One Pan Lemon Garlic Salmon

One Pan Lemon Garlic Salmon – quick, simple, flavorful and delicious, low-carb, keto friendly dinner, perfect for busy families. Serve it with a salad or vegetables of your choice.

Minimal ingredients and minimal effort, it doesn’t get better than that. This One Pan Lemon Garlic Salmon requires 15 minutes to make and tastes amazing. Salmon is just perfect if you follow low-carb lifestyle. It is widely available in major supermarkets and doesn’t need a lot of added flavors to taste good.

Salmon fillets in a cast iron skillet

What ingredients do I need to make this One Pan Lemon Garlic Salmon?

Ingredients needed for this recipe are:

  • salmon fillets (skinless or skin on)
  • olive oil
  • salt
  • black pepper
  • garlic
  • lemon juice
  • capers (optional)

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How to choose salmon for cooking one pan dishes like this? What kind of salmon to use in this recipe?

You can use Pink, King, Coho, Sockeye or Salmon trout. All of these varieties have different fat content and the results may vary.

You can choose salmon fillets without skin. Follow the same recipe directions.

I prefer buying wild salmon, instead of farmed, whenever I can afford it.

There are two main kinds of salmon on the market, depending on the destination where they come from  – Atlantic and Pacific.

Atlantic salmon is farm-raised and Pacific salmon is wild.

When buying salmon, always check for freshness, it has to look moist and without any brown spots.

How to make lemon garlic salmon?

  1. Season salmon fillets with salt and pepper on both sides. Drizzle 3 tbsp olive oil on top of the salmon and add garlic over the non skin side.

  2. Heat 1 tbsp of olive oil in a skillet over medium high heat. Add salmon, skin side up and cook for 2 minutes. If the oil starts to smoke in the process, turn the heat down.

  3. Turn fillets and cook for 2 more minutes, skin side down. Add lemon juice and capers (optional). Cover. Cook for 1-2 more minutes. Turn off the heat. Let the salmon sit inside the pan for a few more minutes. Serve.

    One pan lemon garlic salmon in a skillet

How to cook skin on salmon?

For stove top cooking, like this one pan dish, it is best that you first cook the skinless side for a few minutes and then, making sure there is enough oil in the pan to cover the bottom, flip the fillets and cook the skin side for 1-2 more minutes.

Just make sure the oil isn’t smoking so none side burns, but the skin on side is the one that you have to be very careful with.

Can you bake this lemon garlic salmon?

Yes.

You can bake this salmon in the oven on a sheet pan. Preheat oven to 400 F. Season salmon with salt, pepper, garlic and olive oil. Bake skin side down for 15 minutes. Drizzle with lemon juice and add capers. Serve.

How to serve this lemon garlic salmon?

You can serve this salmon with side dishes like salads, grains (quinoa, rice), spinach, broccoli, asparagus, cauliflower.

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Salmon fillets in a cast iron skillet
One Pan Lemon Garlic Salmon
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
15 mins
 

One Pan Lemon Garlic Salmon - quick, simple, flavorful and delicious, low-carb, keto friendly dinner, perfect for busy families. Serve it with a salad or vegetables of your choice.

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: One Pan Lemon Garlic Salmon
Servings: 4
Calories: 372 kcal
Ingredients
  • 4 Sockeye salmon fillets 2-3 oz each, skin on
  • 1 tsp salt or more, to taste
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 3 cloves garlic , minced or 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp capers
Instructions
  1. Season salmon fillets with salt and pepper on both sides. Drizzle 3 tbsp olive oil on top of the salmon and add garlic over the non skin side.

  2. Heat 1 tbsp of olive oil in a skillet over medium high heat. Add salmon, skin side up and cook for 2 minutes. If the oil starts to smoke in the process, turn the heat down.


  3. Turn fillets and cook for 2 more minutes, skin side down. Add lemon juice and capers (optional). Cover. Cook for 1-2 more minutes. Turn off the heat. Let the salmon sit inside the pan for a few more minutes. Serve.

Nutrition Facts
One Pan Lemon Garlic Salmon
Amount Per Serving
Calories 372 Calories from Fat 216
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 24g 37%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 93mg 31%
Sodium 576mg 24%
Potassium 853mg 24%
Total Carbohydrates 1g 0%
Protein 34g 68%
Vitamin A 1.4%
Vitamin C 6.1%
Calcium 2.4%
Iron 8.4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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