How to make Pan-Seared Salmon?

Below is an easy recipe with tips on how to make a Grilled Salmon.  There are many ways of serving grilled salmon.  2 of the ways that I normally do are:

  • Pan Fried Salmon on a bed of jasmine steamed rice with Chinese vegetables
  • Pan Fried Salmon with mango salsa on mixed green salad

The trick to making the best pan fried salmon is by using a Lodge Cast Iron Pan!  The 10 inch pan is sufficient to pan sear 2 pieces of the salmon fillets.

Tips to sear salmon so it does not stick:

  • Use a Hot pan
  • Dry the Salmon with paper towel after wash
  • Time
  • Leave salmon in room temperature for 15 minutes-1/2 hour before cooking

Check out “How to prevent fish from sticking to the pan

Tips:  If you buy the “Organic” Salmon, there is no bones in the salmon fillet.  We bought the Organic Salmon from Metro and that has no bones.



When we bought the regular Salmon from Costco, there are bones in the salmon fillets. You need to feel the salmon when washing and remove the bones before cooking.

  • The first time we pan seared the salmon, we put the skin down side on the cast iron pan first  and fry until crispy then we flip the salmon with good side until nicely colored.
  • There is another way where you start frying with the good side on the pan first, then flip over with the skin down.  We might try this way the next time to see if it is any better.



I serve the pan-seared salmon with summer mixed green salad.  I bought the Mango Salsa from Costco. This is the best mango salsa that I have tasted so far.  The salmon tastes delicious with the mango salsa.

Mango Salsa

 

 

 

 

 



Below is the nutrition facts of the mango salsa:

Mango Salsa's Nutrition Facts

 

 

 

 

 

 

Enjoy!

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Pan Seared Salmon
Sear Salmon in Lodge Cast Iron Pan
Pan Seared Salmon on a Lodge Cast Iron Pan
Course Main Dish
Keyword Pan
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
Course Main Dish
Keyword Pan
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
Pan Seared Salmon on a Lodge Cast Iron Pan
Instructions
  1. Wash the salmon and remove bones if there are any. (Image with salmon from Costco)
    Salmon
  2. Dry the salmon fillet with a piece of paper towel. Leave the salmon in room temperature for 15 minutes or 1/2 hour.
  3. Place Skin side down on the Lodge Cast Iron Pan to pan sear until the skin is crispy.
  4. Add Salt and Pepper (more than usual)
  5. Flip the salmon over and pan sear the good side until nicely colored. Make sure to not over-cook it.
    Pan Seared Salmon on a Lodge Cast Iron Pan
  6. Add Salt and Pepper on this side after the salmon was flipped over.
  7. Remove the salmon from the pan and put on a tray and cook in the oven for 10-15 minutes at 320F
  8. Serve with Mango Salsa from Costco and some mixed green salad.
    Pan-Seared Salmon with Mango Salsa
Recipe Notes
  • Make sure to put the salmon on a parchment paper when put in the oven. Otherwise it will stick to the tray.
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