One Pan Salmon and Asparagus with Garlic Herb Butter

One Pan Salmon and Asparagus with Garlic Herb Butter is quick and easy (25 minute meal). The garlic-herb butter gives this salmon and asparagus rich flavor. | natashaskitchen.com

This one pan salmon and asparagus is so quick and easy to prepare and you’ll have dinner on the table in 25 minutes!! Want to know a secret? The flavored butter is the same that I used on my wildly popular turkey recipe. Make it once and you’ll realize that flavored butter is what we call “gold” in the recipe world.

The garlic-herb-lemon butter melts, penetrating deep into the salmon and coats the asparagus with ridiculously amazing flavor. You’ll savor every bite! This is absolutely special occasion delicious, but is easy enough to treat your family on a busy weeknight. Great big, delicious thank you to the Salmon Council for sponsoring this recipe.

Watch How to Make Easy Salmon and Asparagus:


My kids LOVED this salmon and asparagus, which is a BIG DEAL. My 2-year old had her mouth open like a little bird before I could get more salmon on the fork. Yeah, that made me feel pretty good knowing that salmon is full of brain and heart boosting Omega 3 fatty acids. P.S. I’ve been making this salmon with 6 Tbsp butter instead of 8 and it works just as well which is why the recipe states 6 Tbsp butter. 

One Pan Salmon and Asparagus with Garlic Herb Butter is quick and easy (25 minute meal). The garlic-herb butter gives this salmon and asparagus rich flavor. | natashaskitchen.com

Ingredients for Roasted Salmon and Asparagus:

1 1/2 to 2 lb salmon filet
2 bunches (2 lbs) asparagus
Salt and Black Pepper
1 Tbsp Olive Oil, to drizzle asparagus
1/2 large lemon, sliced into rings for garnish

For the Flavored Butter:

6 Tbsp (85 grams)* unsalted butter, softened (**see quick softening tip)
2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice (from 1/2 large lemon)
2 garlic cloves, pressed
2 Tbsp fresh parsley, finely chopped, plus more to garnish
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp black pepper

One Pan Salmon and Asparagus with Garlic Herb Butter is quick and easy (25 minute meal). The garlic-herb butter gives this salmon and asparagus rich flavor. | natashaskitchen.com

*If you want to make this dish a little lighter, you can reduce the butter to 6 Tbsp. Keep in mind alot of the butter stays in the pan and isn’t eaten, but it sure does flavor everything really well!
**How to Quickly Soften Butter: Place wrapped stick of butter in airtight ziploc bag and submerge the bag in warm (100˚F), not hot, water, placing a weight over the top so it does’t float. Let sit 10 -15 minutes or until softened.

How to Make One-Pan Salmon and Asparagus:

Prep: Preheat oven to 450˚F with oven rack in top third of the oven (place rack 1 level up from the center.) Line a large rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper so edges barely go past the borders. If you don’t trim the paper to fit the pan, it can char in the oven, especially when you broil.

1. In a small bowl, mash together all flavored butter ingredients, mashing and stirring until lemon juice is incorporated into butter then set aside. It takes a couple minutes but it will come together, don’t worry :).

One Pan Salmon and Asparagus with Garlic Herb Butter is quick and easy (25 minute meal). The garlic-herb butter gives this salmon and asparagus rich flavor. | natashaskitchen.com

2. Place salmon filet skin-side-down long-ways in the center of your baking pan. Rinse asparagus and break off ends by holding the base end and breaking it wherever it snaps – this ensures the ends will not be too fibrous/chewy. Arrange asparagus around salmon, drizzle asparagus lightly with olive oil. Roll asparagus to coat lightly in oil and sprinkle both asparagus and salmon with salt and pepper.

One Pan Salmon and Asparagus with Garlic Herb Butter is quick and easy (25 minute meal). The garlic-herb butter gives this salmon and asparagus rich flavor. | natashaskitchen.com

3. Spoon and spread 3/4 of butter mixture evenly over salmon. Dot asparagus with remaining herb butter. Scatter with slices of lemon and bake at 450˚F for 10-12 mins (smaller 1 1/2 lb thinner fillet will take 10 min and a larger 2 lb fillet will take 12 min), then turn the oven to Broil on High and broil 2-3 minutes to give the salmon a golden glow.

One Pan Salmon and Asparagus with Garlic Herb Butter is quick and easy (25 minute meal). The garlic-herb butter gives this salmon and asparagus rich flavor. | natashaskitchen.comOne Pan Salmon and Asparagus with Garlic Herb Butter is quick and easy (25 minute meal). The garlic-herb butter gives this salmon and asparagus rich flavor. | natashaskitchen.com

February is American Heart Month and incorporating more salmon in your diet has so many benefits for heart health including Omega 3 fatty acids (did you know salmon is one of the best natural sources of omega 3’s?). Salmon is also rich in DHA and EPA which helps to increase the “good” cholesterol that you want – helping to clean your arteries, and improve circulation to your heart. It also helps to reduce inflammation, regulate blood pressure and reduce the risk of blood clots.

And – it just tastes truly amazing! My husband called this “5-star restaurant quality” and he walked over for a refill ;).

One Pan Salmon and Asparagus with Garlic Herb Butter

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This one pan salmon and asparagus is so quick and easy to prepare and you'll have dinner on the table in 25 minutes!! The garlic-herb-lemon butter melts coating the salmon and asparagus with amazing flavor. You'll savor every bite!
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Skill Level: Easy
Cost To Make: $28-$35 (varies by season)
Serving: 6 servings

Ingredients

For the Salmon and Asparagus:

  • 1½ to 2 lb salmon filet
  • 2 bunches (2 lbs) asparagus
  • Salt and Black Pepper
  • 1 Tbsp Olive Oil, to drizzle asparagus
  • ½ large lemon, sliced into rings for garnish

For the Flavored Butter:

  • 6 Tbsp (85 grams)* unsalted butter, softened (**see quick softening tip)
  • 2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice (from ½ large lemon)
  • 2 garlic cloves, pressed
  • 2 Tbsp fresh parsley, finely chopped, plus more to garnish
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp black pepper

Instructions

Prep:

  1. Preheat oven to 450˚F with oven rack in top third of oven. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper and trim paper so edges to fit the pan, otherwise it can char in the oven, especially when broiling.

How to Make One-Pan Salmon and Asparagus:

  1. In a small bowl, mash together all flavored butter ingredients, mashing and stirring until lemon juice is incorporated into butter then set aside. It takes a couple minutes but it will come together.
  2. Place salmon filet skin-side-dow in the center of your baking pan. Rinse asparagus and break off fibrous ends by holding the base end and breaking it wherever it snaps. Arrange asparagus around salmon, drizzle asparagus lightly with olive oil. Roll asparagus to coat lightly in oil and sprinkle both asparagus and salmon with salt and pepper.
  3. Spoon and spread ¾ of butter mixture over salmon. Dot asparagus with remaining herb butter. Scatter with slices of lemon and bake at 450˚F for 10-12 mins (smaller 1½ lb thinner fillet will take 10 min and a larger 2 lb fillet will take 12 min), then turn the oven to Broil on High and broil 2-3 minutes to give the salmon a golden glow. Bake until salmon is flaky and cooked through.

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One Pan Salmon and Asparagus with Garlic Herb Butter is quick and easy (25 minute meal). The garlic-herb butter gives this salmon and asparagus rich flavor. | natashaskitchen.com

We’re completely smitten with this salmon – wholesome and truly delicious. If you’re looking for more salmon inspiration, check out all of our salmon recipes here and be sure to follow Hooked on Salmon on Pinterest and Facebook for more delicious dinner-time inspiration.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Salmon Council. The opinions and text are all mine.

One Pan Salmon and Asparagus with Garlic Herb Butter is quick and easy (25 minute meal). The garlic-herb butter gives this salmon and asparagus rich flavor. | natashaskitchen.com

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  • Nimisha
    September 12, 2017

    Made this for dinner tonight, absolute hit with the family. I also added carrots. Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      September 12, 2017

      I’m glad your family enjoys the recipe as much as mine does! Thanks for sharing your great review! Reply

  • Raya Lycholit
    June 24, 2017

    This is my favourite, I made this tonight for dinner but added sweet potatoes. This is so easy but so so good!
    Make this a lot, thanks Natasha. Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      June 25, 2017

      My pleasure Raya! I’m happy to hear you enjoy this recipe so much! Thanks for sharing your fantastic review! Reply

  • Harry Campton
    May 9, 2017

    Had some salmon , looking for a quick and easy tea. Glad I found this tastes absolutely fantastic. Thanks Harry Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      May 9, 2017

      You’re welcome Harry! I’m glad you enjoy the recipe! Reply

  • May 1, 2017

    Made this on Friday and it was spectacular. Thank you so much for the inspiration! Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      May 1, 2017

      You’re welcome Melissa! I’m happy to hear that! Reply

  • March 20, 2017

    From all the seafood and fish, I love salmon the most. This recipe looked fresh to me as it was a perfect blend of butter, asparagus, garlic and herb with salmon. I will surely try it soon and impress my fellow chefs who work with me. Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      March 20, 2017

      Please let me know what you think! 🙂 Reply

  • Kenia Sanchez
    March 17, 2017

    Can I use rosemary instead of parsley? I currently don’t have any parsley. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      March 17, 2017

      Hi Kenia, I really haven’t tested it to say for sure if it would work well. Rosemary is pretty strong in flavor so it would probably change the flavor profile. One of my readers mentioned adding rosemary to the mixture with parsley and he said it tasted great but I don’t know what proportions he used… Reply

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