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Pan Seared Salmon

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword baked salmon, how to cook salmon, keto salmon, lemon salmon, low carb salmon, paleo, pan fried salmon, perfect salmon, seared salmon, whole30
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 293 kcal
Author Kelly

Ingredients

  • 4 (four-to-six) ounce salmon fillets, skin on and descaled
  • Sea salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 Tablespoon avocado oil
  • 3 Tablespoons ghee OR grass-fed butter (if not Whole30)
  • 2 Tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon of lemon zest
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh parsley chopped finely

Instructions

  1. Season the salmon fillets with salt and pepper.
  2. Preheat skillet over medium heat for 3-5 minutes. Add enough oil to coat the bottom of the pan, you want the oil to be shimmering.

    Carefully place the fillets, skin side down in the pan.

    Cook undisturbed for 3-5 minutes, depending on the thickness of the fillet.

  3. Using a spatula, carefully turn the salmon fillets over and sear the other side for another 2 minutes.

  4. Place the butter, lemon juice and zest into the pan, along with the lemon slices and half of the parsley, and cook for a further 2 minutes, spooning the sauce over the salmon as it cooks.
  5. Garnish with parsley and serve.
Nutrition Facts
Pan Seared Salmon
Amount Per Serving (1 fillet)
Calories 293 Calories from Fat 198
% Daily Value*
Fat 22g34%
Carbohydrates 1g0%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 23g46%
* Nutrition facts are provided as a courtesy using the WPRM recipe calculator. It is best to make your own calculations to ensure accuracy. We expressly disclaim any and all liability of any kind with respect to any act or omission wholly or in part in reliance on anything contained in this website. Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.