This recipe is a special request for many of my readers. For months I have been asked for the Pan Seared Salmon recipe and I finally got the measurements perfect for all of you. Salmon is one of our favorite protein dishes in our household which means we always find new ways to prepare it. Although this way isn’t particularly “new” it’s a classic that never gets old.
One of my favorite aspects of this recipe is the freedom to season according to your taste. I will give an initial blueprint, but you can add whatever other seasonings you please to the fish. Especially if you have a favorite seasoning combo to pair with side dishes. I was inspired to create this recipe by our local Jamaican restaurant. They make an amazing pan seared salmon with a mushroom cream sauce. (I haven’t perfected a recipe for the sauce yet but look out for it in the future!) I decided to create my own pan seared salmon recipe to share with all of you.
This recipe works well with so many side dishes. We love to make Lemon Garlic Asparagus and rice to pair with this dish. Another favorite is Oven Roasted Broccoli and quinoa. My oldest daughter is almost 5 years old and salmon is one of her favorite dinners in our home. Which is a winning situation all around because she eats healthy and enjoys the food she’s eating. We can go ahead and get started on that recipe, but remember to have fun, and even test out some new seasoning flavors on this meal! To get started you will need:
Pan Seared Salmon
- 1.5 Lbs. Salmon
- 1-2 Cups Vegetable Oil
- 1 Sprig of Lemon Thyme *or fresh lemon juice & thyme
- 1 Tbsp. Scallions
- 4 tsp. Onion Powder *divided in 1/2 tsps.
- 4 tsp. Garlic Powder *divided in 1/2 tsps.
- 2 tsp. Paprika *divided in 1/4 tsps.
- Sea Salt *to taste
- Fresh Cracked Black Pepper *to taste
In a frying pan heat half an inch of vegetable oil over medium low heat.
While your oil heats remove the skin from your salmon (if it’s not skinless) and cut into 4 pieces.
Generously season EACH side of your salmon filets with 1/2 tsp garlic powder, onion powder, 1/4 tsp paprika, sea salt and pepper.
Gently place 2 salmon filets in the hot oil. Add your spring of lemon thyme (or regular thyme with fresh lemon juice) to the pan as well and let the filets sear for about 5 minutes on each side or until there’s a golden crisp sear on each side.
Place on a paper towel lined plate to allow the excess oil to drain from the fish. Top with your diced scallions and enjoy!