This simple Pan Seared Salmon comes together with just a few ingredients and cooks in 10 minutes or less! Pair it with roasted potatoes or rice and veggies for a complete meal. 

Why You’ll Love This Pan Seared Salmon

  • It’s easy – all you have to do is season the salmon and sear it in a pan. It’s virtually failproof! 
  • A quick cooking time makes this recipe fast – with just 10 minutes of actual cooking time, there’s no need to spend hours in the kitchen. You’ll be in and out of the kitchen in no time! 
  • It pairs well with a variety of sides – with simple seasonings, there’s not much this salmon recipe doesn’t pair well with. 

pan seared salmon ingredients

Ingredients

Salmon: you’ll need four 6-ounce pieces of center-cut salmon for this recipe. Make sure the skin is off! 

Avocado Oil: I like to use avocado oil for this recipe, but olive oil also works well. 

Fresh Lemon Wedges: this adds a delicious brightness to the fish. 

Helpful Kitchen Tools

  • Paper Towels
  • Large Pan 
  • Measuring Spoons
  • Citrus Juicer

raw salmon on sheet. pan

How to Pan Sear Salmon

Step One: Pat the salmon dry with a paper towel, and season it liberally with salt and pepper. 

Step Two: Heat a large pan over medium-high heat. Once hot, add the oil. 

Step Three: Cook the salmon for 4 to 5 minutes per side until it’s golden brown and crisp and the internal temperature reaches 145 degrees Fahrenheit. 

Step Four: Remove the salmon from the pan, and finish with a squeeze of lemon juice. 

salmon in skillet with lemon wedges

How Do I Know When Salmon Is Done?

The easiest way to know when your pan seared salmon is done is by using an instant-read thermometer. Salmon is considered well done when the internal temperature of the thickest part reaches 145 degrees Fahrenheit. 

However, if you like your salmon more medium-rare, cook it to a temperature between 125 and 130 degrees Fahrenheit. Or, if you prefer your salmon medium (my personal preference!), shoot for a range between 135 and 140 degrees Fahrenheit. 

Alternatively, if you don’t have an instant-read thermometer, you can press down on the top of the salmon filet with your finger or a fork. If the salmon easily flakes or separates, you know it’s done! 

pieces of salmon on platter

How to Serve

I love to serve this pan seared salmon with smashed potatoes or cilantro lime rice and steamed veggies, but feel free to mix and match your favorite sides. For example, more great pairings include:  

How to Store and Reheat

Store leftover salmon in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 to 3 days. 

Reheat in the microwave, a hot skillet with a bit of oil, or on a baking sheet in the oven at 275 degrees just until warmed through.

flaked salmon with fork

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you pan sear salmon skin up or down first?

For this recipe, we remove the skin for perfectly flakey fish. However, if you are leaving the skin on, I recommend searing salmon skin-side-down and flipping it over after it has turned pink about ⅔ of the way up the sides. 

Can you eat salmon skin? 

Yes, salmon skin is completely safe to eat and also happens to be delicious. I love keeping the skin on the salmon to get perfectly crispy skin.

How long does it take to pan sear salmon? 

It will depend on the size and thickness of your salmon. However, I find that 8 to 10 minutes is usually all you need. 

salmon on serving board with lemon wedges

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salmon in skillet with lemon wedges

Simple Pan Seared Salmon

  • Author: Ashlea Carver
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 10 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Gluten Free
  • Author: Ashlea Carver
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 10 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Ingredients

  • 46oz pieces of salmon (center cut), skin removed
  • salt
  • pepper
  • 1 tablespoon avocado or olive oil
  • fresh lemon wedges

Method

  1. Pat the salmon dry with a paper towel and then season liberally with salt and pepper.
  2. Heat a large pan over medium-high heat. Once hot, add the avocado or olive oil.
  3. Cook the salmon 4-5 minutes per side until golden brown, crisp, and the internal temperature reaches 145 degrees.
  4. Remove the salmon from the pan and finish with a squeeze of lemon.

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