Pan Fried Salmon

with crispy skin

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Ryan GoodwinPublished on 29 days ago

Crispy salmon skin is delicious, but it takes a lot of patience. Learn how to cook that skin to crispy perfection.

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What you will need

1 salmon filet

Salt and pepper as needed

olive oil

How to cook


Remove scales

Scrape away the scales. They make tools for scaling fish, but I usually just scrape them away with a paring knife.



Remove any extra bones or loose scales. You can even rince the fillet in salt water if you like. I like to slice off the fatty chunks. They taste good, but might look kinda funny. Up to you if you wanna keep it on.



Season both sides of the fillet with salt and pepper.


Seer salmon, skin-side down

In hot olive oil over medium heat, carefully place the salmon, skin-side down. Press to make sure the skin is in contact with the pan. After a couple of minutes, give it a shake to release from the pan. Let it fry for about 12 minutes.



Be patient. But when the skin is really crispy and golden brown, flip it over.


Cook the opposite side

Similarly, let the salmon fry for about 10 minutes, until it has a nice, golden brown crust.


Remove from heat

If you've patiently browned both sides of the fillet, chances are that it is done cooking. Set it aside to rest for a few.



You can see through the side of the fillet in the photo, that this piece is nicely cooked, with a little pink in the middle. As it sits for a few minutes, it will continue to cook through.


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