Skillet Lemon-Pepper Salmon


Simple ingredients like lemon, cracked black pepper and paprika completely awaken this fall-apart-tender salmon with a crispy exterior. Use this salmon to add protein to a grain bowl or salad, or enjoy alongside roasted veggies.

Active Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
15 mins


  • 4 (5-6 oz) skin-on salmon fillets, preferably wild Alaskan

  • 1 teaspoon cracked black pepper

  • ½ teaspoon paprika

  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest

  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice, divided

  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh parsley

  • Pinch of flaky sea salt


  1. Pat salmon dry and place, skin-side down, in a medium bowl. Sprinkle with pepper, paprika, garlic powder, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1 tablespoon lemon juice.

  2. Heat oil in a large nonstick pan over medium-high heat until shimmering. Add the salmon, skin-side down; cook until the skin releases from the pan easily and the edges are opaque, about 4 minutes. Reduce heat to low and flip the salmon. Continue cooking until an instant-read thermometer inserted in the thickest part of the salmon registers 145°F, 3 to 5 minutes .

  3. Sprinkle the salmon with the remaining 1 tablespoon lemon juice, lemon zest, parsley and flaky salt.

    skillet lemon pepper salmon
    Ali Redmond

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

239 Calories
13g Fat
2g Carbs
28g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Serving Size 4 oz. salmon
Calories 239
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 2g 1%
Protein 28g 56%
Total Fat 13g 17%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 78mg 26%
Vitamin A 360IU 7%
Vitamin C 6mg 7%
Vitamin E 1mg 4%
Folate 40mcg 10%
Vitamin K 32mcg 27%
Sodium 427mg 19%
Calcium 24mg 2%
Iron 1mg 6%
Magnesium 44mg 10%
Potassium 733mg 16%
Zinc 1mg 9%
Vitamin B12 5mcg 208%
Omega 3 3g

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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