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Broiled Salmon with Olive Oil and Parmesan

Broiling fish at home is a snap. Prep takes less than five minutes. Add a quick salad or rice and veggies, and you’ve got a healthy, flavorful dinner on the table in under half an hour!
Broiled Salmon with Olive Oil and Parmesan
Broiled Salmon with Olive Oil and Parmesan
By Paul Kostandin
Dec. 2, 2020 12:33 UTC

I like to turn to my broiler or grill when prepar­ing fish at home because of their abil­ity to achieve a high, con­sis­tent heat that imparts a ton of fla­vor to the fin­ished prod­uct. During the sum­mer months, grilling gets me out­side and does­n’t heat up the house. In the win­ter I’m much more likely to just use the broiler set­ting in my oven.

Almost every­one I talk to has a hor­ror story about their broiler. Something burn­ing, turn­ing away for a minute and com­ing back to a casse­role dish aflame, or just gen­er­ally ruin­ing what­ever they were attempt­ing to pre­pare. But I’m here to reas­sure you that with some prac­tice, using your broiler can be as easy as any other piece of kitchen equip­ment.

The trick is under­stand­ing what level you need to set your oven rack depend­ing on the results you are try­ing to achieve. If you sim­ply want to melt cheese or caramelize the top of a bak­ing dish, set­ting the oven rack to the top posi­tion to broil for a minute or two at most is the best method.

In this instance, you will be using your broiler to cook the fish from the top down, and you want to set your oven rack to the mid­dle or low­est level. This will allow the radi­ant heat from the top of the oven to cook the fish evenly with­out wor­ry­ing about burn­ing your din­ner.

I like to use a medium-bod­ied olive oil for recipes like this Broiled Salmon dish. The olive oil will accen­tu­ate the fatty rich­ness of the salmon and the salti­ness of the crispy, caramelized parme­san cheese!


Broiled Salmon with Olive Oil and Parmesan

Course: DinnerCuisine: American, Mediterranean


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Broiling fish at home is a snap and this Broiled Salmon with Parmesan and Olive Oil is the per­fect exam­ple of just how easy it can be. Add a quick salad or rice and veg­gies, and you’ve got a healthy, fla­vor­ful din­ner in under half an hour!


  • 6oz6 oz salmon filets

  • 1/2 cupextra vir­gin olive oil

  • 1cupgrated parme­san cheese

  • 2tbspchopped gar­lic

  • 1tbspkosher salt

  • 1tbspground black pep­per


  • Set your oven to the broil set­ting at 475°F. 
  • Brush a bak­ing dish with half of the olive oil.
  • Add the salmon filets to the bak­ing dish and sea­son with the gar­lic, salt and pep­per. 
  • Top the filets with the remain­der of the olive oil and the parme­san cheese. 
  • Set the bak­ing dish under the broiler with the bak­ing rack at the mid­dle posi­tion. 
  • Cook the filets until they reach your desired level of done­ness. I like to cook my salmon to medium, but that is a per­sonal choice.
  • Remove the salmon from the oven and serve while hot!

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