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!
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.
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.
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.