How to Get Salmon Crispy on the Outside and Tender on the Inside

by Brynne Chandler

Searing salmon gives you a crisp outside and tender inside.

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Cooks prize salmon for its tender, delicate flavor and ease of preparation. Health-smart cooks also love it for its nutritional value. Salmon contains omega-3 fatty acids that help support heart health. The collagen, or fibers that connect muscle tissue, in fish is much more delicate than the collagen in beef. It breaks down much more quickly, so cooking crispy salmon doesn’t take long. Preparing tender salmon with a crisp outer crust gives you a fabulous contrast in texture and it’s simple to do. The one mistake most new fish cooks make is overcooking. Crispy tender salmon takes less than 10 minutes.

Coat the bottom of your skillet with oil. Olive oil has the most flavor, but canola, vegetable or peanut oil will also work.

Heat the oil over medium-high heat until the oil starts to release its scent if you use olive oil, or starts to shimmer if you use any other kind.

Put your salmon fillets into the hot oil. Stand back so you don’t get splattered.

Cook the salmon for five minutes and then turn it over, using a spatula.

Sear the salmon for another three minutes. Cover the skillet and remove it from the heat. Let it sit for two to four minutes to finish cooking off of the heat.


  • Serve crispy salmon on a bed of sauteed spinach and mushrooms for a simple, colorful and healthy meal.

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About the Author

Brynne Chandler raised three children alone while travelling, remodeling old homes, taking classes at the Unioversity of California Northridge and enjoying a successful career writing TV Animation. Her passions include cooking, tinkering, decorating and muscle cars. Brynne has been writing fun and informative non-fiction articles for almost a decade. She is hard at work on her first cookbook, which combines healthy eating with science-based natural remedies.