15 Minute Pan Seared Salmon

15 minute pan seared salmonThis salmon recipe is incredibly easy!  You can make the entire meal in one skillet, which will make cleanup a breeze.  15 Minute Pan Seared Salmon uses only five ingredients: salmon filets, wine, lemon juice, capers and spinach.  

If you want to get fancy, you could also add some fresh dill at the very end, though that wreaks havoc on my five ingredient theme!

Salmon is one of our family’s go-to weeknight meals because it’s quick, healthy and delicious.  You can probably tell by the photo that this is farm raised variety of salmon.  Wild caught would also work with this recipe but you would probably want to reduce the cooking time because wild caught salmon seems a bit denser to me and usually cooks faster. 

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 My family loves this low carb recipe, but you could also pair it with some brown rice or whole grain pasta to add a bit of whole grain carbohydrate to it.   Salmon often goes on sale for around $6.99 per pound and it’s full of Omega-3 Fatty Acids, which are great for your skin and heart.


15 Minute Pan Seared Salmon

15 Minute Pan Seared Salmon

I picked up some really nice salmon at the City Farmer’s Market in Atlanta recently for $6.50 per pound, what a deal!  It’s one off several international farmer’s markets in metro Atlanta.  They are so much more fun to shop at than traditional grocery stores!

15 Minute Pan Seared Salmon

Lovely Salmon is Loaded with Heart Healthy Omega-3

This recipe uses a big bag of spinach, which will shrink down DRAMATICALLY in just  few minutes.  You could also substitute arugula, mustard greens or kale.  It really doesn’t matter if you use the larger spinach leaves or baby spinach.

Pan Seared Salmon with Spinach

Prepare for shrinkage!

This is one of those recipes where a really nice cast iron skillet comes in handy.  I love mine because it heats evenly, which makes it easier to cook at a relatively high temperature.   You can buy one for a great price on Amazon.

Here’s the key to keeping 15 minute Pan Seared salmon all in one pan:  you sear the salmon skin side down in a cast iron skillet first, then flip it over.  This makes it easy to get in under the skin with a metal spatula now that it’s nice and loose if you want to remove the skin.  Then, after the other side is seared, you add your wine, lemon and capers. Reduce it down for a few minutes, then remove the salmon and the sauce to a plate. THEN, you toss in your spinach and let it wilt just a bit, all in that same cast iron skillet.  

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The result in a really nice, elegant salmon dish in 15 minutes or less that’s full of nutrition without a big mess or a big time commitment.  For some of my other salmon recipes try Quick and Easy Salmon with Pineapple Salsa, or Easy Thai Chili Salmon with Baby Bok Choy.Quick and Easy Salmon with Lemon and Dill,  or Sesame Miso Salmon,

15 Minute Pan Seared Salmon
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15 Minute Pan Seared Salmon

Try this 15 Minute Pan Seared Salmon on a busy weeknight and you'll have a healthy and delicious meal that can be prepared in one pan! It uses only five ingredients but feel free to sprinkle on some fresh dill as well.

Course Main Course
Cuisine Seafood
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 4
Author Valerie Hoff DeCarlo


  • 4 Salmon Fillets
  • 1 Lemon, juiced
  • 3/4 Cup White Wine
  • 3 Tbsp Capers
  • 1 bag Fresh Spinach


  1. Sprinkle Salmon Fillets with Kosher Salt and Freshly Ground Pepper.

    Heat Olive Oil in a Cast Iron Skillet over medium high heat. 

  2. Place salmon in skillet, skin side down. 

    Sear for three minutes. 

    Turn salmon over and if desired use a metal spatula to remove skin. 

    Sear three minutes.

    Add wine and lemon juice.  Heat to boiling, then turn heat to low and add capers. Heat for one more minute, then remove salmon and caper sauce to a plate. 

    Add spinach and toss until wilted. 

    Serve Salmon and Caper Sauce on top of Spinach.

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