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!

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Julia Mueller

Julia Mueller is a recipe developer, cookbook author, and founder of The Roasted Root. She has authored three bestselling cookbooks, – Paleo Power Powers, Delicious Probiotic Drinks, and The Quintessential Kale Cookbook. Her recipes have been featured in several national publications such as BuzzFeed, Self, Tasty, Country Living,, etc.

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  1. 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.