My husband sure knows how to cook perfect salmon — it’s seriously amazing. I’m talking restaurant-quality.
Salmon is our favorite meal in the Rodriguez house. It’s delicious, full of nutrients (Protein, Omegas, Vitamin D…just to name a few), and if you watch for sales it’s actually not that expensive at all!
Mateo prepares salmon in a variety of styles (one of our most-loved recipes is Citrus Leek Salmon and Shrimp, pictured below), and it is perfect. Every. Single. Time. Finally, he showed me his special method and it’s actually super simple! I’ve even tried it myself and achieved the same results as my talented hubby so I had to share so you too can cook perfect salmon!
STEP ONE: Lightly salt and pepper salmon filets (6-8oz each).
STEP TWO: Place salmon filets skin side up on a lightly greased Frying Pan over medium heat. (We love and use coconut oil for most of our cooking projects, though you may use any cooking oil you prefer).
**Tip: Mateo says: HOT pan, COLD oil — make sure the pan is heated and ready to go before adding oil (this will help prevent sticking). Another pro trick: give the pan a little shake right after you put on the salmon, so they are sure not to stick.
STEP THREE: One salmon is cooked halfway through, flip so skin side is facing down.
**TIP: You will see a distinct line in the middle of the filet when it’s time to flip (about 7-10 minutes).
Look at that beautiful crust on top–yum!!
STEP FOUR: Turn off heat, cover, and let steam ten minutes for medium doneness. (If you like your salmon medium-well, add 2-3 extra minutes).
And that’s it! Super easy, and pretty much foolproof (hey, if I can cook perfect salmon, anyone can!) Now that you know how to cook perfect salmon, try this recipe for Pan-Seared Salmon with Thai “Secret Sauce” — it’s light, healthy, and delicious!
Pro Tools to Cook Perfect Salmon:
- Mateo loves his Kila Chef 11″ Tri-Ply Copper Bottom Frying Pan and Kila Chef 11″ Tri-Ply Copper Bottom Frying Pan (0.5mm copper) — you get the benefits of cooking with copper, without the insane price tag! It’s the perfect gift for the chef in your family (I gave him this set for his birthday last year and he uses one or both of these pans every single day!)
- A fish spatula (yep, it’s a thing!) will help you turn the filets with ease.
- We also love these locking kitchen tongs — they’re the perfect length and the locking design makes them easy to store. (We have these extra long tongs for outdoor grilling too).