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Pan-Seared Crispy Skin Salmon (煎脆皮三文魚扒)

Pan-Seared Crispy Skin Salmon (煎脆皮三文魚扒)

This dish is a favorite for its simplicity and the delightful contrast between the crispy skin and the tender, flavorful flesh of the salmon. Here’s a recipe to prepare Pan-Seared Crispy Skin Salmon that’s sure to impress with its perfect texture and flavor.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Chinese


  • 4 salmon fillets skin on (about 150-200g each)
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Lemon wedges for serving
  • Optional garnish: chopped fresh herbs such as dill or parsley


Prepare the Salmon:

  • Remove the salmon from the refrigerator about 15-20 minutes before cooking to let it come to room temperature. This helps with even cooking.
  • Pat the salmon dry with paper towels. Moisture is the enemy of crispy skin, so make sure the skin is as dry as possible.
  • Season the flesh side of the salmon with salt and pepper.

Heat the Pan:

  • Heat the olive oil in a non-stick skillet or frying pan over medium-high heat. The oil should be hot but not smoking.

Cook the Salmon:

  • Place the salmon fillets skin-side down in the hot pan. Press down slightly with a spatula to ensure the skin is in full contact with the pan surface. This helps the skin crisp up evenly.
  • Cook without moving them for about 4-5 minutes, depending on the thickness of the fillets. The skin should be golden and crispy.
  • Carefully flip the salmon over and cook for another 2-4 minutes on the flesh side, or until the desired doneness is achieved. For a medium-rare finish, the center should be slightly translucent when checked with a fork.


  • Serve the salmon immediately, skin-side up to keep the skin crispy. Squeeze fresh lemon juice over the top and garnish with chopped herbs if desired.
  • This dish pairs well with a variety of sides, from simple steamed vegetables to a creamy potato salad or a fresh green salad.

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