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Remember that time I recapped how much poor C suffers being in a relationship with me? Well I mentioned how I insisted on reminding him every 10 seconds that the salmon he was eating was fresh. I rarely splurge on fresh fish (when it isn’t on sale), but when I do you better bet I’m gonna tell you allllll about it. What I failed to mention was how when I got home from the store my motivation to cook was at an all-time low.

This is sooooo typical. I spend way too money at the grocery store only to come home and be too lazy to cook. I have high standards so if I know I’m gonna half-ass a meal, I’d rather just order in from one of the 100000 restaurants around me.

3 Ingredient SalmonBut not this time! NO! I was determined to make a minimal effort meal that tasted as legit as it cost. I threw some rice in the rice cooker, chopped up some brocs and then proceeded to stare at the beautiful salmon trying to decide what to do with it for a solid 5 minutes. I decided to squeeze a lemon over it but quickly got sucked in by Game of Thrones and totally forgot about the fish.

An hour later I returned to the kitchen and had a slight freak-out that I forgot about the salmon before ransacking my spice cupboard for what to put on it. My brain power was minimal so I stuck to a basic Italian seasoning blend and was a little heavy handed. 500 degrees and 10 minutes later DELICIOUS salmon!

3 Ingredient Salmon 2Not only did I spend the entire meal talking about my fresh fish splurge but also repeatedly patted myself on the back for mastering salmon with just 3 ingredients.

Then C reminded me I used salt and pepper and those technically count as ingredients too. Dreams shattered! Here I was thinking I was the queen of 3 ingredient salmon when in reality it was 5. I’m choosing to ignore salt and pepper for today because that’s basically like counting oxygen as an ingredient. I don’t care what you say, this is 3 ingredient salmon!


3 Ingredient Salmon

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  • Total Time: 20 minutes


  • 1.5 lbs of fresh salmon (cut into 4 pieces)
  • juice ½ large lemon (at least ¼ cup)
  • 2 tsp Italian seasoning
  • salt and pepper, to taste


  1. Place salmon a shallow pan and squeeze lemon juice over pieces. Make sure each piece is coated.
  2. Let marinate in fridge for 1 hour (optional but if you have the time let it marinate)
  3. Preheat oven to 500 degrees F.
  4. Place salmon pieces, skin side down on a parchment lined baking sheet or pan.
  5. Cover each piece with italian seasoning and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  6. Bake for 10 mins.
  7. Serve immediately.


  • Serving Size: 4

3 Ingredient Salmon 4Do salt and pepper count as ingredients? What’s your go-to 3 ingredient meal?

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  1. Solid question…. I’m going with no, so I agree that your salmon recipe is indeed 3 ingredients!

  2. THIS IS SO DELISH!!!! Love Italian seasoning on everything. Will definitely make this.

  3. Made this tonight and it was so delicious! We make salmon a couple of times a week, but often throw it on the skillet with some spices. For some reason I’ve always found it a bit too bland out of the oven but this one was just so easy and so good. Thanks for making dinner easy tonight!

  4. Salt and pepper count because they are crucial BUT they do not count in ingredient numbers because they are a given. Don’t worry. 3 ingredient salmon is yours to claim!!

  5. That salmon looks delicious! I love how it only requires 3 ingredients!

    I like to use salt, pepper, and granulated garlic a lot when I cook!

  6. Three ingredients is my jaaaaaam. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve come home from the store with every bean and green under the sun only to plop on the coach with a plate of scrambled eggs. If C doesn’t want you, I’ll gladly date ya. We can BUI whilst eating special brownies and not feel bad about it.

  7. You are so funny! Sending this post to my sister, she loves salmon and this is super simple with only 3 ingredients! I agree with you that salt & pepper are like oxygen…you don’t count it 🙂

  8. I don’t think you need a laundry list of ingredients to make a wonderful dish!! Plus it can be annoying to purchase 10 weird ingredients you never use to make 1 stinking dish!! Thanks for the lovely salmon recipe. Isn’t salmon awesome?!? I LOVE it grilled 😀