Chef John's Baked Lemon Pepper Salmon


You don't need the broiler to make great salmon fillets. A hot oven can produce tender, moist, flaky meat every time. This baked lemon-pepper salmon recipe uses lots of lemon juice and black pepper.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
10 mins
Additional Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
50 mins


  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice

  • 1 tablespoon ground black pepper

  • 1 ½ tablespoons mayonnaise

  • 1 tablespoon yellow miso paste

  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard

  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper, or to taste

  • 2 (8 ounce) center-cut salmon fillets, boned, skin on

  • sea salt to taste


  1. Whisk together lemon juice and black pepper in small bowl. Add mayonnaise, miso paste, Dijon mustard, and cayenne pepper to lemon-pepper mixture; whisk together.

  2. Spread the lemon-pepper mixture over salmon fillets. Reserve about a tablespoon for later use.

  3. Cover salmon with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

  4. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F (230 degrees C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or silicone baking mat.

  5. Place fillets on the prepared baking sheet. Spread remaining lemon-pepper mixture on fillets without letting it pool around base. Sprinkle with a pinch more black pepper and a generous amount of sea salt.

  6. Bake in the preheated oven until the fish flakes easily with a fork, 10 to 15 minutes.

Chef's Note:

Next time I'll add some hoisin sauce or something sweet to balance the flavors better.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

488 Calories
28g Fat
7g Carbs
50g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 2
Calories 488
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 28g 36%
Saturated Fat 5g 24%
Cholesterol 157mg 52%
Sodium 784mg 34%
Total Carbohydrate 7g 3%
Dietary Fiber 1g 5%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 50g
Vitamin C 8mg 39%
Calcium 33mg 3%
Iron 4mg 22%
Potassium 740mg 16%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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