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

Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
cook:
15 mins
additional:
30 mins
total:
55 mins
Servings:
2
Yield:
2 fillets
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Ingredients

2
Original recipe yields 2 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • 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.

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

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

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

  • 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.

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

Cook's Note:

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

Nutrition Facts

488 calories; protein 49.5g; carbohydrates 7.1g; fat 28.1g; cholesterol 156.6mg; sodium 784.3mg. Full Nutrition
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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
03/19/2013
This is, by far, my favorite salmon recipe. I've tried several pesto recipes, citrus combinations, reductions....none come close to this. The amount of black pepper the recipe calls for seems insane but actually ends up PERFECT. Didn't have miso paste so made it without. I've prepared this meal three times already and plan on making it for company soon. A++ Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
02/27/2014
Way too much pepper and it tasted so fishy. I had to scrape off all the topping and call my mother inlaw to find out how to fix it. Luckily I was able to save it. I would have had to throw it away if not. I would not recommend this recipe. Especially if its a first time cookin Fish. Read More
(11)
98 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 63
  • 4 star values: 19
  • 3 star values: 9
  • 2 star values: 4
  • 1 star values: 3
Rating: 5 stars
03/19/2013
This is, by far, my favorite salmon recipe. I've tried several pesto recipes, citrus combinations, reductions....none come close to this. The amount of black pepper the recipe calls for seems insane but actually ends up PERFECT. Didn't have miso paste so made it without. I've prepared this meal three times already and plan on making it for company soon. A++ Read More
(76)
Rating: 5 stars
04/11/2013
This recipe is easy to follow and the taste is amazing! I skipped the miso paste as we don't have this in the kitchen. As for the baking time, my salmon fillet was ready in 8 minutes and the insides were so juicy and delicious. For beginners, this is definitely one great recipe to follow! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/22/2013
I made this recipe last night!! It was outstanding! I will be making this in the future. I did not use the yellow miso paste though. Excellent Salmon Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/13/2014
My husband is an avid salmon fisherman -- so we are lucky to be able to eat salmon frequently in my house. I have tried many different ways to cook up salmon -- and I can honestly say this is no one of my family's absolute favorites. The flavor was incredible. I strongly recommend this recipe -- quick easy delicious...and oh yeah...probably pretty good for you too. Thanks Chef John! Read More
(16)
Rating: 5 stars
05/28/2014
Take the suggestion in the video to add sweetness. I added a tablespoon of local honey and it was wonderful. Also don't back off the black pepper or cayenne. The combination of sweet and hot with the fish is perfect. Read More
(16)
Rating: 5 stars
08/14/2013
We have made this twice already once with Wild caught and once with farmed. I did not purchase the miso paste and didn't add quite as much ground pepper but I love this sauce. If I can find a way to make it a little thicker I am going to double the sauce. We love this! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/29/2015
I will never cook Salmon on a grill or under a broiler again! PURE PEFECTION! Tasty, perfectly cooked - moist and not dry. Couldn't locate the yellow miso paste, so substituted it with soy sauce (as recommended by another reviewer). My dinner guests are still raving about it. Teamed it with CJ's Roasted Brussels Sprouts. Awesome combination. Read More
(12)
Rating: 1 stars
02/26/2014
Way too much pepper and it tasted so fishy. I had to scrape off all the topping and call my mother inlaw to find out how to fix it. Luckily I was able to save it. I would have had to throw it away if not. I would not recommend this recipe. Especially if its a first time cookin Fish. Read More
(11)
Rating: 4 stars
08/16/2013
This was a nice recipe the sauce turned out well. Local grocery store doesn't carry miso added a little soy sauce. Read More
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