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Sockeye Salmon Recipe

Easy Sockeye Salmon Recipe

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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x


This sockeye salmon recipe pairs the tender fish with garlic and lemon pepper for a flavorful and easy dinner!


  • 1 1/2 pounds or 4 (6-ounce) sockeye salmon fillets, wild caught
  • Olive oil, for brushing
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt, plus more for brining
  • 1 teaspoon lemon pepper (no salt added*) or freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 lemon, zested and half sliced
  • 1 handful fresh Italian parsley


  1. Brine the salmon (optional): In a shallow dish mix together 4 cups room temperature water and 3 tablespoons kosher salt. Place the salmon in the water and wait for 15 minutes.
  2. Prep the salmon: Place a large sheet of aluminum foil on a baking sheet and brush it with olive oil. Pat each piece of salmon dry and place it on the foil skin side down. Sprinkle salmon with the kosher salt*, lemon pepper, and lemon zest (evenly divided among the fillets).
  3. Broil the salmon: Broil (on a center rack if possible) for about 8 to 11 minutes for 1-inch thick salmon, until it’s just tender and pink at the center (the internal temperature should be between 125 to 130°F in the center). Broil about 5 minutes for very thin salmon. Keep an eye on it because it can brown quickly.
  4. Alternatively, bake the salmon: Bake the salmon at 400°F for 13 to 16 minutes, depending on thickness, until just tender and pink at the center (the internal temperature should be between 125 to 130°F in the center). A 1-inch thick fillet should cook in about 15 minutes total.
  5. Serve: To serve, spritz with the juice of 1/2 lemon and garnish with slices cut from the other half. 


*If using lemon pepper mixture with salt, reduce the kosher salt to a 1/4 teaspoon, then add more to taste when serving. 

  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Broiled
  • Cuisine: Seafood
  • Diet: Gluten Free