This easy Paleo Roasted Salmon was glazed with ghee, lemon, maple syrup, and garlic for a quick, flavorful sheet pan entree. Declared “terrific” by my husband, this praise is typically reserved for chocolate desserts!

My friend, Shelby, just published a terrific cookbook full of delicious Paleo Recipes, including this Roasted Salmon. Scroll down for a chance to win your own copy of this wonderful cookbook!

Overhead view of Salmon fillet topped with a lemon slice on a white plate with broccoli

Lemon Garlic Sheet Pan Salmon

We were smack in the middle of Lent when Shelby’s cookbook, The One-Pot Paleo Cookbook, arrived in the mail. I browsed through the table of contents and knew I had to try this oven-roasted salmon on Friday night. I had all the ingredients on hand except for the salmon. Thank goodness my chives were popping up in the garden!

Roasted Salmon with a forkful removed

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Paleo Diet?

The Paleo Diet is based on the diet of our prehistoric ancestors. During the Paleolithic period, humans were hunters and gatherers so crops like grains and legumes were not part of their diets. Nor was dairy. There are a few exceptions allowed such as green beans and ghee. 

Since these early humans lived off the land, their diet consisted of  “animal protein, eggs, fruit, vegetables, nuts, and seeds.” So basically the Paleo diet is all about eating natural, whole, and organic foods and eliminating processed foods.

Will the Paleo Diet Help with Weight Loss?

Definitely! Just eliminating sugar, butter, wheat, and processed foods from your diet will make your weight decline. Plus there are heart and digestive benefits along with decreased inflammation.

What is Ghee?

Ghee is a form of clarified butter. The butter is melted and the milk solids are removed. Though it wasn’t around during the Paleolithic time period, it has been approved for the Paleo diet. I substituted melted butter since I’m not following a Paleo diet. But here’s an excellent tutorial on How to Make Ghee.

3 roasted salmon fillets topped with lemon slices on a white serving tray

How to Make Paleo Roasted Salmon

This is a super easy recipe that’s not short on flavor. There are a few simple steps to making this Paleo recipe.

  1. First, slice a lemon. These slices will be placed under the salmon fillet and will steam, enveloping the salmon with lemon as it cooks in the oven.
  2. Then there is the glaze mixture is whisked together in a bowl. 3/4 of it is poured over the salmon before it’s sealed in a foil packet and placed in the oven.
  3. After the salmon is nearly finished cooking, the top foil is removed and the remaining mixture is drizzled over the salmon as a glaze while the broiler puts a nice bronze finish on the seafood.
  4. Chopped chives are an optional garnish to give the fillets a spot of color and fresh, mild oniony flavor

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The One-Pot Paleo Cookbook and Giveaway (closed)

Like the cookbook cover reads, there are over 100 effortless Paleo Meals for your slow cooker, skillet, sheet pan, and more!! Shelby adopted a Paleo diet and overcame her life long challenge of maintaining a healthy weight. And she makes sure you don’t feel deprived with loads of delicious recipes!

There is Grain-free Granola and a Crustless Spinach Quiche for Breakfast. Plus, Soups and Stews, Veggie Main Dishes, Seafood Dishes, Poultry, Beef, and Pork Entrees to help with meal planning. For newbies like me, there are Paleo basics plus lists of foods to avoid along with pantry and kitchen essentials. There’s even a formula for “Paleo in a Pinch,” which helps you design your own recipes.

This roast salmon recipe was phenomenal….even hubby approved. If you’re looking for a healthier way to eat, you’ll be delighted with all of Shelby’s wonderful recipes and tips! I’m also dying to try her Apple Dutch Baby, Skillet Ratatouille, Sesame Chicken and Hamburger Steaks Stroganoff.

Paleo Cookbook cover

Overhead view of Salmon fillet topped with a lemon slice on a white plate with broccoli

Lemon Garlic Sheet Pan Salmon

Oven Roasted Salmon with a lemon, maple, garlic glaze


  • 1 lemon, sliced
  • 1 1/2 pounds salmon fillet, skin left on
  • 1/3 cup ghee (or melted butter if not on a Paleo diet)
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh chives, optional


Preheat oven to 375°. Line sheet pan with aluminum foil. Set aside.

Place the lemon slices on the prepared sheet pan. Lay the salmon fillets, skin-side down, on the lemon slices.

In a small bowl, whisk the melted ghee or butter, lemon juice, maple syrup, and garlic to combine. Spoon 3/4 of the mixture over the salmon and reserve the rest. Season the salmon with the salt, pepper, and paprika.

Place another piece of foil over the salmon and seal the packet by folding the edges together.

Bake for 18 minutes. Remove the top piece of foil over the salmon and drizzle the salmon with the remainder of the butter mixture.

Turn the oven to broil.

Place the salmon under the broiler and cook for 5 minutes or until golden. Serve garnished with chives.

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 550Total Fat: 41gSaturated Fat: 16gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 21gCholesterol: 158mgSodium: 659mgCarbohydrates: 7gFiber: 1gSugar: 4gProtein: 38g


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