How to make incredibly tasty Pan Grilled Salmon. The dry rub that goes on the fish adds lots of flavor to an already tasty fish. Serve this with a favorite vegetable side dish for a complete meal.
One of the quickest ways to get dinner on the table is to make Pan Grilled Salmon. Ready in less than 30 minutes and so so good!
You'll love this recipe because it is:
- Quick and easy.
- Healthy. Salmon is loaded with lots of nutrients for you!
- Versatile. You can pair this salmon with so many sides like sautéed vegetables, mashed potatoes, steamed vegetables, rice, and so on.
Ingredients For Pan Grilled Salmon
- Salmon Fillets. Fresh or frozen salmon fillets. The fillets should be at room temperature to ensure even cooking.
- Salt. For flavor.
- Ground White Pepper or Black Pepper. I love using white pepper with fish. The flavor of white pepper really complements fish well. But if you can't find white pepper just go with black pepper.
- Garlic Granules or Powder. For flavor.
- Parsley Flakes/Dried Parsley
- Dried Basil
- Paprika Powder
- Olive oil
Easy Salmon Seasoning
Making Salmon seasoning is really easy! Just mix together garlic granules, salt, white or black pepper, dried parsley, and dried basil.
This pan fried salmon dry rub is great on other kinds of fish, beef, pork and chicken! Try using it to season steak or chicken thighs. So good!
How To Pan Grill Salmon
- First pat salmon dry with paper towels. This will help create a nice crust on the fish.
- Mix seasoning and rub all over the fish. You need about a teaspoon of seasoning per fillet. Rub the seasoning all over the fish making sure to rub the sides as well.
- Heat oil in a pan (preferably a cast iron skillet).
- Add seasoned salmon to the skillet and cook for about 4 minutes on each side until opaque.
TIPS FOR PAN GRILLED SALMON
- Use a cast iron pan or non-stick skillet (the fish is easier to flip with non-stick) for pan grilled salmon. Stainless steel works as well due to even distribution of heat but could easily stick. If you use a stainless steel skillet be sure to generously grease it.
2. Start cooking the salmon skin side down. It is easier to flip fish when the skin is down since the flesh is too delicate.
3. Press salmon down once it reaches the hot skillet to ensure crispy skin and even cooking.
4. Cook salmon on medium heat: 4-5 minutes on first side until opaque or adjust time depending on thickness of salmon. Cook for about 4 minutes on the other side.
5. Wipe pan between batches if cooking in a smaller skillet and in several batches.
6. Use a large cast iron skillet (12 inches) to cook all fillets at once.
7. Cook the salmon fillets in a grill pan for epic grill marks.
Is It Better To Bake or Pan Fry Salmon?
It depends. Baking salmon requires little hands on time to prep the fish then you let the oven do the work.
Pan frying salmon gives you a nice crust and it is the way to go if you do not want to turn on your oven.
Pan frying salmon is quicker too as the fish only needs to cook for about 4 minutes per side.
This recipe would work for both pan grilled or oven-baked salmon.
How Long To Cook Salmon in Pan
Cook salmon for about 4 minutes per side on medium-high heat. To check if salmon is done, gently press on the fish with a fork. If it flakes easily then it is done.
What To Serve With Pan Fried Salmon
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Pan Grilled Salmon
- 6 salmon fillets 6 ounces each, skin on, fish should be at room temperature
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon ground white pepper or ground black pepper see note 3
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder or granules
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- 1 teaspoon dried basil
- 1 teaspoon dried parsley
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- Pat dry room temperature salmon fillets with paper towel on both sides.
- Make the seasoning mix. In a small bowl mix together the salt, white or black pepper, garlic powder, paprika, and onion powder.
- Pour about a teaspoon of the seasoning mix over each salmon fillet. Using your fingers, rub the seasoning mix over the fillets ensuring that the seasoning is well distributed on the fish.
- Place a cast iron skillet or grill pan on medium heat and let it heat up. Add 1 tablespoon of oil to the pan and swirl to ensure the oil coats the pan. Let the oil heat up for 1-2 minutes until shimmering then add the salmon skin side down to the pan. Let it cook on one side undisturbed for 5 minutes. I cook 3 fillets at a time in my grill pan.
- Flip the salmon to the other side and let it cook for another 4-5 minutes until the fish is opaque and easily flakes or until desired doneness. Remove salmon from pan and repeat the process with the remaining 3 salmon fillets, starting with adding the remaining olive oil to the pan.
- (I used fairly thick salmon so I had to cook them for about 4-5 minutes on the other side. So watch your fish, depending on its thickness, it might take a shorter time to cook.)
- Serve this Pan Grilled Salmon warm with your favorite vegetable or carb side dish. I love it with sautéed vegetables!