Pan Seared Salmon with Garlicky Swiss Chard

Searing salmon at a high temperature locks in the natural juices and heart-healthy oils while creating an irresistible golden crust.
Pan Seared Salmon with Garlicky Swiss Chard - The Lemon Bowl
Salmon is not only one of the most nutrient-dense foods available but it also happens to be one of the easiest to prepare. Like anything, the secret to cooking salmon is to start with a high-quality, fresh product. The better the fish, the less time and fuss it requires. And since I can barely keep my eyes open past 1PM these days, I am all about fuss free.

Wild Alaskan Salmon - The Lemon Bowl

Speaking of exhaustion, people often ask me if salmon is safe to eat during pregnancy. Not only is it completely safe to eat but it is highly encouraged!  The health benefits of salmon are practically endless but here are a few big ones:

  • DHA’s: The DHA’s found in salmon are a powerful type of fat that help promote brain development during pregnancy. These fats are even more important in the third-trimester when brain growth is at an all time high.
  • Omega-3’s: Salmon is an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids which may reduce the risk of heart disease, lower your chance of getting cancer and fight inflammation.
  • Vitamin E: Salmon is a good source of Vitamin E, a powerful antioxidant. These antioxidants help fight cell damage which helps prevent cancer and heart disease.

Chopped Swiss Chard - The Lemon BowlOh and just when you thought this dish couldn’t get any healthier, I throw in my easy and addictive Sautéed Swiss Chard with Garlic and Lemon. If you don’t have Swiss chard, swap out kale, spinach or your favorite leafy green. My husband and 2 year old can’t get enough of this fast side dish. I hope you love it as much as we do.

Your fork is waiting.

Pan Seared Salmon with Garlicky Swiss Chard
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Searing salmon at a high temperature locks in the natural juices and heart-healthy oils while creating an irresistible golden crust.
Recipe type: Entree
Serves: 4
  1. Pre-heat a large skillet over high heat then drizzle with olive oil.
  2. Sprinkle salmon filets evenly with salt and pepper then place in the pan, skin side down.
  3. Cook 4 minutes on the first side or until a nice golden brown crust forms. Flip over and cook additional 3-4 minutes.
  4. Serve over Sautéed Swiss Chard with Lemon and Garlic.

Disclaimer: My friends at Copper River Salmon sent me this beautiful fish to sample. I was not compensated to write this post and all opinions are my own. 


  1. says

    I love a good salmon recipe–so healthy and good for you. My son used to eat it but now that he is a whopping 2 years old the picky stage has set in–it makes me sad because I know how good it is for their little developing brains! :) I can’t wait to try this recipe.

    • Liz DellaCroce says

      It’s funny, Asher is getting a bit more picky by the day as well! Certainly things he used loved he won’t eat and vice versa!

  2. Susan says

    Copper River salmon is the best! My favorite grocery store in Richmond, VA, which unfortunately no longer exists, always carried it when it was in season, and I always looked forward to getting it. I’m not sure I can get my husband to eat salmon, but I’m definitely keeping this recipe, including the chard. My husband is getting better about liking some of the weird stuff (his description) I cook, so there is hope. :-)

    • Liz DellaCroce says

      You must give it a try!! This is one of my husband’s favorite meals of all time and trust me, he is a burgers and pizza guy!

      • Susan says

        Finding Copper River salmon here will not happen. El Paso just doesn’t get into stuff like that. But I think any wild salmon should work. At some point I will give give it a try – when I’ve been cooking all stuff he already likes for a while… :-)

  3. says

    Searing salmon makes it SO MUCH better than other cooking methods, right?! And I love the idea of these garlicky greens! Can’t wait to give those a try. Hope you’re feeling well, my friend!

  4. says

    I love the looks of the heart healthy meal. I’m always looking for a way to add chard to the menu as it comes often in my csa. I hope you don’t mind, but I’ve linked to your recipe on my weekend healthy recipes roundup over at the blog.


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