Lemon Pepper Pretzel Crusted Salmon

August 22, 2023

This Lemon Pepper Pretzel Crusted Salmon is made with rich and mild Atlantic salmon fillets topped with a bright and peppery, buttery pretzel crust.

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Lemon Pepper Pretzel Crusted Salmon plated with lemon slices and green beans. Lemon Pepper OMG! Pretzels and lemon halves also sit in photo.

I recently received another box of pretzels from my friends at OMG! Pretzels.  As soon as I opened the box and saw the Lemon Pepper flavor, I knew I wanted to turn the pretzels into a breading, or crust, of some sort.  When I popped one of the seasoned pretzel nuggets into my mouth, I immediately knew the flavor was a sure winner!

I’m a fan of lemon pepper pretty much on anything.  Like have you tried it on pizza?  Life changing!  I can thank a childhood friend for that combo.  It’s that citrusy flavor paired with a zesty bite that’s just so darn good!  Since lemon and pepper work so well in seafood dishes, I decided to make salmon with a lemon pepper pretzel crust on top.

Close up of Lemon Pepper Pretzel Crusted Salmon plated with lemon slices and sauteed green beans.

I get that salmon might not be everything’s favorite fish.  So before I move onto the recipe, let me give you a few different types of fish that you can use in this dish instead.  I would suggest using a fish that can handle a pretzel crust – mahi mahi, cod, tilapia, or another firm variety.

Lemon Pepper Pretzel Crusted Salmon

Now we can get cooking!  All you need is four easy ingredients to whip up this flavorful salmon dish.  Serve it with a side of sautéed green beans, a green salad, a baked sweet potato, or roasted potatoes.

Crushed Lemon Pepper OMG! Pretzels in a bowl.

The first thing we need to do is prepare our pretzel crust.  There are two ways of doing this.

  1. Add the pretzels to a Ziploc bag and use a rolling pin to crush the pretzels into a thicker-than-bread-crumbs-but-thinner-than-stuffing consistency.
  2. You can also add them to a food processor and pulse until they’re the right consistency.

Now, we’re going to melt a little butter and mix it with the pretzels.  Set aside.

Raw salmon on a parchment lined baking sheet crusted with crushed lemon pepper pretzels.

Brush each salmon fillet with olive oil and season with salt and pepper.  Press the salmon into the pretzel mixture to coat.  If necessary, use your hands to push the pretzel mixture onto the fish.

Flat lay photo of Lemon Pepper Pretzel Crusted Salmon on plate with lemon slices and green beans.

Place the salmon onto a parchment lined baking sheet and bake for about 20 minutes at 350 degrees.  I like my salmon a little well done so I might go 22 minutes.  Allow the salmon to rest a few minutes before serving.

Lemon Pepper Pretzel Crusted Salmon

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Yield: 2

Serving Size: 2

Lemon Pepper Pretzel Crusted Salmon

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup Lemon Pepper OMG! Pretzels, crushed
  • 1/2 tbsp. unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 - 5 oz. salmon fillets, without skin
  • 2 tsp. olive oil
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the pretzels and butter.
  3. Brush the top of each salmon fillet with olive oil and season with salt and pepper.
  4. Press the salmon into the pretzel mixture to coat.
  5. Place the fish onto the prepared baking sheet.
  6. Bake for 20-22 minutes, or until cooked through until your desired doneness (at least 145º internal temperature).
  7. Allow the salmon to rest a minute or two, then serve.
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Not a fan of lemon pepper?  You could use Garlic OMG! Pretzels instead.  Don’t forget to use my code holoka20 at checkout to receive 20% off when you place your order!

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