Pan-Seared Salmon


Learn how long to cook salmon on the stove with this easy pan-seared salmon recipe. The salmon fillets are simply seasoned with salt, pepper, and capers. Garnish with slices of lemon.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
20 mins
Close up on pan-seared salmon on a plate with a side of asparagus.



  • 4 (6 ounce) fillets salmon

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 2 tablespoons capers

  • teaspoon salt

  • teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 4 slices lemon


  1. Preheat a large heavy skillet over medium heat for 3 minutes.

  2. Coat salmon fillets with olive oil; place skin-side down in the preheated skillet and increase heat to high.

    Salmon placed skin side down and coated with oil.

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    Salmon cooked on high heat, skin side down.

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  3. Sprinkle with capers, salt, and pepper; cook for 3 minutes on one side. Turn salmon fillets over; continue to cook until salmon flakes easily with a fork, about 5 minutes.

    Salmon sprinkled with capers, salt and pepper.

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  4. Transfer salmon to individual plates and garnish with lemon slices.

    Salmon finished cooking, topped with some of those capers and a few lemon slices.

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)

371 Calories
25g Fat
2g Carbs
34g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 371
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 25g 32%
Saturated Fat 5g 23%
Cholesterol 99mg 33%
Sodium 300mg 13%
Total Carbohydrate 2g 1%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Protein 34g
Vitamin C 17mg 86%
Calcium 31mg 2%
Iron 1mg 4%
Potassium 630mg 13%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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