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How Long to Cook Salmon in Pan

Pan-Fried Salmon (4 Servings)

  • Author: Bobby


  • Four center-cut salmon fillets with skin, 5-ounce each; 1-inch thick
  • Two tablespoons olive oil
  • Black pepper, freshly ground
  • Kosher salt


  1. Bring out the fillets from the fridge and let them sit at room temperature for 10 minutes. Then, dry with paper towels to remove moisture.
  2. Place a pan over high heat, pour in the oil, and leave to reach a shimmering hot level. As you wait, season the salmon fillets liberally with salt and pepper.
  3. Place the salmon fillets in, skin-side down, and immediately reduce the heat to medium-high.
  4. Press the fillets down with a metal fish spatula so the skin fries evenly. Leave it to cook for 4 minutes, till the fish turns golden brown.
  5. Flip the salmon fillets and press down again for a moment, then leave it to cook for an additional 3 minutes.
  6. Transfer the salmon fillets into a bowl and serve as you please. You can also remove the skin and present it skinless.
  7. You can also consider this video recipe for more ideas about how much time salmon needs to cook in the pan.

Want more? Try this video recipe!