So I was in search of recipes that use the simplest of ingredients yet taste just as good despite that. I turned to Tyler Florence’s recipes, he’s known for his simple, close-to-home culinary skills. And who is better than him when it comes to simplifying delicious recipes? Here’s my take on the Tyler Florence Salmon Recipe.

His salt and pepper salmon is the perfect example of what I’m trying to say with all this talk of simple yet delicious. Haven’t tried it yet? Let’s remedy that shall we!

Tyler Florence’s Salt and Pepper Crispy Skin Salmon Recipe with Mashed Potato Side Dish

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Course Main Course, Main meal
Cuisine American
Servings 4
Calories 140 kcal


  • 2 lb Salmon Fillet (skin on)
  • Kosher salt to taste
  • Extra virgin olive oil as needed
  • Freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 5 tbsp Unsalted butter, room temperature

For the mashed potato side dish

  • 2 lb red bliss potatoes
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • Extra virgin olive oil, as needed
  • 3 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 10 oz pearl onions
  • 1/4 tsp sugar
  • A splash of freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 5 slices lemon
  • 20 oz frozen peas, defrosted
  • 1 lemon, zested
  • 1/4 cup parsley, chopped
  • 2 tbsp fresh dill, chopped
  • 1 bunch watercress, stems trimmed


To make the salmon

  • Cut across the width of the salmon with a sharp knife and divide it into 4 portions
  • Lightly season the salmon with salt
  • Let it sit for a couple of minutes
  • After a couple of minutes, season the salmon with pepper
  • Then, rub each side of each salmon fillet with about 1 ½ tbsp butter
  • Put a skillet on the stove and turn it on to medium-high
  • Add about 2 tbsp of olive oil onto the pan
  • Heat until it’s hot
  • Add salmon to the pan, skin side down
  • Cook the skin side for about 6 minutes until nice and crispy
  • Once done, flip the salmon and cook the flesh side for about 1-2 minutes
  • Once cooked, transfer to the salmon

To make the mashed potato side dish

  • In a large pot, boil water with ¼ tsp of salt
  • Add the potatoes to the pan and bring to a boil
  • Then, simmer for 20-30 minutes until the potatoes are tender
  • Check with a fork 
  • Once tender, drain the potatoes
  • One by one, peel each potato
  • Once peeled, transfer to a dish and smash them roughly
  • Drizzle with some olive oil
  • Season with salt and pepper to taste
  • In a medium saucepan, heat 2 tbsp olive oil with the butter
  • Once the butter melts, add the pearl onions, sugar, splash of lemon juice, and cook for 5-6 minutes while stirring frequently until the onions are browned
  • Add the lemon slices, peas, and lemon zest and continue cooking
  • Season with salt and pepper
  • Once cooked, turn off the stove
  • Transfer the vegetables to the dish with potatoes
  • Drizzle some olive oil
  • Add the parsley and dill
  • Taste and adjust seasoning accordingly
  • Scatter the watercress on top, twist until wilts

How to serve

  • Spread the mashed potato side dish on a platter
  • Add the salmon on top 
  • Enjoy!
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There you have it! Crispy and delicious salmon is ready to be served!

The Quest for Healthy Yet Tasty Food

I was wondering the other day, about how much emphasis we put on making healthy food more delicious and versatile. I mean, nothing wrong with that- who doesn’t like better-tasting food? But the whole point of clean-eating is consuming fresh and healthy foods, very close to their natural state.

When we’re adding spices and condiments to our ‘healthy foods’ we’re taking away their natural nutritional benefits for the sake of our palette, which is one of the most common mistakes we make when cooking and eating vegetables or other healthy foods like salmon.  However, simplifying recipes shouldn’t mean you should eat bland-tasting food. You just need to find recipes and ingredients that add flavor without taking away from the main essence of the dish.

More Salmon Recipes

While this is a simple recipe, we have a diverse collection of salmon recipes on Yogi nutrition! 

Do try the Tyler Florence salmon recipe and let us know what you think!