Salmon fillets with crispy skin on top of heirloom carrots on a white platter.

Perfect Crispy Skin Salmon Recipe

  • Author: Christine Pittman
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 7 minutes
  • Total Time: 12 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Entrée
  • Method: Broil
  • Cuisine: American


For salmon skin that is crisp like bacon, turn to your broiler.


  • 4 (5-6-oz.) fresh, skin-on King or Atlantic salmon fillets
  • 1 tsp. olive oil, divided
  • 1/2 tsp. salt


  1. Adjust oven rack to upper-middle position; preheat broiler to high. 
  2. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper; set aside.
  3. Coat each piece of salmon in oil. Sprinkle salt evenly over top and bottom of each salmon fillet. 
  4. Place salmon fillets, skin side up, on sheet pan, about 1-inch apart. 
  5. Place pan in oven. Broil 7 minutes, adjusting cook time based on thickness of fish*.

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*As a general rule, plan for 7-10 minutes of cooking time per inch of salmon. For example, most Atlantic salmon is about 1 and ½-inches at its thickest point, so about 7 minutes under the broiler will yield a medium fillet; with 10 minutes yielding a well done fillet.

  • If there is concern about the parchment becoming too dark under the broiler, try a silicone mat instead, or grease the pan with a little oil and place the fish directly onto the pan.