The amount of flavor in this baked lemon pepper salmon recipe will shock you, as it only takes 10 minutes, and 7 ingredients to make. Flakey tender salmon, perfectly roasted vegetables, and a butter sauce that’ll make you want to lick the plate. Here’s my favorite way to use lemon pepper seasoning.
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Best Lemon Pepper Seasoning
As with any spice mix, lemon pepper seasoning will vary from brand to brand and recipe to recipe. This lemon pepper salmon recipe was tested using McCormick’s Perfect Pitch Lemon Pepper Seasoning–other products may contain more salt/pepper/lemon, so taste and adjust accordingly.
What Type of Salmon Should I Use?
There are many varieties of salmon to choose from, here’s a quick guide as to which is best for this particular recipe:
- Skinless salmon works best for baked salmon recipes–when salmon is baked, the skin won’t crisp and will have a funky texture. Skin on salmon is great for recipes like air fried or pan seared salmon.
- Wild caught salmon has less exposure to contaminants than farm-raised.
- Frozen salmon is fresher than defrosted, as it’s flash-frozen on fishing boats immediately after being caught.
- Coho has the mildest salmon taste, while sockeye is strong in flavor and a great option for people who love fish.
How to Make Lemon Pepper Salmon
This recipe really is one of my easiest salmon recipes–and the amount of flavor achieved by butter and a simple spice mix is incredible! Here’s how to throw it together, quickly and easily:
- Combine the butter, lemon juice, garlic, and salmon seasoning together in a bowl.
- Arrange ingredients together on a baking sheet.
- Drizzle the salmon and veggies with butter–this will keep the salmon tender while it bakes, no salmon marinade necessary.
- Bake in the preheated oven.
- Serve your lemon pepper salmon with the set aside lemon pepper seasoning and butter.
Can I Use Other Types of Fish?
Absolutely. Use this recipe to make any lemon pepper fish–we love lemon pepper tilapia or cod. If you’re in the mood for poultry, be sure to check out my lemon pepper wings recipe.
Can I Cook this Salmon Another Way?
Sure can! Salmon is easy to cook–the trick is to check it often and early so it doesn’t overcook. I like to pull my salmon from the oven/pan/grill while the salmon is just a bit under, so it can come to temp as it rests. Feel free to use this recipe on the grill, in your air fryer, or in a pan.
Storing and Reheating
This lemon pepper salmon stores well in the fridge, but like most salmon recipes, it’ll dry out when reheated, so leftovers are best served fresh or cold. Here’s how:
- Store your salmon and veggies separately in the fridge, so you can reheat them separately.
- Reheat the veggies before serving. Serve the lemon pepper salmon cold, ala salmon salad. Or reheat in the microwave with a damp paper towel on top.
What to Serve With Lemon Pepper Salmon
This sheet pan salmon recipe is my favorite kind of meal, as your roasted vegetables and salmon are baked together, so you don’t have to come up with sides. If you’re looking for a complimentary carb, rice or toasted baguette would both be great options.
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- 1.5 pounds Salmon cut into 4 pieces
- 4 large carrots peeled and cut into into 3” matchsticks
- 3 cups broccoli florets cut into even pieces
- 4 cloves garlic minced
- 3 tablespoon lemon pepper
- 3 tablespoon lemon juice
- 6 tablespoons butter melted + unsalted
- Preheat oven to 400 F.
- Arrange salmon, carrots, and broccoli on a rimmed baking sheet.
- In a small bowl, whisk together the garlic, lemon pepper, lemon juice, and melted butter. Set aside 2 tablespoons of lemon pepper butter before moving forward.
- Drizzle the lemon butter over the salmon and veggies, and toss to coat the veggies.
- Bake in preheated oven for 15-18 minutes, or until the salmon is just cooked through. Drizzle salmon with additional lemon pepper before serving, and enjoy!