Salmon Two Ways

It’s been a rather unusually cold winter in LA. Until it warms up (fingers crossed that it’s as soon as next month), I’ve been finding myself making comforting holiday-like food even though it’s February. My family likes to have seafood over the holidays, and that includes salmon. Here are my current two go-to ways I like to prepare it.

Pan-seared Salmon

These steps make enough for two people.


BBQ cut salmon filets (I’ve been using the ones from the Trader Joe’s refrigerated section)

Olive oil

Salt & pepper for seasoning


Take the salmon filets out of the refrigerator at least 15 minutes before cooking them

Press down on them with paper towels to try to get as much of the moisture out as possible

One the side, place your pan on the heat with olive oil

Season the filets with salt and pepper, skin side down

salmon filetTest if the pan is hot enough with a drop of water. If it sizzles, it’s ready.

Place the salmon filets skin side down on the pan and leave it for 7 – 8 minutes. Time will vary depending on how thick your filets are, but 7 – 8 is usually the sweet spot for the Trader Joe’s ones.

Flip and cook for another 2 minutes.

Your salmon will have a flaky skin crust, while the meat will be so silky soft, you can cut into it with a fork.

Garlic-baked Salmon


1 lb salmon filet, preferably from the fresh seafood section at your grocery store

two cloves of garlic

1/4 cup of chopped parsley

1.5 – 2 tbsp of melted butter


Preheat the oven to 375 degrees

Pat down the salmon filet so that it is dry

Place the salmon filet on a foil-lined sheet pan or baking dish. Make sure there is enough foil to fully cover your filet before you put it in the oven.

Mince two cloves of garlic

Finely chop about 1/4 cup of fresh parsley

Melt the butter and stir in the minced garlic

Pour butter garlic mixture over the filet to completely cover

Top with chopped parsley

Cover the salmon filet in foil and bake for 28 – 30 minutes depending on how thick your filets are

Your salmon will come out so tender, you can scrape the meat off with a spoon. Serve with the foil so that cleanup is super easy.