Broiled side of salmon on a sheet pan lined with foil, with lemon wedges and parsley.

How to Broil Salmon Recipe

  • Author: Christine Pittman
  • Prep Time: 2 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 12 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Entrée
  • Method: Broil
  • Cuisine: American


Learn how to broil salmon so that it’s perfectly cooked with great flavor. It only takes about 10 minutes to cook salmon this way. 


Units Scale
  • 22.5 lb. side of salmon, with skin*
  • 4 tsp. olive oil, divided
  • 1 tsp. salt, divided
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder


  1. Adjust one oven rack to the upper-middle position and a second oven rack to the lower-middle position. Preheat broiler to high.
  2. Place the salmon on a sturdy baking sheet or broiling pan skin-side-down. Brush the flesh of the salmon all over with 2 teaspoons of the olive oil. Sprinkle with 1/2 teaspoon of the salt and with all of the garlic powder.
  3. Flip the salmon over. Brush the skin with the remaining 2 teaspoons of olive oil and sprinkle it with the remaining 1/2 teaspoon of salt.
  4. Place pan in the oven on the upper-middle rack. Broil until skin is bubbling and dark in places, 5-7 minutes.
  5. Once the skin has crisped sufficiently, test to see if the salmon is cooked to your liking by cutting into the middle to check how flaky it is, or use an instant-read thermometer. If the salmon needs more time to cook, move the pan to the lower-middle position in the oven to continue to broil less closely until cooked to desired doneness.**

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*If you have individually portioned skin-on salmon fillets, you will cook them in exactly the same way as described above. If your salmon does not have skin, you can also cook it like the above, however, you will move it down as soon as the top of the salmon is lightly browned and then finish cooking it lower in the oven.

**Plan for 7-10 minutes of total cooking time per inch of salmon. For example, most Atlantic salmon is about 1 inch at its thickest point, so about 7 minutes under the broiler will yield a medium fillet. For a more well-done fillet, you will transfer it lower in the oven for 3-5 minutes for a more well done fillet. The USDA recommends that salmon be cooked to 145°F internally.