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Lemon Ginger Salmon

Salmon is coated with fresh lemon juice, fresh grated ginger, and a smattering of zaatar and then pan-roasted until it’s slightly seared and fabulously flaky.

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Easy tasty lemon ginger salmon tacos

This is the salmon recipe I make most often at home. All that is needed is lemon, grated fresh ginger, za’atar, some salmon fillets, and a good pan!

With this foolproof and flavorful lemon ginger salmon recipe, I can have dinner on the table in less than 20 minutes.

Another benefit of a quick and easy recipe like this is that the resulting salmon is versatile enough to be served with a variety of sides – even taking center stage on taco night!

Ingredients to make lemon ginger salmon tacos

Ingredients needed to make this foolproof and flavorful salmon recipe:

• Frozen Salmon,

• Fresh Lemon,

• Fresh Ginger*, &

• Za’atar.

Why pick frozen over fresh salmon?

Frozen salmon is usually flash frozen on the ship just after it is caught. This is said to preserve its flavor, texture, color, and nutritional content.

Unless fresh salmon is bought from a fish market, this salmon has been sitting on ice for a while which can compromise its freshness and nutritional integrity.

How to thaw frozen salmon?

Ideally, thawing frozen salmon overnight in the fridge is best. Just place wrapped fillets on a plate or container so liquids are contained.

However, most times, I thaw salmon in a bowl of cold water for about an hour before cooking it.

flaky delicious lemon ginger salmon cooked in deBuyer MineralB pan

When it comes to cooking salmon, sometimes I air fry it, sometimes I make it into a curry, but most times I throw it in a pan and pan roast it with spices and herbs – like I did in this recipe.

When it comes to pan-roasting salmon, I have found it helps to have a good pan on hand to help with the process. The right pan can help make searing salmon so easy. The right pan for me used to be a cast iron one but then I was introduced to de Buyer’s Mineral B Carbon Steel pan.

If you are looking for a pan that will give you the results of a cast iron but is lighter and conducts heat better, then you have got to try a de Buyer’s Mineral B Carbon Steel pan.

*By the way, when it comes to using lemon in de Buyer’s Mineral B Carbon Steel pan, too much of it can strip the seasoning sometimes – the same goes for tomatoes. However, the lemon I used in this recipe was very little and did not strip the seasonings off the pan.

flaky delicious lemon ginger salmon in tacos with gauc and tomatoes

Since 1830, de Buyer has been committed to producing pans chef’s and home cooks alike will be passionate about.

Every de Buyer utensil is conceived, engineered, and manufactured in their factory in France, following the most stringent quality requirements. As the original carbon steel producers, de Buyer holds themselves to a standard unlike anyone else.

De Buyer’s best known and best selling Mineral B Carbon Steel line of pans have become staples in professional kitchens around the world. Highly praised by chef’s and dedicated home cooks alike Mineral B Carbon Steel line of pans are an irreplaceable pan with irreplaceable benefits.

Made of 99% iron and 1% carbon, de Buyer’s carbon steel pans are as slippery as a brand new nonstick with better sear and no synthetic coating. They come with a beeswax finish to prevent oxidation.

3 steps to Preparing a de Buyer MineralB pan to use

This Mineral B Carbon Steel Pan is ready to use in 3 easy steps:

  1. Remove the beeswax finish by rubbing the pan with a soft non-abrasive sponge and soap under running hot water.
  2. After the beeswax is removed place the pan on a burner on low to fully dry.
  3. Pour in a thin layer of oil and make sure oil is distributed evenly around the pan. Cook oil in the pan until it begins to smoke – as the oil cooks, the pan will darken.

Benefits of Mineral B Carbon Steel line of pans

• They are lighter than cast iron,

• They conduct heat better than both cast iron and stainless steel,

• The long handle standard on Mineral B Carbon Steel line of pans helps protect hands from heat,

• They are naturally nonstick after seasoning,

• They are extremely strong, safe, and shock-resistant,

• They do not have a synthetic coating which provides for completely natural cooking,

• They come with a lifetime warranty, and

• They are pans to pass from generation to generation

Find out more about de Buyer and their line of Mineral B Carbon Steel Pans here. You can also order your favorite pan from their website and enjoy it in browning, pan-grilling, and searing your favorite foods, and trying recipes like this lemon ginger salmon!

Hand reaching to grab a taco from a plate of two tacos with chips, salmon, lettuce, tomatoes, and gauc on the side.

While this ginger lemon salmon can be paired with a variety of sides from quinoa to ginger cardamom carrots to asparagus egg salad, it also is delicious flaked and piled into tortillas with homemade guacamole, salsa, and shredded lettuce.

flaky delicious lemon ginger salmon in tacos with gauc and tomatoes

Lemon Ginger Salmon

5 from 2 votes
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Additional Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Shashi
Salmon is coated with fresh lemon juice, freshly grated ginger, and a smattering of zaatar and then pan-roasted until it’s lightly seared and fabulously flaky.


  • Oil
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 inch knob of ginger – peeled and grated
  • 1 tsp zaatar
  • 4 salmon fillets
  • Salt and pepper


  • Cut the lemon in half and cut off 3-4 slices from one half.
  • Peel the ginger and grate it until you have approx 1 tsp
  • Then, add oil to the pan and place over medium heat.
  • Add in lemon slices and let saute a minute or so and prep salmon fillets
  • Squeeze lemon juice over salmon
  • Sprinkle 1/ tsp zaatar and ½ tsp ginger and place in pan with seasoned side of salmon fillets facing down. Let cook for about 3-4 minutes or until a nice sear has formed. 
  • Sprinkle other side of salmon fillets with lemon juice, remaining zaatar, and ginger, and flip fillets over. Let cook another 3-4 minutes or until seared.
  • Season with salt and pepper.
  • Remove from the heat and let sit in the pan for about 5 minutes before enjoying.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 506kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 50g | Fat: 32g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 23g | Cholesterol: 143mg | Sodium: 227mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g
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  1. Definitely my kind of meal! Ginger, lemon and chili guarantee lots of flavours and I LOVE salmon.

  2. I’m a huge fan of salmon and trout, and my favourite method is pan-searing, too. This salmon looks wonderful, and it’s perfectly cooked. Also, once again I see za’atar among your ingredients, and that’s a good reminder to start using it more often.

  3. Ah, I love a good carbon steel pan – great review here, Shashi! And great recipe, too. This salmon looks so tender and flavorful. And I love how you turned it into salmon tacos…that’s totally my style!!

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