Cedar Citrus Salmon

Spice up your next salmon fillet with bold and zesty flavors!

Salmon is the workhorse of fish, and it’s been done so many different ways that it can be hard to make it interesting. The seasoning used in this recipe, however, is guaranteed to spice up your next salmon fillet with lemon, pepper, garlic, and cedar smoke flavors! It’s a bold and zesty combination that your taste buds will love. After trying this salmon, you won’t want to make it any other way!


  • 1 Salmon fillet (approx. 2.5 lbs, boneless and skinless)
  • McCormick Grill Mates Seafood Seasoning
  • Optional: 1 lemon


Use any large nonstick pan, such as this one from Anolon:

Helpful tip: if you have a lot of hungry mouths to feed and need to make a lot of food, get another salmon fillet and use two cooking pans. Slide both in the oven at the same time on two separate racks!

Step 1: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit

Step 2: Place the salmon fillet on the pan and season

Large salmon filet on a black pan with a bottle of seasoning nearby
Salmon fillet with McCormick Grill Mates Seafood Seasoning, ready to go into the oven.

Season relatively lightly – a little goes a long way with this seasoning since it has that smoky cedar flavor!

Step 3: Cook for 35-40 minutes

Adjust the cooking time based on the thickness of the salmon. Use a knife to make sure the fillet is fully cooked (it should flake away nicely, but not be too easy to cut through).

My wife likes the edges of the salmon extra crispy, so I tend to keep the fillet in the oven closer to 40 minutes.

Step 4: Add the lemon for extra citrus flavor!

After taking the cooked salmon out of the oven, squeeze the juice from the lemon onto the fillet to further bring out the citrus flavor of the seasoning! This step isn’t necessary, but it’s a nice touch if you have extra lemons in your refrigerator.

Step 5: Garnish and serve!

Piece of cooked salmon filet on a bed of spaghetti with two avocado halves on a white plate
A piece of the cooked salmon fillet, served on a bed of spaghetti and with fresh avocado.

I like to serve the salmon on a bed of rice or spaghetti, and with fresh avocados on the side. This creates an incredibly nutritious and filling meal!


Did you try this recipe? How did it turn out? Let me know in the comments below!

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