Craving comfort food, fast? This sheet pan garlic butter salmon is your answer! Tender salmon bathed in a flavorful garlicky sauce nestles alongside vibrant spinach, all cooked to perfection in just 30 minutes. Serve over a bed of seasoned rice for a complete and satisfying meal that’s as easy as it is delicious.

white plate with garlic butter salmon and spinach on a bed of rice

Dive into Deliciousness: Reasons to Love Garlic Butter Salmon and Spinach

  1. Flavorful Fusion: The buttery, garlicky sauce harmonizes perfectly with the tender salmon, creating a delightful dance of savory tastes in every bite. The vibrant spinach adds a welcome pop of freshness and nutrients.
  2. Effortless Ease: This recipe is a dream come true for busy weeknights. Everything cooks together on a single sheet pan, minimizing prep and cleanup time.
  3. One-Pan Wonder: No need to juggle multiple pans! This dish comes together in just 30 minutes, making it a lifesaver for quick and easy meals.
  4. Naturally Better For You: Salmon is a rich source of protein and omega-3 fatty acids, while spinach adds essential vitamins and minerals. Enjoy a guilt-free, satisfying meal.
  5. Customizable Canvas: Feel free to personalize your dish! Add different vegetables, swap the rice for another side, or experiment with different herbs and spices to suit your preferences.
  6. Family-Friendly: The simplicity and familiar flavors of this dish are sure to please even picky eaters. It’s a great way to introduce healthy seafood into your family’s diet.
delicious garlic butter spinach and salmon on a bed of rice

Sheet Pan Perfection: Tips for Garlic Butter Salmon and Spinach

This recipe for garlic butter salmon and spinach is a sheet pan dream, offering minimal prep and a fuss-free cleanup. But for extra-delicious results, follow these handy tips:


  • Salmon selection: Choose fresh, firm salmon fillets of similar size for even cooking.
  • Pat it dry: Pat the salmon dry with paper towels to ensure the garlic butter sauce adheres well and creates a crispy sear.
  • Prepping the spinach: Wash and dry the spinach thoroughly. If using baby spinach, leave it whole; for larger leaves, tear them into bite-sized pieces.


  • Temperature matters: For a perfectly cooked salmon, aim for an internal temperature of 145°F (63°C). Keep an eye on your salmon, as cooking times may vary slightly depending on the thickness of the fillets.
  • Don’t overcrowd: Ensure enough space between the salmon and vegetables to promote even cooking and browning. Aim for a single layer of ingredients on the baking sheet.
  • Flip the spinach (optional): For slightly wilted spinach, gently flip it over halfway through baking. This ensures even heating and prevents the spinach from becoming dry or overcooked.
  • Flavorful twist: If desired, add a squeeze of fresh lemon juice over the salmon and spinach during the last few minutes of baking for an extra pop of brightness and acidity.

Extra Tips:

  • Customize the garlic butter: Experiment with different herbs and spices like dill, parsley, oregano, or paprika to personalize the flavor profile.
  • Leftovers: Store leftover salmon and spinach in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. Reheat gently in the oven or microwave until warmed through.
  • Serving suggestions: This dish pairs well with various sides such as roasted vegetables, quinoa, rice pilaf, or mashed potatoes.

By following these tips, you’ll be well on your way to sheet pan perfection with your Garlic Butter Salmon and Spinach – a delicious and easy meal that’s sure to impress!

Garlic Butter Salmon and Spinach

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  • These irresistible Salmon Bites are the perfect party pleaser or quick and satisfying appetizer. Flaky salmon meets creamy, herb-infused cheese in every bite, creating a delightful fusion of textures and tastes. They’re incredibly easy to make, disappearing as quickly as they appear – so prepare to impress your guests or enjoy a delightful personal treat!
  • Capture the essence of summer with this light and flavorful dish. Tender asparagus and vibrant green stalks mingle with perfectly roasted salmon, creating a symphony of textures and tastes. Simple to prepare yet bursting with fresh summer flavors, this dish is perfect for a quick weeknight meal or a relaxed weekend dinner.

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Easy Sheet Pan Garlic Butter Salmon and Spinach

Nicole Cook
This recipe delivers a flavorful and healthy meal in just 30 minutes, perfect for busy weeknights.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Seafood Recipes
Cuisine American
Servings 2
Calories 558 kcal


  • 16 ounces salmon fillets this recipe should make two, skin off or on (your preference)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter softened
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • ½ teaspoon dried parsley
  • ¼ teaspoon dried thyme
  • salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
  • 6 ounces baby spinach
  • ¼ cup feta cheese crumbled


  • Preheat oven to 400°F (200°C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.Pat the salmon fillets dry with paper towels. Season both sides with salt and pepper.
  • In a small bowl, combine the olive oil, softened butter, garlic, parsley, and thyme. Mix well. Spread half of the garlic butter mixture evenly over the bottom of the prepared baking sheet.
  • Place the salmon fillets on top of the garlic butter, skin side down (if using skin-on salmon). Dollop the remaining garlic butter mixture on top of the salmon. Scatter the fresh spinach around the salmon, and add any other desired vegetables like cherry tomatoes.
  • Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until the salmon is cooked through and flakes easily with a fork. The internal temperature should reach 145°F (63°C).(Optional)
  • Sprinkle with crumbled feta cheese in the last 2-3 minutes of baking for added flavor and texture. Serve immediately with your favorite side dish, such as seasoned rice, roasted vegetables, or quinoa.


  • Use fresh, high-quality salmon for the best results.
  • If you prefer a thicker garlic butter sauce, double the butter and herb mixture.
  • Feel free to use other herbs and spices to your liking, such as dill, oregano, or paprika.
  • Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. Reheat gently in the oven or microwave until warmed through.
Enjoy this delicious and healthy sheet pan meal!


Calories: 558kcalCarbohydrates: 5gProtein: 50gFat: 37gSaturated Fat: 13gPolyunsaturated Fat: 7gMonounsaturated Fat: 14gTrans Fat: 0.5gCholesterol: 172mgSodium: 383mgPotassium: 1615mgFiber: 2gSugar: 0.4gVitamin A: 8500IUVitamin C: 25mgCalcium: 215mgIron: 4mg
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