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. 

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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

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.com

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

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

4.87 from 22 votes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
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!
Author: Natasha of NatashasKitchen.com
Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: $28-$35 (varies by season)
Servings: 6 servings

Ingredients

For the 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

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 3/4 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 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. Bake until salmon is flaky and cooked through.

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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  • Ariane
    April 25, 2018

    Really good and really easy! A new go-to recipe for salmon 🙂 Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      April 25, 2018

      I’m happy to hear the recipe is a favorite of yours! Thanks for sharing your great review Ariane! Reply

  • Beth
    April 14, 2018

    We lovelovelove this meal. The last time I fixed it we had a larger piece of salmon with plenty left over. I made salmon cakes with the leftovers and they were the best ever! Next time I’ll buy the larger piece of salmon…. on purpose! Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      April 14, 2018

      Awesome! I’m happy to hear how much you enjoy the recipe Beth. Thanks for sharing your excellent review with other readers! Reply

  • Cathy Wintle
    March 30, 2018

    Had company and wanted something quick and easy. This dish was both and delicious. Everyone loved it Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      March 30, 2018

      I’m glad to hear the recipe is a hit! Thanks for sharing your fantastic review Cathy! Reply

  • Judy
    March 29, 2018

    Hello Natasha, I dislike asparagas so is there a different vegetable I can use with the salmon dish – maybe fennel? Am not sure regards Judy Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      March 29, 2018

      Hi Judy, I haven’t tried fennel so I’m not sure on the bake time for it – maybe google roasted fennel and see if it’s compatible. Broccoli would work if you cut them into medium florets. Reply

  • Hannah Kathleen
    March 23, 2018

    OH MY GOODNESS!!! this is so affordable and easy to make! while it was cooking i was able to make 2 more meals for my meal prepping! More than that, it’s the yummiest salmon I’ve ever had! Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      March 23, 2018

      I’m glad to hear you love the recipe so much! Thanks for sharing your excellent review Hannah, it put a big smile on my face! Reply

  • Malena
    March 13, 2018

    Made this last night and my family loved it incl my 4 year old picky eater. There were no leftovers. I paired it with roasted potatoes and carrots. Any other pairing suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks so much 🙂 Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      March 13, 2018

      Hi Malena, I love serving this with cucumber tomato avocado salad or our shrimp avocado salad. Both great choices. Also, the cucumber spears would work well 🙂 I’m so glad you all loved the recipe! Reply

  • Mary
    March 6, 2018

    I made this tonight and it was so delicious! Ended up eating way more than I should’ve 😆 Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      March 7, 2018

      I’m glad you enjoy the recipe as much as I do Mary! Thanks for sharing your great review! Reply

  • Eileen
    January 27, 2018

    I made this to bring to someone tonight. They said it was very good. It was also very easy to make! A keeper! Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      January 28, 2018

      I’m so glad to hear that Eileen! Thanks for sharing! Reply

  • Natalia
    January 18, 2018

    We love this dish! I also add thinly sliced potatoes that compliment the meal nicely. Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      January 18, 2018

      I’m happy to hear that Natalia! Thanks for sharing! 🙂 Reply

  • Kiss
    December 26, 2017

    Oh my God I made this today with your recipe and girl I love it thank you so much I’m so happy I found you Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      December 26, 2017

      I’m glad to hear how much you enjoy the recipe! Thanks so much for sharing! Reply

  • Gail B.
    December 14, 2017

    Made it for a dinner party. it was awesome. nothing left. Highly recommended Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      December 14, 2017

      I’m happy to hear that Gail! Thanks for sharing your great review! Reply

  • Alla
    September 21, 2017

    Hello Natasha,

    Thank you for the recipe. Recipe was OK, but not what I was expecting. I was expecting something special in this recipe, some special taste. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      September 21, 2017

      Hi Alla, the ingredients in this recipe are simple but work really well together and should normally have plenty of flavor. Did you possibly omit something? Also, be sure to use fresh ingredients (fresh parsley, garlic and freshly squeezed lemon juice) – the substitutes will not be as good. Reply

  • 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

  • Stacey
    March 15, 2017

    Hi Natasha. My kids are not a fan of asparagus. Would I be able to replace it with green beans instead? Just wondering if it will cook the same or not Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      March 16, 2017

      Hi Stacey, I think you could make it work with fresh green beans but check on them before you do the broiling step. They might be fully baked by then and if they are at your desired doneness, remove them before broiling the salmon. Reply

  • Nicoleta
    February 28, 2017

    Natasha, this recipe of salmon is absolutely delicious!!! Everybody from my family enjoyed it! Keep up the good work! All of your recipes are so easy to follow and sooooo good! Many many thanks! Nicoleta Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      February 28, 2017

      You’re welcome Nicoleta! I’m happy to hear you love the recipe! Thanks for the wonderful review 😀 Reply

  • Grace wright
    February 23, 2017

    Ina e friends visiting from out of town and I am going to make the one pan salmon . Will let you know the results Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      February 23, 2017

      Yes! Please do Grace 🙂 Reply

  • Vicky
    February 21, 2017

    Made this recipe last night for my family and they loved it!! Love your recipes! Thank you!!😉👍🏻 Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      February 21, 2017

      You’re welcome Vicky! Thank you for sharing your wonderful review! Reply

  • larryc
    February 19, 2017

    Hi Natasha – I found that the unsalted butter mixture tended to harden up after sitting about 30 minutes in the bowl. I heated in the microwave for abot 7 seconds, twice, on high – this softened the butter mix well enough to spread. Oh, and I dried off the meat of the salmon – the butter tended to not stick easily to the moist raw salmon. I used fennel – a somewhat more pungent herb than parsely. Asparagus was on sale here in Seattle for $1.98 a pound! Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      February 20, 2017

      Thanks for the tip Larry! 🙂 Reply

  • Adele
    February 19, 2017

    Can I use aluminum foil to line the pan instead of parchment paper? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      February 19, 2017

      Hi Adele, yes that would work fine. 🙂 Reply

  • Sveta
    February 18, 2017

    So easy and so yummy! Made this for my in laws. The loved it and leftovers were delicious too! Thanks for another awesome recipe. Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      February 18, 2017

      You’re welcome Sveta! I’m so happy to hear the family loves it! 🙂 Reply

  • Inga
    February 17, 2017

    I made this last evening for my family. My husband who has not been too fond of asparagus previously, cleaned his plate. This was delicious and simple to make. Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      February 17, 2017

      I’m glad to hear you two enjoy the recipe as much as I do! Thanks for sharing Inga 🙂 Reply

  • February 16, 2017

    I made this yesterday and it was lovely, delicious I must confess Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      February 16, 2017

      I’m so glad to hear how much you love the recipe Angela! Thanks for sharing 🙂 Reply

  • Vera
    February 16, 2017

    Made this for Valentines Day, recipe amaizing. Thank you. Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      February 16, 2017

      You’re welcome Vera! I’m happy to hear you loved the recipe! Reply

  • Katrina Sivayev
    February 15, 2017

    Made it for dinner today, absolutely delicious. Thank you for a such an easy yet restaurant quality dish. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      February 16, 2017

      Yes!! I’m so happy you loved it! 🙂 Thank you for sharing your amazing review 🙂 Reply

  • Ksusha. A
    February 15, 2017

    Natasha, would this recipe work with tilapia? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      February 15, 2017

      Hi Ksusha, I haven’t tried that but I imagine it would work. Tilapia is generally thinner cut than salmon but it’s also not as sensitive to being overcooked as salmon so you might still be ok with the same cooking time. Let me know how it goes if you try with tilapia Reply

      • Ksusha. A
        February 16, 2017

        Well now that I tried it on a cheap tilapia I know its worth making with a nice salmon fillet and I assume it would taste much better with salmon.
        We had mashed potatoes on the side.
        5 star (pretty) healthy meal 🙂
        Just gotta remember to salt the asparagus really nice next time 😆 Reply

        • Natasha's Kitchen
          February 16, 2017

          That’s great! I’m so glad you enjoy the recipe! Reply

          • Ksusha. A
            April 3, 2017

            Tried with Salmon. Amazing. Was gone in seconds..

          • Natasha's Kitchen
            April 3, 2017

            That’s great to hear!

  • Rita
    February 14, 2017

    OMG!!! This garlic herb butter so freakinly delicious!!! I almost licked it from the pan!!! Thanks a lot Natasha for this dish!!! Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      February 14, 2017

      You’re welcome Rita! I’m so happy to hear you love the recipe! Thanks for sharing 🙂 Reply

  • February 14, 2017

    This is such a beautiful meal! Happy Valentines Day =) Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      February 14, 2017

      It is just a good as it looks! Happy Valentine’s Day to you too! 🙂 Reply

  • February 14, 2017

    Dear Natasha, thank you for this light dinner idea; even more, thank you for the tips so welcome to make it easier to create new variations of meals for our loved ones ! I wish you have a pleasant day ! Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      February 14, 2017

      You’re welcome! I’m happy to hear you enjoy the recipes! 🙂 Reply

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