Crisp Pan-Seared Salmon

Salmon is cooked until crispy in a cast-iron skillet with just a touch of olive oil, salt, and pepper for a quick and simple main dish that's versatile enough to serve with any of your favorite sides.

Total Time:
15 mins
4 servings


  • 1 teaspoon olive oil

  • 4 (6-ounce) skinless center-cut pieces of salmon fillet, about 1 1/4-inches thick

  • Scant 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt

  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper


  1. Set a large cast-iron skillet over high heat. When a drop of water skitters on the surface, after about 3 minutes, add the oil. Tilt the pan to coat the bottom evenly and heat until the oil is almost smoking, about 30 seconds. Season the salmon with the salt and pepper and add to the skillet, skinned side up. Cook until golden brown on the bottom, about 4 minutes. Turn the salmon, lower the heat to moderate, and sear until just cooked, 3 to 4 minutes longer.

    Crisp Pan Seared Salmon
    © Abby Hocking

Suggested pairing

Try an oaky Chardonnay, such as the Cakebread from California or the Louis Jadot Puligny-Montrachet from France.

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