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Baked Lemon Pepper Salmon

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Baked Lemon Pepper Salmon

This Baked Lemon Pepper Salmon recipe is baked in foil with a flavorful compound butter. This moist salmon recipe is easy and comes together in under 30 minutes. A quick dinner solution for busy weeknights!

Baked Lemon Pepper Salmon Recipe

Lemon Pepper Salmon is the perfect combination. Lemon on any seafood is simply AMAZING! This recipe comes out so tender, flaky, and moist. This dinner recipe is an easy dinner for the whole family. I love how it comes together so easily.

Why you should make this recipe?

This Baked Lemon Pepper Salmon Recipe is packed with a ton of flavor and baking it in foil is an easy way to make it. It comes together so quickly making it a great way to make an easy baked salmon dinner meal.

Lemon Pepper Salmon Baked in Foil Ingredients

(Note: The full list of ingredients and detailed instructions are available in the recipe card at the bottom of the post.)

This recipe has simple ingredients. Here’s what you’ll need to make this lemon pepper salmon:

  • An entire side of salmon

  • Unsalted butter, honey, fresh lemon juice, lemon pepper seasoning, garlic powder, old bay seasoning, and paprika

How to make Bake Lemon Pepper Salmon?

  1. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil. Spray it with vegetable oil spray.

  2. Combine the butter, lemon juice, honey, and seasonings in a small bowl. It will form a paste-like topping.

  3. Spread the mixture evenly on the top of the salmon skin-side down on a cookie sheet.

  4. Bake until it is done and garnish with fresh parsley.

How Long Do You Bake Salmon?

Salmon has a baking time of 20-25 minutes to reach an internal temperature of 145°F/63°C at the thickest part of the salmon.

I recommend using an instant read thermometer. This takes all the guesswork out of knowing if a dish is done.

Another way to tell if baked salmon is done is when the salmon flakes easily with a fork.

You can also place it under the broiler for about 2-4 minutes to get a crispy top.

Make note that the cooking time also depends on the thickness of your salmon.

How to store the Leftover Salmon?

This recipe can be stored in an airtight container for up to three days in the refrigerator.

Tools used to make this Lemon Pepper Salmon Recipe:

I used my Nordic Ware Baking Sheet. These are my favorite baking sheets. I have them in all sizes.

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Baked Lemon Pepper Salmon

This Baked Lemon Pepper Salmon recipe is baked in foil with a flavorful compound butter. This moist salmon recipe is easy and comes together in under 30 minutes. A quick dinner solution for busy weeknights!
4.87 from 15 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 6
Calories 229 kcal


  • 1 stick of butter 8 tablespoons, softened
  • 2 tablespoons lemon pepper seasoning
  • 1 tablespoons lemon juice juice of one lemon
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon old bay seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 2 pound side of salmon
  • Parsley for garnish


  • Preheat oven to 375°F.
  • Mix unsalted butter, lemon pepper seasoning, lemon juice, and honey in a small bowl.
  • Place a large piece of aluminum foil on a large rimmed baking sheet. Spray with cooking spray.
  • Place the salmon on top.
  • Season with garlic powder, old bay seasoning, and paprika. Spread the butter mixture evenly over the salmon.
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes (depending on the thickness of your salmon) or until salmon flakes easily. Serve immediately.


Calories: 229kcalCarbohydrates: 3gProtein: 30gFat: 10gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 4gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 84mgSodium: 69mgPotassium: 787mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 249IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 32mgIron: 2mg
Keyword baked salmon, salmon recipe, salmon recipes
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  • Reply Joann Samuels 2021/12/30 at 9:05 am

    5 stars
    Great ideas for quick preparation. Thanks.

    • Reply Dionne 2022/01/18 at 12:19 pm

      You’re welcome.

      • Reply Michele 2023/01/26 at 7:43 pm

        3 stars
        The directions are not clear. When do you spread the butter mixture and top the rest of seasoning? Also the wrap in foil instructions and cook for how long??

        • Reply Dionne 2023/01/31 at 6:44 am

          Hi. Sprinkle the salmon with old bay, paprika, and garlic powder. Next spread the butter evenly over the salmon. I have updated the instructions as well. Let me know if you have any additional questions. Thank you.

  • Reply Tavo 2022/02/02 at 5:17 pm

    5 stars
    Yummy! The recipe was easy to follow and so delicious!

    • Reply Dionne 2022/02/03 at 2:59 pm

      Thank you so much!

  • Reply HEATHER PERINE 2022/02/02 at 5:59 pm

    5 stars
    So much flavor in this easy salmon dish! Paired with some roasted veggies for a perfect weeknight dinner.

  • Reply Shadi Hasanzadenemati 2022/02/02 at 6:39 pm

    5 stars
    I have everything I need for this dish, can’t wait to make it this weekend!

    • Reply Dionne 2022/02/03 at 3:00 pm

      Let me know how it goes.

  • Reply Iryna Bychkiv 2022/02/02 at 7:41 pm

    5 stars
    This salmon must be so delicious! I love that you put a generous layer of butter, helps to keep the salmon juicy and flavorful.

    • Reply Dionne 2022/02/03 at 3:00 pm

      Yes, no flavor left behind.

  • Reply Natalie 2022/06/23 at 6:39 am

    5 stars
    I loved your pepper salmon recipe! Great recipe for a busy mom and a delicious and healthy dinner idea, thanks!

    • Reply Dionne 2022/10/02 at 2:17 pm

      No problem happy to hear that.

  • Reply Claire Carter 2022/06/23 at 6:59 am

    5 stars
    I’m always looking for new ways to cook salmon and this lemon and pepper salmon looks delicious and so easy!

    • Reply Dionne 2022/10/02 at 2:17 pm

      I really appreciate it.

  • Reply Casey 2022/06/23 at 8:45 am

    5 stars
    Super easy and a weeknight staple at my house! Everyone loves it!

  • Reply Liz 2022/06/23 at 8:50 am

    5 stars
    My husband is going to ask for this one on the regular, I can tell! Haha thanks for the tasty salmon recipe!

    • Reply Dionne 2022/06/23 at 10:30 pm

      You’re welcome.

  • Reply Nancy 2023/01/18 at 12:35 pm

    5 stars
    What a juicy piece of Baked Lemon Pepper Salmon

  • Reply Tayler 2023/01/18 at 12:47 pm

    5 stars
    This is the best salmon recipe I’ve ever tried! It’s flavorful, easy to prepare and so flaky!

    • Reply Dionne 2023/01/31 at 6:24 am

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it.

  • Reply Joyce 2023/01/18 at 12:48 pm

    5 stars
    This salmon was so easy to make and so flavourful. Definitely staying on my weeknight rotation! Thanks for sharing!

  • Reply Lima Ekram 2023/01/18 at 12:59 pm

    5 stars
    The flavor was outstanding! The whole family loved it!

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