pepper
- Add broccoli florets to a sheet pan, drizzle with olive oil and toss to coat. Spread broccoli to the outside of the pan to make room for the salmon.
- Add salmon fillet(s) to the center of the sheet pan, surronded by the broccoli. Evenly add lemon slices and butter to the top of the salmon. Salt & pepper the whole pan to taste.
- Transfer to a cold oven. Heat oven to 400ºF. Bake 20 minutes until salmon is fully cooked/flakes easily apart with a fork, serve immediately.
For easy clean up I like to cover my sheet pan in aluminum foil for this meal.
By using the sheet pan as a place to toss the broccoli in the oil it also lightly greases the pan to keep the fish from sticking.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 384Total Fat: 29gSaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 16gCholesterol: 102mgSodium: 250mgCarbohydrates: 5gFiber: 2gSugar: 1gProtein: 26g
Nutritional data is automated, final nutritional information will depend on ingredients used and any changes made.
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Lauren, The Schmidty Wife
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