Novice salmon with lemon and butter

My plating up really is getting better (I think), and since you eat with your eyes, I think that’s a bloody good thing!

This recipe is genuinely one of the simplest I have ever cooked, even easier than the novice chicken sandwiches! This literally takes ten minutes, tastes delicious, fresh and isn’t even that unhealthy! (Unless you are one of those people that gets stressed out by a bit of butter.

I served my salmon with green beans and rice, but you could serve it with whatever you want, obviously, since it’s your bloody house!

This recipe is four two people but really isn’t difficult to extend since it basically boils down to ‘how many fish do I need?’


  • Salmon fillets x2
  • salt and pepper
  • Butter x1 tbsp
  • Juice of half a lemon


Really, the cost of this is all in the salmon, so it really depends on where you go. There is no reason that this dish need cost more than £10 though, including the rice and veg which are cheap, too.


  • You need to allow 10 minutes for cooking the fish, including a minute or two resting time. I point this out now so that you can prepare the timings, cooking and preparation of your accompaniments in advance.
  • Heat a non-stick frying pan and when at a medium-high add the butter to the pan. When the butter has melted (but don’t let it burn), add the salmon skin side down to the pan. Now season with salt and pepper, and squeeze over the lemon juice. Cook for two to three minutes before turning and cooking for a further two minutes, or until cooked to your taste.
  • Once cooked, leave to rest for a minute on a warm plate before plating up.
  • Enjoy!

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