Pan-Seared Crispy Salmon

Happy hump-day friends!  This week is taking a long time for me… at least delicious food is making it worth while 🙂 I was craving fish like crazy all day and I’m not sure why? Maybe I’m low on Omegas? Who knows these things….

I had homemade tuna salad over baby romaine for lunch and then I stopped by the grocery store and these gorgeous salmon filets were on sale so, I bought ’em.  And made ’em. Fuh dinner.

They were wonderful, let me tell you. 

These sort of just came together and I didn’t honestly have a plan going into it but they turned out incredibly flavorful and buttery. Flavor and butter are two of my favorite things, so hooray!

Other than eating like a shark today, I also got a new coat! A couple weeks ago I bought this beautiful down, Calvin Klein coat from Macys and I was very happy with my purchase.. until the zipper totally crapped out.  Like no longer zipped at all.  When it was 45 degrees below zero windchill the other day not having a zippable zipper was an issue.  SO I took it back to Macys and got a full refund (thankfully)!

After hours of searching online for the perfect replacement and trying on 15 or so at Macys I decided on one from Eddie Bauer (how old am I, seriously) and called around until I found one in stores!  And picked that bad boy up today and it is the bestest and the warmest.


Anywho, click here for the salmon recipe! I highly recommend roasting some asparagus spears to serve on the side and maybe some sweet potato or squash for starchy carbs.  If you are interested in what I eat day-to-day, follow me on Instagram!!!

Have a great night 🙂


Sweet Potatoes and Smiles,

-The Freckled Foodie

Pan-Seared Crispy Salmon

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  • Yield: 2 (could easily halve or double)
  • Difficulty: easy


  • 2 1/2lb salmon filets
  • juice of half a lemon
  • 1-2 tsp minced garlic
  • 1/2 tsp dill (fresh or dried)
  • cayenne pepper (optional)
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 tbsp ghee, clarified butter, or coconut oil


  1. Squeeze the lemon juice over the filets and spread the garlic evenly over the flesh side of the filets

  2. Season with the dill, cayenne, salt and pepper – if you like spicy add more cayenne

  3. Heat the cooking oil in a large pan over medium-high heat until shimmering

  4. Place both filets, skin side down, in the pan and searfor 5-6 minutes (crisps up the skin, if you’re into that kind of thing, which I am)

  5. look at that crispiness

  6. Flip the filets carefully and sear for 5 or so minutes, or until the filets are flaky – I personally like mine a bit on the “less done” side

  7. Remove from pan and plate, let rest for a couple minutes and serve with some roasted veggies

  8. Enjoy your delicious fish!

  9. Dinner is served!

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Comments: 4

  1. Barbara Westlake June 11, 2013 at 1:17 pm Reply

    Looks delicious! I will try this fuh shuh.

  2. Mel March 19, 2014 at 5:51 pm Reply

    Tried this tonight with your sweet potato with coconut milk idea…so ahhmazing!!

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