Basic Seared Salmon Fillet Recipe

Basic Seared Salmon Fillet
Difficulty: Easy | Total Time: | Makes: 2 servings

A simple seared salmon fillet can jazz up a lettuce or grain salad, be added to herbed scrambled eggs, or be served with vegetable sides or legumes. Just season the fish with salt and pepper and sear both sides in a hot pan with oil until just done in the center.

  • 2 to 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 (6-ounce, 1-1/2-inch-thick) skin-on salmon fillets
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  1. Heat the oil a medium frying pan over high heat until shimmering (there should be a thin coating of oil over the entire surface of the pan—add more if needed). Meanwhile, pat the salmon dry with paper towels and generously season both sides with salt and pepper.
  2. Lay the salmon skin-side down in the pan and reduce the heat to medium low. Do not move the fish. Cook, undisturbed, until the skin is deeply browned and crispy and the salmon is cooked about three-quarters of the way through, about 7 minutes (the salmon should easily release from the pan; if it doesn’t, let it cook a minute more).
  3. Using a flat metal spatula or fish spatula, flip the salmon and cook until it’s just barely opaque in the center, about 3 minutes more. Serve immediately, skin-side up.