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Perfect Seared Salmon

  • Author: Kristin Dovbniak
  • Prep Time: 2
  • Cook Time: 6-10 minutes
  • Total Time: 0 hours



1 salmon filet per person
sea salt
seasonings of choice (garlic powder, powered ginger and coriander is my go-to)
neutral cooking oil


1. Take salmon out of fridge and let sit for 10 minutes before searing.

2. Pat salmon dry and season generously with salt and seasonings of choice.

3. Let the pan get HOT before searing (medium-high). Add oil and swirl to coat pan.

4. Place salmon skin side down if you want CRISPY skin. I prefer flesh side down for the best sear. Cook 2 minutes without flipping.

5. Flip and continue to cook for 3-5 minutes (thinner filets only need 5-7 minutes total, thicker can need up to 8-10). 
4-6 minutes total: Medium
6-7 minutes: Medium-well 
7-9 minutes: Well done 

6. For cooked-through salmon, sear for 2-3 minutes per side and place in oven at 400 for 4-5 minutes post-searing. Rest before serving.