This quick lemon pepper salmon with cauliflower rice will be on your table in 20 minutes, making it perfect for an easy healthy weeknight dinner.
Weeknight Wonder: Quick Healthy Recipes
To help you figure out what to make for dinner when you don’t feel like cooking after a long dat at work, I created a new playlist on my Youtube channel called Weeknight Wonders. It’s dedicated exclusively to delicious, yet simple and fast healthy dinner recipes that are on your table in 30 minutes or less.
This Lemon Pepper Salmon with Cauliflower Rice is ready in just 20 minutes. If you haven’t already, be sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel so you never miss a recipe. The printable recipe is at the bottom of this post.
Lemon Pepper Salmon Benefits
Salmon: Salmon is an excellent source of essential omega-3 fatty acids, which provide anti-inflammatory benefits and are crucial to our health. The 3 types of omega-3 fatty acids include EPA, DHA, and ALA, and different foods have different amounts of each. Some of the most noted benefits of adequate omega-3 fatty acid consumption include:
- Reduce feelings of depression: Omega-3 consumption has been shown in various studies to reduce symptoms of depression in some people. A small study published in 2011 in the journal Menopause found that when 20 menopausal women with major depression took omega-3 pills (specifically, 2 g of the EPA plus DHA) daily for eight weeks, 70% found their mood improved, and 45% found their depression went into remission. (2) In the journal Acta Neuropsychiatrica, a 2006 study found that low dose DHS/EPA supplements lifted major depression for 15 pregnant women. Other research has found people with adequate intake of omega-3 are at lower risk of depression. (3)
- Reduce acne: Omega-3 fatty acids help reduce inflammation in the body…and our skin. Adequate omega-3 consumption can help bring down the bumps and redness associated with acne (4), and is a key part of my EatBEAUTY program to clear acne.
Lemon: Lemons and limes may be rich in Vitamin C, but what makes them unique compared to other fruit is their limonoid content. Why? They are anti-carcinogenic.
- Anti-carcinogen: Limonoids are unique to lemons and limes, and have been shown to help fight cancers of the mouth, skin, lung, breast, stomach, and colon in laboratory tests with animal and human cells. According to USDA research, what makes them so interesting and powerful is that they can remain in the bloodstream up to 24 hours in some people. This is significantly longer than most other anti-carcinogens. For example, phenols in green tea or dark chocolate only remain in the blood stream 4-6 hours.
The Importance of Wild Seafood
As I explain in my book, The Real Food Grocery Guide, it’s important to choose high quality, wild seafood, to limit exposure to mercury, PCBs, and other toxic chemicals. Personally, I only eat wild seafood, and in small amounts.
Try This Lemon Pepper Salmon Recipe
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- two 4 oz filets of wild salmon
- 1 small lemon
- pink salt
- black pepper
- 1 small head, or 1/2 large head cauliflower, chopped small, about 1/2 inch pieces
- 1-2 tsp. avocado oil or olive oil
- 1-2 cloves garlic, chopped small
- 1/4 tsp. pink salt (plus more as needed)
- 1/4 tsp. black pepper (plus more as needed)
- 2 Tbsp. water
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Place salmon skin side down on a baking sheet. Using a microplane, zest the whole lemon into a small bowl and set aside. Then, cut the lemon into 4 quarters. Squeeze 1-2 quarters over the salmon.
- Next, sprinkle a generous amount of pepper, and a pinch of pink salt over the fish. Then add a generous amount of lemon zest (you don't have to use all of it. You can reserve the rest for the cauliflower rice or another use).
- Bake in the oven for 12-15 minutes. (The exact time will depend on thickness of the filets. The thicker they are, the longer the cook time.)
- Meanwhile, prepare the cauliflower rice. Place the chopped cauliflower in a blender or food processor and pulse on low speed until a rice like consistency is formed.
- Heat a pan on the stove top to medium heat. Add the oil to coat the bottom. Next add the garlic, and let cook for 30-60 seconds until fragrant, than add the cauliflower rice. Add salt, black pepper, and water, mix will then lay out flat on the pan and let cook for 7 minutes, until the cauliflower is soft.
- To serve, spoon a generous portion of cauliflower rice on the plate, top it with additional lemon juice and/or lemon zest if desired, then place salmon filet on top. Serve with extra lemon wedges.
- The smaller you chop the cauliflower, the easier it will be for your blender or food processor to turn it into rice.
Maria Marlowe is a holistic nutrition and wellness coach who uses real food to help her clients improve their health, weight, and skin. She offers a 28-day healthy eating meal plan that teaches you how to batch cook, as well as one to clear up acne. Her most popular program is EatSLIM, a 10-week online group glass that guides participants to develop healthy eating habits that stick – and lose weight, boost their metabolism, improve their digestion, and quit sugar.
She writes healthy and delicious plant-based recipes for her popular blog. She is also the author of the #1 New Release on Amazon, The Real Food Grocery Guide, the most practical guide to selecting the healthiest foods, without going broke, which has been praised by Dr. Oz and InStyle magazines. You can find her on instagram @mariamarlowe.