Easy Broiled Salmon over Herby White Beans and Kale

Creamy white beans, sautéed with fresh herbs and lemon provide a delicious bed to serve broiled salmon over. This Easy Broiled Salmon over Herby White Beans and Kale made weeknight dining super delicious and oh-so easy! 

I love that this dish takes very little effort but the flavor feels fancy. By infusing the creamy white beans with rosemary and thyme, they provide a delicious bed to serve the broiled salmon over. I love this dish, and I hope you do, too!

Easy Broiled Salmon over Herby White Beans with Kale

Serves: 2 people
5 from 12 votes


For the Rosemary Kale and White Beans:

  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced shallot
  • 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes, optional
  • 2 tsp freshly chopped rosemary leaves or 1 tsp dried rosemary
  • 1 tsp fresh thyme leaves or 1/2 tsp dried thyme
  • 2 cups stem removed and thinly shredded kale I like to use lacinato or curly kale
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt plus more to taste
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper plus more to taste
  • 1 [15-ounce] can great northern or cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
  • zest of 1/2 lemon
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice, or the juice of 1 lemon
  • 1/4 cup low-sodium chicken or vegetable broth

For the Salmon:

  • 2 [6 - 8 ounce] filets of salmon
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons old bay seasoning


Make the Herby White Beans with Kale:

  • Heat the oil in a large, non-stick skillet over medium heat. When hot, add the garlic, shallot, and crushed red pepper flakes and cook, stirring, until the shallot are slightly tender, about 2 minutes.
  • Add the rosemary, thyme, kale, salt and pepper and continue to cook, stirring, until kale is wilted, 3 to 4 more minutes.
  • Add the drained and rinsed white beans, lemon zest, lemon juice and broth to the skillet and bring to a simmer. Cook, stirring often, until the beans are tender and while you make the salmon.

For the Salmon:

  • Place the Salmon filets, skin side down, on a parchment lined baking sheet and turn your broiler on. Drizzle each of the filets with 1 tbsp of olive oil and then season with the old bay seasoning. Transfer to the top rack of the oven and cook until the salmon is cooked through and flakes easily with a fork, about 7 minutes.
  • To serve, divide the herby white beans amongst 2 plates and top with the broiled salmon.


  • Reply
    June 2, 2021 at 6:01 pm

    5 stars
    Healthy, easy and delicious! What more could you ask for? I made some substitutions that worked well with the recipe – 1.5 tsp of dried Italian seasoning for the fresh herbs, 1/4 c of yellow onion for the shallots, and I used the zest of the entire lemon because I love the flavor (and it seemed like a waste to juice the entire lemon without using the zest).

    Also, I used Ina Garten’s method (in Salmon w/ Melting Cherry Tomatoes) to get the crispy salmon skin on the bottom. Personally, I prefer it. Also, I doubled the beans and kale and used 1.25 lbs of salmon to make 4 filling meals.

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    April 15, 2021 at 3:29 am

    5 stars
    This salmon is worth setting off the smoke detectors for! Oops 😉
    This is a combo I would have never thought of, but as soon as I read the recipe it sounded delicious. Tasted even better than it sounded, too. Thanks for such a lovely, flavorful dinner that comes together oh so quickly.

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      January 23, 2023 at 11:41 pm

      5 stars
      You know, if you have an air fryer, then you cook the salmon in it to get a similar finish without setting off the smoke detector.

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    Stefanie Wilson
    March 26, 2021 at 2:07 am

    5 stars
    This recipe was phenomenal! Even my husband who doesn’t like kale loved this dish. I added panko to the top of the salmon for extra crunch. I’ve made this recipe twice so far and didn’t find it necessary to remove the kale stem. Tasted the same with and without the stem removed.

  • Reply
    March 16, 2021 at 1:04 am

    5 stars
    SO GOOD! And relatively easy for a weeknight dinner. Great way to change up our weekly salmon routine. Thank you, Alex!!

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    Pam Jenkins
    March 11, 2021 at 2:52 am

    5 stars
    Amazing recipe. Spices blended together for such complex flavor. I cooked the beans much longer. Kept adding chicken broth when needed
    My guests were running late but a
    I think I will do it next time. Not a bite left. Everyone sopped up any juice with bread.

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      March 11, 2021 at 12:09 pm

      ohhhh yes! so glad!!!

    • Reply
      May 25, 2021 at 2:46 am

      5 stars
      So good! Quick, easy and tastes like I’ve been in the kitchen all day. Salmon isn’t my favorite but this is the best way to eat it. This will be added to our regular rotation

  • Reply
    March 5, 2021 at 11:04 pm

    Made the salmon tonight. Was the best salmon I’ve ever cooked myself! THANK YOU!

  • Reply
    March 4, 2021 at 12:22 am

    Hi, Sorry – just a little confused – is the total cooking time for the salmon 5-7 minutes? I did that and it was not fully cooked. It seems like there may be a line missing where you say ‘Transfer to the top rack’. Thank you in advance for your help!

    • Reply
      Julie Blacklock
      March 11, 2021 at 9:00 pm

      I have the same question too!

  • Reply
    March 2, 2021 at 2:50 pm

    5 stars
    Yummy and so easy to throw together! Another winner!

  • Reply
    Sally Scorzetti
    February 28, 2021 at 5:41 am

    The recipe looks delicious! I will make it tonight. What non stick pans do you use and how do you know they are safe?

  • Reply
    February 28, 2021 at 3:04 am

    5 stars
    This was so good-and so fast to make!

  • Reply
    February 27, 2021 at 1:41 am

    5 stars
    A big hit! Will definitely be making again!

  • Reply
    February 26, 2021 at 4:53 pm

    5 stars
    Will you please share nutritional info for this recipe? Looks amazing

    • Reply
      February 26, 2021 at 5:02 pm

      I do not calculate the nutrition on any of my recipes but someone else may have! You can often search on websites like My Fitness Pal as well.

  • Reply
    Lizzie Welsh
    February 25, 2021 at 3:38 am

    5 stars
    Alex this was AHmazing! 1st- I’ve never broiled my salmon so that was awesome. 2nd- the kale, white bean, lemon combo was bursting with flavor! It came together so quickly, too. A++

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