This Easy Salmon Collar Recipe comes together so quickly!

With a light and fresh lemon, garlic, and olive oil sauce to coat, then the collars are broiled to perfection.

If you’ve never worked with Fish Collars, I’ll run you through a quick description of them and what to expect.

The collar part of a fish is edible and full of meat. Fatty meat! The fins are typically still attached and can be removed prior to cooking or left as is.

For this recipe, I’m working with Salmon Collars.

salmon collar on parchment paper


Think of eating fish collars, like eating chicken wings. There’s bones, yes, but that’s to be expected. The most important part, is that this is the fattiest part of the fish. The meal will practically fall off the bones.

Though, you will have to dig around for “meat pockets”, it’s well worth it for how juicy this cut is.

My Cooking Method of Broiling Salmon Collars is SO easy, and the best way to cook them fast.

Broiling creates a crust on them that helps off balance how fatty they are.

So, let’s dig in to what you’ll need and how to make them.


  • Salmon Collars. Some of the fish collars you purchase may still have the fins attached, and some don’t. Both work just fine for this recipe, since they don’t affect the cooking process at all. I usually choose to remove the fins prior to cooking using kitchen scissors. But I did opt to keep them for the sake of this recipe.

  • Garlic. Fresh garlic is best to use. I like to mince my own garlic to get the most flavor out of them for this recipe. If you need a substitute for fresh garlic, go for minced garlic that’s typically in a jar, or roughly 2 teaspoons of garlic powder.

  • Lemon. Similar to garlic, fresh squeezed lemon is best to use on seafood. I like to have extra on hand to squeeze fresh lemon to serve.

  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Being that this is a Mediterranean style lemon garlic marinade, opt for quality olive oil. You won’t be using a ton, but enough to get a good crisp on the collars.

  • Salt & Black Pepper. Being that collars are pretty fatty, they need salt. I like using sea salt, but any salt will do.


If you choose to do so, you can remove the fins using kitchen scissors and discard.

Then, prepare your oil and seasoning in a small mixing bowl.

Drizzle olive oil in a baking dish and place the fish collars coating them in the lemon garlic oil mixture.

Broil for 8 minutes on one side, then flip and broil for another 8 minutes.

Enjoy warm, and pair with any veggies and rice.

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  1. Broil on the second or third level. This ensures that the collars are properly cooked. You can also measure doneness with a thermostat. Check to make sure they’re at least 140F before removing them from the oven. When you’re checking the temp, be sure to watch for bones, and pick a part of the collar where there’s the most meat to measure effectively.

  2. Broil with the door closed. Again, you want them to cook properly and evenly, so closing the oven door helps in that process. I do like to broil over bake to create a crust since they’re so fatty.


You might end up using your hands, but they can be eaten using a fork just fine. A lot of people do enjoy them with chopsticks to get to every piece of meat.

Collars are the juiciest part of the salmon, but they’re also the part with the most bones to eat around.

Think of eating Collars, like eating chicken wings, or chicken legs.

Watch for bones, and be sure fully inspect that you enjoyed every piece salmon. There are a lot of secret pockets of meat!


Are Salmon Collars Healthy?

Salmon collars are high in good fats, such as omega 3 fatty acids. They’re also a great source of protein, vitamin B12, D, and potassium. They are even more nutritious when paired with a light coat of olive oil, lemon and garlic sauce to cook!


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salmon collar cooked with lemon

Easy Salmon Collar Recipe

Easy Salmon Collar Recipe comes together so quickly!
With a light and fresh lemon, garlic, and olive oil sauce to coat, then the salmon collars are broiled to perfection.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 16 mins
Total Time 21 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Pacific Coast, Seafood
Servings 3 servings
Calories 76 kcal


  • 3 salmon collars
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 cloves fresh garlic , minced
  • ½ lemon, squeezed
  • ½ tsp salt and pepper , or to taste


  • Mix the oil, lemon, garlic, salt and pepper in a small bowl.
  • To a baking dish, pour the garlic lemon mixture and rub both sides of the salmon collars to completely coat them.
  • Broil on the second or third rack level for 8 minutes, flip the collars and broil another 8 minutes.
  • Enjoy warm, and watch for small bones. Squeeze extra lemon juice if desired.


Please note that salmon collars have bones to pick through, so be mindful of that.
Storage: Store extra cooked collars in the fridge and consume within the next 2 days.
Fins on collars: To remove fins prior to cooking, cut using kitchen scissors and discard.


Serving: 1servingCalories: 76kcalFat: 6.9g
Keyword 20 minute meals, easy seafood dinner ideas, salmon collar
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