Perfect Pan Seared Salmon In 10 Minutes

A cooked salmon filet in a cast iron pan.

5 from 9 reviews

If you've ever wondered how to cook salmon perfectly every single time, this pan seared salmon recipe is the answer. Not only does the salmon end up perfectly flakey and juicy with just the right amount of crispiness on the skin, but the entire process takes just 10 minutes. Yes, you read that right. In just 10 minutes you can make restaurant-quality salmon at home. And you only need a few simple ingredients to do it.



1 Salmon filet (6oz - 170g)

1-2 Tbsp olive oil

Fresh lemon juice to taste

Salt & Pepper to taste


  1. Pat salmon filet dry.
  2. Coat the flesh side with a 1/2 tbsp of olive oil, and then sprinkle on a small amount of salt and pepper.
  3. Next, flip the filet over so it’s skin side up, and coat in olive oil salt and pepper.
  4. Set a pan over medium-low heat, and add around a 1/2 tablespoon of olive oil to it. 
  5. Heat the oil until it’s hot, and then add the salmon to it skin side down. Cook like this until 80% -of the fish has been cooked - around 7 minutes, or around 100°F.
  6. Flip the fish over and cook it flesh side down until the remaining 20% fully cooks - around 2-3 minutes or 130°F.
  7. Remove it from the heat, and let it rest skin side up for a couple of minutes before serving. The skin will keep the juices trapped inside the salmon as it cools.
  8. Serve flesh side up, and top with lemon juice to taste.


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