Recipe: Pan-Seared Salmon Filets

My favorite local grocery store had organic salmon on sale last week.  I couldn’t resist the small splurge because we love salmon.  Furthermore, I half-way saw a Martha Stewart cooking show on PBS recently where she was pan-searing different cuts of meat, including salmon.

What resulted was probably one of our favorite bites of salmon ever {surpassed only by a fish oil-gushing Norwegian smoked salmon from our favorite summer vacation eatery}.  The method is so very simple.  The ingredients are so very minimal.  The flavor and health boost are so very over the top.

If salmon is allowed in your diet, but you’re often afraid to tackle it. try this tried and true recipe.  I think you’ll find yourself including salmon in your meal plan more often.

Pan-Seared Salmon Filet


  • 2 pounds salmon
  • kosher salt
  • black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons grapeseed oil


1. Rinse and pat dry each salmon filet. Salt both sides generously and pepper lightly.

2. Heat high flash oil or butter in a large skillet (preferably a cast-iron skillet).

3. Once oil is hot, very carefully place the salmon in the skillet, skin side down. Once the salmon moves around easily, about 4 minutes cooking (give or take a minute), flip over to the back side. Cook for an additional 2-3 minutes. Insert a knife into the center of the salmon. If the knife is slightly warm to the touch, it is cooked through. Remove to a plate.

That's it! Enjoy a perfectly cooked piece of salmon over steamed brown rice!

Shared at Tasteful Tuesdays, Hearth & Soul Hop.

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3 Responses to Recipe: Pan-Seared Salmon Filets

  1. Alea says:

    My family loves salmon and this really sounds delicious! Thanks for sharing your recipe with the Hearth and Soul Hop. I’ve pinned it to my Pinterest board. I will be doing a round up of fish recipes next month and will include this in my round up.

    • Cook says:

      Thanks, Alea! I can’t wait to see it next month 🙂 I linked up a tasty little Orange Almond Tea Cake today. Have a good week!

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