Pan Fried Salmon

close up of pan fried salmon filet

This pan-fried salmon is the easiest and most flavorful salmon dinner you’ll ever make!

  • Author: Maryea Flaherty of Happy Healthy Mama
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 7 minutes
  • Total Time: 12 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: recipes
  • Method: stove top
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Gluten Free


  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon thyme
  • 2 tablespoons butter (or avocado oil for dairy-free)
  • 4 (skin on) 5-ounce salmon filets


  1. In a small bowl, combine the salt, pepper, garlic powder onion powder, smoked paprika, and thyme.
  2. Dry the salmon filets with a towel. Sprinkle the seasoning blend on each salmon filet.
  3. In a large skillet, melt the butter over medium high heat. Add the salmon to the skillet, skin side up.
  4. Cook until golden brown, about 4 minutes. Turn the fish with a spatula and cook until it is firm to the touch and the skin is crispy, about 3 minutes more. Enjoy!


Keywords: pan fried salmon