Pan Seared Salmon


by May 16th, 2010 // Dinner, Recipes

Pan Seared Salmon

Whenever we are at seafood restaurants I try to get my kid to venture beyond fish sticks into “real” fish. This was our first attempt to cook fish together. He was totally into the idea of helping, but I’m not gonna lie – he refused to taste it. I’ll keep telling myself that exposing him to the fish will eventually make him want to try it!

Prep Time: 25 mins (largely unattended)  Cooking Time: 10 mins

2 salmon filets (6 to 8 oz each)
2 lemons
1 teaspoon chives (chopped)
fresh ground pepper
sea salt
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon water

Place the salmon fillets in a square baking dish skin side down.  Squeeze juice of entire lemon over salmon and add fresh ground pepper and sea salt and let sit for 20 minutes.  Heat oil in in a non-stick skillet on medium-high. Cook the salmon, skinside down for 3 or 4 minutes, shaking the pan and carefully lifting the salmon with a spatula to loosen it from the pan. Reduce the heat to medium-low.  Add water and cover the pan and cook until the salmon is cooked through. The skin should be crisp and the flesh medium. Slice remaining lemon and garnish each salmon filet with 2 pieces of lemon and chives.

Pan Seared Salmon

Pan seared salmon.

3 Comments on “Pan Seared Salmon”

  1. 1.) elel
    May 19th, 2010

    i can't get my kids to eat salmon taken from the skin, and they also prefer it in smaller individual pieces cooked on all sides (they're toddlers, so finger-food sized squares), as opposed to mushy pieces taken from the larger fillet — totally a texture thing. they each actually chewed and swallowed several mouthfulls of this trader joe's special tonight: while preheating broiler, skin and chop salmon fillet into shapes/size of choice, add to bowl, smother with tj's soyaki sauce, let marinate a bit until broiler's ready; broil fish up close to the fire for 2 mins. on foil-lined, greased tray; turn pieces and brush w/ leftover soyaki; broil for 2 more minutes; turn pieces and brush w/ leftover soyaki again; broil 2 more minutes (total 6 mins. cook time – came out well done/somewhat crisp).

    looking forward to trying the spinach/rice bake this week!

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