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Pan Seared Salmon with Zesty Tomato-Onion Relish

Pan Seared Salmon ~ is quickly sautéed for a few minutes, then simmered with fresh chopped tomatoes and chopped onions and finished off with some chicken broth, lemon juice, lemon zest and fresh chopped parsley to create a zesty, juicy and flavorful salmon.  The tomato-onion relish is so light and fresh tasting, it adds a delicious sauce to the salmon- even turning those ‘salmon-haters’ into loving this dish!

I haven’t made salmon in a while and was craving for it. This recipe happens to be one of my favorites.  Served warm, the salmon is perfectly cooked!  It’s tender, super moist and juicy, and it has a very refreshing taste because it’s finished with a touch of lemon juice and lemon zest.

Salmon can taste fishy at times, depending how you cook it.  But this recipe is wonderful for salmon, because the chicken broth combined with the tomato-onion relish and lemon juice actually takes away that fishy taste and adds in the tangy, zesty and fresh flavors. So yummy!

First, I prep this dish by chopping all the vegetables, then grating some lemon zest and juicing half of a lemon.  Next, I worked on cooking the salmon for a few minutes, then adding the tomato and onion relish and finishing it with some chicken broth, lemon juice and lemon zest. Makes a flavorful sauce for the salmon.

The total time to make this seafood dish is about approximately 15 to 20 minutes from start to finish. It turned out so good!  Even my husband who is not crazy about salmon really enjoyed this dish.  All you need to serve with this salmon is a side dish of polenta or mashed potatoes, or maybe just a simple green salad to complete the meal.  Enjoy!

Pan Seared Salmon with Zesty Tomato-Onion Relish

  • 2 salmon fillets – skin removed
  • 1 large yellow onion- thinly chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves – thinly sliced
  • 3  small plum ripe tomatoes- chopped
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 tsp. Italian Seasonings -( I use McCormick)
  • 1 Tbsp. lemon zest
  • 1 Tbsp. lemon juice
  • 2 Tbsp. fresh parsley
  • 1 tsp. sea salt, divided
  • 1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes
  • 1/8 tsp. black pepper
  • 2 Tbsp. canola oil ( or olive oil), divided

Zest and grate lemon peel for about 1 tablespoon, and squeeze 1 table of lemon juice. and set aside. Lightly season your salmon fillets with some sea salt and black pepper.

Preheat a large skilled  on medium-high for 2 minutes.
Place 1 tablespoon of canola oil in pan and cook fish for 3 minutes on each side or until seared and browned. Remove salmon from pan and set aside.

Place the remaining 1 tablespoon of oil to the pan, add onions, garlic and salt; cook for about 3 minutes, or until onions have softened.

Reduce heat, add pepper flakes and sauté for another minute. Return salmon to pan and add chicken broth, tomatoes and Italian seasonings, cook and simmer for about 3 to 4 minutes until liquid has reduced a little.

Stir in the lemon zest, lemon juice and fresh parsley.
Turn off heat.  Remove salmon from pan, transfer to a serving platter and add the tomato-onion relish on top and serve.

Buon Appetito!

Have a great day! Thanks again for stopping by!

Serves 2

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    September 19, 2012 at 6:43 am

    Nice recipe. Unfortunately, I'm cooking bad :(.
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    Tricia @ saving room for dessert
    September 19, 2012 at 12:03 pm

    Your salmon is perfectly cooked! Absolutely beautiful. The onion and tomato relish has me drooling this morning. I love everything about this recipe! Great photos too 🙂

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    Chatty Crone
    September 19, 2012 at 1:23 pm

    I think that is lovely looking – not a big fan of salmon – but if I was – yummy!

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    September 20, 2012 at 12:33 pm

    Yum! not much more to say, is there? Deb@healthycomfort

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    September 20, 2012 at 12:58 pm

    Thank you ladies! We appreciate your comments and hope you will try this recipe! Thanks again.

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    November 4, 2013 at 1:58 pm

    This is such a fresh flavored meal!! I don't often crave seafood, but salmon will now be on my brain for the rest of the day!

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      November 5, 2013 at 3:11 am

      Thanks Joanne, this happens to be one of my favorite recipes for salmon.

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    Vicki Bensinger
    November 4, 2013 at 4:06 pm

    This look delicious! It's light and healthy. I could eat salmon everyday, I wish my family liked it as much as I do. Nice recipe!

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      November 5, 2013 at 3:09 am

      Thanks Vicki, the same for me as well.

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    Roz Corieri Paige
    November 5, 2013 at 1:20 am

    Salmon is just the best! I love the salsa cruda that you created to ladle on top! Delizioso Anna and Liz!


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    SavoringTime in the Kitchen
    May 15, 2015 at 9:52 pm

    We enjoy wild caught salmon every week or two. Alaskan King salmon is my all-time favorite. Always looking for new ways to prepare it and this sounds perfect for spring and summer.

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      May 19, 2015 at 7:08 pm

      Thanks Sue! the simplicity to this recipe is what I love about it! Enjoy!

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    Cali @ Cali's Cuisine
    May 18, 2015 at 12:58 pm

    This looks spectacular! I tend to bake or grill salmon, but will give this a try. Bravo!

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    Abbe@This is How I Cook
    July 15, 2015 at 8:17 pm

    Salmon always turns out great! And this certainly looks that way!

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      August 18, 2015 at 5:35 am

      Thanks Amy! Have a great week!

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    Cali @ Cali's Cuisine
    July 18, 2015 at 1:39 pm

    Thank you for sharing this recipe! Our family has gotten out of the habit of a weekly fish night, but this may get us going again. Wonderful!

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      August 18, 2015 at 5:32 am

      So glad to hear that! Thanks Cali for stopping by!

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