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A delicious and light lemon pepper salmon that is ready in a matter of minutes!


Pan Seared Lemon Pepper Salmon with salad on a white plate.

I love salmon. And when you are preggo, you have to be careful with fish. I am lucky that salmon is on the list of fish that are ok to eat while you are preggo. It’s a good thing because I have been craving a good salmon lately.

This salmon was perfect. It was a delicious and light meal full of flavor. I love to pan sear my salmon. It gives it an amazing crust. It is so nice how fast salmon is ready. It was ready in about 5 minutes and was perfectly flaky and tender. The lemon gave it a hint of citrus flavor and the pepper was the perfect spice. I loved everything about this quick and delicious meal.

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Pan Seared Lemon Pepper Salmon

By: Alyssa Rivers
A delicious and light lemon pepper salmon that is ready in a matter of minutes!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 2 Servings


  • 2 salmon filets 6 oz each, center cut
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons lemon juice
  • Coarse pepper I like to use lawry's seasoned pepper
  • 2 lemons

Simple salad:


  • Heat a medium non stick skillet on medium heat. While it is heating, whisk together in a bowl olive oil and lemon juice. Sprinkle the salmon fillets with pepper and coat each side in the olive oil and lemon juice. Let them rest in the bowl until the pan is preheated.
  • Place salmon fillets in the pan skin side down. Cover the top and let them cook for 4-5 minutes until cooked throughout. I like the tops to also get the pan seared crust so once they are finished, I flip them over for a few seconds to brown the top.
  • Sprinkle with fresh lemon and serve over the simple salad.


Calories: 456kcalCarbohydrates: 16gProtein: 37gFat: 29gSaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 94mgSodium: 118mgPotassium: 1344mgFiber: 5gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 4470IUVitamin C: 84mgCalcium: 93mgIron: 3mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine: American
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About Alyssa Rivers

Alyssa Rivers is the author of 'The Tried and True Cookbook', a professional food photographer and experienced recipe-developer. Having a passion for cooking, her tried and true recipes have been featured on Good Morning America, Today Food, Buzzfeed and more.

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  1. i only got to eat this dish when my sister cooks this. but now i think i will be cooking my own thanks for sharing this recipe.

  2. At my work I always have the chefs make me lemon peppered cod and I am kicking myself for not having lemon peppered salmon, sounds amazing!

  3. Love cooking with salmon and this dish looks awesome Alyssa! Sounds perfect for a healthy and quick meal – so tasty too!