Cooking Lesson: How to Pan Sear Salmon

I've met many folks who are scared to cook fish. To get people started cooking fish, I often suggest starting with Salmon. 

The reason I like to teach people how to cook salmon is that:
1. It's a healthy fish.
2. It shows you when its done cooking.

Without further ado, here is how you can cook salmon!
Olive Oil
Wild Salmon

  1. Heat oil in a pan over medium heat until the oil is smoking/shimmering
  2. While heating the pan, pat dry your salmon with paper towels.

  3. Rub a small bit of oil on the flesh side of the fillets.
  4. Lightly salt and pepper the fillets on the flesh side.
  5. When you oil is hot, put the fillets in the pan flesh side down and don't move them!

  6. Watch the sides of the salmon to see how fast it's cooking. Once it's cooked through about half-way up the side of the salmon. Flip it over. (Notice in the picture that the white fat line is about mid-way through the salmon. That's when you know to flip it.)

  7. Once the salmon is all the cooked, take it off the pan and serve immediately. (Use the same technique as before: watch the sides of the salmon to see when all the rawness is gone. At that point, take it off the pan.)

1 comment:

DandW said...

This recipe is foolproof and tastes great. Thanks for teaching me this several years ago!!