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Garlic Lemon Herb Pan-Fried Salmon

Pan-Fried Salmon in a garlic lemon herb sauce is a crispy skillet-cooked salmon recipe that requires few ingredients and only about 15 minutes to make.

Looking for that ONE skillet-cooked salmon recipe that you can swaddle your life around and use over and over and over on repeat? 

You’re in luck.

This easy approach to cooking salmon in a skillet can be your new go-to method for preparing fish. It requires so little time, energy and ingredients yet the result is a perfectly crispy salmon (the best kind!) with a nice moist and tender inside.

So let’s make it!

How to Make Garlic Lemon Herb Pan-Fried Salmon:

Heat the avocado oil in a large stainless steel or cast iron skillet (12-inch skillet recommended) over medium-high heat.

Sprinkle salmon fillets with sea salt, onion powder, and black pepper. Carefully place flesh-side down on the hot skillet. Cook 2 to 3 minutes, until the sides begin turning opaque. Carefully flip to the other side and cook another 2 minutes. If necessary, turn heat down to medium or medium-low.

Add the remaining ingredients (garlic, lemon zest, and lemon juice and parsley) and stir.

Cover skillet and cook an additional 2 to 5 minutes, until salmon reaches desired done-ness.

Serve salmon with favorite side dishes and enjoy!

Suggested Side Dishes:

    • Crispy salmon for life!

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      Garlic Lemon Herb Pan-Fried Salmon

      Skillet-cooked salmon with lemon and herbs
      Prep Time10 minutes
      Cook Time15 minutes
      Total Time25 minutes
      Course: Main Dishes
      Cuisine: American
      Servings: 4 servings
      Calories: 361kcal
      Author: Julia

      Ingredients

      • 3 Tbsp avocado oil
      • 1 1/2 lbs salmon cut into fillets
      • 2 tsp onion powder
      • 1/4 tsp black pepper
      • 1/4 tsp sea salt to taste
      • 4 cloves garlic minced
      • 1 lemon zested
      • 2 Tbsp lemon juice
      • 1/2 cup fresh parsley chopped

      Instructions

      • Heat the avocado oil in a large stainless steel or cast iron skillet (12-inch skillet recommended) over medium-high heat.
      • Sprinkle salmon fillets with sea salt, onion powder, and black pepper. Carefully place flesh-side down on the hot skillet. Cook 2 to 3 minutes, until the sides begin turning opaque. Carefully flip to the other side and cook another 2 minutes. If necessary, turn heat down to medium or medium-low.
      • Add the remaining ingredients (garlic, lemon zest, and lemon juice and parsley) and stir.
      • Cover skillet and cook an additional 2 to 5 minutes, until salmon reaches desired done-ness. Serve salmon with favorite side dishes and enjoy!

      Nutrition

      Serving: 1serving | Calories: 361kcal | Protein: 35g | Fat: 24g
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Arpita Patel

Thursday 7th of May 2020

This dish is wonderful! It is so quick and easy and full of flavor. The only thing I would do different is wait a little longer to add the capers because they got a bit too over-cooked.

Julia

Friday 8th of May 2020

Ah that is great feedback! Thank you, Arpita! xoxo

Margo

Wednesday 26th of February 2020

The sauce burns if you put it on the pan For 5 min, the parsley loses color and crispness.

Leigh

Wednesday 12th of February 2020

Looks good! Do you leave the skin on then?

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