Easy Pan Seared Salmon

5 from 2 votes

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 Swiss Chard on a plate

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 1 PM 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!

Oh 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 recipe. 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 Swiss Chard on a plate

Easy Pan Seared Salmon

5 from 2 votes
Searing salmon at a high temperature locks in the natural juices and heart-healthy oils while creating an irresistible golden crust.
PREP: 2 mins
COOK: 8 mins
TOTAL: 10 mins
Servings: 4



  • Pre-heat a large skillet over high heat then drizzle with olive oil.
  • Sprinkle salmon filets evenly with salt and pepper then place in the pan, skin side down.
  • Cook 4 minutes on the first side or until a nice golden brown crust forms. Flip over and cook additional 3-4 minutes.


Calories: 251kcalCarbohydrates: 0gProtein: 33gFat: 11gSaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 93mgSodium: 656mgPotassium: 833mgFiber: 0gSugar: 0gVitamin A: 70IUCalcium: 20mgIron: 1.4mg
DID YOU TRY THIS RECIPE? Mention @thelemonbowl or tag #thelemonbowl! I would LOVE to see!

22 thoughts on “Easy Pan Seared Salmon”

  1. I can't wait to try this I looks so GOOD I can taste it already. I come from the Pacific North West British Columbia, Canada. My father was a commercial fisherman so growing up we had a surplus of Salmon! I know Lucky Me!! The other recipe with the lemon garlic sauce looks amazing as well. YUM!!

  2. 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.

  3. 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. 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. :-)

    1. 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!

      1. 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… :-)

    2. 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.

      1. 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!

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