Pan Seared Salmon

Posted by Karin on September 12, 2020
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pan seared salmon

This is INCREDIBLY EASY. Like, I’M NOT EVEN KIDDING, LOL! Restaurant style salmon is just 8 little minutes away. I make this weekly, and it’s a family favorite, especially with my middle guy, who starts licking his lips the minute he knows it’s for dinner! This past year, we can have worked to incorporate more fish in our diet, I am constantly telling my boys it’s good brain food!

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This recipe calls for just salt and pepper, however, feel free to get a little adventurous, as the seasoning options are endless, as well as the sides you can serve with it. I’m partial to Primal Palates Seafood Seasoning


  1. Always heat your skillet before adding the oil, this ensures a nonstick surface
  2. DO NOT TOUCH – the delicious crust that makes this incredible comes from the untouched sear
  3. You want the pan hot, but not smoking
  4. Be sure to generously salt, this also helps create that amazing crust, not to mention full of flavor
  5. Using a fish spatula is helpful here, as you don’t want the salmon to break while flipping
  6. If you’re not down with the clean up that comes with pan frying, give my Foolproof Salmon a go, it’s equally delicious
pan seared salmon
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Pan Seared Salmon


  • 4 4-6 oz salmon fillets
  • 2 tbsp ghee you can use any fat you like, but I prefer ghee and avocado oil, as they have a high smoke point
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Season salmon fillets generously with salt and a good pinch of black pepper, set aside
  • Heat skillet over medium high heat for approximately 4 minutes – you can tell it's ready when a sprinkle of water sizzles
  • Once the skillet is hot, add your fat of choice, carefully swirling around, ensuring the bottom of the pan is completely covered
  • Add the fillets one at a time, placing them skin side up, going away from you (this prevents splatter on you), and allow to sit UNTOUCHED for 4 minutes, then flipping for another 4 minutes, lower the heat to medium after flipping
  • Remove from heat, and serve as desired
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