22 Best Savory Lemon Recipes for Dinner
Got lemons? Make these top-rated savory recipes, of course! We love how lemons brighten flavors in savory recipes -- the little burst of acidity that perks up other flavors and brings things into balance. If you've got the love for lemons, too, you'll need these recipes featuring lemon juice, lemon zest, lemon slices, and preserved lemons.
Baked Lemon-Butter Chicken Thighs
Easy enough for a weeknight meal, chicken thighs are basted with a tangy and rich lemon-butter sauce. It's low carb and keto friendly! "OMG, this was so easy and so delish," raves Susan Harrison. "I could have licked my plate clean. Yes this is one I would make again. I LOVED IT."
Lemon Rosemary Salmon
Here's a simple but impressive preparation for salmon fillets baked with lemon, rosemary, olive oil, and coarse salt. "This is the perfect romantic dinner for two when served with an Oregon Pinot Noir, crusty bread, wild rice, and salad," says CHEDDAR97005.
Moroccan Chicken with Saffron and Preserved Lemon
These slow-braised chicken thighs feature saffron, preserved lemon, and cumin seed. "Chicken thighs full of spice and amazing scents to take you right to the Mediterranean," says katherine99. "Great with quinoa or brown rice and lots green veggies."
Sole Meuniere (Sole in Lemon-Butter Sauce)
"This classic French method of cooking fish is actually super easy and fast, and every time I make it the reviews are outstanding," says luluweezie. "This is a restaurant-caliber recipe that you truly can prepare in 15 minutes! For fussy eaters, I cut back on the lemon juice a little. I like to serve this with ratatouille. Serve with lemon wedges."
Grilled Lemon and Rosemary Lamb Chops
Before hitting the grill, lamb chops are marinated in a yogurt-based marinade with lemon, cinnamon, rosemary, and oregano. "These grilled lamb chops are inspired by both Italian and Indian cooking," says Chef John.
Instant Pot® Moroccan Chicken Tagine
"This chicken tagine features the authentic flavors of preserved lemons and olives, with a delicious combination of spices typically used in Moroccan cooking," says Kim's Cooking Now. "Your Instant Pot replaces the traditional clay or ceramic cone-shaped cooking pot used in Moroccan cuisine (the tagine)."
Creamy Lemon Chicken Thighs
Dark-meat chicken thighs and drumsticks are baked in a rich sauce made with white wine, lemon juice, stock, and little cream. "Omg this is quite easily one of the best recipes I've had in a long time!" raves thedailygourmet. "Absolutely company worthy!"
Pan-Grilled Tilapia with Lemon and Red Onion
For a quick and easy meal, try pan-grilled tilapia, seasoned with fresh lemon juice, paired with a simple Greek salad. "This tilapia recipe is the best I've ever tried!" raves Krista. "Everyone in my house loves it."
Roasted Lemon, Garlic, and Chicken
Chicken breasts, lemon slices, and garlic roast together in this simple dish. "If you've never tried roasting lemons, you must!" says Zest to Impress. "Flavor transformation, especially paired with chicken and garlic."
Easy Garlic-Lemon Scallops
"Scallops sauteed in butter and garlic will melt in your mouth," says Button. "Lemon juice gives it a nice kick." CookingGirl raves, "This is sooo good.. and simple. I ended up squeezing a whole lemon into it. I really think that made a huge difference... loved it!"
Braise-Roasted Chicken with Lemon and Carrots
A spatchcocked chicken roasts above a simple broth with lemon slices, carrots, rosemary, thyme, and onion, which creates a delicious gravy as the bird cooks. "WOW! Delicious Yummy Goodness," says The Cookie Girl. "Gorgeous crispy skin. Juicy flavorful meat."
Chicken with Lemon-Caper Sauce
This rich lemon-caper sauce is delicious with light meats, poultry, and fish. Here's it's matched up with skinless, boneless chicken breasts. "This was perfect!" says Angela Renee. "Easy but restaurant-quality. I used chicken tenders. My whole family loved it."
Lemon Panko Crusted Salmon
Seasoned panko bread crumbs create a crunchy coating for salmon fillets in this easy and elegant dinner. "I love serving this salmon with a side of glazed baby carrots and garlic feta mashed potatoes," says thedailygourmet. "It's a quick, yet healthy meal that will satisfy your hunger."
Moroccan Chicken Tagine with Preserved Lemons, Fennel, Olives, and Harissa
In this tasty Moroccan dish cooked in a tagine or skillet, chicken thighs simmer with preserved lemons, fennel, green olives, and harissa paste. "Great spicy, exotic chicken dish," says Nancy. "I created this mashup of several recipes to inaugurate my new tagine, but I think any skillet, loosely covered, should work. Serve over couscous."
Greek Lemon Chicken and Potatoes
This Greek-inspired dinner features chicken and potatoes roasted until caramelized and crisp and beautifully browned. "I'm an old Greek girl and this recipe is the real deal, baybeez," says Dena T. "This is exactly what my mother and my Aunt used to make for Sunday dinners. Smelled like it and tasted like it."
Meyer Lemon Cream Sauce for Salmon
"The salmon can be cooked any way you prefer, because the star of this recipe is the lemon cream sauce made with Meyer lemon," says thedailygourmet.
Moroccan Preserved Lemons
It's easy to make your own Moroccan-style preserved lemons. "The lemons have to be cured for at least 1 month, but then they will keep for many months in the fridge, where their flavor intensifies over time," says gartenfee. "They are preserved whole but only the peel is used in cooking, the flesh is discarded. If possible, use organic lemons."
Butterflied Roast Chicken with Lemon and Rosemary
A butterflied chicken roasts with rosemary and lemon in a simple sauce. "Want to cook whole chicken quicker and more evenly? Remove the backbone with a knife or kitchen scissors to flatten the chicken. The breast meat doesn't dry out, the dark meat is tender and juicy, and there's lots of crispy golden skin to enjoy," says foodelicious.
Here, it's simply roasted with lemon and rosemary, but butterflied chicken is especially good on the grill."
Lemon Piccata Whitefish
Trout fillets pan fry in a lemon-wine sauce with capers. So fast and easy. "A light, fresh way to serve trout or other white fish such as perch," says Kathy. "Use a dry white wine such as Chardonnay or Pinot Grigio."
Instant Pot® Keto Chicken Thighs in Lemon-Garlic Cream Sauce
"If you love lemon and garlic, you'll love this chicken main dish recipe whether you're on a keto diet or not," says fabeverydayblog. "It's delicious with roasted asparagus on the side."
Dukkah-Crusted Chicken Tenders with Lemon-Saffron Aioli
"These chicken tenders are loaded with Middle Eastern flavors," says France C, including minced preserved lemon peel. "Dukkah, a spice blend made with hazelnuts, seeds and spices, is becoming increasingly popular and available in ethnic markets, spice shops, and farmers' markets. Make the aioli ahead of time for best flavor."
Big Ray's Lemony Grilled Salmon Fillets with Dill Sauce
Grilled lemons add smoky tartness to the butter sauce, while a touch of dill adds a fresh finish. "I highly recommend that you double the sauce because it is just that good!" says Marianne. "We really loved the quartered lemon that went into the sauce, so don't skimp on that!"