|Nutrition Facts (per serving)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 19g||24%|
|Saturated Fat 3g||17%|
|Total Carbohydrate 64g||23%|
|Dietary Fiber 14g||50%|
|Total Sugars 29g|
|Vitamin C 273mg||1,365%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|
Lemon pepper salmon is a healthy weeknight meal that can be ready for the dinner table in no time. It may be quick and easy to use your favorite store-bought seasoning blend, but once you learn how to make homemade lemon pepper seasoning you will never go back. After you've prepared the seasoning, the dish only takes about 20 minutes to whip up.
Homemade lemon pepper seasoning is simply a blend of dried lemon zest, salt, pepper, garlic powder, and onion powder. Once you have prepared a batch of seasoning, store it in an airtight container and keep it on hand to use in your favorite recipes. Not only is it delicious sprinkled over salmon, but it also adds zest and flavor to your favorite vegetables or even pasta dishes.
This recipe for lemon pepper salmon is first sprinkled with the homemade lemon pepper seasoning and then topped with thin slices of fresh lemon as well as sprigs of fresh thyme. This infuses an extra layer of bright lemon flavor into the fish. Just before serving, add a few extra twists of cracked black pepper for added flair. Lemon pepper salmon is wonderful when served with orzo or rice and roasted asparagus.
For the Lemon Pepper Seasoning:
4 fresh lemons
1 tablespoon freshly-ground black pepper
1 tablespoon salt
2 teaspoons garlic powder
1 teaspoon onion powder
For the Salmon:
1 pound salmon fillet
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 fresh lemon, thinly sliced
3 sprigs fresh thyme
2 grinds freshly-ground black pepper, to serve
Steps to Make It
Gather the ingredients. Preheat the oven to 250 F. Cover a small rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
Zest the lemons and spread out the zest on the prepared baking sheet. Dry out the zest in the oven for 10 to 15 minutes. Watch carefully to make sure the zest is dried but not burned.
Cool completely on a wire rack before mixing with the other ingredients.
In a small container with a lid, combine the dried lemon zest, freshly ground black pepper, coarse salt, garlic powder, and onion powder. Stir to combine. Store in an airtight container until ready to use.
When ready to prepare the lemon pepper salmon, preheat the oven to 375 F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper or non-stick foil. Place the salmon fillet on the baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil.
Sprinkle with 2 teaspoons of the prepared lemon pepper seasoning, or as needed to cover the surface of the salmon. Store the remaining homemade lemon pepper seasoning in an airtight container for later use.
Fan the fresh lemon slices over the salmon and place the fresh thyme sprigs on top. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until cooked through. The salmon should easily flake with a fork.
Serve immediately with additional fresh herbs and freshly ground black pepper, to taste.
How to Use Lemon Pepper Seasoning
This recipe makes more lemon pepper seasoning that you'll need, which is a good thing—you'll have it on hand for the next time you make salmon, plus you can use it for a variety of other dishes:
- Add some zesty flavor to roasted vegetables
- Give your gravy a little zip
- Spice up a lemony pasta dish
- Season poached, baked, or grilled chicken
How to Store
Homemade lemon pepper seasoning will keep for a few weeks in an airtight container at room temperature.