Lemon Pepper Salmon & Parmesan Asparagus Recipe

Salmon is one of the most underrated types of fish out there. At my job I hear all the time about how people are intimidated by the idea of cooking it, and cooking it well. It’s notorious for drying out easily, or being too strong/fishy. Well, today I’m going to show you a super easy to way to cook some awesome salmon fillets. This is the technique that I use at my job in food service, and it ALWAYS come’s out moist, flavorful, and tasting amazing.  I also made some parmesan sautéed asparagus to go with. It make a great side to go with the salmon, and the parmesan really brings out some added flavor.

The first thing that you need to do is pick a nice fresh salmon fillet. You can use frozen as well, but I definitely recommend fresh. Don’t be intimidated if it comes in a large packet/one giant fillet. The fillets easily cut (nothing as messy as chicken or pork loin) and you can repackage the pieces according to your meals and freeze. For example, one large salmon fillet will easily translate to 3-4 meals for 2 people. After you’ve made your seafood selection, it’s time to head home to cook the beast!

Lemon Pepper Salmon & Parmesan Asparagus Recipe

You’ll need:

Salmon – as previously mentioned
3 Tbsp. Garlic Powder
1 Lemon
1 Tbsp. Oregano
2 Tbsp. Black Peppercorns
2 Tbsp. Herbes De Provence
Pinch of Salt
Asparagus
Parmesan Cheese

 Start out with making your seasoning mixture. I just used a small bowl and combined the seasonings together, as well as some zest from the lemon. Once this is all mixed you can just set it aside. If you’d like more or less of each spice, feel free to tweak it to your taste.

Lemon Pepper Salmon Recipe

Prepare your salmon by putting it in a large skillet or pan. Add some water but not too much. You want just about 1/2 inch deep or so. There’s no need to add oil or anything else to it, the salmon will make its own goodness. Sprinkle some of your seasoning on the salmon that’s cooking. Let it simmer for about 5-6 minutes on each side. Once you flip your salmon to the next side, make sure to season that side really well also. When your salmon starts to fall apart/flake (and temp to 165 degrees) then it’s done. Top it off with a few squeezes of lemon juice. By cooking the salmon in water it helps it stay much more moist, and is easier to keep moist than if you were to saute it in EVOO or something. 

Lemon Pepper Salmon & Parmesan Asparagus Recipe

For my asparagus, I sautéed it in just a small bit of water, and about 2 Tbsp. of butter. I know it’s not the healthiest thing in the world to use, but it sure does make it taste awesome. Paula would approve. Also sprinkle on a bit of salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Let cook, stirring occasionally until your asparagus are tender. Some people like it cooked so that it still has crunch, but I prefer mine very tender.

Lemon Pepper Salmon & Parmesan Asparagus Recipe

Serve these two alongside each other for an awesome seafood meal! Salmon definitely isn’t hard to cook. I think it just takes a willingness to learn, and try out new things. Once you get to know how the meat cooks more than you can branch out and try salmon other ways. This is just something quick and easy to start you on your salmon cooking journey.

What’s your other favorite seafood? What other foods would you like us to talk about using/cooking? Let us know in the comments! 

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Lemon Pepper Salmon
A delicious way to have moist, tender, tasty salmon
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
15 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
15 min
Ingredients
  1. Salmon – as previously mentioned
  2. 3 Tbsp. Garlic Powder
  3. 1 Lemon
  4. 1 Tbsp. Oregano
  5. 2 Tbsp. Black Peppercorns
  6. 2 Tbsp. Herbes De Provence
  7. Pinch of Salt
  8. Asparagus
  9. Parmesan Cheese
Instructions
  1. Start out with making your seasoning mixture. I just used a small bowl and combined the seasonings together, as well as some zest from the lemon. Once this is all mixed you can just set it aside. If you’d like more or less of each spice, feel free to tweak it to your taste.
  2. Prepare your salmon by putting it in a large skillet or pan.
  3. Add some water but not too much. You want just about 1/2 inch deep or so.
  4. Sprinkle some of your seasoning on the salmon that’s cooking.
  5. Let it simmer for about 5-6 minutes on each side. Once you flip your salmon to the next side, make sure to season that side really well also.
  6. When your salmon starts to fall apart/flake (and temp to 165 degrees) then it’s done.
  7. Top it off with a few squeezes of lemon juice.
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