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Easy Lemon Pepper Salmon

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Primed for a weeknight dinner, this easy and healthy flavourful Lemon Pepper Salmon recipe can be on the table in just 20 minutes. This one-pan wonder is by far the easiest fish recipe you'll ever make. Flaky, juicy, tangy and absolutely desilicious.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Main
Cuisine American, Western
Servings: 4 people
Lemon Pepper Salmon fillet served Buddha bowl style on a bed of spinach with peppers, avocado, orange segments and grilled plantain


  • 450 g salmon fillets MSC certified, frozen
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • tsp sea salt
  • 1 tbsp lemon zest
  • 1 lemon juice, small
  • 1 tomato small
  • 4 slices lemon
  • ½ tbsp olive oil extra virgin


  • Thaw, drain and dry salmon fillets
  • Preheat oven to 420 degrees Fahrenheit. Lay parchment paper in oven-proof sheet pan or dish and place fillets
  • Combine pepper and salt. Season fillets on both sides with salt-pepper mixture
  • Sprinkle lemon zest evenly over fillets
  • Combine lemon juice and oil and mix. Pour over fillets
  • Wash and cut tomato and lemon in medium slices and arrange on fillets
  • Place in the middle shelf of the oven and bake for about 15 minutes. Since the cooking time depends on the fillet thickness and oven temperatures, check with a fork to confirm that fish is fully cooked


  • Defrost salmon in the fridge
  • Use paper towels to dry the salmon fillets thoroughly dry before preparation
  • When choosing lemons, go for unwaxed
  • When baking, check the fish after 10 minutes in case it's already cooked through. You want to prevent overcooking the fillets
  • Leftover will keep well in the fridge for 2 days
  • Leftover can be eaten cold with salad or can be reheated until piping hot all the way through
Nutrition Facts
Easy Lemon Pepper Salmon
Amount Per Serving
Calories 165 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 1g5%
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.2g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 50mg17%
Sodium 409mg17%
Potassium 87mg2%
Carbohydrates 3g1%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 23g46%
Vitamin A 300IU6%
Vitamin C 14.9mg18%
Calcium 5mg1%
Iron 0.9mg5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Please note the nutritional analysis values are estimates and suggestions. This nutrition facts table does not know your life - your body, including your hunger and satiety cues, change daily. It's okay to eat more or less. Say no to food guilt and instead embrace mindful eating.