Pan fried salmon

Pan fried salmon with lemon and rosemary

  • Author: Craig
  • Prep Time: 2 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 12 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 2
  • Category: Dinner


This is a really good way to cook salmon, but works for many other kinds of fish as well. Remember to only buy fish if you know it comes from a sustainable source – there’s lots more about how to do this and why it’s so incredibly important on the Marine Conservation Society’s website.


  • 2 salmon fillets
  • 3 sprigs of rosemary
  • 1 lemon
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 tbsp olive oil or rapeseed oil
  • Salt and pepper


Put a medium-sized frying pan (or skillet) on a medium-high heat, add in the oil and let it heat up.

On the side, slice your lemon thinly and season your salmon with some salt and pepper.

When the oil is hot, put the salmon into the pan – skin should be facing upwards – and cook for about 2 minutes. Add in the lemon slices, garlic and rosemary. Continue to cook, basting the skin-side with a little oil from the pan.

After another 2 to 3 minutes, the fish will loosen from the pan and you will be able to move it around easily. Use a fish slice to turn the salmon over and cook skin-side down for another 3 minutes.

Take the fish from the pan and serve straight away.