The Best (and Easiest) Crispy Salmon Recipe
So many of my friends shy away from cooking fish because they think it's complicated. In fact, it couldn't be simpler.
- olive oil: 1 tablespoon
- salt: 1/2 teaspoon
- black pepper: 1/4 teaspoon
- skin-on salmon fillets (preferably wild-caught): 4 pieces (I usually buy 5-6 ounce pieces, about 2-3 inches in thickness)
- lemon wedges, for serving: optional
Step 1: Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Step 2: Heat a large oven safe skillet over high heat. While pan is preheating, pat dry each piece of salmon with a paper towel. Brush fish evenly on both sides with olive oil and season flesh side with salt and pepper.
Step 3: Place fish into pan, flesh side down and allow to sear for approximately 4-5 minutes. Use a thin metal spatula to loosen the fish from the pan but do not force. If the fish isn't budging, wait a little longer. It will release easily when it's ready. Flip fish to the skin side and pop it into the preheated oven.
Cook for about 10-12 minutes for well-done or 8-10 for rare. If you want a more rare piece, remove the salmon at 8 minutes.
Serve alongside rice and your favorite vegetable. Enjoy!