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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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.

Two photos of asparagus stacks being broken

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 ;).

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One Pan Salmon and Asparagus with Garlic Herb Butter

4.94 from 59 votes
Author: Natasha of 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!! The garlic-herb-lemon butter melts coating the salmon and asparagus with amazing flavor. You'll savor every bite!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

Ingredients 

Servings: 6 servings

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:

  • 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:

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Salmon and Asparagus with Garlic Herb Butter
Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: $$

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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

Natasha Kravchuk

Welcome to my kitchen! I am Natasha, the blogger behind Natasha's Kitchen (since 2009). My husband and I run this blog together and share only our best, family approved and tested recipes with YOU. Thanks for stopping by! We are so happy you're here.

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  • Rachael
    January 10, 2024

    How much longer do you cook it from frozen?(Never course Salmon before)

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      January 10, 2024

      I have only tested this with fresh/thawed salmon.

      Reply

  • Berni Stadler
    July 30, 2023

    Looks like I’m the only one who had this problem – I made it exactly per recipe. But the asparagus turned out waaaaay overcooked – limp & shriveled. Tasted good, but next time I’m putting it in halfway through the cooking.

    Reply

    • Natasha
      July 30, 2023

      Hi Berni, thanks for sharing that. If you are using very slim asparagus spears, they will cook faster in which case, it is a good idea to put them in later. Also, if you prefer a more crisp asparagus they can go in later in the cooking process.

      Reply

  • Fivi Siordia
    September 19, 2022

    Hi Natasha,

    I’m sorry if this is a repeat question but instead of using salmon, will this recipe work with chicken thighs? I only have chicken thighs in my refrigerator and need to use them.

    -Fivi

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      September 19, 2022

      Hi Fivi, I think that would be fine but I have not tested this specific recipe with chicken thighs to advise. You may need to adjust the oven temperature and make sure the meat is cooked through to 165℉ for safe consumption. You can reference this chicken thigh recipe for ideas. I hope that helps.

      Reply

  • Janice Barner
    August 24, 2022

    I usually pan-fry salmon and simply steam the asparagus to accompany it, just adding salt & pepper in the belief that it needs no more flavouring than that. However tonight after watching your video, I decided to try this recipe and am I glad I did! A wonderful recipe, so easy and yet so elegant and delicious. We loved it and it’s goodbye to pan-fried from now on. Thanks Natasha for yet another stunning recipe.

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      August 24, 2022

      So glad you tried this recipe, Janice! Thank you for your wonderful feedback!

      Reply

  • Sandy
    June 29, 2022

    I made this last night but did it on the grill. It was delicious! I will definitely make it again! I have been trying different salmon recipes because I don’t really love salmon (but want to!) and this recipe has definitely won me over!
    Thanks! I love all your recipes and videos.

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      June 29, 2022

      I’m so glad you loved it, Sandy! Thank you so much for sharing that with me!

      Reply

  • Gerri
    May 1, 2022

    Hi Natasha, I am a big fan of yours and have referred your website to many a friend. Your recipes are great and I haven’t found one yet that I didn’t like!! With summer coming I cook a lot on the grill, can I prepare this salmon sealed in heavy duty foil and put on the grill? If so, on what temp and for how long? Sorry no time to read all reviews to see if anyone asked already!!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      May 1, 2022

      Hello Gerri, thanks a lot for the support. I have not tested this in the grill to advise of the timing. I think that will work. but you’ll have to do an experiment. Please update us on how it goes if you decide to give it a try!

      Reply

    • Sandy
      June 29, 2022

      I made this on the grill. I used foil instead of parchment paper, salmon with skin on, and cooked it at about 400 degrees. Gave it a little longer to cook, and it turned out perfectly!
      Sandy

      Reply

      • NatashasKitchen.com
        June 29, 2022

        That’s great, Sandy! So glad you enjoyed this recipe.

        Reply

  • JB
    April 12, 2022

    Looking for the Nutrition Facts for the salmon and asparagus recipe.

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      April 12, 2022

      Hi JB, when I need a quick answer; I have used CalorieCount (their recipe analyzer is free). I haven’t updated the old recipes on my website but the new ones have them already.

      Reply

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