Sheet Pan Fajita Salmon

This Sheet Pan Fajita Salmon is sponsored by McCormick.   All opinions are my own.

Easy marinated and spice rubbed Sheet Pan Fajita Salmon oven roasted to perfection is incredibly juicy, tender and bursting with flavor all smothered in Cilantro Lime Butter!

Sheet Pan Fajita Salmon is about to become a new easy, delicious, healthy family favorite!   You can serve this Fajita Salmon with rice and/or beans in a bowl, tortilla or salad with all your favorite fajita toppings for a complete meal-in-one that’s different every time!

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Sheet Pan Fajita Salmon with Cilantro Lime Butter.

This Sheet Pan Fajita Salmon with Cilantro Lime butter is a snap to make, bursting with colorful bell peppers and onions all tossed with olive oil and spices and baked in ONE PAN!  Its buttery Tex-Mex juiciness is my latest obsession along with it being a sheet pan meal because even though I loooove to cook, I still have many days when I still want to make a healthy-ish dinner without running to the grocery store, standing in front of the stove and washing a mountain of dishes. Hello Sheet Pan Dinners!

I get giddy over sheet pan meals because it usually means a meal-in-one with no additional sides to prep AND a meal with only one pan and possibly one bowl for prep making clean up a breeze – yes PLEASE!  I recently posted my Sheet Pan Lemon Butter Garlic Shrimp and Asparagus and Sheet Pan Parmesan Pesto Chicken and Veggies – both of which are SO EASY, in efforts to build up an arsenal of quick, easy dinners that taste completely gourmet without feeling like a chore to make  – and now we can add this Sheet Pan Fajita Salmon with Cilantro Lime Butter to the list!

Close up view of Sheet Pan Fajita Salmon with Cilantro Lime Butter in a pan.

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How to Make Fajita Salmon

To make this Fajita Salmon with Cilantro Lime Butter, we first marinate our salmon for 30-60 minutes in a concoction of lime juice, orange juice soy sauce, brown sugar and garlic.  Many Sheet Pan Fish recipes don’t marinate the fish/chicken, but I find this leaves all the flavor on the outside instead of seeping through and through.  Plus, while your fish marinates, you can get a jump on chopping and roasting your veggies.

Your onions and bell peppers need about 22-25 minutes in the oven, and our fish, depending on the size, needs closer to 15.  So while the salmon marinates, we are going to toss our onions and peppers with 1 tablespoon of the reserved marinade (no double work!), 1 tablespoon McCormick Fajita seasoning and 1 tablespoon olive oil and roast for 5-10 minutes.  You will want to roast your veggies closer to 5 minutes if you have thicker salmon because peppers will cook longer with salmon, and closer to 10 minutes for thinner salmon, because peppers won’t cook as long with salmon.

Showing how to make Sheet Pan Fajita Salmon with Cilantro Lime Butter by adding Fajita mix packed by McCormick.

Next, its salmon time!  As I’ve said many times, easy CAN equal delicious – a simple recipe should still taste multi-dimensional and flavor bursting, and not boring and bland – it all comes down to seasoning!  This Sheet Pan Fajita Salmon relies on McCormick Fajita Seasoning rubbed all over the salmon to deliver its explosive flavor.  The McCormick Fajita Seasoning is packed with all your favorite Tex-Mex herbs for a quick, back pocket blend that is earthy, smoky and fiestalicious!  I add a touch of McCormick cayenne pepper to my fajita mix for a hint of heat, but that is totally optional to kick it up a notch.

Showing how to make Sheet Pan Fajita Salmon with Cilantro Lime Butter by baking all ingredients on a sheet pan.

Next, bake your salmon for approximately 15 minutes, depending on the thickness, then broil for about 2 minutes to develop a light char on the veggies and a golden crust on the salmon.  When the salmon emerges from the oven, drizzle it with Cilantro Lime Butter which is a simple mixing of melted butter, lime juice, minced cilantro and a dash of salt.  The brightness of the lime compliments and enlivens the earthy fajita flavors and the butter – mmmmmm.  This sensational flavor combo is so good it inspired it’s own recipe of Cilantro Lime Shrimp Tacos which you don’t want to miss!

I love my Sheet Pan Fajita Salmon served on bed of Cilantro Lime Rice or  Restaurant Style Mexican Rice with some black beans, Homemade Salsa or  Salsa Verde, guacamole or avocado crema  but they would be equally delicious cocooned in tortillas or made into a salad with some pepitas/sunflower seeds and Tomatillo Avocado Ranch – the possibilities are endless.   And so will your cravings be for this Sheet Pan Fajita Salmon with Cilantro Lime Butter – thank goodness its easy and clean up is virtually non existent.  Thank you Sheet Pan and thank you McCormick!

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Showing how to make Sheet Pan Fajita Salmon with Cilantro Lime Butter pouring butter over top.
Sheet Pan Fajita Salmon with Cilantro Lime Butter - this salmon is the best I've ever tried! SO flavorful and juicy and the Cilantro Lime Butter is incredible! I serve this with rice and beans for a complete easy, delicious meal!

Sheet Pan Fajita Salmon with Cilantro Lime Butter

Easy marinated and spice rubbed Sheet Pan Fajita Salmon oven roasted to perfection is incredibly juicy, tender and bursting with flavor all smothered in Cilantro Lime Butter!  You can serve this Fajita Salmon with rice and/or beans in a bowl, tortilla or salad with all your favorite fajita toppings for a healthy, delicious, complete meal-in-one that’s different every time!
Servings: 4 servings
Total Time: 40 mins
Prep Time: 20 mins
Cook Time: 20 mins

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Ingredients

  • 4 6 oz. salmon fish fillets
  • 1 package McCormick Fajita seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)
  • 3 bell peppers, sliced (any color combo)
  • 1/2 large onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

Marinade

Cilantro Lime Butter

  • 4 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons finely chopped cilantro, packed
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Optional Garnishes

  • Tomatoes
  • Avocados
  • Guacamole
  • sour cream
  • hot sauce
  • black beans
  • Rice
  • tortillas

Instructions

  • Whisk the fajita seasoning with ¼ teaspoon salt and ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper. Set aside.
  • MARINADE: In a shallow large bowl or dish, whisk together all of the Marinade ingredients. Remove 1 tablespoons to use later for vegetables. Add salmon and marinate 30-60 minutes at room temperature. Meanwhile you can prep your veggies.
  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line baking sheet with foil and spray with cooking spray.
  • Add onions and bell peppers to baking sheet. Sprinkle with 1 tablespoon fajita seasoning, ¼ teaspoon salt and drizzle with 1 tablespoons olive and 1 tablespoon reserved marinade. Toss until evenly coated then spread evenly on baking sheet. Roast 5-10 minutes depending on thickness of salmon and how done you like your vegetables (5 minutes if you have thicker salmon because peppers will cook longer with salmon, closer to 10 minutes for thinner salmon, because peppers won’t cook as long with salmon).
  • Stir veggies and move to one side of your pan. Add salmon and rub with all remaining Fajita seasoning. Bake at 400 degrees F for approximately 12-16 minutes or until salmon is cooked through and flakes easily with a fork (cooking time may vary depending on thickness of salmon, see note)*
  • Broil salmon and veggies for 1-2 minutes or until veggies are slightly charred and salmon is golden. Spoon Cilantro Lime Butter evenly over salmon (directions follow). Season with additional salt and pepper to taste.
  • Serve salmon and veggies in tortillas or on rice or salad with toppings of choice such as black beans, tomatoes, avocados/guacamole, sour cream, hot sauce and additional freshly squeezed lime juice if desired etc.

Cilantro Lime Butter:

  • Melt butter in a medium bowl. Stir in lime juice, cilantro and salt.

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Notes

**Cooking time will vary depending on the size and thickness of your salmon fillets.  Roast until the salmon is cooked through and flakes easily, 4 to 6 minutes for every 1/2-inch thickness of salmon. An instant-read thermometer into the thickest part of the fillet should read 120°F to 130°F for medium-rare or 135°F to 145°F for more well-done.
 

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33 Comments

  1. Lindsay says

    This salmon sounds TO DIE FOR!!! I’m a sucker for anything Mexican and one sheet made. Love this idea!

    • Jen says

      Thank you so much Lindsay and thanks for taking the time to comment! I just visited your site and it is gorgeous – you are so talented! I look forward to keeping in touch on IG!

      • Lindsay says

        Thanks Jen! I really appreciate the feedback! It’s nice to connect with a fellow foodie 🙂 You’ve got so many great ideas and I love the inspiration!

  2. Pamela says

    Loving the colours on this dish!
    Bet it tastes amazing as well.
    Thanks for sharing this recipe!

    • Jen says

      Thank you so much! I hope you can try it soon!

    • Jen says

      Absolutely! Any fish you love would be delicious!

  3. Sara says

    In the middle of making this and can’t wait to eat it! Quick question though, when is the reserved tablespoon of marinade used on the vegetables. Thanks!

    • Jen says

      Hi Sara, you add it with the olive oil and fajita seasoning right before you roast. ENjoy!

  4. Mo says

    Just finished devouring your Sheet Pan Fajita Salmon. My husband and I LOVED it. Easy to prepare and SO Delish. He told me this is definitely a REPEAT dish ( SADLY, sometimes I make a REJECT dish) but never with your recipes. Just had to say thank you and always look forward to your new recipes. Happy day.

    • Jen says

      YAY! I am thrilled both of you loved it so much, thank you! And I LOVE hearing you are enjoying my recipes and they have all been winners – that is the ultimate compliment! I hope you continue to find more recipes you love here!

  5. Julie says

    Making this tonight and out of orange juice! Any suggested substitutions?

    • Jen says

      Sorry for the delay Julie, I was actually traveling/flying yesterday and am just seeing this. What did you end up doing?

  6. Susan says

    Absolutely delicious! My family loved it and my husband kept complimenting me on how tasty it was. Definitely going to be in our meal rotation. Thank you for such a wonderful recipe!

    • Jen says

      You are so welcome Susan! I’m thrilled this was such a hit with your family and making it into the regular dinner rotation! Love it when that happens- its like it becomes part of your family and memories 🙂 Best!

  7. Judi Mohr says

    Jen,

    I made your Sheet Pan Fajita Salmon for my family and we all loved it!
    Thank you for making and sharing such a wonderful dish! Now that I’ve found your website, I can’t wait to try more of your recipes!

    • Jen says

      I am so happy you stumbled upon my website Judi, welcome! I am so glad you enjoyed the salmon and I hope you find many more winners here!

  8. Terri says

    I made this for dinner tonight. This was honestly the best salmon I have ever had! It is such a great recipe! I am a sucker for anything I can have prepared before the kids activities and just throw in the oven once we get home. Thanks for saving me time! 🙂

    • Jen says

      Wow Terri, that is such an awesome compliment, thank you so so much! I’m thrilled it was both tasty and easy to throw in the oven!

  9. Susan Adolwa says

    This was absolutely delicious. I have never made salmon before and I was a bit hesitant but went ahead and gave it a try. My family really enjoyed it and it will be a regular meal in our family. Thanks for such a wonderful recipe!

    • Jen says

      I am so happy your first attempt at salmon was such a success and that you loved this recipe, thanks Susan! I hope this is the first of many salmon recipes in your future 🙂

  10. Melinda says

    Oh wow! This was amazing. Thanks for another great one.

    • Jen says

      You are so welcome! Thanks for taking the time to comment!

  11. Julie Knowles says

    I stumbled upon this recipe from Pinterest and I look forward to trying it very soon as my husband and I love salmon!

    Imagine my surprise when I saw live in Carlsbad and grew up in the Poway Stake! Your maiden name sounds very familiar and I ran the Black Mountain Cub Scout Day Camp for five years, Small world!

    • Jen says

      I’m so happy you stumbled up on my blog!, welcome! That is such a small world and cooking seems to make the world even smaller 🙂 My dad was the Poway Stake President back in the day so maybe that is why my maiden name sounds familiar? My cousins also lived in Ranch Bernardo with the same last name. Anyhoo, I hope you love this recipe! I also highly recommend the Baked Lemon Garlic Butter Salmon (one of my favs!): https://carlsbadcravings.com/baked-lemon-garlic-butter-salmon-recipe/

  12. Rebecca says

    This recipe was incredible. My husband and I don’t usually “Mmmm” throughout our meal, but this salmon was amazing! Definitely hanging onto this one to put in our rotation. Thank you!

    • Jen says

      Thank you so much for taking the time to comment Rebecca, I’m so pleased both you and your husband loved this sheet pan salmon!

  13. Kathy says

    I do not have any McCormick fajita seasoning mix. What can you suggest to emulate.

    • Jen says

      Hi Kathy, I would google “homemade fajita seasoning” and you can use that instead. Enjoy!

  14. Maggie Schlosser says

    Can’t wait to make this! What kind of onions do you suggest? Yellow / white?

  15. canan says

    So, so good! Just so good! Definitely will be a go to salmon recipe.

    • Jen says

      Thanks Canan, so happy it’s a new favorite!

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