Pan Roasted Salmon

Pan Roasted Salmon is one of the most delicious ways to prepare salmon. It gets a nice crust on the seared side and remains moist inside. On top of all that, it is beautiful to present on a plate as well. Just make sure you start with the best quality salmon you can find.

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Start with Fresh Fish

The first step might be the most obvious. Making a delicious pan roasted salmon dinner starts with getting good quality fresh fish. For tips on what to look for, check out the lesson on pan roasting fish here. You can also learn how to buy and cut a whole side of salmon for this recipe so that you can cut the fillets into the size and shape you want. Once you have good quality fresh fish, you’re halfway there!

Two fillets of salmon on a green plate with salt and pepper in the background.

Keep it Simple

The best ingredients need very little help. Delicious salmon only needs salt and pepper to season it properly. Season the salmon while you pre-heat the pan and then place the salmon in with the flesh side down first.

 

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Two fillets of salmon in a non-stick pan with a pair of tongs.

Cooking Time

It’s good to know the general rule about cooking time for fish. Fish that is 1-inch thick will take roughly 10 minutes on the stovetop over medium-high heat, in a 400ºF oven, or even in a 400ºF air fryer. 1 inch = 10 minutes. If your fish is thicker or thinner than 1-inch, simple add or subtract a minute or two.

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A fillet of pan roasted salmon on a white dinner plate with rice and salad greens.

Finishing it off

You don’t need to let fish rest the way you would if you were cooking a steak, so as soon as the fish has finished cooking, transfer it to your serving plate and dress it simply. You could season it simply with some lemon juice and fresh herbs, or try the tarragon yogurt dressing from this root vegetable recipe

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Pan Roasted Salmon

  • Prep Time: 1 m
  • Cook Time: 10 m
  • Total Time: 11 m
  • Servings:
    2

Ingredients

  • 2 5-ounce salmon fillets
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • olive oil
  • lemon
  • fresh herbs chives, tarragon, parsley, thyme

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 400˚ F.
  2. Pre-heat a non-stick skillet over medium-high heat and season the salmon with salt and pepper. Add a little olive oil to the skillet and then place the salmon in the pan, presentation side down. Sear for 2 minutes on each side and then transfer the skillet to the oven for 6 or 7 minutes, or until firm to the touch.
  3. Remove the salmon to a plate and serve with a squeeze of lemon and your choice of fresh herbs.
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