10 Minute Crispy Salmon (Whole30 + Paleo)

Salmon is a quick and easy protein for a fast weeknight meal. This easy method will give you perfectly flaky and delicious salmon every time!

If you follow me on Instagram, you know that I love salmon. You also probably know that while I love to cook, spending my entire night in the kitchen after a long day of work doesn't necessarily excite me. I'm all about quick, healthy, accessible meals that taste great but don't take a ton of time to make. I promise I didn't make that rhyme on purpose...haha

Anywho, that's why salmon is one of my "go-to" proteins on busy nights when I need dinner on the table (i.e. my couch) fast. 

Salmon, and really fish in general, is the perfect protein for a fast weeknight meal. Depending on the thickness of your fish, it can literally take less than 10 minutes to make. All you have to do is pair it with a nice salad, the starchy carb of your choice (plantains are a favorite around here), and  BOOM - you've got dinner. 

10 Minute Crispy Salmon

Not only is salmon delicious, it's also incredibly good for you. When I first started eating a Paleo diet, I wasn't really focused on seafood. I stuck to what I knew which was mainly chicken, some beef, and some pork. Over the years, I've learned just how much good nutrition can be found in seafood and now I aim to eat it at least 2-3 times a week. 

I love shrimp, mahi-mahi, cod, and tuna but, salmon is hands down my favorite seafood and for good reason! Salmon is full of healthy omega-3 fatty acids that are great for the health of your hair, skin, and nails. It's also a great source of Vitamin B12 (hello increased energy levels!) and Vitamin D. 

When buying salmon always try to aim for wild caught over farmed. Farmed salmon often has a higher mercury level and can contain harmful toxins that you rather not be eating. While it can be a bit more expensive, wild caught salmon has a greater nutrient profile than the farmed stuff. One of the ways I cut down on cost is by only buying salmon when it's on sale or buying it in bulk from a store like Costco.

10 Minute Crispy Salmon

This easy 10-minute crispy salmon method will give you perfectly cooked salmon every single time. The trick here is to use a cast iron pan for ultimate crispy-ness and don't be afraid to get your pan screaming hot. I included the seasonings I love on my salmon, but feel free to get creative and try out new combinations! I hope you love this recipe as much as I do! 


10 Minute Crispy Salmon

10 Minute Crispy Salad

Ingredients: 

  • 2 - 4 oz salmon filets

  • 1 tbsp coconut or avocado oil

  • salt + pepper

  • turmeric

  • garlic powder

  • onion powder

  • paprika

  • oregano

  • fresh lemon juice

Method: 

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

  2. When the oven has finished preheating, heat a cast iron skillet over high heat.

  3. While the skillet is heating, pat the salmon dry on both sides with a paper towel. Then, sprinkle half a tsp of salt on the skin side of the salmon.

  4. When the skillet is screaming hot, add 1 tbsp of oil.

  5. Place the salmon skin side down in the oil and let cook for 1 minute.

  6. Place the skillet in the oven and let the salmon continue to cook for 6-10 minutes, depending on thickness.

  7. Remove from the oven, finish with a squeeze of lemon juice, and serve immediately!

10 Minute Crispy Salmon