Pan-Seared Salmon is a quick dinner cooked in one skillet and simmered with a light tomato-onion relish as the sauce. Then it’s topped with some lemon zest and lemon juice for a fresh flavor. This is a delicious seafood dinner that’s ready in minutes! Perfect for any busy weeknight, and after one bite, you’ll love this flavorful salmon that’s different from all other salmon recipes.
This recipe is a very simple method of cooking salmon in a skillet and embellishing it with a few ingredients to build on flavors, making the salmon taste amazing.
It not only takes a few minutes to sear the salmon but when you add some fresh vegetables to it, it makes it exquisitely flavorful.
The zesty tomato-onion relish includes fresh 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!
Ingredients Needed to Make this Pan Seared Salmon:
For this easy pan-seared salmon recipe, you will need:
3 salmon steaks or fillets
2 Tbps. 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
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.
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.
Pan-Seared Salmon is one of the easiest seafood dinners you can make.
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. However, salmon with this tomato-onion relish as the sauce – is even better!
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!
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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
- Preheat a large skillet on moderate heat, for about 1 minute.
- Lightly season the salmon fillets with some sea salt and fresh cracked black pepper.
- 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.
- 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.
- Reduce the heat, and stir in the crushed red pepper flakes.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Serves 3 to 5
Yield: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