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A simple, pan-seared salmon should be a staple item on your menu rotation. Packed with omega-3's, this nutritious meal also goes with just about everything. Just pan-sear and add your favorite topping or sauce and serve with the sides of the day.

Simply Pan-Seared Salmon

This pan-seared salmon is so easy to make and pairs well with any sides. Cook filets that are up to 1.25/1.5 pounds as a whole, or cut into smaller, portion-sized filets if you prefer.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Servings 4 people


  • 1 tablespoon butter or canola/avocado oil
  • 1 ½ pounds salmon filet
  • 1 teaspoon coarse salt (e.g., Kosher or sea salt)
  • 1 pinch freshly ground pepper (optional)
  • ¼ cup fresh chopped parsley or dill or 2 tablespoons of chopped chives
  • ½ lemon sliced into wedges


  • Heat butter or oil over medium heat in a 12-inch cast-iron or non-stick skillet. Season salmon with salt on non-skin side.
  • Add salmon, non-skin side down, and cook for 4-6 minutes, adjusting heat as needed.
  • Use a large spatula to gently flip salmon. Cook for another 3 to 5 minutes, until just cooked through or almost cooked through.
  • Transfer to serving platter. Sprinkle with fresh herbs and arrange lemon slices on the side


Note, thicker cuts will take longer to cook through, while tail-end or thinner filets may take only 3 minutes per side.
For filets that are thicker than 1 inch or greater than 1.25/1.5 pounds, cut into portion-sized pieces before cooking.