This simple and deliciously crispy Pan Seared Salmon is a wonderful dinner recipe that can be ready in 15 minutes!
Fresh salmon is such an easy, healthy meal to add to your weekly meal planning. Recipes like this one and also this Citrus Roasted Salmon are our favorite ways to prepare it. No matter which method you like best, learning how to cook salmon is a must!
Who knew that simple salmon cooked on the stove could be such winner? This pan seared salmon recipe is restaurant quality!
A lot of recipes I see are for baking salmon in the oven. When I need something super quick and easy to make for dinner, this salmon recipe is my go-to often because there is hardly any prep needed. Plus salmon is full of protein, healthy omega-3 fat and other vitamins that we need.
When cooking salmon in a pan, I sprinkle both sides with a little garlic powder, onion powder, pepper and a tad of cayenne pepper. Then seared it in a little coconut oil, olive oil or butter. When it’s done, squeeze a little lemon juice over top.
There is no need to remove the skin before cooking the salmon fillets. Place the skin side down in the pan for the first 4-5 minutes of cooking.
How to Make the Best Salmon in a Pan
Heat oil in a frying pan on medium high heat.
Sprinkle the fillets of salmon evenly with spices, salt and pepper on both sides.
Place fillets into preheated pan, skin side down, and cook about 4-5 minutes. (Resist the urge to flip to soon)
Then flip it very carefully and cook for another 4-5 minutes.
Do not to overcook your salmon. It is done when it flakes easily, which is typically takes about 4-5 minutes per side for the average salmon fillet thickness.
Serve salmon with rice, pasta or roasted potatoes. Add a simple vegetable like broccoli, asparagus, spinach or zucchini.
Add additions flavors to the finished product. I often top it with a mixture of soy sauce and ginger paste for an Asian flavored dish.
Try these other popular seafood recipes as well:
Pan Seared Salmon
- 3 fillets salmon
- 2-3 tablespoons of coconut oil or olive oil
- 1 teaspoon of garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon of onion powder
- 1 teaspoon of pepper
- ½ teaspoon of cayenne pepper more or less to taste
- salt and pepper to taste
- Heat oil in a frying pan on medium high heat.
- Sprinkle the fillets of salmon evenly with spices on both sides.
- Place fillets into preheated pan and cook on the first side until it is cooked about half way through, about 4-5 minutes).
- Then turn and cook for another 4-5 minutes.
- Serve immediately.