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Bourbon Salmon and Asparagus

Since I have been on this healthy living journey, finding healthy and delicious recipes has been a huge goal of mine. I have always been a huge fan of seafood and I love that it is one of the healthier foods out there. So when I came across this bourbon salmon in my grocery store, I knew I had to get it. I cooked it in the oven with asparagus and it was a huge hit with the whole family! Seriously, it was so easy too!

burbon salmon and asparagus

Bourbon Salmon and Asparagus

When I say that this recipe is easy, I mean it! I purchased my salmon pre-marinated in the fresh seafood section of my local Publix, but you can easily make your own marinade as well. Bourbon salon is a super easy dish to make for weeknight family dinner, but it is also perfect for those of you who meal prep as well.

Preparation of Your Burbon Salmon & Asparagus

As I mentioned, I purchased the salmon already marinated. Making your own marinade though wouldn’t be difficult. In the past when I have made my own bourbon marinade, it had come out tasting pretty must exactly as this did!

Make Your Own  Burbon Salmon Marinade

To make your own marinade you will need.


Brown Sugar

Salt & Pepper

Seriously, that is it! You will want to put your salmon in a freezer bag. Then pour in enough bourbon so it just covers the salmon. I typically don’t measure it out so don’t worry about exact measurements for this. Then add in your brown sugar, about a TBSP or two ( I usually do two). Salt and pepper to taste! I mix everything up in the bag until the salmon is coated well. Leave it in the refrigerator for a few hours ( overnight works best).


Once your salmon is marinated and ready, you want to prep the asparagus. I just washed it, cut off the bottoms a bit, and tossed them into a freezer bag. In the bag, I coasted them with olive oil. Not too much, but just enough to give them a good coating. I added in grated Parmesan cheese minced garlic, salt, pepper, and some lemon juice. Mix that up until it is well coated. Then you will add it to a foil-lined pan. You will also want to make sure you have your oven on pre-heat to 425.

Asparagus bag

The Salmon

Now that your asparagus is all laid out, it is time to add the bourbon salmon. Place the marinated salmon directly on top of your asparagus. I like to cook them together for two reasons. One, it makes for fewer dishes to clean up later. Two, the flavors really blend together nicely!

bourbon salmon with asparagus

Then you will want to slice up about half of an onion. You can use white or sweet Vidalia for this. Top your salmon with the onions.

bourbon salmon and asparagus

Last but not least, slice a lemon in half and squeeze the juice over top. I like to leave the lemon itself on top as well to really cook in the flavor.  Once this is done, cover the entire pan with foil and put it in the oven for about 20 minutes.

bourbon salmon with asparagus

After 20 minutes, remove the bourbon salmon from the oven and take off the foil covering it. Then you are going to pop it back in the oven for another 10-15 minutes.

bourbon salmon with asparagus

When that time is up, you are ready to eat this delicious meal! It is that easy! Healthy, fresh, and perfect for the family! My kids tore this up!

If you are meal prepping, you can make the salmon as directed, and then separate it out into individual containers. Put them in the refrigerator and have nice and healthy lunches for the whole week! I had made extras when I cooked mine for a few lunches. I just heated them up for about 10 minutes in my toaster oven and they tasted just as good as the night I made them.

healthy bourbon salmon

bourbon salmon and asparagus
5 from 4 votes

Bourbon Salmon and Asparagus

Healthy bourbon salmon and asparagus

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes


  • Bourbon Marinated Salmon
  • Fresh Asparagus
  • 2 Lemons
  • 1/2 Onion
  • Grated Parmesan Cheese
  • 1 tbsp Minced Garlic
  • 1 tbsp Olive Oil
  • Salt and Pepper


  1. Preheat your oven to 425

  2. Place cleaned asparagus into a ziplock bag with olive oil, minced garlic, Parmesan cheese, juice from 1 lemon, salt, and pepper.  Combine until well coated.

  3. Place asparagus onto a foil lined pan

  4. Top asparagus with the marinated bourbon salmon

  5. Top your salmon with half an onion, and the juice of the remaining lemon. Feel free to leave the lemon itself on top during the cooking process.

  6. Cover with foil and cook for 20 minutes. 

  7. Remove cover after 20 minutes and cook for 10-15 more minutes. 

  8. Remove from oven and enjoy!

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Tuesday 22nd of December 2020

Hi Jessi....this recipe is divine. I have made it 3 times and each time is better than the first. I even got my roommate to eat asparagus. Thanks...easy and quick!


Wednesday 23rd of December 2020

Oh that is great! I am SO happy to hear you love it!!


Wednesday 23rd of May 2018

This looks delicious and healthy!

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Wednesday 21st of February 2018

I was searching for a new recipe with asparagus as I need to include it more into my diet and I finally found the perfect one. This dish combines my favorite salmon with asparagus and I am definitely tiring it, Jessi. Can I use red onion instead of white one?


Wednesday 21st of February 2018

Totally! I actually prefer red onion but I happened to only have white on hand at the time.


Friday 2nd of February 2018

I just saved this recipe! I could eat salmon 24/7. It is so easy and healthy, and can be prepared so many ways.

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