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How to cook salmon

Updated: Aug 25, 2022

Fish can be intimidating. But don't let it stop you from bringing it into your kitchen! Once you get the hang of it, it will be your favorite new version of "fast food."

Follow these steps for a delicious healthy meal in minutes with processes that won't dry it out. These simple steps will be useful for following our easy salmon recipes and will have you putting salmon on your meal plan once a week.

Sautéed & pan seared

  • Brush both sides of salmon with oil or butter

  • Season salmon as desired

  • Heat in a pan over medium high heat

  • Cook for 3-4 minutes each side

Roasting and Broiling

  • Preheat oven to 450°F

  • Brush both sides of fish with oil or butter

  • Season salmon as desired

  • Cook for 8-10 minutes


  • Simmer water in a large pan

  • Turn off heat and add fish skin side down

  • Liquid should cover fish completely

  • Cover the pan tightly and return to a light simmer

  • Cook for 4-6 minutes


  • Marinate or season (salt only is our favorite!)

  • Thoroughly clean and preheat grill to medium heat (about 400 degrees F)

  • Oil skin side of fish and place fish on grill skin side down. Can also use a grill pan or tin foil.

  • Grill about 8 minutes or until white fat marbles out of salmon. For halibut - grill until fish is opaque all the way through.

Perfect Pairings

  • The rich flavors of Copper River salmon pairs beautifully with dry red and white wines that have fruity notes such as pinot noir and cabernet sauvignon. Pair with hoppy beers like IPA's and pilsners.

Friendly Flavors

  • Cilantro, dill, parsley, rosemary, thyme

  • Garlic, green onions, shallots, tender green herbs

  • Avocado, cucumbers, citrus, miso, mustard, ginger

*When finished, salmon flesh should be opaque and separate easily with a fork.

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