pan fried salmon on cast iron
pan fried salmon on cast iron

How To Pan-Fry Wild Salmon

October 1st, 2018

The Recipe That’s as Easy as Frying an Egg

Pan-frying wild salmon is like an homage to the simple cooking style of the fisherman eating it right on the boat.

When pan-frying it, it’s important to remember that wild salmon tends to be much leaner than farmed salmon because it is allowed to live out its entire migratory journey rather than being stuck in a feedlot.

Because there is less fat in wild salmon, it will cook faster than its farmed counterpart.

Prepping Your Wild Salmon Fillet

The first step is removing any excess water from the fish with a paper towel or a clean kitchen towel. Next, you will have to choose a skillet. Cast iron skillets are a good choice, but a skillet of any kind will do.

After you’ve removed the moisture from the fillets, season them well with salt and pepper — especially the skin side.

Remember, you don’t want to overcook your fillets. A good tip to mitigate overcooking is to bring the fish to room temperature before you begin cooking it. If you cook salmon right out of the fridge, the outside can become charred while the inside remains undercooked.

Pan-Frying Your Wild Salmon

Here is our easy, no-frills, tried and tested pan-frying wild salmon recipe that never fails:

1) Heat a cast iron skillet or stainless steel pan over medium-high heat.

2) Add oil of choice (ghee, grapeseed oil, canola oil).

3) Add a few sprigs of a fresh herb and season fillet with salt and pepper.

4) Once the pan and oil are hot, place fillet skin side down and do not move for 3 minutes or until skin gets nice and crispy.

5) Flip and turn down heat to medium-low, then allow fish to cook through for 3 to 4 more minutes, depending on thickness of fish.

6) Serve skin side up, so you don’t get that skin you’ve worked to crisp all soggy.

For a more detailed illustration of the process, visit our blog post on mastering pan-fried salmon.

More Pan-Fried Wild Salmon Recipes We Love

If you’re looking for freshness and simplicity, look no further than this pan-seared lemon thyme salmon recipe, which is as simple as it is delicious.

Another great recipe option to pan-fry wild salmon involves dill, a flavorful herb that many see as the perfect compliment to salmon. Check out this pan-seared salmon with dill butter recipe for an easy execution.