Salmon Recipe That’s Quick and Easy

Salmon recipes don’t have to be so complicated.

While marinating meat and fish the day before creates some awesome flavors, sometimes you just don’t have the time. That’s why this salmon recipe is really straightforward, simple, and easy to make in about 20 minutes or less. No running around for a million ingredients, either.

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What You’ll Need to Make This

What it isNameWhere to buy
CookwareCast iron skilletAmazon
CookwareMedium-sized plateAmazon
CookwareMeasuring spoonsAmazon
CookwareMesh strainerAmazon
CookwareSpatulaAmazon
CookwarePot lidAmazon
CookwareButter knifeAmazon
Ingredient10 oz Salmon on Cedar PlankStore
Ingredient2 brioche bunsStore
Ingredient1-2 Tbsp Extra virgin olive oilStore
IngredientSaltStore
IngredientPepperStore
IngredientSpinachStore
IngredientYum-Yum SauceStore

Let’s make this salmon recipe. The first thing you need to do is grab your salmon. You don’t really need one with a cedar plank.

If you do have a plank, though, you can always soak it for a little while prior to cooking. Mine isn’t pictured soaking because I ended up cooking it in a skillet instead of on the grill, but, I did put it in some water for a little while.

salmon recipe

Grab a plate to put the salmon on.

salmon recipe

Set it on the plate for this part of the salmon recipe.

plank with fish on it

Get your olive oil to put some on the salmon.

olive oil

You’ll also want some measuring spoons.

measuring spoons

Use at least 1 tablespoon of olive oil, maybe 2 to prep the salmon for cooking.

olive oil in salmon recipe

Once that’s rubbed evenly on the salmon, grab some salt for this part of the salmon recipe.

salt

Shake a little bit on the fish, not a ton but just enough to taste.

salting salmon

After that, add some pepper to the salmon, just to taste.

pepper

This next part of the recipe might get a little controversial, mainly because many out there say not to cut the skin off prior to cooking.

It worked pretty well for me to cut it off since I was using a skillet. But, if I was grilling it (on a plank or not) or baking it, I would definitely leave the skin on.

That being said, grab a knife.

Knife

Pick up your fish for this part of the salmon recipe and find where the skin ends.

salmon with skin on

Cut the skin from the salmon.

salmon recipe

Do your best to cut the skin off the salmon. Once that’s done, cut the salmon in half, too.

spinach

Grab a mesh strainer for this part of the salmon recipe. Personally, I really like spinach, but regular lettuce also works great for this.

Mesh strainer

Place spinach in the mesh strainer and start rinsing it off.

spinach being washed for salmon recipe

Once that spinach is cleaned up, you can leave it in there or put it in some paper towels to dry off.

Then, get your skillet.

skillet

You’ll also need a spatula for this part of the salmon recipe.

spatula for salmon recipe

Turn your skillet up to medium heat.

skillet on medium heat

Add about a tablespoon of olive oil to the skillet.

Skillet for salmon recipe

You might need a little more or less. Once that’s in there, grab the fish for this part of the salmon recipe.

salmon recipe in skillet

Once both of the fillets are in the skillet, put a saucepan lid over the skillet. I probably could’ve used a bigger lid.

covering salmon in skillet

Do that for the first half of cooking the fish for this salmon recipe. It will be about 4 minutes, so here’s a 4-minute timer for you:

Once that’s done, open the lid and flip the salmon, cooking it for 3 minutes on the other side. Here’s a 3-minute timer:

After the salmon is done cooking, place it on a plate off to the side and grab the buns with some Yum Yum Sauce.

buns on plate

After that, spread some of the Yum Yum sauce on the bun with a butter knife.

Bun with yum yum sauce on it

This sauce is great with many salmon recipes, but it also goes well with other stuff, too.

spinach on bun

Load up both buns with the sauce and spinach, then, grab your salmon and place one on each bun.

salmon recipe finished meal

There you have it – a salmon recipe for two people! Here’s the fast version:

Notecard Version

Put 1-2 tablespoons of olive oil on a 10-ounce salmon fillet.
Add salt and pepper to taste.
Slice the skin off the salmon and cut the fillet into two smaller ones. Once that’s cut off, turn the stove to medium heat for the skillet.
Cook the fillets covered with a lid for 4 minutes on the first side, then remove the cover and cook on the other sides for 3 minutes.
Once those are done, set them aside. Wash and dry off some spinach leaves. Then, spread some Yum Yum sauce on your brioche buns and add the spinach.
Put the salmon on the spinach and you’re ready to eat!

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Bob Buckley

Bob Buckley writes about food and business.