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Lemon Garlic Salmon Recipe
  • READY IN 30 mins

Lemon Garlic Salmon

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"Fresh salmon needs very little preparation. These salmon fillets are cooked in good, sweet butter and minced garlic, and then sprinkled with a little lemon juice. If you'd like a little more kick and a fancy presentation, caramelize onions and serve them atop the cooked salmon."

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Original recipe makes 2 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    5 mins
  • COOK

    25 mins

    30 mins


  1. Season salmon fillets on both sides with lemon pepper.
  2. In a large skillet, melt butter over medium high heat. Stir in garlic. Place salmon in pan. Cook for 10 minutes per inch of thickness, or until fish flakes when tested with a fork. Flip fillets halfway through cooking to brown on both sides. Sprinkle with lemon juice before serving.
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  • Aluminum foil can be used to keep food moist, cook it evenly, and make clean-up easier.

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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jan 28, 2005

My husband loved it. I've been looking for seafood recipes. I cooked it at 325 deg for about 30 minutes - I had a pound-and-a half of the fillet - I thoroughly sprinkled both sides with lemon pepper and brushed about a teaspoon of melted unsalted butter. I wrapped the pan with foil and sprayed non-stick oil before placing the salmon. I baked covered with foil for 10 minutes, then removed the foil cover for the rest of the cooking time or until the fish is well done. I forgot the lemon juice right before serving with brown rice but it didn't make a difference... my husband loved it!!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Apr 25, 2003

Quick and easy to make, this recipe is a great one to pull out when you are tired, the company is hungry, and the salmon isn't going to have time to marinate. The lemon pepper gives it some flavor, but can't make up for the fact that there isn't enough taste or the "wow-ness" to the dish. There needs to be one more...something, whether it is adding a little white wine or something. Definitely not a dish for in-laws or formal company.

Jan 13, 2004

This is very good and similar to another way I like to cook salmon. The only thing I added was that I sprinkled a little dill on the fillet. Very good! Because I also used a thick fillet with the scales still on, I just made sure that I first cooked the "top" side and then flipped over to the scale side. It had to cook a little longer than I thought, and the scale side made quite a mess in the pan and started to burn just a little. The meal itself though was wonderful. When I usually make this I bake in the oven on about 325. I have to say the oven is easier and not as messy, but I liked the extra little crunch (for lack of a better word) that the top of the fillet had from cooking on the stove top.

Jun 05, 2005

This was delicious. The true flavor of the salmon came through. I have found many recipes over-power this fish, and this one doesn't. Will be making again. Thanks for the post.

Jan 02, 2004

The flavor was really good with the salmon, but somehow this cooking method seems like it would be better with salmon steaks than with fillets. For one thing, unless one de-scales the fish, cooking it skin-side-down would release the scales and they would get on the meat when you turn it. I didn't turn mine, but covered it during cooking so it would cook through without flipping. Am I missing something?

Jul 30, 2007

Delicious! Fresh salmon fillets are so beautiful and this is the perfect way to cook them! The lemon pepper, garlic and fresh lemon along with the butter (I prefer salted) are perfect to enhance the salmon's own flavor without overpowering it and making the dish about the sauce instead of the fish!

Jul 14, 2003

This is a quick and easy recipe. We did marinate in a white wine though. It was quite tasty!!

Jan 24, 2011

This is incredibly easy and delicious. I make this whenever salmon is on sale. I pair this with steamed green beans and baked potatoes. I don't like lemon pepper seasoning but what I do is that I melt the butter and garlic over medium heat, then I squeeze half a lemon in (sometimes a whole one - depends on how strong a lemon flavor I want) and mix the butter, garlic, and lemon juice together. Then I put in the salmon fillets. The heat is on either medium or medium low (depends on the thickness). Once it looks like it's cooked half way through, I flip it. One time I accidentally over cooked the salmon on one side and I was sure it would taste gross but it was surprisingly good because the butter had formed a crust and locked in a lot of the flavor on that side. Lucky me! Once it's done cooking, I plate and serve. No need to sprinkle with lemon juice because it already cooked in lemon juice. Enjoy!


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  • Calories
  • 323 kcal
  • 16%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 6.9 g
  • 2%
  • Cholesterol
  • 97 mg
  • 32%
  • Fat
  • 23.9 g
  • 37%
  • Fiber
  • 2.6 g
  • 11%
  • Protein
  • 23.3 g
  • 47%
  • Sodium
  • 301 mg
  • 12%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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