Pan Fried Salmon

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You’ll love this super easy recipe for Pan Fried Salmon! It cooks up juicy and perfectly cooked, with a crispy outer crust. Serve with a side salad or sautéed vegetables for a complete, healthy meal.

fork tender Pan Fried Salmon

Cooking Salmon In Skillet

This recipe is a great one for simply cooking salmon with light seasoning. You’ll love it for a quick dinner or to top a lunch salad. We used salt and pepper, but you can cook the salmon with any seasonings you love on fish.

And the texture just can’t be beat! Tender, juicy salmon that flakes with a fork. And the cooking oil crisps up the outer coating of the salmon, making it delightfully golden brown. This Pan Fried Salmon delicious with everything from spring green salads to pasta sides.

Love cooking seafood in a skillet? It’s so easy! Check out these recipes: Pan Fried Ocean Perch Fish Fillets Recipe

, Pan Fried Sole Fish Fillet Recipe, or Pan Fried Fish Coated In Egg And Flour Recipe.

salmon cooking in a frying pan

How To Make Pan Fried Salmon

You’ll need 2 fresh salmon fillets, cooking oil of your choice, and seasonings. Add olive oil to skillet and turn heat to high.

Take the time now to season the salmon with salt and pepper. Once the oil starts sizzling, you’ll know that the pan is ready to cook the salmon.

Turn down the heat and add the fish to the skillet. Cook salmon for 4 minutes, then flip the fish and cook for another 4 minutes. You can reduce the heat further at any time, if need be.

golden brown salmon in a frying pan

At this point, the sides of the salmon should look cooked. Check doneness with a meat thermometer. It should register at least 145 degrees if the fish is done. If not, cook the salmon for a bit longer until the temperature reaches 145 degrees.

Now turn off the heat and use a spatula to move the fish to a serving plate.

fresh salmon fillets in a skillet

Cooking Tips

  • Use any kind of vegetable oil for this recipe
  • You can use any seasonings of your choice on this salmon
  • During the cooking process, you can always reduce the heat if the salmon is burning before it is done in the center

spatula flipping salmon fillet

Should You Flip Salmon When Pan Frying?

Yes, for best results, you should flip your salmon fillets when cooking them in a skillet. This allows them to cook more evenly and get a delicious crust on both sides.

What To Serve With Pan Fried Salmon

This classic seafood dish tastes awesome with a creamy pasta side like Easy Pasta With Homemade Alfredo Sauce Recipe, Pasta Recipe With Cherry Tomatoes And Ricotta Cheese, or  Pasta With Classic Basil Pesto.

And for a light beverage to serve alongside? Check out Fruit-Infused Hibiscus Iced Tea (Sugar-Free And Naturally Sweet!), Easy Homemade Sangria Recipe (How To Make Spanish Red Wine Sangria), or Instant Pot Peach Lemonade Recipe With Fresh Peaches.

delicious Pan Fried Salmon with a golden brown crust

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Pan Fried Salmon

You'll love this super easy recipe for Pan Fried Salmon! It cooks up juicy and perfectly cooked, with a crispy outer crust. Serve with a side salad or sautéed vegetables for a complete, healthy meal.
Prep Time2 minutes
Cook Time8 minutes
Total Time10 minutes
Course: Dinner, Fish, Seafood
Keyword: Pan Fried Salmon
Cooking Method: sauteed
Servings: 2 servings
Calories: 304kcal

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Ingredients

Instructions

  • Add olive oil to skillet and turn heat to high. 
    Season the salmon with salt and pepper. Once the oil starts sizzling, you'll know that the pan is ready to cook the salmon.
  • Turn down the heat and add the fish to the skillet. Cook salmon for 4 minutes, then flip the fish and cook for another 4 minutes. You can reduce the heat further at any time, if need be.
  • At this point, the sides of the salmon should look cooked. Check doneness with a meat thermometer. It should register at least 145 degrees if the fish is done. If not, cook the salmon for a bit longer until the temperature reaches 145 degrees.
  • Now turn off the heat and use a spatula to move the fish to a serving plate.

Notes

  • Use any kind of vegetable oil for this recipe
  • You can use any seasonings of your choice on this salmon
  • During the cooking process, you can always reduce the heat if the salmon is burning before it is done in the center
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Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 304kcal | Carbohydrates: 0.2g | Protein: 34g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 94mg | Sodium: 656mg | Potassium: 837mg | Fiber: 0.1g | Vitamin A: 69IU | Calcium: 22mg | Iron: 1mg
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Instant Pot Dried Tortellini

Instant Pot Frozen Pierogies

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