Pan Fried Salmon Fillet Recipe

Pan Fried Salmon is a crispy, juicy, and healthy seafood dish. It is usually made with skin-on or skinless salmon fillets, and basic seasoning powders. The recipe I have shared here shows you how to make Pan Fried Salmon with easy step-by-step instructions for you to try and enjoy at home.

I have also shared a detailed video of this recipe below for making the cooking process simple and clear. Pan frying the Salmon is one of the easy, healthyand best ways to cook salmon on the stovetop in under 30 minutes or less. And it can be a perfect dish for a tiring weeknight dinner or a regular day lunch and dinner.

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What is Pan Fried Salmon?

Pan-Fried Salmon is a crispy juicy, and healthy seafood dish. It is usually made with skin-on or skinless salmon fillets, and basic seasoning powders. Pan frying the salmon is one of the easy, fast, and best ways to cook salmon. And it can be a perfect dish for a tiring weeknight dinner or on a regular day lunch and dinner.

As most of you know salmon is a healthy, and protein-filled seafood that has a delicious flavor. It is also a rich source of omega-3 fatty acid that is good for cardiac health. When I think of making salmon recipes, making it on the stovetop is one of my go-to methods since it is faster than the oven or air frying methods. Not only that you can achieve a restaurant quality crispy skin and juicy interior.

Whether you are looking for a healthy meal prep or preparing a delicious dinner for yourself, your family, or your guest, this dish never fails to impress anyone. And you can serve it with a simple salad, brown rice, or roasted vegetables. The best part is the leftovers keep well in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. You can use it in your favorite salads, sandwiches, and stir fry dishes to make a delicious meal.

Ingredients

The ingredients you will need to make this Pan Fried Salmon are simple. The seasoning used here is simple pantry elements that you might already have at home. So let’s see what they are below.

  • Salmon Fillets – I have 4 skin-on salmon fillets that weigh approximately 6 oz and you can also feel free to use skinless fillets
  • Basic Seasoning – Salt, garlic powder, and black pepper powder for seasoning the salmon. But if you want some tangy, citrusy flavor feel free to add some lemon juice
  • Oil – Olive oil or any other cooking oil that’s handy to you. For a richer taste, you could also use butter

For a detailed ingredients list, Please check out the recipe card below.

How to cook or fry Salmon Fillets in the pan?

The recipe I have shared here is a healthy Pan-Fried Salmon made with basic seasoning ingredients. Frying the salmon in the pan is one of the easy ways to cook it and it delivers the crispy skin and juicy and tender insides. It is one of the best main course dishes that can be served for lunch and dinner.

Pan fried salmon fillets in a black plate with rice, cucumber and cut fruits.

Following are the high-level instructions to make this recipe but for detailed step-by-step instructions with photos and video, please check out the recipe card below.

  • Prep Seasoning – In a bowl, add garlic, black pepper powder, and salt. Mix well and reserve it for season salmon
  • Oil Coat – In a tray, place salmon fillets one by one and rub each fillet with oil. I have used 1 tsp of oil to coat all 4 salmon fillets here
  • Season – Season the salmon with reserved spice powder. Make sure to rub the spice powder on all sides of the salmon fillet
  • Place Salmon fillet – In a pan with medium heat, pour the oil and place the salmon fillets facing skin side down
  • Fry – Press with a spatula and give slight pressure for 30 to 40 seconds on each fillet and cook for about 4 minutes. Pressing the salmon will help to achieve a crispy skin
  • Flip and Fry – Now flip the salmon to the other side and fry for another 2 to 3 minutes or until it turns golden in color
  • Remove – Remove the Pan Fried Salmon from the oil and it is now ready for you to taste and enjoy
  • Serve – Serve this healthy Pan Fried Salmon with rice, salads, or roasted vegetables like roasted asparagus, roasted green beans, roasted broccoli, or similar sides of your choice

Tips

  • For Crispy skin – Pressing the salmon fillet facing skin side down firmly for about 40 to 30 seconds and frying on medium heat delivers a crispy skin
  • Nonstick pan – Using a good nonstick pan helps to achieve nonsticking skin and also helps to flip the fillets easily
  • Seasoning – I have used a simple seasoning powder like garlic and pepper powder for making this dish, but you can also use garlic butter sauce or honey garlic sauce I have used honey glazed salmon for a different flavor

How long to Pan fry salmon?

Salmon fillets naturally take less time to cook for about 3 to 5 minutes in medium-high heat on one side. However, it may also depend on the thickness of the fillet you are using. Usually, for crispy skin, you should fry the salmon fillets for about 4 to 5 minutes facing skin-side down. Then flipped and cooked another side for about 3 minutes. I also recommend checking the internal temperature of the salmon using a thermometer. The safest internal temperature for consuming salmon recommended by USDA is 145 °F (62.8 °C)

Also, maintaining the temperature of the pan in medium-high heat is a key factor to avoid skin sticking to the pan. I suggest making this dish in a good quality nonstick pan to achieve the best results.

Calories

This Pan Fried Salmon that I have shared here contains 311 calories per serving and it is an estimation by the nutrition calculator. The calorie count may change if you change or alter any of the ingredients. You could also find detailed nutritional information in the recipe card below.

Storage Suggestions

This Fried Salmon stays good in the refrigerator for up to 2 days in closed air-tight containers. You could also use the leftovers in the tacos, salads, and other stir fry recipes.

Serving Suggestions

You can serve this Pan Fried Salmon with your favorite side dishes. We usually love to pair it with roasted vegetables, like roasted carrots, roasted broccoli, roasted asparagus, sauteed spinach, roasted cauliflower, roasted green beans, roasted potatoes, or baked potatoes.

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Pan Fried Salmon Fillet Recipe Video

I have also shared a detailed video of this Pan Fried Salmon Recipe below that I hope will help you to make a healthy seafood dish at home. You could also find this recipe in a story format.

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Pan fried salmon in a black plate with rice, cucumber and cut fruits.

Pan Fried Salmon

Pan Fried Salmon is a crispy, juicy, and healthy seafood dish. It is usually made with skin-on or skinless salmon fillets, and basic seasoning powders. Pan frying the salmon is one of the easy, healthy, and best ways to cook salmon on the stovetop in under 30 minutes or less. And it can be a perfect dish for a tiring weeknight dinner or a regular day lunch and dinner.

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Course: Main Course

Cuisine: American

Prep: 5 mins

Cook: 10 mins

Adjust 4 serving

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Instructions

To serve

  • Serve this healthy Pan Fried Salmon with rice, salads, or roasted vegetables, like roasted carrots, roasted broccoli, roasted asparagussauteed spinach, roasted cauliflower, roasted green beans, roasted potatoes, or baked potatoes or similar sides of your choice

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Notes

  • For Crispy skin – Pressing the salmon fillet facing skin side down firmly for about 40 to 30 seconds and frying on medium heat delivers a crispy skin
  • Nonstick pan – Using a good nonstick pan helps to achieve nonsticking skin and also helps to flip the fillets easily
  • Seasoning – I have used a simple seasoning powder like garlic and pepper powder for making this dish, but you can also use garlic butter sauce or honey garlic sauce I have used honey glazed salmon for a different flavor

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 311kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 34g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g | Monnounsaturated Fat: 8g | Trans Fat: 0.03g | Cholesterol: 94mg | Sodium: 75mg | Potassium: 852mg | Fiber: 0.2g | Sugar: 0.1g | Vitamin A: 276IU | Vitamin C: 0.4mg | Calcium: 22mg | Iron: 1mg

FAQ

What is Pan-Fried Salmon?

Pan-Fried Salmon is a crispy, juicy, and healthy seafood dish. It is usually made with skin-on or skinless salmon fillets, and basic seasoning powders. Pan frying the salmon is one of the easy, fast, and best ways to cook salmon. And it can be a perfect dish for a tiring weeknight dinner or on a regular day lunch and dinner.

How long to fry salmon in the pan?

Usually, for crispy skin, the salmon fillets are fried for approximately 4 to 5 minutes facing skin-side down. Then flipped and cook on another side for about 3 minutes. I also recommend checking the internal temperature of the salmon using a thermometer. The safest internal temperature for consuming salmon recommended by USDA is 145 °F (62.8 °C)

Is Pan-Fried Salmon healthy?

Yes, Pan Fried Salmon is one of the healthy ways to cook it, especially if you are looking for a crispy exterior and juicy interior. It is usually made with a minimal amount of olive for frying the salmon fillets compared to other fried recipes.

Why does my salmon stick to the bottom while frying in a pan?

Maintaining the temperature of the pan in medium-high heat is a key factor to avoid skin sticking to the pan. I suggest making this dish in a good quality nonstick pan to achieve the best results.

How many calories are there in Pan Fried Salmon?

This Pan Fried Salmon that I have shared here contains 311 calories per serving and it is an estimation by the nutrition calculator. The calorie count may change if you change or alter any of the ingredients. You could also find detailed nutritional information in the recipe card above.

I hope you enjoyed the recipe I shared here and would love to hear from you about how it turned out for you. Please let me know.

If you have any other questions, feel free to post them in the comment section below and I will try to get back to you as soon as possible.

Happy Cooking!

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