Summer Salmon in an Iron Skillet

This is one of our new favorite recipes for the summer, and it is so easy! When completed and plated up, it feels like you are dining at a high-end restaurant. Just be sure to use a seasoned cast iron skillet and don’t ever overcook the salmon.

Summer Salmon in an Iron Skillet

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: easy
  • Rating: ★★★★★
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A fresh, light, easy summer recipe.

Ingredients

  • 1 to 1.5 pound Salmon Filet
  • 1 T high heat cooking oil
  • 2 T butter (melted)
  • 1/2 teaspoon dill
  • one lemon – zest plus the juice
  • Cast Iron Skillet

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Add the oil to the skillet and heat on the stovetop until very hot.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together the melted lemon, dill, and juice from one lemon.
  3. Spoon over the top of the salmon. Top with lemon zest.
  4. Place the salmon skin-side down in the hot skillet and sear for 1 – 2 minutes. Carefully flip and sear the second side for 1 – 2 minutes. Once done, turn it back to the skin side down.
  5. Place in a preheated 350-degree oven for 3 – 4 minutes for a medium finish. Don’t overcook it!
  6. Remove and place on a clean serving plate with cover with foil. Add a dishtowel for extra insulation and let rest for five minutes.

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My son is about to start his senior year of high school, and what should be a fun, coming-of-age year of activity, learning, and friendships, his first semester will be remote this year with his classes taking place at the dining room table. In this COVID world, where every day feels like a Wednesday, I wanted his last day of summer to feel somehow different. I offered to treat him, and his immediate request was for a trip to Pikes Place Market in Seattle for some humbow.

We live on the Eastside of Seattle and have only been downtown a few times since the beginning of COVID, and the Seattle riots and protests.

The Seattle we visited was markedly different from the vibrant, welcoming Seattle we love. Most of the stores are closed with boarded windows. Pikes Place Market is open again, but just barely with the walkways and streets virtually deserted.

After visiting his favorite hombow shop, we popped into the Market for some fresh salmon. There is something magical to me about a great fish shop, and part of the fun is to gaze upon the selection and imagine a dish centered around the various cuts and species of freshly harvested and filleted choices.

We went to Sure Foods Fish Market, and were surprised to see the volume of orders they were packing for next-day shipment. You can get anything from salmon filets, halibut, lingcod, oysters, and Dungeness crabs, to name a few, shipped fresh straight to your kitchen.

This is one of our new favorite recipes for the summer, and it is so easy! When completed and plated up, it feels like you are dining at a high-end restaurant. Just be sure to use a seasoned cast iron skillet and don’t ever overcook the salmon.

I love my Cast Iron Skillet – so inexpensive and will last you forever. If you are purchasing a new one, season it first by cooking some yummy bacon. You can find Lodge Pre-Seasoned Cast Iron Skillet With Assist Handle, 10.25″, Black on Amazon.com.

Published by picketfenceartstudio

Artist/Photographer/Traveler/The Original GFMom

2 thoughts on “Summer Salmon in an Iron Skillet

  1. Lucky you to live there! We live on the west coast of Florida and get surprisingly little good fresh Gulf fish. And, yes, that’s the perfect way to cook salmon if you’re not grilling it. Humbow? Good luck to you all for being home for your son’s last year of high school. I can’t imagine! And I hope he gets to go back to school safely during this trying year.

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