This pan seared salmon with goat cheese sauce is one of our all-time favorite fish dishes. It's an easy-to-make dinner with a crispy outer layer and juicy and tender flesh.
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Learn how to pan sear salmon with just a quick sear, in a good, non-stick frying pan. This keto salmon dinner is fast and so easy to make on a busy weeknight.
Combined with an unbelievably delicious sour cream, avocado, and goat cheese sauce, it really is the best pan seared salmon recipe!
Why You'll Love Crispy Pan Seared Salmon
- Fast and easy dinner
- High in protein and omega-3 fatty acids
- Super easy clean up
- Only 6.7 grams of net carbs!!
Pan Seared Salmon Ingredients
This recipe is made with healthy, low-carb ingredients that are delicious and guilt-free! Feel free to add your favorite seasonings to the salmon depending on your own tastes.
- Salmon fillets - try to go for wild salmon over farmed salmon if possible. Farmed salmon contains more toxins than wild varieties, as the water they live in is often polluted with uneaten food, antibiotics, and pesticides.
- Cherry tomatoes - any type of cherry tomatoes will do, but we suggest the heirloom varieties that are small and round.
- Avocado - a keto staple, avocados are loaded with healthy fats and fiber. They add a great texture combined with goat cheese and sour cream in this recipe.
- Sour cream - low in fat and carbs, it's perfect on keto.
- Goat cheese - a soft, crumbly form of milk cheese that we use as part of the cheese sauce for this recipe. Goat cheese is great on keto because it's low carb, and although the amount of carbs varies depending on the type, there is as little as 1 gram per ounce!
- Olive oil - any type of olive oil will do to sear the salmon fillets, but if you have cold-pressed extra virgin olive oil, use that.
- Seasonings - to season our salmon fillets, we used a simple blend of cumin, chili powder, and salt. Feel free to add your favorite herbs and spices!
How To Make Pan Seared Salmon
To make this easy pan seared salmon, you'll only need 10 minutes of prep and 10 minutes of cooking. Simply follow these three easy steps:
Coat the salmon fillets with cumin, chili powder, and salt. Heat the olive oil in a non-stick pan for 1 to 2 minutes on each side.
Toss the diced cherry tomatoes into the pan and reduce to low heat. Simmer for 5 minutes seasoning with sea salt.
While simmering, grab a small bowl and combine the sour cream, diced avocado, and crumbled goat cheese. Serve the salmon and tomatoes with a generous scoop of the sour cream cheese mixture.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Is salmon keto friendly?
Yes! Salmon is a great source of protein, omega-3 fatty acids, and vitamin D. It can be eaten raw or cooked in various ways on the keto diet, including searing it with herbs, spices, and spices. Check out our collection of the best keto salmon recipes for ideas.
- How long to pan sear salmon?
If you are searing a thin salmon fillet, cook it for 1 to 2 minutes per side so that it doesn't overcook and dry out. If you are searing a thicker piece of salmon, cook for up to 5 to 6 minutes per side or until there is no longer any pink color.
In the fridge: any leftover salmon can be stored in the fridge for 3 to 4 days, as long as it's covered or stored in an air-tight container.
More Healthy Dinner Recipes
- Ground Beef Cauliflower Curry
- Chicken Patties with Spicy Fried Cabbage
- Greek Feta Traybake (Vegetarian)
- Beef Stroganoff with Mushrooms
Pan Seared Salmon Recipe
- 12 oz Salmon Fillets
- 1 cup Cherry Tomatoes halved
- ½ Avocado diced
- ¼ cup Sour Cream
- 2 oz Goat Cheese
- 2 tablespoon Olive Oil
- 1 teaspoon Cumin
- 1 teaspoon Chili Powder
- ¼ teaspoon Sea Salt
- Coat the salmon fillets with cumin, chili powder, and salt. Heat the olive oil in a pan and sear the fillets for 1-2 minutes on each side.
- Toss the diced tomatoes into the pan and reduce the heat to low. Simmer for 5 minutes, seasoning with salt.
- In the meantime, in a small bowl, combine the sour cream with the avocado and crumbled goat cheese.
- Serve the salmon hot with the sour cream cheese mixture.