Pan-Seared Salmon with Relish

Pan-Seared Salmon with Relish is a quick dinner cooked in one skillet and simmered with a light tomato-onion relish as the sauce. Finished off with some lemon zest and lemon juice gives it a fresh flavor.  A delicious seafood dinner that’s ready in minutes is ideal for any busy weeknight. After one bite, you’ll love this flavorful salmon, it is different from all other salmon recipes.

Salmon is often grilled and served over a salad like our Grilled Salmon Over Chilled Tomato Arugula Salad, or baked like our recipe for Easy Baked Salmon with Marinade.

Both methods are simple and easy too.  But- this salmon is easily simmered with tomato-onion relish “as the sauce”and it is even better!  

How to make this amazing Pan-Seared Salmon with Relish?

This recipe is a simple method of cooking salmon in a skillet and embellishing it with a few fresh vegetables to build on flavor, making the salmon taste amazing.


it takes a few minutes to sear the salmon, then the fresh vegetables are added, making the salmon exquisitely flavorful.

The sauce: our zesty tomato-onion relish includes:

  • freshly chopped ripe tomatoes
  • chopped onion
  • fresh garlic
  • lemon juice
  • lemon zest
  • and Italian seasonings 

It takes only these ingredients to make this salmon – best tasting!

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What to look for when buying salmon?  

  • Salmon steaks should be at least 1-inch thick or more in the center and thinner on the outer ends.
  • Raw salmon should have a bright orange color and no dull brown coloring to it.
  • Always check to see if the bottom skins have been removed.  This is the smelliest part of the salmon.
  • Check to see if the salmon you are buying doesn’t have a “fishy” smell to it.  It should smell fresh and like the sea.
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Can we use frozen salmon?

Yes, you can. Be sure to fully thaw the fish before cooking. Follow the directions on the package on how to thaw properly.

Ingredients Needed to Make this Pan-Seared Salmon:

For this easy pan-seared salmon recipe, you will need the following ingredients:

  • 3 salmon steaks or fillets
  • 2 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil – divided
  • 1 tsp. Italian seasonings
  • 1 large onion- thinly chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves – thinly sliced
  • 2 to 3 ripe tomatoes – chopped
  • 1/8 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 tsp. sea salt
  • 1 cup chicken or vegetable broth
  • 1 Tbsp. lemon zest
  • 1 Tbsp. lemon juice
  • 2 Tbsp. freshly chopped parsley
  • fresh cracked black pepper

Easy Directions…(*full recipe card below!)

1. Pan-sear the salmon with seasonings for a few minutes.

2. Remove the salmon and set it aside. Add the chopped onion and garlic, sauté until softened.

3. Return the salmon back into the skillet, toss in freshly chopped tomatoes, seasonings, broth and lemon zest and juice. Simmer for a few minutes more and top with some freshly chopped parsley and serve.

Very Simple and Easy! 😉

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When you pan-sear the salmon in a skillet with just olive oil and some seasonings, it flavors the fish.

However, when you add fresh vegetables, the salmon turns even better – and SOOOOOO flavorful. 

In fact, you will love this dish after you take your first bite!

It’s a wonderful explosion of flavors in every forkful. 

A delicious dish even for kids, since it doesn’t have any bones and no fishy taste or smell to it.

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Pan-Seared Salmon is one of the easiest seafood dinners you can make.

It’s a nice change from other salmon recipes.

Pan-Seared Salmon with relish is a delicious dish to serve family and friends.  Make it today, and let us know!


Don’t forget to PIN it to your Seafood Board! … thanks!

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Finally, you might enjoy a few more seafood dishes!

Yield: 3 to 5 servings

Pan-Seared Salmon with Tomato-Onion Relish

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Pan-Seared Salmon is quickly pan-seared in a skillet and simmered with a light tomato-onion relish as the sauce, creating delicious flavors. Then it's topped with some lemon zest and lemon juice for a fresh flavor. This is a quick seafood dinner that is cooked in one skillet and ready in minutes.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes


  • 3 salmon steaks or fillets
  • 3 Tbps. extra virgin olive oil - divided
  • 1 large onion- thinly chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves - thinly sliced
  • 2 to 3 ripe tomatoes - chopped
  • 1/8 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 tsp. Italian seasonings
  • 1 tsp. sea salt - divided
  • 1 cup (236g) chicken or vegetable broth
  • 1 Tbsp. lemon zest
  • 1 Tbsp. lemon juice
  • 2 Tbsp. freshly chopped parsley
  • fresh cracked black pepper


  1. Preheat a large skillet on moderate heat, for about 1 minute.
  2. Lightly season the salmon fillets with some sea salt and fresh cracked black pepper.
  3. Add 1 tablespoon of olive oil to the skillet and add in the salmon fillets. Cook the fish for 3 minutes on both sides until they are seared and golden brown. Remove the salmon and transfer to a nearby plate.
  4. Next, add the remaining olive oil to the skillet. Then add in the chopped onion and sliced garlic. Saute for about 3 minutes, until the onions are softened.
  5. Reduce the heat, and stir in the crushed red pepper flakes.
  6. Return the salmon back into the skillet and add the chopped tomatoes, Italian seasonings. Pour in the vegetable broth (or chicken broth), and stir in 1/2 tsp. sea salt. Cook and simmer for about 3 to 4 minutes until the liquid has reduced a little.
  7. Finally, stir in the lemon juice, lemon zest, and 1 tablespoon chopped parsley, and cover with a lid. Continue to simmer for an additional minute or two.
  8. Turn off the heat. Taste the sauce and adjust the salt, if needed. Scatter the remaining chopped parsley over the salmon. Transfer the salmon to a serving platter and pour all the remaining tomato-onion sauce over the salmon and serve.
  9. Serves 3 to 5

Nutrition Information:


3 to 5 servings

Serving Size:

1 serving ( 4 ounces)

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 257Total Fat: 13.9gSaturated Fat: 2.1gCholesterol: 65mgSodium: 65mgCarbohydrates: 6.4gFiber: 1.5gSugar: 3gProtein: 27.7g

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  1. i love salmon but there is a big furore at the moment here about farmed salmon. A local scientist/author has put out a book called Toxic about the very toxic salmon farming industry. darn. i may have to stop eating it!

    1. Hi Sherry! We hear you and heard similar facts about farmed-raised salmon. But these days, we only buy wild-caught salmon to be on the safe side. It costs more, but it’s worth it. Try this recipe – it’s POSITIVELY DELICIOUS!!

    1. So glad to hear! This recipe for salmon is not only different but it is definitely a winner. I’ve made it twice all ready, my family keeps asking for the same recipe. Lol 🙂
      try this one, you’ll be glad you did.