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The best pan seared salmon recipe.

Pan Seared Salmon Recipe

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  • Author: Erin Jensen
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Dinner/Entree
  • Method: Stove Top + Oven
  • Cuisine: American


Our Pan Seared Salmon recipe is so easy and makes for a healthy and delicious weeknight dinner! Enjoy any way you want!


  • 4 (6oz) salmon fillets, skin-on
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, divided
  • kosher salt and ground black pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. 
  2. Pat salmon dry with clean paper towel.
  3. Drizzle 1 tablespoon of olive oil over salmon; rub into surface of the fish. Season with kosher salt and ground black pepper. 
  4. Bring a large cast-iron skillet to medium-high heat.  Add 1 tablespoon of oil; swirl to coat the pan. 
  5. Sear salmon (skin-side up) for approx. 3-5 minutes (or until there is a good char). 
  6. Flip salmon over so skin side is down and place in the oven (middle rack and uncovered).
  7. Let cook 10-14 minutes or until fully cooked (it should flake apart easily with a fork).
  8. Remove from oven and serve immediately. 


  • Variations: if you are looking for some more flavor, we also use this method to make Blackened Salmon, Teriyaki Salmon, & Pesto Salmon.
  • Storage: leftover salmon can be kept in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-4 days.


  • Serving Size: 6 oz
  • Calories: 285
  • Sugar: 0 g
  • Sodium: 133 mg
  • Fat: 15 g
  • Carbohydrates: 0.4 g
  • Protein: 38 g
  • Cholesterol: 86.9 mg