Lemon Salmon Recipe

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This is a light, fresh lemon salmon. It’s fast, it’s easy, and it’s delicious.

Lemon matches the salmon’s flavor, and the seasonings and butter are a welcome addition. High in protein and omega-3 fatty acids, this is a delicious way to get more fish into your diet. It’s delicious when paired with rice pilaf and vegetables. This is essentially a garlic butter salmon, and you won’t regret making it.

A front view of a salmon fillet on a plate with some greens and tomatoes.

Why Put Lemon On Salmon?

For starters, the flavor pairs perfectly with salmon. It also helps with the texture of the finished fish if you put it on prior to cooking.

Should You Put Lemon Juice On Salmon Before Or After Cooking?

For good texture and less lemon flavor, add lemon before cooking. For a better lemon flavor, add it after cooking. Though cooking it with lemon will also help with flavor. For the strongest lemon flavor, put it on both before and after cooking.

A fork lifts a bite of salmon from a fillet on a plate.

What To Season Lemon Salmon With

If you want to add more seasoning to this dish, you can sprinkle on a teaspoon or two of any of the following:

  • Dried dill
  • Parsley
  • Oregano
  • Tarragon
  • Dill
  • Thyme
  • Bay leaves
  • Rosemary
  • Garnish with fresh parsley or fresh dill.
  • Honey – Just a light drizzle.

What To Serve With Lemon Salmon

The most traditional things are usually the best. In this case, some rice and vegetables. That said, you can try:

A broken fish fillet on a plate with one bite removed.

Does Lemon Juice Cook Salmon

The acid in lemon juice will denature salmon. However, it doesn’t cook it in a way that will kill pathogens. So to be safe, always use heat to cook your salmon.

About The Ingredients

Salmon fillets – Try to avoid farmed salmon (Typically labeled as farm-raised). Wild-caught salmon is a far healthier choice. Farmed salmon has a whole host of problems ranging from environmental impacts to impacting your health.

Melted butter – Salted butter is best unless you need to eat low sodium.

Lemon juice – Fresh lemon juice tastes best, but bottled will work in a pinch as long as it’s 100% pure lemon juice with nothing else added.

Garlic powder – Or garlic granules.

Salt – I used pink Himalayan salt, but you can use whatever salt you normally cook with.

Lemon zest – Fresh lemon zest is best, although frozen will work too.

Ground black pepper – White pepper will work too.

How To Make Lemon Salmon

An oven display set to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Preheat oven to 350℉.

Ingredients for this Lemon Salmon Recipe in individual bowls on a gray surface.

Gather and measure all your ingredients.

Butter sauce mixed together in a bowl for Lemon Salmon.

In a small bowl, whisk together all ingredients, except the fish, in a small bowl, creating the lemon butter sauce.

Spooning lemon butter sauce over a raw salmon fillet.

Generously brush each of the salmon filets of salmon with the mix.

Raw lemon salmon fillets in a baking dish.

Line a baking pan or sheet pan with parchment paper and place the fish on the parchment, skin side down.

Two baked lemon salmon fillets in a baking dish.

Bake for 15 minutes. The internal temperature of the salmon should be at least 145℉ on an instant-read thermometer when done. When you use a fork, you’ll see that the salmon flakes nicely.

A fork flakes away a portion of salmon from a fillet on a plate.

Serve with fresh vegetables and herbs, as you like.

Storing Lemon Salmon

Store leftovers in the fridge in an airtight container for up to three days.

Freezing Lemon Salmon

Pack leftovers well to avoid freezer burn and place in the freezer for 4 to 6 months.

Reheating

You can reheat cold salmon in a low-heated oven. Preheat your oven to 275°F and cook it until it reaches about 125°F internally. This can take approximately 10 to 15 minutes, depending on your oven.

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A front view of a salmon fillet on a plate with some greens and tomatoes.

Lemon Salmon Recipe

Deliciously simple salmon that cooks to perfection every time.
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 2 servings
Calories: 603kcal
Author: Tiffany McCauley

Equipment

  • 1 baking pan

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. salmon fillet
  • cup melted butter
  • 2 tbsp. lemon juice
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder (or garlic granules)
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. lemon zest
  • ½ tsp. ground black pepper

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350℉.
    An oven display set to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Gather and measure all your ingredients.
    Ingredients for this Lemon Salmon Recipe in individual bowls on a gray surface.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together all ingredients except the fish.
    Butter sauce mixed together in a bowl for Lemon Salmon.
  • Generously brush each piece of salmon with the mix.
    Spooning lemon butter sauce over a raw salmon fillet.
  • Line a baking pan with parchment and place the fish on the parchment, skin side down.
    Raw lemon salmon fillets in a baking dish.
  • Bake for 15 minutes. The internal temperature of the salmon should be at least 145℉ when done.
    Two baked lemon salmon fillets in a baking dish.
  • Serve with fresh vegetables and herbs, as you like.
    A fork flakes away a portion of salmon from a fillet on a plate.

Notes

Please note that the nutrition data given here is a ballpark figure. Exact data is not possible.

Nutrition

Serving: 0.5the recipe | Calories: 603kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 46g | Fat: 45g | Saturated Fat: 22g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 7g | Monounsaturated Fat: 13g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 206mg | Sodium: 926mg | Potassium: 1162mg | Fiber: 0.4g | Sugar: 0.5g | Vitamin A: 1040IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 42mg | Iron: 2mg

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