Cast Iron Skillet Salmon
My cast iron skillet is my number 1 kitchen tool. If I ever was told I could only have one item to cook with for the rest of my life, it would easily be my cast iron skillet. I received my first skillet from my brother and sister-in-law for Christmas a few years back, and I used that one so much that I decided to buy another (slightly smaller) one to use for sides while the main dish cooks away in the larger.
Today, each piece of my meal was prepared in cast iron. Some friends gave away some extra fresh green beans from their garden so I decided to toss the green beans with a little olive oil in my smaller cast iron skillet and make some salmon fillets in the other. Cast Iron Skillet Salmon is so simple but truly showcases the flavor of the fish.
To prepare the salmon, begin by preheating the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Pat the salmon fillets dry and season with coarse sea salt and freshly ground black pepper. On the stove top, turn the heat to high and warm approximately 1 Tablespoon of Olive Oil until is swirls easily around the pan. Place the seasoned fillets, skin-side up, in the hot oil and cook for 2 minutes. Flip the fillets so they lay skin-side down in the hot oil and cook for another 3 minutes.
Then transfer the skillet to the oven and cook for another 5-6 minutes depending on the thickness of your fillets.
Remove from the oven and top each fillet of salmon with freshly squeezed lemon juice and parsley if desired. I love how easy this preparation this and how well it showcases the flavor of the fish. No need for fancy rubs or marinades in this recipe! If you give this method for cast iron skillet salmon a try, please let me know how it turns out for you in the comments below.
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