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Pan Seared Greek Salmon is a quick salmon meal that quickly cooks on a skillet on the stove. Salmon is topped with spices, pan seared and topped with Tzatziki and a Greek style salsa. This meal is healthy and full of omega-3 fatty acids.

Pan Seared Greek Salmon on a blue plate.

PAN SEARED GREEK SALMON

We eat seafood on rotation all year-round. 

We go between Mediterranean Salmon, Pan Seared Greek Salmon, Baked Cod with Lemon, Air Fryer Cod and this Black Sea Bass Recipe

My kids especially love salmon which makes me happy because it is such a healthy option.

I love that they are getting a learn protein filled with healthy omega-3 fatty acids.

My kids loved today’s Pan Seared Greek Salmon with the lemon and dill mixed together and the option to add on the Tzatziki {or try this Creamy Dill Sauce Recipe} and Greek style salsa. 

I also suggest making some Mediterranean side dishes to serve with it like this Mediterranean Bean Salad, Summer Orzo Pasta Salad and these Mediterranean Roasted Vegetables

Pan Seared Greek Salmon with lemon slice.

WHAT TEMPERATURE DO YOU COOK SALMON TO?

The FDA recommends cooking fish to an internal temperature of 145 degrees F.

The salmon will cook a bit more out of the oven so I suggest remove it around 140 degrees F. 

IS SALMON HEALTHY?

The vitamin B12 in salmon keeps blood and nerve cells humming and helps you make DNA.

But for your health, the true beauty of salmon is its wealth of omega-3 fatty acids.

Most omega-3s are “essential” fatty acids.

Your body can’t make them, but they play critical roles in your body.

Pan Seared Greek Salmon ingredients.

WHAT INGREDIENTS ARE IN THIS PAN SEARED SALMON?

SALMON: For today’s recipe I used 4 – 4 ounce Wild King Salmon filets. You can use any variety of salmon that you like.

Depending on how large the salmon is will depend on how long you need to cook them. I like to use Wild caught salmon but once again you can use whatever variety you like.

GARLIC: Garlic adds a lot of flavor to this dish. I chopped it into slices and added it to the skillet. You can also leave it whole or mince it. 

SPICES: The spice mixture that is sprinkled on the salmon before cooking is paprika, oregano and dried dill. You can use any spices you like. 

HERBS: Fresh herbs make a nice addition to Pan Seared Greek Salmon. I love adding chopped parsley and fresh dill. 

TZATZIKI: To create the Tzatziki you will combine Greek yogurt, grated cucumber, olive oil, lemon juice, garlic and dill. This makes a nice sauce to top on your salmon.

GREEK STYLE SALSA: The Greek style salsa mixes together cherry tomatoes, feta cheese, red onion, dill and olive oil. You can add whatever Greek inspired ingredients you like.

I sometimes will add kalamata olives, cucumbers and roasted red peppers. 

Pan Seared Greek Salmon with lemon slices.

HOW DO YOU MAKE PAN SEARED SALMON?

Dry your salmon filets on both sounds well. This helps to take away any excess moisture the salmon has which in turn will help the salmon sear and get a nice crust.

In a small bowl mix together the salt, pepper, paprika, dried oregano and dried dill.

Pan Seared Greek Salmon on cutting board.

When you are ready to cook the salmon sprinkle the spice mixture over the flesh side of each piece of salmon.

In a large skillet or cast iron skillet heat the olive oil over medium high heat. Turn the heat down to medium- low.

Add each piece of salmon with the skin side down. Press the top of the salmon for about 15 seconds.

Add each piece of salmon and repeat the above process.

Cook for 3-4 minutes on the first side. If the salmon sticks you need to wait another 1 to 2 minutes.

Flip the salmon and cook for another 1 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 145 degrees F.

Remove salmon from the skillet and drizzle extra virgin olive oil, a squeeze of lemon juice over top. Serve with Tzatziki and the Greek style salsa.

Pan Seared Greek Salmon in cast iron skillet.

TIPS FOR PAN SEARING SALMON

  • Make sure to dry the salmon on both sides of each filet with a paper towel. This helps to take the moisture out of the salmon and they will cook better and get a nice sear on the outside. 
  • Don’t salt the salmon until you are ready to cook it. If you salt the salmon too early it will start to break down the proteins in the salmon. 
  • When pan-searing your salmon you will want to put the skin side down and pressing a spatula down on the top of the salmon to help sear the salmon and keep the salmon skin from curling. After about 15 second you can remove the spatula but still leave the salmon skin side down and cook for about 4-5 minutes.

Pan Seared Greek Salmon with tomatoes.

Pan Seared Greek Salmon on a blue plate.

Pan Seared Greek Salmon

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

Pan Seared Greek Salmon is a quick salmon meal that quickly cooks on a skillet on the stove. Salmon is topped with spices, pan seared and topped with Tzatziki and a Greek style salsa. This meal is healthy and full of omega-3 fatty acids.

Ingredients

  • 4 salmon fillets 4-6 ounces each
  • 3 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried dill
  • 2 Tablespoons chopped parsley
  • 2 Tablespoons freshly chopped dill
  • FOR THE TZATZIKI:
  • 3/4 cup of Greek yogurt
  • 1 cup of grated cucumber or thinly sliced cucumber
  • 1 Tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 Tablespoons dill, chopped
  • Dash or salt and pepper
  • FOR GREEK SALSA:
  • 1 cup of cherry tomatoes, chopped in half
  • 1/2 cup of feta cheese
  • 1/4 cup of red onion, diced
  • 1 Tablespoons dill, chopped
  • 1 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

Instructions

    1. Dry your salmon filets on both sounds well. This helps to take away any excess moisture the salmon has which in turn will help the salmon sear and get a nice crust.
    2. In a small bowl mix together the salt, pepper, paprika, dried oregano and dried dill.
    3. When you are ready to cook the salmon sprinkle the spice mixture over the flesh side of each piece of salmon.
    4. In a large skillet or cast iron skillet heat the olive oil over medium high heat. Turn the heat down to medium- low.
    5. Add each piece of salmon with the skin side down. Press the top of the salmon for about 15 seconds.
    6. Add each piece of salmon and repeat the above process.
    7. Cook for 3-4 minutes on the first side. If the salmon sticks you need to wait another 1 to 2 minutes.
    8. Flip the salmon and cook for another 1 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 145 degrees F.
    9. Remove salmon from the skillet and drizzle extra virgin olive oil, a squeeze of lemon juice over top. Serve with Tzatziki and the Greek style salsa.

    TO MAKE THE TZATZIKI: Combine all of the tzatziki ingredients in a medium bowl and stir well. Chill until ready to serve.

    TO MAKE THE GREEK SALSA: Combine all of the Greek salsa ingredients in a small bowl and mix well.

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