How to Sear Salmon Like a Chef

With Valentine’s Day creeping up, it’s time to start thinking of romantic meals to cook at home. One major winner is salmon. For some, cooking fish at home can be intimidating. While it’s relatively simple to make, I’m here to help you avoid the pitfalls of searing salmon safely, ensuring correct done-ness, choosing the right pan and perfecting your fish meal.

You might decide to grill, bake or poach your fish but my favorite way to cook the most amazing salmon ever is to pan-fry it in with the skin on. This method is quick, crispy, flavorful and super easy. Here are my foolproof ways to sear salmon like a pro (and avoid splattered oil all over your arms.) I’ve been there, done that and I’m here to help!

Perfectly Seared Salmon

  1. Dry the salmon before cooking (oil + water don’t mix, friends!)
  2. Season both sides (keep the skin on) with lemon, salt, pepper.
  3. Slice the salmon into portion-sized pieces depending on how hungry your crowd is.
  4. Heat olive oil in the pan until lightly sizzling. Add salmon slices and top with a splatter screen. Sear 3 minutes on each side watch carefully. You want it pink in the middle.

Three Flexible Leftover Salmon Meal Ideas

  1. Turn last night’s meal into a Salmon Salad: Toss some greens with this honey mustard vinaigrette and your favorite veggies. Serve with a lemon slice
  2. Make salmon burgers with leftover salmon: Remove the skin and mash the cooked salmon in a small bowl. Add sautéed onions, spinach, zucchini, carrots (or whatever veggies you have on hand). Add one egg and almond flour, salt and pepper. Them, form into patties and bake at 350F for around 15 minutes.
  3. Salmon Tacos: Fry one onion. Sprinkle chili blackening spice, salt, pepper and garlic or ginger to taste. Add crumbled (skinless) salmon and heat through. Add the salmon mixture into taco shells or a leaf of romaine lettuce. Top with cilantro, avocado and mango or whatever toppings get you excited.


Salmon is one of the healthiest protein options you can choose – full of B Vitamins & omega 3’s and one of the staples in our household. Once you learn to master and sear salmon, tell me how you create the perfect fish meal, lets chat on Instagram!

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