Mediterranean Sheet Pan Salmon




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Mediterranean roasted sheet pan salmon with tomatoes, olives, onion, and lemon

Mediterranean Sheet Pan Salmon is impressive but really effortless when you start with a large filet and a sheet pan.  The healthy Mediterranean toppings are simple but paint a beautiful edible picture.  This is a 30 minute meal you’ll come back to again and again.

Mediterranean roasted sheet pan salmon with tomatoes, olives, onion, and lemon

I have less and less patience at the end of the day for complicated cooking.  But I love interesting food and I look forward to dinner all day long,  so I need to come up with easy meals that still have some panache.


Reader Rave ~

“Tried this on a whim. Used kale for the bedding. Not disappointed! I didnt even get it off the pan. What a great dish.”  ~  Janey


Mediterranean Sheet Pan Salmon on a tray

This gorgeous salmon filet would be mouthwatering all on its own, but the Mediterranean inspired toppings add even more flavor and make the whole thing a complete meal when you add a little couscous, and maybe some great corn on the cob.

Preparing Mediterranean Roasted Sheet Pan Salmon for baking

My filet is 2 1/2 pounds, and it feeds about 6 people.  Be sure to tuck the narrow tail end under before putting it in the oven so the fish will cook evenly.  I bought mine at Costco, which is a great place to find large cuts and whole fish.  Don’t be afraid to ask the guy or gal behind the fish counter at your local supermarket for a large filet like this, they’re usually happy to help, and it’s no more expensive by the pound than buying fish already portioned.

If you don’t have access to a large piece of fish like this, you can use smaller ones.  I love to do trout this way, too.

Mediterranean Roasted Sheet Pan Salmon ready for the oven

A simple sheet pan dinner like this makes eating fish at least twice a week a pleasure.  I love fish, I love the tender texture, and the ease of preparation.  It cooks in a flash, so you don’t have to think way ahead.  Fish is so good for us and can help prevent so many diseases (the research just keeps getting stronger) that you can’t afford to pass it up entirely.  If you’re on the fence about fish, I recommend salmon, it’s mild and delicious.

Pick some up on your way home from work and you can have this on the table in no time.  Your kids can even help you ‘decorate’ dinner!


my favorite USA sheet pan for sheet pan salmon

All sheet pans are NOT alike!  I love USA pans, they’re study so I never have to replace them and the thick walled aluminized steel cooks evenly.



Reader Rave ~

“This is delish!!! So healthy, so flavorful, so quick to make and cook. What’s not to love? Plates up beautifully. I used a bed of spiralized steamed zucchini seasoned with herb and sun dried tomato olive oil as a base. This is a yum-a-lish-ous dish. Thanks for sharing Sue!!”  ~Karen


Mediterranean Sheet Pan Salmon
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Category: dinner, 30 minute dinner

Cuisine: Mediterranean

Servings: serves 6

Mediterranean roasted sheet pan salmon with tomatoes, olives, onion, and lemon

Ingredients

  • a large whole salmon filet, mine is about 2 1/2 pounds
  • 2 small lemons, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup pitted assorted olives
  • 2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved
  • a few marinated sweet or hot peppers, I like to get them from the olive bar at my supermarket so I don't have to buy a whole jar.
  • 2 tsp capers
  • 1/4 red onion, thinly sliced, rings separated
  • 4 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • kosher salt and fresh cracked pepper
  • 2 Tbsp salted butter, cut in small chunks (optional)
  • fresh herbs such as oregano, rosemary, thyme, and/or sage

Instructions

  1. preheat oven to 425F
  2. Line baking sheet with parchment paper and lay out your fish. Tuck the thin tail end under to make a thicker layer so the fish will cook evenly.
  3. Arrange the lemon slices on and around the fish, along with the olives, tomatoes, peppers, capers, and onions. Drizzle olive oil over all, and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Dot with chunks of butter, if using.
  4. Bake for about 20-30 minutes, or until the fish is done through and flakes easily with a fork. The exact cooking time will depend on the size and thickness of your fish, and if your fish is especially thick, or heavier, it will take longer.
  5. Garnish with fresh herbs before serving.

Make this Mediterranean sheet pan salmon your own ~

  • Make it with halibut, tilapia, trout, swordfish, tuna steaks, or even shrimp.
  • Make it in parchment ~ wrap the whole thing up in parchment paper and pop it in the oven.
  • Make it with fennel ~ fennel is another great Mediterranean ingredient, lay the fish on a bed of very thinly sliced fennel, and use the fronds as a garnish.

 

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  • Reply
    Mary Ann
    July 26, 2019 at 1:29 pm

    Love and use your posts often. Wondering if this would work cold or at room temperature?
    Thanks.

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      Sue
      July 26, 2019 at 2:49 pm

      Sure. Just be aware that the roasted tomatoes etc might not look as ‘fresh’. You could make the salmon and then add the toppings before serving.

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    Mary Jean
    April 21, 2019 at 4:48 pm

    Made this today for our Easter Brunch. It turned out beautifully and everybody loved it! Thanks so much Sue, for the fresh, lovely, colorful, Springtime recipe. It was a breeze to make too. Not sure how to post a picture of it.

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      Sue
      April 21, 2019 at 5:50 pm

      Thanks Mary Jean, I wish I had a way for commenters to leave photos, I’m working on that…I think this dish is so perfect for Easter, I’m glad it was a success :)

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    Diane Harris
    April 5, 2019 at 4:10 pm

    Loved it! Beautiful, easy to make and tastes great. This is a dish I would serve guests. Paired it with Israeli couscous sprinkled with a little feta cheese.

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    Brittney
    April 2, 2019 at 7:15 am

    I made this Sheet Pan Salmon last night, not only was it fun to make, it was healthy and DELICIOUS! I have never made fish before but my fiance and I just started adopting more of a Mediterranean diet and are trying to incorporate more fish into our meals. I loved adding all the topping– it was truly like decorating dinner. We paired it with a simple lemon parmesan asparagus side and it was perfect! Will absolutely make again!

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      Sue
      April 2, 2019 at 7:44 am

      What a wonderful comment Brittney ~ I’m honored to be a part of your discovery of fish!

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    Janey
    March 28, 2019 at 5:05 pm

    Tried this on a whim. Used kale for the bedding. Not disappointed! I didnt even get it off the pan. What a great dish.

  • Reply
    Karen
    January 7, 2019 at 2:39 pm

    This is delish!!! So healthy, so flavorful, so quick to make and cook. What’s not to love? Plates up beautifully. I used a bed of spiralized steamed zucchini seasoned with herb and sun dried tomato olive oil as a base. This is a yum-a-lish-ous dish. Thanks for sharing Sue!!

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    Chris
    October 24, 2018 at 12:38 am

    I obviously need to buy some different parchment paper sheets, before trying this gorgeous looking recipe. The parchment that I have would probably burst into flames at 450, but I see that Amazon has sheets that are okay at the higher temperatures.

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    Josie
    October 22, 2018 at 11:47 am

    Have made this twice in the last 2 weeks. So easy, so beautiful, so healthy and so delicious. Really, this will be my go-to for dinner guests. I added a bunch of garlic cloves and some roasted red pepper. I served with whole wheat Israeli cous cous mixed with homemade basil-mint-kale pesto (no cheese).

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      Sue
      October 22, 2018 at 12:25 pm

      Thanks for taking the time to come back and let me know Josie ~ it sounds like you’re eating well lately! I love this dish for company, and your pesto sounds amazing.

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    Dedi
    July 26, 2018 at 7:40 am

    I just made this last night for my uncle, who isn’t a very adventurous eater and he LOVED it. I added a few artichoke hearts and tossed the roasted vegs with some whole wheat orzo and everyone just devoured it. Thank you for sharing this -it is going into my regular rotation.

    • Reply
      Sue
      July 26, 2018 at 7:56 am

      It’s especially gratifying to hear that one of my recipes helped someone ease out of their comfort zone, well done!

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    Marlene
    July 13, 2018 at 11:50 am

    I made this last night for company. What a great success! I had never cooked salmon before and now I can’t wait to try your other recipes. Thanks!

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    Kimberly
    June 22, 2018 at 10:10 pm

    You are an angel Sue! I <3 your receipts ! and its so easy to follow! What a relationship saving blog this is!!!!!!! ;p hihi

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    Berni
    June 14, 2018 at 11:18 am

    I forgot to take a picture of mine too, I could have posted it on FB with the link to the recipe! Sorry Sue, I will get better at this. I did post the peanut butter cake with the your site listed a couple of weeks ago, but I’m so bad about remembering to do stuff like that!

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    Berni
    June 14, 2018 at 7:10 am

    I made this last night, it was amazing, my family loved it! I used sundried tomatoes, because I love tomatoes but I get bad reflux sometimes so I have to watch it. I forgot the capers though, (geech) so will have to make it again soon!!! It turned out beautiful though!

    • Reply
      Sue
      June 14, 2018 at 8:00 am

      Thanks Berni, I’ve got another salmon recipe coming up on the blog tomorrow, so keep an eye out!

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    Darlene
    June 2, 2018 at 10:29 pm

    Made this tonight for dinner since I just bought a fresh piece of wild salmon! Not only was it delicious, it was beautiful too! Wish I could send a pic!
    Thanks so much Sue for another spectacular recipe!

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    Eileen Kelly
    June 2, 2018 at 9:42 am

    Absolutely love the flavors and I am a huge fan of salmon, delicious!

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    Libby
    June 2, 2018 at 6:09 am

    Beautiful recipe! I make whole salmon filets for parties frequently, but want to try this version! Are you using skin-on salmon? That’s what I do, and I lift it off the skin when transferring to a serving platter. For this, are you serving directly from the sheet pan? Thanks!

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      Sue
      June 2, 2018 at 7:06 am

      I do use the skin on salmon, Libby, mostly just because it seems to come that way. I peel it away as I slice the fish. I photographed this on the sheet pan but I would transfer to a platter, unless it was just family.

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    Susan McKenna
    June 2, 2018 at 5:35 am

    O.K! Another super dish! I have been following you for a long while. I think you’re adorable, creative and a great cook. I just read your bio and was shocked you have children in college. You look so young!
    Questions!
    1. Have you left New Hampshire behind? 2. What is your last name? 3. And most importantly, *When will your cookbook come out??? You really should consider having one published. I’d like one autographed copy, so put me on your pre-order list! ?
    Thank you for sharing all your wonderful, eye-catching, mouth-watering recipes.
    Susan

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      Sue
      June 2, 2018 at 7:08 am

      What a nice comment to wake up to :) We’re now in Los Angeles but I literally dream of the day when I can get back to New England, it’s in my blood :) And as for a cookbook, it’s kinda sorta in the works, let’s just say I’m getting there! Thanks for being so supportive Susan, it means a lot, <3

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    alexandra
    June 2, 2018 at 2:13 am

    This is so very good, and all it needs and can think of is an outside table, a pergola, a summer dress, a couple of friends, and refreshing strawberries with lemon as a dessert! Paradise! Thank you for this dinner, Sue!

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      Sue
      June 2, 2018 at 7:09 am

      Haha, you paint the perfect picture, Alexandra ~ I’ll meet you there!

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    Chris Scheuer
    June 1, 2018 at 2:33 pm

    What a fabulous summer (or any time of the year) meal. It’s beautiful and sounds super delicious!

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    Healthy World Cuisine
    June 1, 2018 at 2:10 pm

    Wild salmon is our favorite and these gorgeous Mediterranean flavors bring this dish to the next level. We thought we might be grilling tonight but Mother Nature does not seem to be cooperating- can’t wait to try this quick and easy recipe (indoors). Wishing you a super weekend Sue!

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      Sue
      June 2, 2018 at 7:28 am

      I love this kind of recipe for getting that outdoor vibe right in the kitchen!

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    Tricia @ Saving Room for Dessert
    June 1, 2018 at 10:45 am

    Ideal meal for me and my family and even for company! Love these flavors and salmon is always welcome on our table. So beautiful too Sue – another winner! Pinning and sharing

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    Berni
    June 1, 2018 at 9:18 am

    Oooo, I’m excited to try this out tonight!

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    Mike from Chili Pepper Madness
    June 1, 2018 at 8:22 am

    Salmon is definitely one of my favorites. This looks outstanding. Off to grab some salmon!

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    Samantha @ FerraroKitchen
    June 1, 2018 at 8:21 am

    These are my favorite flavors and yes, I need simple cooking! This would be so impressive as a dinner centerpiece!

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      Sue
      June 1, 2018 at 8:27 am

      Wouldn’t this be great served on a giant plank in the middle of a farmhouse table, where everyone could just reach in and serve themselves?

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    Angie@Angie's Recipes
    June 1, 2018 at 7:07 am

    My favourite fish and all those gorgeous colours and flavours…a perfectly yummy meal, Sue.

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      Sue
      June 1, 2018 at 7:36 am

      I love all fish Angie, but there really is something magical about salmon!