Are you ready to sizzle up your kitchen with an absolute stunner of a recipe? Rejoice! Because we are about to whip up some mouthwatering Lemon Salmon.
This extra tangy, delicious, and ridiculously easy recipe is totally worth raving about.

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Imagine fresh, juicy salmon fillets soaked in a tangy lemony marinade, expertly pan-seared until it is flaky perfection. This divine dish appeals to all your senses and is packed full of flavor.
Now let the vibrant, zesty aroma of cooking lemon salmon waft through your home, and you will have a meal that nobody could resist!

Our simple Lemon Salmon recipe is a midweek miracle that’s guaranteed to impress, featuring minimal ingredients, maximum flavor, and a super quick prep and cook time.
So grab your aprons, my friends, and let’s get cooking!

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Lemon Salmon recipe

Once you've completed this recipe, you'll have a beautifully presented, mouth-watering dish that's sure to impress your family and friends.
The salmon is cooked to perfection, with a slightly crispy skin and a tender, flaky interior. The lemon sauce adds a tangy, citrusy flavor that complements the richness of the salmon.
It's a perfect dish for a special occasion or a cozy night in.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Fish, Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4
Calories 360 kcal


  • Oven-safe skillet or baking dish
  • Saucepan
  • Wooden spoon or spatula
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Cutting board
  • Knife


  • 4 salmon fillets 6 oz each
  • 1/2 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup cooked rice optional
  • Steamed vegetables optional


  • Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C).
  • In a small saucepan, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the garlic and cook for 1-2 minutes, until fragrant.
  • Add the lemon juice, butter, and thyme to the saucepan. Stir until the butter has melted.
  • Place the salmon fillets in an oven-safe skillet or baking dish. Pour the lemon sauce over the salmon.
  • Season the salmon with salt and pepper.
  • Bake the salmon for 12-15 minutes, or until cooked through.
  • Serve the salmon with a side of cooked rice and steamed vegetables, if desired.


Nutritional Facts per Portion:
Calories: 360
Protein: 35g
Fat: 20g
Carbs: 10g
Keyword lemon, Salmon
Preparing Lemon Salmon for cooking

This lemon-infused delight is a wonderfully refined take on classic American cuisine, perfect for barbecues and family gatherings.
Imagine a sunny, lazy weekend, and you are planning to grill up some goodness in your backyard or planning a classy dinner date at home. This recipe flawlessly fits in all these scenarios and more!

Your final product will be a beautifully seared salmon fillet wrapped up in robust citrusy notes. The fresh, tangy lemon cuts through the rich oiliness of the salmon and creates a delightful, palate-refreshing balance.

Photo of lemon salmon and asparagus

This recipe is the perfect combination of simplicity and gourmet flavors. It’s light, heart-friendly, rich in omega-3’s and just super refreshing. Plus, those golden-seared edges contrasting with the vibrant interior will have your heart at first sight!

Recommended Pairing Drink:

Enjoy this tangy beauty with a crisp, cool glass of Sauvignon Blanc.

Recommended Pairing Food:

For the side dish, try creamy mashed potatoes or steamed asparagus for a divine dining experience.

Useful Tips:

  • Remember to not overcook the salmon to keep it moist and succulent.
  • Using fresh lemons will immensely enhance the flavors.
  • Line the baking dish or skillet with aluminum foil for easy cleanup.
  • Use fresh, high-quality ingredients for the best flavor.
  • Don’t overcrowd the skillet or baking dish, as this can cause the salmon to cook unevenly.


Can I substitute the salmon with another fish?

Yes, for this recipe you can use other types of fish like tilapia, halibut, or sea bass.

Can I make the lemon sauce ahead of time?

Yes, you can prepare the lemon sauce up to a day in advance and store it in the fridge.

How do I cook the rice?

You can cook the rice according to package instructions or use a rice cooker.

Can I bake this instead of pan-searing?

Yes! Simply preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C) and bake for about 12-15 minutes.

How can I save the leftovers?

Refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 2 days. Reheat gently to avoid drying out.

So what are you waiting for, my foodie friends? Get those skillets sizzling and treat yourself with this sumptuous Lemon Salmon. Dive into this fantastic melody of flavors and share your cooking stories with us!

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