Easy 5-Ingredient Roasted Salmon


Moist and tender salmon with a slightly sweet and salty crust—it's the perfect bite! This recipe is easy and a nice choice to serve for guests who aren't used to eating salmon. Garnish with lemon slices and fresh parsley and serve alongside rice pilaf or roasted sweet potatoes.

roasted salmon topped with herbs and lemon slices on a white platter
Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
35 mins
8 servings


  • nonstick cooking spray

  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened, or more to taste

  • 1 ½ tablespoons molasses

  • 1 (2.5 pound) salmon fillet

  • 1 tablespoon Greek seasoning (such as Cavender's®)

  • 1 medium lemon, juiced, divided


  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C). Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil and spray with nonstick spray.

  2. Stir butter and molasses together in a small bowl.

  3. Lay salmon, skin-side down, on the prepared baking sheet. Spread butter mixture evenly over the salmon. Sprinkle with Greek seasoning and drizzle with ½ of the lemon juice.

  4. Roast in the preheated oven until salmon flakes easily with a fork, 17 to 20 minutes.

  5. Sprinkle with remaining lemon juice and serve.

Cook's Notes:

Whole sides of salmon are very affordable and easy to find in most grocery stores.

You can use honey, maple syrup, or brown sugar in place of molasses. And instead of Greek seasoning, you can use salt and pepper, jerk seasoning, or Cajun seasoning... whatever you like!

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

301 Calories
18g Fat
5g Carbs
29g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 301
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 18g 23%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 91mg 30%
Sodium 284mg 12%
Total Carbohydrate 5g 2%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Protein 29g
Potassium 598mg 13%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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