If you're looking for a delicious and easy meal that's perfect for any night of the week, look no further than this Zesty Tray Bake Salmon and Asparagus.
This recipe is incredibly fresh and simple to make and takes just minutes to prepare, making it the perfect choice for busy weeknights or a go-to dinner party dish!
So why wait? Grab your ingredients and get ready to whip up a truly unforgettable meal! Serve it up with an easy Tomato Burrata Risotto and homemade Dutch Oven Bread!
Why You'll Love Tray Baked Salmon...
This is a go-to dinner party recipe for me, it's easy to prep and feeds a crowd!So that checks the most important boxes for hosting.
Tray bakes are ideal for feeding large groups or meal prepping for busy weeks ahead. You can easily double or triple recipes and cook multiple trays at once - perfect for making large batches of roasted vegetables or chicken breasts.
It's quick! Another great advantage of this cooking method is that it requires very little preparation time. Unlike other methods that require multiple pots and pans, tray bakes only require one dish - meaning less cleaning up afterwards!
Ingredients For Tray Bake Salmon
With its bright and flavorful combination of fresh salmon, tender asparagus, vibrant lemon zest, and fragrant garlic, this dish is sure to be a hit with everyone in your household. Here's what you'll need...
- whole salmon filet
- lemon zest
- lemon juice
- salt and pepper
- fresh dill
- olive oil
See recipe card for full quantities!
PRO TIP! Salmon still have the skin on? It's easy to take it off right at home, check out this blog on how to remove salmon skin to see all of your options!
How To Prepare It
Tray bake cooking only involves arranging ingredients on a single baking tray and then roasting them in the oven! It's fool proof! This cooking technique is incredibly versatile, allowing you to prepare everything for dinner on one pan...
- Preheat the oven to 375. Remove your salmon from the fridge and allow to come to room temperature.
2. Season the salmon with olive oil, lemon zest, garlic, salt, pepper, dill, and lemon juice.
3. Bake the salmon for 17 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 143 degrees.
PRO TIP: Another great advantage of this cooking method is that it requires very little preparation time. Unlike other methods that require multiple pots and pans, tray bakes only require one dish - meaning less cleaning up afterwards.
Tips and Tricks for the Best Baked Salmon
Impress your guests with this mouth-watering recipe for perfectly cooked salmon and tender asparagus, thanks to these helpful tips...
- When choosing ingredients for your tray bake, pick ingredients that have similar cooking times so they all come out ready at the same time.
- Also avoid crowding too many items together otherwise they may not cook properly.
- Allow your salmon to come to room temperature before popping it into the oven! This cuts down on cook time and ensures a perfectly cooked salmon every time.
Substitutions and Variations
If you love the idea of a simple tray bake meal, test out all of these other variations of tray bake salmon to see which is your favorite!
This Salmon Steak Recipe is a fun way to enjoy a quick and easy 30 minute dinner. I love combining this with cherry tomatoes and a whipped feta dip.
Crunchy Thai Salmon is also a delicious flavor combo with a crunchy panko breadcrumb topping!
Lastly you have to try this sheet pan salmon with a green poblano sauce! It's bright and healthy, done in a snap!
How To Store Leftover Salmon
Storing leftover salmon properly is important to keep all of that great flavor in tact! Plus, it's easy to reheat and enjoy for days to come.
- After cooking, allow your salmon to cool down at room temperature before storing it in the refrigerator.
- Wrap It Properly: Once cooled, wrap the leftover salmon tightly with plastic wrap or aluminum foil. Make sure there's no air trapped inside the wrapping as this can cause freezer burn.
- Store in airtight container: Place wrapped salmon in an airtight container or a resealable plastic bag to protect it from odors and bacteria present in other foods that may be stored nearby.
- How long should you bake salmon for?
Baking the salmon at 375 degrees for 15-17 minutes is my sweet spot! However it is a lot less about how long to cook it but what the internal temperature is. For fish, you want to cook until the internal temperature reaches 145 degrees.
- How to keep salmon from sticking when baking?
I like to generously oil my pan or line it with tinfoil to keep my salmon from sticking to the pan during baking!
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Zesty Tray Bake Salmon and Asparagus
- 2 lb whole salmon filet
- 1 bunch asparagus
- zest of 1 lemon
- juice of 1 lemon
- 2 garlic cloves minced
- 2 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon pepper
- 2 tablespoon fresh dill
- 2 tablespoon capers
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
- To a sheet tray add your whole salmon filet and place the asparagus around it.
- Spray with cooking spray or olive oil.
- Season the salmon and the asparagus with the lemon zest, lemon juice, salt, pepper, dill, and capers.
- Bake the salmon and asparagus for 17 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 145 degrees.
- Remove from the oven, allow to cool for 5 minutes then slice the salmon and serve with asparagus.
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