Sheet Pan Honey Lemon Salmon

Sheet Pan Honey Lemon Salmon is a delightfully light yet flavorful dish that combines the richness of salmon with the bright, tangy flavors of lemon and honey. This easy-to-make recipe is perfect for a quick weeknight dinner but elegant enough for entertaining. Cooking everything on a single sheet pan means cleanup is a breeze. Here’s how to prepare this delicious dish:


  • 1 to 1.25 pounds skin-on salmon fillet: The star of the dish, offering omega-3 fatty acids and a tender texture.
  • 1 lemon, sliced into thin rounds: Adds a fresh, citrusy aroma and taste.
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, melted: Brings richness and helps to carry the flavors of honey and lemon.
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons honey: Provides a sweet contrast to the lemon’s tartness.
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons lemon juice, from about 1 lemon: Enhances the dish with additional citrus notes.
  • 1 teaspoon Morton Kosher Salt, or to taste: Elevates the natural flavors of the salmon.
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, or to taste: Adds a slight heat and complexity.
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh parsley, optional for garnishing: Offers a pop of color and a fresh, herbal finish.


  1. Preheat the Oven and Prepare the Sheet Pan:
    • Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or lightly grease it to prevent the salmon from sticking.
  2. Prepare the Salmon:
    • If the salmon fillet is large, you might want to cut it into two or three even pieces for more uniform cooking. Lay the salmon skin-side down on the prepared sheet pan.
  3. Season and Add Lemon:
    • Arrange the lemon slices on top and around the salmon. In a bowl, whisk together the melted butter, honey, and lemon juice until well combined. Pour this mixture over the salmon, ensuring it’s evenly coated. Season the fillet(s) with kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper.
  4. Bake:
    • Place the sheet pan in the oven and bake for about 12-15 minutes, or until the salmon is cooked through and flakes easily with a fork. The exact cooking time can vary depending on the thickness of the salmon, so it’s good to check a bit early to prevent overcooking.
  5. Broil (Optional):
    • For a more caramelized top, you can broil the salmon for an additional 1-2 minutes after it’s baked, watching closely to prevent burning.
  6. Garnish and Serve:
    • Remove the salmon from the oven and, if desired, sprinkle with chopped fresh parsley for garnish. The dish can be served immediately, offering a perfect balance of flavors.


  • Serving Suggestions: This honey lemon salmon pairs beautifully with a variety of sides, from roasted vegetables and salads to rice or quinoa for a heartier meal.
  • Storage: If you have leftovers, they can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. Gently reheat in the oven or microwave.

Enjoy your Sheet Pan Honey Lemon Salmon, a dish that’s not only packed with flavor but also offers health benefits, making it a perfect choice for a nutritious and delicious meal.