20 Minute Lemon Dill Salmon Recipe

This Sheet Pan Lemon Dill Salmon Recipe is the best healthy weeknight meal! With minimal ingredients this is an easy sheet pan dinner that’s ready in just 20 minutes!

Three pieces of Salmon lined up on the diagonal on a sheet pan with Asparagus on either side of it, the center piece of salmon is in focus and everything surrounding it is blurry. Each piece of fish has a lemon round on it.

Looking for some other great salmon recipes? Try Chili Lime Baked Salmon with Chunky Avocado SalsaPerfectly Seared Salmon and Grilled salmon with Summer Vegetable Relish.

20 Minute Lemon Dill Baked Salmon Recipe

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Sometimes you just need a quick, healthy meal that you can throw together really easily. This is one of those meals. I’m a person who loves dill and especially salmon with dill! It is so refreshing and delicious.

This would be tasty with any fish, although baked salmon is my favorite! Last week I made this dish with snapper. It comes together super quickly, which is perfect for a busy work night. This is a legit 20 minute meal (maybe 22 minutes if you really take your time in drizzling the oil and sprinkling the seasonings). And during that time the olive oil, lemon juice and seasonings blend together into a seriously delicious juice/sauce/concoction that you should really drizzle over all the things.

A bite of this baked salmon recipe on a fork sitting atop a plate with the rest of the piece of salmon and some asparagus spears in the background with a sheet pan of other pieces of salmon and asparagus behind the plate and out of focus.

Ingredient information that’s helpful to know:

Salmon: There are a variety of different types of salmon. I prefer wild caught for flavor and added nutrition (sockeye is my favorite) but farmed is fine too. I use filets for this.

Dill: Fresh dill is preferred, but I’ve made this a ton of times with dried dill and it’s just as awesome. While fresh herbs are always preferable, it really doesn’t matter too much in this recipe.

Asparagus: I like using asparagus that is medium thickness. If yours is super thin, maybe add it to the pan a couple minutes into cooking (or if it’s really thick start it a couple minutes before adding the salmon to the pan).

A vertical, overhead view of the baked Salmon and asparagus on a sheet pan with a towel underneath it and surrounded by fresh dill and squeezed lemons.

Tips for making baked salmon fillet with lemon and dill

  • I consider the ingredient amounts in this as a starting point. Since it’s a quick “throw-together-meal” I don’t even measure them out. I encourage you to season it to taste.
  • Line the pan with foil or parchment for easy clean up.
  • Pat the salmon dry before seasoning.
  • I line the salmon down the center of the sheet pan and then place the asparagus on the sides of it.

How do you thaw frozen salmon?

There are two ways that are considered safe- the first is thawing in the refrigerator over night. The second is submerging in a bowl of cold water and changing the water every 30 minutes until thawed.

Can I grill this?

You can definitely grill this and it tastes amazing that way. Here are some tips for grilling:

  • Be sure to grease the grill well.
  • Preheat the grill before cooking so it’s already hot.
  • Grill the salmon skin-side down.
  • You do not have to turn the salmon as it grills.
  • Add the asparagus directly to the grill halfway through the salmon cooking time (or a bit earlier if its thick).
  • If you really have your act together you can grill it on a cedar plank for even more robust flavor (make sure you soak the plank for a few hours first!).
  • If you’re intimidated by putting the fish directly on the grill, use a grill pan.

A row of 4 pieces of lemon Salmon with lemon rounds on each piece on a sheet pan with the front piece of in focus and the others lined up behind it out of focus and asparagus on either side of the salmon, also out of focus.

How do you prep asparagus?

Once you’ve washed the asparagus, gently start bending it at the woodsy end and it will naturally break where it’s meant to. You can lightly peel the stalk part of the asparagus if you prefer (my mother in-law does) but I typically don’t unless it’s super thick.

How do you tell when the salmon is done?

It’s good to go when a meat thermometer inserted in the thickest part reads 145 degrees. Let it rest for a couple minutes and dive in!

What should I serve with this?

You could also serve this with brown rice or farro if you’re needing a starch (aren’t we all?). Another fav is my french onion rice pilaf.

Leftovers, storage and reheating:

This reheats pretty well and lasts for a couple days in the fridge, making it an excellent salmon meal prep. The only downside is next day asparagus can get a bit soggy.

A photo focused on a plate of Salmon sitting atop asparagus spears with a lemon round on top of the Salmon and a blurry plan of other pieces of salmon and asparagus in the background.

Ingredients that can be prepped ahead:

  • Wash and trim asparagus
  • Wash fresh dill
  • Thaw salmon (if frozen)

Helpful tools:

  1. Sheet pan
  2. Silpat
  3. Chef’s knife
  4. Cutting board
  5. Citrus reamer

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20 Minute Lemon Dill Baked Salmon Recipe
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
20 mins

This Sheet Pan Lemon Dill Baked Salmon Recipe is the best healthy weeknight meal! With minimal ingredients this is an easy sheet pan dinner that's ready in just 20 minutes!

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: baked salmon recipe
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Jessy Freimann, The Life Jolie
  • 4 salmon filets
  • 1 bunch thin-medium width asparagus, ends trimmed
  • 2 Tablespoons Olive oil divided
  • 1-2 lemons (the juice from one lemon and the other lemon to cut into rounds for garnish and for extra lemon juice if you want)
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher salt or to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon Ground black pepper or to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon Garlic powder or to taste
  • 2 Tablespoons Fresh Dill, chopped (or 1 teaspoon if using dry
  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

  2. Drizzle a little olive oil on the bottom of a sheet pan (or spray it with cooking spray).

  3. Line salmon up in the center of the pan. If there's skin, place the skin side down.

  4. Place the asparagus around the outside of the salmon, down the sides of the pan.

  5. Lightly drizzle olive oil onto the fish and asparagus.

  6. Squeeze the lemon juice over the salmon and asparagus.

  7. Sprinkle the salmon and asparagus with salt, pepper, garlic powder and dill to taste (I tend to be very liberal with the dill, because I love it).

  8. Place a lemon rounds onto the top of each piece of fish.

  9. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until the internal temperature is 145 degrees and the asparagus is cooked through.

  10. Serve immediately with extra lemons on the side.

Recipe Notes

This will last up to a couple days in the refrigerator and reheats well.

This Sheet Pan Lemon Dill Salmon and Asparagus is the best healthy weeknight meal! This recipe dinner recipe is super quick- it's baked in only 20 minutes and can also be grilled. It's full of delicious flavor that the whole family will love!
This Sheet Pan Lemon Dill Salmon and Asparagus is the best healthy weeknight meal! This recipe dinner recipe is super quick- it's baked in only 20 minutes and can also be grilled. It's full of delicious flavor that the whole family will love!

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    January 21, 2015 at 4:10 pm Pinned this! It looks SO good. We're big Salmon lovers in this house :)
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      January 21, 2015 at 5:17 pm Thank you- I hope yoy enjoy it!
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    January 22, 2015 at 7:37 pm This looks so good! I love dill also and put it in everything.....especially tuna salad! It has to be great on salmon. Pinned!
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      January 22, 2015 at 7:47 pm Thank you! Yes dill, cilantro and basil are my 3 loves when it comes to herbs (though maybe not together!)- I hope you enjoy it!
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    Nicole Neverman
    January 22, 2015 at 7:45 pm This salmon looks perfect. I love the beautiful slices of lemon. If you had a spare moment, I would be delighted if you'd drop this (and anything else you'd like to share) by at the #PureBlogLove DIY and recipe link party! You can find me here: http://picnicnz.blogspot.co.nz/
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      January 22, 2015 at 7:48 pm Thank you- it was delicious! I definitely linked this and another (your link up is on my list for Thursday nights)- thank you for hosting :)
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    Sarah Lemp
    January 22, 2015 at 7:48 pm This looks AMAZING! Thanks so much for linking up at All Things Thursday! :)
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      January 22, 2015 at 7:49 pm Thank you, I really enjoyed it. And thank you for hosting- happy (almost) Friday :)
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    Heather @ My Overflowing Cup
    January 22, 2015 at 8:22 pm Salmon is my very favorite fish, and this looks delicious. Thanks so much for sharing your recipe!
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      January 22, 2015 at 8:24 pm Thank you- I'm a huge seafood fan in general but I tend to favor Salmon! Some people are really turned off by the fishy flavor, but I love it. Enjoy :)
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    Rach D
    January 23, 2015 at 10:29 am This looks so yummy :) Fish is one of my fav things to have, if cooked properly that is! Thanks so much for linking up with us on this week's Mom 2 Mom Encouragement Party! I hope you join us again for the next one :) Rachael @ Diamonds in the Rough
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      January 23, 2015 at 11:20 am Thank you- I agree, cooking it properly is key. Thank you for hosting, I'll be there! :)
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    Becky at Cooking with Vinyl
    January 23, 2015 at 11:01 am This looks great! I only recently discovered that I don't hate salmon, so I'm happy to get new recipes for how to incorporate this fish into my diet. I'm a new food blogger (I found you on a link party) and love meeting others. I've followed your social sites and hope we can connect on those. I look forward to reading more from you!
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      January 23, 2015 at 11:28 am Thank you- I know a lot of people that aren't a fan of it, but I personally love it! I hope you enjoy the recipe. Welcome to the blogging world, I'm pretty new myself. I think you'll find that the community is pretty welcoming and everyone is very helpful, which is awesome! I'm always looking for new recipes :)
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    January 23, 2015 at 11:10 am This looks so healthy and delicious! Thank you so much for sharing your recipe
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      January 23, 2015 at 11:24 am Thanks for having a look and for the kind words :)
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    January 26, 2015 at 2:58 pm Thank you for stopping in and linking up with us this week on #TheWeekendSocial. We love your ideas and hope to see you again this weekend on KitchenDreaming.com. We have pinned, stumbled & shared your link across our Social Media, FB, G+ and Twitter.
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      January 26, 2015 at 8:22 pm Thank you for the kind words and the pins and mentions :) I'll be there!
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    Joy @ Joy Love Food
    January 27, 2015 at 4:42 pm Looks delicious! I love the combination of lemon and dill with salmon, so good. Thanks for sharing at Let's Get Real Friday Party :)
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      January 27, 2015 at 8:30 pm Thank you- it's one of my favorite combos as well!
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    Jenny @ Women With Intention
    January 28, 2015 at 8:47 am I want to come and have you cook for me! All of your recipes always look delicious! :) Thanks for linking up at Women With Intention Wednesdays!
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      January 28, 2015 at 8:50 am Thank you so much- I love to cook for others- it makes me happy to feed people :) Thanks for hosting!
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    January 29, 2015 at 10:39 am This salmon dish looks delicious. I love simple dishes like this and salmon is so healthy for you. Thank you for stopping in and linking up with us this week on #LetsGetReal. I love your ideas and hope to see you again this weekend on LittleFamilyAdventure.com. I've pinned your link to our group Let's Get Real Board and stumbled it along.
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      January 29, 2015 at 12:44 pm Thank you for hosting and thank you for the kind words and mentions :)
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    May 19, 2015 at 10:20 pm all I could say is yummy
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    Miranda (Myrabev)
    May 20, 2015 at 12:44 am This looks so delicious and so easy to make, I love salmon and make a point of having some at least a few times a month.
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      May 20, 2015 at 9:23 am Thank you- it's so easy! I am also a huge salmon fan!

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