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Broiled Salmon: the recipe for a fast, healthy weekday dinner

Total time: 30 Min
Difficulty: Low
Serves: 2 people
By Cookist
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Ingredients
salmon fillets
4, 4-6 ounces each
Extra virgin olive oil
4 tablespoons
Brown sugar
1 1/2 tablespoons
Soy sauce
1 1/2 tablespoons
Lemon zest
1/2 teaspoon
Lemon juice
2 teaspoons
Fresh parsley
2 teaspoons, chopped
Fresh thyme
1 1/2 teaspoons
Salt
1/2 teaspoon
Pepper
1/4 teaspoon
Garlic
1 teaspoon, minced
Lemon wedges
for serving

If you've been searching for a nutritious dinner you can make on busy weekday nights, try broiled salmon. This pink-fleshed fish is full of healthy fats and other nutrients, making it a great addition to any diet. The beauty of this broiled salmon dinner is that it's not only absurdly easy to make, it also takes less than 30 minutes from the time you start cooking to the moment you dig into your first bite. Enjoy it on its own, or serve with a side of roasted veggies, rice, or noodles.

How to Make Broiled Salmon

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Preheat your boiler for several minutes. Lightly coat a baking tray with cooking spray or oil. Combine all of the ingredients except for the salmon in a bowl, whisking well.

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Dip the salmon fillets in the sauce, making sure to coat it evenly.

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Place the salmon on the baking tray, then broil for 10 to 15 minutes.

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After broiling, it should be browned and the flesh should be cooked through and opaque.

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Serve with lemon wedges and garnish with extra parsley, if desired.

Is it Better to Bake or Broil Salmon?

Both baked and broiled salmon are delicious, so which cooking method you choose is entirely a matter of personal preference. If you use your broiler, the heat will come from the top of your oven, which makes it perfect for cooking food quickly and achieving that lovely brown color and sensational crispiness. Baking and broiling are both quick ways to cook salmon. If you opt to bake, set your oven to 375°F and cook the fish for 15 to 20 minutes.

The Best Broiled Salmon Variations

Add a little cayenne pepper to the marinade to kick up the heat. About ¼ to ½ teaspoon will do the trick.

Swap out parsley for rosemary or thyme for oregano.

Make a cilantro and lime marinade, by substituting the lemon for lime and using fresh cilantro instead of parsley and thyme.

For Asian-style salmon, add 1 tablespoon of minced ginger and 1 tablespoon of toasted sesame oil to the marinade. Swap spring onions for the thyme, reserving some to use as a garnish.

Method

Preheat your boiler for several minutes. Lightly coat a baking tray with cooking spray or oil.

Combine all of the ingredients except for the salmon in a bowl, whisking well.

Dip the salmon fillets in the sauce, making sure to coat it evenly.

Place the salmon on the baking tray, then broil for 10 to 15 minutes. It should be browned and the flesh should be cooked through.

Serve with lemon wedges and garnish with extra parsley, if desired.

Notes

To make broiled salmon, high heat is key. Not only does it cook the salmon quickly, but it also gives the fillets that gorgeous caramelization. The temperature of broilers can range anywhere from 450°F to 550°F degrees, with most falling between 500 to 550°F. If your broiler is on the lower end of the spectrum, let it preheat a little longer and cook the salmon a few extra minutes, depending on how well done you like it.

If you're worried about your salt intake, used low sodium soy sauce instead.

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