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Perfect Pan Seared Salmon

4.68 from 52 votes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Yield 2 servings
Category Fish and seafood
Cuisine American
Author Lauren


3 ingredients, 1 pan, and 15 minutes is all you need to make the best pan seared salmon! Crispy on the outside and deliciously moist on the inside, this salmon recipe is best out there!


  • 1 pound skin-on salmon fillet cut into 2 (8-ounce) fillets
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground pepper


  • Combine 1 teaspoon each salt and pepper. Sprinkle half of salt and pepper mixture in bottom of a large nonstick skillet. Arrange salmon, skin side down, in skillet; heat to medium high and sprinkle with remaining salt and pepper over top.
  • Cook salmon, without moving, until fat begins to render and skin starts to brown, 6–7 minutes. Flip, cook until flesh side starts to brown, 6–8 minutes more. Transfer to a plate and let cool. 
  • Serve as desired.



For the best results, use thick salmon fillets, preferably center-cut.
Use kosher salt—not table salt. Table salt will make the salmon too salty. 


Serving: 8ouncesCalories: 263kcalProtein: 39gFat: 12gSaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 88mgSodium: 669mg
Keywords one pan salmon, Pan seared salmon, pan seared salmon with skin, skillet salmon
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