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Bringing you all the color with this easy Sheet Pan Salmon with Citrus Avocado Salsa and Potatoes. Baby potatoes roasted alongside herby, citrus roasted salmon. Topped with a fresh citrus avocado salsa and sesame tossed arugula. This is quick, easy, extra colorful, super flavorful, and so delicious. The perfect dinner to serve any night of the week. Or incorporate this healthy recipe into your weekly meal prep and enjoy for lunches and dinners throughout the week.

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This is pretty cheesy, but even just looking at this colorful sheet pan salmon has me excited…and somehow instantly brightens my mood as well. It’s full of healthy ingredients, is beyond vibrant, so delicious, and yet somehow it’s still warm and cozy too. It’s basically everything, and I’m very excited to share this easy recipe with you all.

It’s funny, I LOVE my rich and cozy and super hearty fall/early winter recipes so much. I look forward to them every single year, but currently? I love these healthier January recipes more. I find it crazy how easily I can adapt and be excited about the season we are in (I’m not so easily adaptable in other areas!) I can’t say that I’m ready for spring, but just greatly enjoying this healthy winter food. It’s always a challenge come January to create recipes that I find both comforting and healthy, but (for the most part) I’m really enjoying the change of pace.

Which brings me to this salmon, another recipe I made a couple of weeks ago and have been dying to share. It’s a new staple recipe for winter. You know, one of those dinners that I’ll be making time and time again. The colors, the flavors, it’s all soo good…and so healthy!

shallots and citrus on cutting board with herbs

Here is how to make the best sheet pan salmon.

As you can probably guess, this is a one and done kind of recipe.

The potatoes are the first step since they take the longest to cook. Toss them into the oven to begin roasting. While the potatoes are roasting, season the salmon. I went with very fresh, Cuban inspired flavors. So, plenty of fresh oregano, wintry citrus (both orange and lemon), and shallots, which I think are very key. The combination of zesty citrus and tangy shallots are way too good. Kind of savory, but a little sweet, which is my favorite flavor profile.

Once the potatoes have been roasting for a bit and are beginning to soften, add the salmon to that very same sheet pan along with a few thin slices of fresh orange. The orange slices will lightly char as the salmon cooks, releasing their juice and infusing flavor into everything on the pan.

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The citrus avocado salsa…

Yes, you do need this too!

It’s no secret that I love salsa, sauces, spreads…basically all “saucy” things that add an additional layer of flavor. This avocado salsa? Hands down one of the better salsas I’ve made. It’s a mix of all of my favorite things, including avocado, fresh wintry citrus, herbs, and flaky sea salt. I kept it pretty simple since I wanted to highlight the tart citrus, fresh cilantro, and fresh parsley.

Spoon the salsa over top of the salmon. Once the herbs hit the warm fish everything immediately smells insanely delicious. Finish it all off with flaky sea salt and your dinner is complete. Just one sheet pan, plus one bowl for the salsa…pretty, easy right?

OH! But wait, I did forget the arugula, which is not needed but adds a really nice peppery bite. And I tossed in toasted sesame seeds too for a little nuttiness. Delicious.

This all feels very Cuban inspired. Everything from the colors to the herbs, to all the citrus, feels Cuban and has me instantly dreaming of our next warm, beachy vacation.

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Meal Prepping?

Aside from this recipe being both easy and delicious, it also triples as a great recipe for meal prep. You can put all the components together in glass meal prep containers (not including the avocado salsa), and keep stored in the fridge for 3-4 days. For the salsa, I’d recommend making that the day of, as the avocado can get a little brown as it sits.

This would be a great meal to pack up as a work lunch or use as an incredibly fast dinner.

So with that, how about sheet pan salmon tonight and leftovers for lunch tomorrow? You could even add some steamed rice to make it a touch heartier. Or go lighter with additional arugula and turn this into a salad. Any way you serve this up you can’t go wrong.

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If you make this sheet pan salmon, be sure to leave a comment and/or give this recipe a rating! Above all, I love to hear from you guys and always do my best to respond to each and every comment. And of course, if you do make this recipe, don’t forget to tag me on Instagram! Looking through the photos of recipes you all have made is my favorite!

Sheet Pan Salmon with Citrus Avocado Salsa and Potatoes

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories Per Serving: 300 kcal

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Ingredients

CITRUS AVOCADO SALSA

Instructions

  • 1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. On a rimmed baking sheet, toss the potatoes with 2 tablespoons olive oil. Season with salt and black pepper. Roast for 20 minutes, or until tender. 
    2. Place the salmon on a plate and rub with the oregano, paprika, orange zest, lemon zest, crushed red pepper flakes, and a pinch each of salt and pepper. Drizzle with 2 tablespoons olive oil, rubbing the seasonings evenly into each filet. 
    3. Remove the potatoes from the oven and push them to one side of the pan. Put the salmon on the other side. Arrange the shallots and orange slices around the salmon. Drizzle over 1 tablespoon olive oil. Return the pan to oven and roast for 10 to 20 minutes more, until the salmon reaches desired doneness.
    4. Meanwhile, make the salsa. Combine all ingredients in a bowl and toss to combine.
    5. Toss the arugula with the remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil, the sesame seeds, and a pinch of salt.
    6. To serve, divide the salmon and potatoes between plates. Spoon the salsa over the salmon. Add a handful of arugula to each plate. Eat and enjoy!

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  1. 5 stars
    I’ve made about 40 or so of your recipes, and this is probably my favorite. It is also the recipe I have made most. The arugula and avovado are the icing on the cake, so to speak. I do prefer it without the sesame seeds, more due to texture preferences than to flavor.

  2. 1 star
    I didn’t understand the need for the sesame/arugula topping. Also, were the citrus slices meant to flavor the salmon? There was a lot of prep for little payoff in flavor, in my book. I’ve loved the other recipes I’ve tried. I’ll keep trying them

  3. 5 stars
    Another winner and another restaurant quality dinner for the family! Thank you for all of your delicious recipes! Can’t wait to try another one!

    1. Hey Sharon,
      Wonderful! Thanks a lot for making this recipe, I am so glad to hear that it was enjoyed! xxTieghan

  4. 5 stars
    This recipe has been in our family meal rotation for over a year now, and it’s a favorite for busy nights. I love that I can get a flavorful, healthy meal on the table without spending much time in the kitchen chopping/stirring/doing dishes- and even my toddler enjoys the flavor profile!

    I do use a little less olive oil now (although it was good with the suggested amount too, I just wanted to save a few calories) but otherwise follow it almost exactly. Simple, fresh, fast, and so dang good!

    1. Hey Meg,
      Happy Sunday!! Thanks a lot for giving this recipe a go, I am thrilled that it was enjoyed! xxTieghan

  5. 5 stars
    Have made this several times Love the citrus flavor that combined with all the seasoning. And top top it off with the salsa Absolutely delicious

    1. Hey Marie,
      Fantastic! I am so glad you enjoyed this recipe, thanks so much for making it! Happy Friday:) xTieghan

  6. 5 stars
    I made this tonight and it was delicious. Light and citrusy. I used sweet potatoes instead of baby potatoes and it was perfect. Came together in less than an hour.
    Another great recipe.

    1. Hey Robin,
      Thanks so much for making this recipe, I am so delighted that it was enjoyed! Have a great week:) xTieghan

    1. Hey Riv,
      I am so glad this recipe was a winner, thanks a bunch for giving it a try! xxTieghan

  7. 5 stars
    Bright, peppery, and comforting thanks to the combo of citrus, arugula, and roasted potato. Would peel the orange slices before roasting next time.

    1. Hey Sierra,
      I am thrilled this recipe was enjoyed, thanks a lot for making it! Happy Sunday! xTieghan

  8. 5 stars
    Another home run! This was fabulous and so quick and easy to prepare and clean up. My 14 year old said “very west coasty” as he devoured his dinner! Thanks for a great recipe!

    1. Hey Chris,
      I am so glad that you enjoyed the recipe, thanks so much for making it! Have a great weekend:) xTieghan

  9. 5 stars
    This was a hit with the family. I roasted the potatoes about twice as long as called for to get a little extra crispy. I also doubled the seasoning for the salmon. Thanks for a tasty recipe.

  10. 5 stars
    I made this for a crowd of hungry young men tonight and they literally licked their plates clean! It was simple, delicious and very healthy! I will definitely make this on a regular basis. Thanks for a great dinner!

  11. 5 stars
    Amazing Flavor. A great salmon dish that is totally different from anything else I’ve made. I wasn’t sure about the feta and olives but they added intense flavor. DH has cancer so we are primarily pescatarians and I’m always looking for a new twist.

  12. 5 stars
    Made this today and added just a little chimichurri to give the potatoes a little more flavor. Loved the salmon with the citrus zest rubbed in!

  13. 3 stars
    HUGE fan of HBH! I was super excited to try out this recipe! And the fact that it’s a healthy option is even better! Made it this evening. I was disappointed. Turned out VERY oily. Salmon is already a fatty fish and avocados have a lot of natural fats. I don’t think it needed all of the olive oil it called for, especially in the salsa. Good flavor though with the smokiness of the paprika and citrus!

  14. Hi! I have frozen salmon filets that I plan to use for this recipe. Do you recommend defrosting before? If not, would you change any of the cooking instructions?

    1. Hey Kristin,
      Yes, I would thaw the salmon first and then follow the recipe as is. I hope you love the dish, please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan

  15. I can’t wait to make this! I’m searching all over for your sheet pan pictured. In one comment you said it’s Staub. But I can’t find it anywhere. Can you link to the sheet pan you have shown? It’s beautiful!

    1. Hey there,
      So sorry I do not have a link for this baking sheet, I found it at an antique shop. I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan

  16. 5 stars
    This was so delicious ! I will definitely make it again. I am not usually a big fan of cooked salmon but this convinced me otherwise 🙂

  17. 4 stars
    Overall the recipe was easy and good. The pictures look as if there is a sauce on the bottom of the pain, which I didn’t get. Wasn’t a HBH favorite of mine but was an easy weeknight meal.

    1. Hey Ashley,
      I am so thrilled that you enjoyed the recipe, thanks so much for making it! Happy Friday! xTieghan

  18. Made this tonight-our 2nd HBH recipe this week. SO GOOD!!! You have such a skillful way of building layers of flavor that all taste so fresh, rich, and delicious. Stellar! Thank you!

  19. 5 stars
    My husband and I absolutely loved this recipe! I’m not even a salmon person but the flavours were so on point that it did not taste fishy at all. Thank you so much!

    1. Hey Layla,
      Thanks so much for trying the recipe. That is so great the recipe was enjoyed! Happy New Year! xTieghan

    1. Hey Jane,
      Thanks so much for trying the recipe. That is so great the recipe was enjoyed! Happy New Year! xTieghan

  20. We’re having this for dinner tonight and I’m so excited to force my seafood hating husband to eat fish!!!! So far none of your recipes have led us astray so lets hope we can win him over with this one too! Not exactly related, but the pan in the pictures – where is it from? I love it!

    1. Hi Brittany,
      I hope your family loves the recipe! Sorry I do not have a link for this pan! Happy New Year! xTieghan

  21. 5 stars
    Made this for the family and was a total hit. Even my Midwestern meat-and-potatoes father loved the freshness of the dish. Changes included adding diced red onion to the salsa and cooked the potatoes a few minutes longer for extra crisp. Will be adding this to the rotation!

    1. Hey Kelly,
      Thanks so much for trying the recipe. That is so great the recipe was enjoyed! Happy New Year! xTieghan

  22. 5 stars
    This was so delicious!! The salmon and roasted veggies would have been good enough on their own (and such a beautiful meal to present), but the avocado salsa and arugula put it over the top. It was an absolute treat to have such an indulgent meal that was totally acceptable for my grown daughter with several food sensitivities. Thanks!

  23. 5 stars
    Love the citrus zest and paprika combo on the salmon! I prepared one small salmon piece without the paprika and chilli flakes for my 5 year old. This is such a wonderful and simple winter weeknight meal. Will be making it again.

  24. 5 stars
    This was amazing! I loved the contrast from the sweet and sour orange and the bitter arugula and the crunchy sesame seeds. Mad this for a dinner party tonight and everyone LOVED it.

  25. Prep time 15 minutes! Is that a joke?
    Otherwise good recipe …. prep was more like 40 minutes. Would really like these recipes to be more honest with times…

  26. Question. Do you add the arugula after it comes out of oven? Also, is the salsa just spooned over the salmon before serving? Not sure if one adds it to the entire recipe or just on top of salmon. Pardon my ignorance LOL

    1. Hey Cyndy,
      Yes I add the arugula after the oven and you can serve the salsa on the side or on top of the salmon:) I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan

  27. 5 stars
    This recipe was SO bomb. Thanks for making it – we had it for dinner tonight and my bf said it was like we were eating at a restaurant. Fresh and delicious!

  28. 5 stars
    Made this for dinner tonight. Def took me longer than 15 minutes to prep but man was it good!! Will for sure make it again!

  29. 5 stars
    Such a great, simple recipe. I’ve been trying to figure out a way to up level my salmon game, and this certainly did it. The only thing I would add is a little more salt to the salmon herb mixture. It felt just a tiny bit bland to me. I think this was user error though, and simple to fix. 🙂

    My friends were so impressed, and this certainly boosted my own confidence in my cooking. HBH does it again – Thank you so much!

    1. Aw I am so happy to hear that Madison! Thank you for trying this one! I hope you continue to enjoy the other recipes on my site! xTieghan

  30. I’ve looked all over the Internet. Do you have a source or link for the Staub sheetpan. Thank you.

    1. Hi Susan! I do not have a Staub sheet pan, just regular! Please let me know if there is anything I can help you with! xTieghan

  31. 5 stars
    Tieghan, this was a fantastic meal! I added grape tomatoes to the salsa since I had a bunch and made a bit more juice from the lemon and the orange. The arugula salad was so light and yummy and since I was overly obsessed with the juice I added a tiny bit of that to it and a drizzle at the end over the salmon.
    Thank you for the fabulous recipes always!
    BTW…snowing in Cleveland. ugh!

    1. Hi Jan! I am really glad you loved this one! Thank you! Cleveland weather is just such a toss up haha! xTieghan

  32. 5 stars
    My version was definitely not as beautiful as yours, but I suspect it was every bit as delicious!!! My husband and I made this dish last night and loved the brightness that the herbs, citrus and arugula brought to the salmon. It will go in our permanent rotation of HBH dishes!

  33. 5 stars
    Just made it today and it turned out absolutely delicious … Everybody loved it… Restaurant quality.. now I will only take recipes from you ..thank you

    1. Thank you so much Emmy! I am so glad this turned out so well for you! I hope you continue to love all of the recipes you try! xTieghan

  34. 5 stars
    Made this once before and it was amazing! Highly recommend. Making it again tonight and I happen to have red potatoes in the pantry. Thoughts on subbing them for the baby potatoes ? Any changes to cook time?

    1. Hi Theresa,
      So glad you enjoy this recipe! You can absolutely use red potatoes and leave everything the same! Hope it’s delish!

  35. 5 stars
    So easy and such great flavor!! Made this for dinner and it was delicious. The only change I made was that I left out the potatoes and just roasted a side of asparagus with olive oil, salt and pepper for a lighter side.

  36. 5 stars
    Just made it and it was soooo good super delicious and it actually only took me an hour including eating, which is really saying something considering your 30 min Coq au bin meatballs took me about 3 hours ?

    Thanks for this delicious recipe, gonna have to try more sheet pan recipes now.

    1. Hi Jasmin! I am glad this was so quick, easy and delicious for you! Thank you so much for trying it! xTieghan

    1. Hi There! I have not baked salmon this way, so it is hard for me to say. If you have done so and enjoy the salmon cooked like this, go for it! Sounds interesting. Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe! Thank you!! xTieghan

  37. 5 stars
    Served this dish to out of town company along with coconut lime rice-Divine!!!! Everyone loved it, thank you for for your creativity! Makes the world a better place ?

    1. Hi Kirti! I am sure cod will be delicious! Love that idea! Just be sure to adjust the cooking time for the fish accordingly. Cod cooks up pretty quickly. Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe! Thank you!! xTieghan

  38. Would this recipe work with one big piece of salmon instead of individual files? I made it with files and it was DIVINE so now I want to make it for a big family gathering. Please let me know! 🙂

    1. Hi Maria! Yes, this recipe will work for a larger piece of salmon, but the cooking times will vary. If it were up to me, I would just double! Please let me know if there are any questions I could help you with! xTieghan

  39. 5 stars
    Amazing!!! We got two big pieces of salmon, removed the skin before cooking, and cooked for 14 mins. They were perfect! The avocado salsa was outstanding and really made the dish. We used two avocados instead of one because we are big avo lovers. Very easy to make and will definitely make again! Thank you for sharing!!!!

  40. 5 stars
    Another fantastic recipe! Really delicious flavors and easy. I love how all of your recipes have texture contrasts and fresh herbs – it’s the best kind of cooking. I also love how the recipes are (for the most part) finished in the oven because that gives me time to clean up the kitchen before dinner is ready 🙂

    Only cook the salmon for 10 minutes (or less) for the best buttery texture.

    1. That is the best! Having a clean kitchen BEFORE dinner? YES!

      Also, so glad this recipe turned out so well for you E! Thank you for trying! xTieghan

  41. 5 stars
    My husband made this for our dinner last night – which was really nice. SO yummy and so healthy.
    I love it when healthy tastes so good and decadent.

  42. 5 stars
    I could not find my zester anywhere so I used my potato peeler to slice thin pieces of lemon and orange. I covered the salmon with the slices and drizzled everything with juice from the orange. The fruit slices softened into the salmon as it cooked and I removed the slices before serving. Delicious!

  43. I made this tonight exactly as the recipe said and it was great. I really don’t like salmon (or any fish) over-cooked at all so I chose the lowest amount of cooking time stated in the recipe (10 minutes), As fish keeps cooking when it is removed from heat and there is some brief prep to be done once it is out of the oven, it was perfect when it was time to eat.
    The roasted oranges were delicious so next time I will try peeling them before roasting the slices so they are easier to eat (and maybe add a few more slices!).
    I liked the avocado salsa in the sheet pan cuban chicken recipe a little better (I liked the spice of the jalapeño and the added texture/flavour of the chopped oranges) but this salsa was tasty too.

    1. Hi Cian! I hope the overall it turned out amazing for you! But it kind of sounds like it haha! Thank you for trying this! xTieghan

  44. Dinner last nite✅ Soooo good!! Delicious & easy! Only change made was fresh thyme instead of oregano since that’s what I had in the fridge! Btw made the holiday cheermeister cocktail for our family Xmas eve…big hit w the crowd:)

  45. 5 stars
    This is one of the best dinners I have ever prepared! Thank you, Tieghan.
    I only made one change: I halved the amount of potatoes and added a bunch of asparagus to the sheet pan with a little thyme and some orange and lemon slices on top. Awesome!

  46. 5 stars
    Once again, you’ve created a healthy dish with tons of flavor! My 4 year old sprinkled the seasonings and I was able to prepare everything with a baby sleeping on me in a sling. I served this with coconut rice and a heaping handful of mixed greens. I also mashed the salsa into more of a sauce, so yummy!

    1. Hi Beth! Wow you are a rockstar! I am so glad you made this with ease and it turned out so well for you! Thank you! xTieghan

  47. My husband and I made this last night for friends. It was so delicious. Loved the flavors on the salmon/potatoes and that salsa ❤ the sesame arugula was a great addition too. I will definitely make again and again. Thank you for a great recipe!

  48. 5 stars
    Family loved this tonight!!!. I’m new to baking salmon at home…always leary about it smelling. I didn’t have arugula so I added avocado salsa (didn’t use the parsley) on top of salmon and topped with the sesame seeds. Thought the seeds added a nice nutty flavor! This recipe will be on heavy rotate here.

  49. 5 stars
    Family loved this tonight!!!. I’m new to baking salmon at home…always leary about it smelling. I didn’t have arugula so I added avocado salsa (didn’t use the parsley) on top of salmon and topped with the sesame seeds. Thought the seeds added a nice nutty flavor! This recipe will be on heavy rotate here.

  50. My sister and I made this for dinner tonight. So delish!! My sister’s first HBH recipe……but not her last! Thanks for another great recipe, Tieghan!

    1. I am so glad this turned out so well for the both of you!! Especially as your first! Thank you so much for trying this Patty! I hope you and your sister continue to love my recipes! xTieghan

  51. 5 stars
    As usual, another winner!
    I made this tonight and my husband and I both loved it. (My two year old asked me to scrape off the zest)

    I can’t thank you enough for the fool proof recipes and the inspiration to provide delicious and healthful food for my family.

  52. Is there a reason that you changed the avocado citrus salsa recipe in this dish from the one in the Sheet Pan Cuban Chicken recipe? They are similar but a few key differences. I really liked the salsa in the Cuban Chicken recipe but is this recipe more suited to the Salmon or did you just decide to change it up?

    1. Hey Clan! I just changed up the recipe and honestly had forgotten about the other salsa. Either salsa is great and either works well with this salmon. Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe! Thank you!! xTieghan

  53. Looking forward to trying this! Any other recommendations on fish I could use besides salmon? I’m trying to avoid farmed salmon and it’s sometimes hard to get my hands on affordable wild salmon. Any thoughts?

    1. Hi Sarah! I would try using Mahi Mahi or shrimp (but only cook the shrimp 8-10 minutes). Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe! Thank you!! xTieghan

    1. Hi Ava! I am sure sweet potatoes will be great! Love that idea! Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe! Thank you!! xTieghan

  54. 5 stars
    Made this last night. Even without the arugula (shortage in our area), it was amazing. Will definitely make again.

    1. HI LC! Yes, chicken will be great. Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe! Thank you!! xTieghan

  55. 5 stars
    I’m making this tonight! Looks delicious, healthy and easy. My Husband doesn’t care for Salmon, so will add a piece of Cod Loin for him and think the flavors will be great for both kinds of fish.

  56. 5 stars
    “One and Done” kinds of recipes are the very BEST! And how can you possibly go wrong with a citrus avocado salsa complimenting this salmon? The whole thing looks AMAZING! I would have to say salmon is probably my favorite seafood to prepare and this one will have to go top of my list. Thanks so much for sharing.