Perfectly seared salmon is topped with an easy and flavorful tomato avocado salsa.
Made with cherry tomatoes and avocados, this is an easy weeknight salmon dinner that can be made year round!
If you're looking for an easy salmon dinner, you've come to the right place. Salmon is my go to when I want quick, easy, delicious and good for you.
Today, I am back with another favorite way of cooking salmon, a quick pan sear with a finish in the oven. It produces perfectly cooked salmon and gives you a few minutes while the salmon is in the oven to put the finishing touches on the rest of your dinner.
What you're also going to love about this recipe is the tomato avocado salsa. So easy to make year round, it's lovely in the winter when you want something a little lighter than your usual stews and braises.
- Cherry tomatoes - in the winter store bought are fine, in the summer this is wonderful with heirloom varieties.
- Serrano chile - I've also use jalapeño.
- Shallot - if you don't have shallots, red onion will work, even green onions will work in a pinch.
- Lime juice - fresh squeezed!
- Salt, pepper and olive oil.
- Salmon - skin on. So good for you!
Step by step instructions.
Preheat oven to 425°F.
Bring the salmon out of the fridge to come to room temperature for about 15 minues.
Prepare the salsa.
Cube the avocado. Cut the cherry tomatoes in half. Chop the parsley. Dice the serrano and the shallots.
Place all the veggies in a small bowl, whisk together the lime juice and ¼ teaspoon of salt and pepper and pour over the veggies. Stir gently to coat.
Prepare the salmon.
Pat the salmon dry with paper towels and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
Heat a large oven proof skillet over medium high heat and swirl in the oil, just enough to coat the bottom.
Place the fillets skin side down in the pan. Sear for 3-4 minutes.
Flip the salmon and place the pan in the oven and cook for 2-3 minutes, or until cooked through to your liking.
Let the salmon rest for 5 minutes before serving.
This seared salmon is so versatile! I love to serve it over a bowl of rice. You can also flake the salmon and serve it in a tortilla with the salsa for easy salmon tacos!
Serve it on a bed of lettuce for a quick salad. You can even use components of the recipe. Use the seared salmon technique any time you want succulent salmon. The tomato avocado salsa is perfect on grilled chicken or fish or to top any taco!
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Seared Salmon with Tomato Avocado Salsa
- 4 salmon fillets 6-oz size, skin on,
- 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
- salt and pepper
- Preheat the oven to 425°F. Bring the salmon out of the fridge to come to room temperature (15 minutes before you plan to cook it.
- Place the avocados, tomatoes, cilantro, serrano pepper and shallots in a bowl. Whisk together the lime juice with the salt and pepper and drizzle over the salsa ingredients. Stir gently to combine.
- Pat the salmon dry and sprinkle with salt and pepper on both sides.
- Place an oven safe skillet over medium high heat and when hot add the olive oil. Place the salmon fillets skin side down (pressing on them to get a good sear.) Cook for 3-4 minutes, then flip them and place the skillet in the oven. Cook in the oven for 2-3 minutes or until desired degree on doneness.
- Remove the salmon from the oven and let it rest for 5 minutes. Serve topped with the salsa.