Lemon Pepper Salmon: Pan Fried In A Lemon Butter Sauce

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Lemon pepper salmon that’s super easy to cook and pan fried so it’s ready in 15 minutes. Coated in lemon pepper and a smooth lemon butter sauce to finish.

Lemon pepper salmon

The sizzle of the pan, the tangy aroma of lemon pepper seasoning, and the succulent flakes of perfectly cooked salmon – pan frying lemon pepper salmon is an art form that can elevate any meal. If you have always wanted to create this dish but weren’t sure where to start, then you’re in luck. In this step-by-step guide, I will unveil the secrets to mastering the art of pan frying lemon pepper salmon.

Whether you’re a seasoned home cook or a beginner in the kitchen, this guide is designed to help you achieve restaurant-quality results from the comfort of your own home. I will walk you through each and every step.

So, gather your ingredients, sharpen your knives, and prepare to impress your friends and family with a mouthwatering salmon dish like no other.

How To Make Lemon Pepper Salmon

Ingredients needed

  • Salmon
  • Lemon
  • Cooking oil
  • Coarse salt & black pepper
  • Thyme
  • Butter
  • Lemon pepper seasoning (optional)
Lemon pepper salmon

Key tips to making the best flavors in this recipe

  • The debate of wild caught vs farm raised. For health purposes, wild caught is the best but when it comes to flavor they are not close. Farm raised wins every time simply because it’s fattier and in my personal opinion flakier.
  • Seasoning the sauce with lemon pepper is better than seasoning the salmon itself. Why? Seasoning such as spices and powders burn extremely easy. And to properly cook the salmon for the most flavor it needs to be cooked at a high heat where these spices would burn immediately. For the fish itself I recommend only salt and black pepper.
  • Watch the heat when making the butter sauce. You want a low heat because the butter will thicken as the water evaporates giving you a creamy sauce to top your lemon pepper salmon with. Too much heat and the butter will simply evaporate away and burn.

Making the lemon pepper salmon

  1. First, if using skin on salmon you will want to make 2-3 small slits in the skin. This will help the skin become crispy all the way through. Mix together the fresh lemon juice, thyme and lemon pepper seasoning.
  2. Season the salmon with coarse salt and pepper.
  3. In a frying pan on medium high heat add oil then lay the salmon down skin side first. Allow the salmon to cook and you can watch the sides as the color starts to change.
  4. Check the skin layer and if it’s browned and look flip to the other side of the salmon. Continue cooking the salmon and use the sides as a guide to how done the salmon is. You’ll notice shift from a dark pink to a very light pink. Every few minutes give the salmon a flip if its’ really thick. When the salmon is done it will easy flake with the piercing of a fork. When the salmon is done move to next step.
  5. Now, place the salmon skin side up and lower the heat to medium. Add in the butter and wait for it to melt. Then add in the lemon mixture you made earlier.
  6. Continue to swirl the pan as the sauce lightly bubbles and starts to thicken. Once the sauce has thickened remove from heat.
  7. Serve the salmon with the lemon butter drizzled over top. Serve hot and enjoy.
Lemon pepper salmon

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can I bake this recipe?

This recipe is not made for baking. There are baking recipes out there but for the lemon pepper the best method is pan frying for maximum flavor.

Which is better skin on or skinless salmon?

For this lemon pepper salmon recipe either is fine. The bonus of the skin is it gets crispy and adds another layer of flavor and texture to the meal. But, you can make this recipe without the skin.

What to serve with salmon?

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Lemon pepper salmon

Lemon Pepper Salmon

Lemon pepper salmon that's super easy to cook and pan fried so it's ready in 15 minutes. Coated in lemon pepper and a smooth lemon butter sauce to finish.
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 2 serving

Ingredients
 

  • 1 pound salmon
  • coarse salt & pepper to taste
  • Oil for cooking

Butter sauce

  • 2 tablespoon butter
  • 1 lemon, squeezed
  • 1 teaspoon lemon pepper seasoning
  • 2 sprigs fresh thyme

Instructions
 

  • First, if using skin on salmon you will want to make 2-3 small slits in the skin. This will help the skin become crispy all the way through. Mix together the fresh lemon juice, thyme and lemon pepper seasoning.
  • Season the salmon with coarse salt and pepper.
  • In a frying pan on medium high heat add oil then lay the salmon down skin side first. Allow the salmon to cook and you can watch the sides as the color starts to change.
  • Check the skin layer and if it's browned and look flip to the other side of the salmon. Continue cooking the salmon and use the sides as a guide to how done the salmon is. You'll notice shift from a dark pink to a very light pink. Every few minutes give the salmon a flip if its' really thick. When the salmon is done it will easy flake with the piercing of a fork. When the salmon is done move to next step.
  • Now, place the salmon skin side up and lower the heat to medium. Add in the butter and wait for it to melt. Then add in the lemon mixture you made earlier. 
  • Continue to swirl the pan as the sauce lightly bubbles and starts to thicken. Once the sauce has thickened remove from heat.
  • Serve the salmon with the lemon butter drizzled over top. Serve hot and enjoy.
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