Pan-fried salmon with lemon and chilli crust recipe

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05 min


10 min

This super-simple salmon recipe has got everything you could possibly want, in terms of nutritional goodies: vitamin D in the oily salmon; and virtually the whole alphabet of vitamins if served with the steamed green beans. Add a squeeze of lemon for a touch of extra zing, a rasher of bacon for a savoury note and a pinch of chilli powder for a bit of a kick. This delicious recipe only takes 10 mins to cook and 5 mins to prepare so it’s a quick and easy option, perfect as a mid-week meal the whole family can enjoy.


  • Zest and juice of ½ lemon
  • 1tsp chilli powder
  • 2 organic salmon fillets
  • 1tbsp oil
  • 1 rasher streaky bacon, chopped
  • 1 tsp salt


  • Mix zest of half a lemon and 1 tsp of chilli powder with a squeeze of lemon juice and spread on both sides of salmon fillet. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper.

  • Add the oil to a frying pan, then cook the bacon until crispy. Push to one side of the pan, then add the salmon.

  • Cook on one side until you can see the fish is cooked a third of the way through, then flip to other side and watch until it’s cooked another third of the way through, approx. 8-10 mins in total.
    Cook the beans in a pan of salted boiling water, drain, then add to the frying pan with the salmon and bacon.

  • Turn off heat, spritz with about 1tbsp of freshly squeezed lemon juice and leave in pan for 2-5 mins. The salmon will continue to cook through in the pan.

  • Serve with new potatoes, tossed in butter and pepper, green beans and bacon, mustard mayo and a wedge of lemon.

Top tip for making Pan-fried salmon with lemon and chilli crust

Fancy a change from salmon? Try trout fillets.

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