My all time favorite way to cook salmon is what I call “Crispy Salmon”. As you can see, the flesh forms a succulent, crispy crust that is also incredibly flavorful. The amazing part of this pan-fried, healthful salmon recipe is that there is no oil (olive or otherwise) in this recipe. The only ingredients are salmon, salt and pepper! How can this be? Salmon is an oily fish (good oils!) and because of this, the oil exudes as it is cooked and the salmon actually cooks in its own juices.
Also – its a cinch to cook. The method employed also works for chicken and pork. Read on…..
Crispy Salmon Recipe
- non-stick cooking spray
- salmon fillets
- kosher salt
- freshly ground pepper
- Spray a non-stick or metal pan with non-stick cooking spray. This is essential so that the salmon fillets don’t stick.
- Season each fillet, flesh side up, with salt and pepper.
- Heat the pan over medium-high heat. When very hot, place each fillet, seasoned side down, in the pan. Cook until until a pale border develops around the entire piece of fish – 3 to 5 minutes depending on the thickness of your pieces. Then flip the fillet over and continue cooking another 1 to 3 minutes (again – it depends on the thickness of your fish and how well you like it cooked. Best the first time or two of making this to make a small cut after 1 minute to text for doneness*.). Remove from pan; plate and serve.
*Although many like their salmon cooked through thoroughly (so the fillet flakes easily and there is no pink to the interior), others prefer there salmon cooked more to a medium with some pink on the inside.
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