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Baked Lemon Pepper Salmon

  • Author: Sweetpea
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Cook Time: 8
  • Total Time: 13 minutes
  • Category: seafood
  • Method: baking
  • Cuisine: seafood


Baked Lemon Pepper Salmon is a quick and easy dinner recipe for any night of the week.
Fresh lemon zest is combined with salt and fresh cracked pepper.


  • 1 pound salmon fillet, with the skin
  • 1 tsp salt, divided
  • 1 tsp fresh black pepper, divided
  • 1 lemon, zested
  • The juice of one lemon [the same you used for zesting!]
  • Drizzle of EVOO


  1. On a plate, sprinkle 1/2 tsp salt and 1/2 tsp black pepper — followed by zesting half the lemon onto the plate.
  2. Lay the salmon SKIN SIDE DOWN on the lemon, salt, and pepper.
  3. On top of the salmon sprinkle remaining salt and pepper over top + zest the other half of the lemon.
  4. Slice off lemon cheeks [slicing around the seeds], and squeeze over top of the salmon.
  5. While the salmon marinates for 10 minutes, pop a cast iron skillet into the oven, and turn on your broiler.
  6. After 10 minutes of preheating, using oven mitts remove the skillet and place the salmon fillet skin side down into the HOT HOT skillet.
  7. Drizzle some extra virgin olive on top of the salmon just before placing back into the oven under the broiler. THE SKILLET IS VERY HOT, PLEASE USE CAUTION.
  8. Set a timer for 7 minutes, and then begin checking to see if it the fish is done to your liking. You might need a few extra minutes depending on your oven’s broiler.
  9. An opaque hue, with a semi-firm texture should make for perfectly cooked salmon.
  10. If you’re unsure, use an instant read thermometer and check the internal temperature for about 140˚ — while it rests, it will cook to 145˚ out of the oven, and be the perfectly tender and moist fish you want!

Keywords: baked lemon pepper salmon