How to Cook Salmon Perfectly?

17 May 2022
How to cook the perfect salmon, crispy skin, smashed potatoes

When it comes to King Salmon, it is worth knowing how to master the cooking technique, in order to make the most of our deliciously healthy salmon. Always begin by assembling your key ingredients, fillets of King Salmon, high-quality oil, with a high smoke point, salt, pepper, spices. Season the salmon with salt, pepper, and your favourite spice blend, prepare your oven or pan to cook the salmon depending on your desired result. In this article, we discuss how to make Pan-Seared Salmon and Oven Baked Salmon, read on to find out more


Best method to cook salmon?


The best method depends on a few factors such as the size of the fish, preferred cooking time, and texture which will all impact the end result of your salmon. For smaller, crispy, skin-on Salmon; a crispy pan sear is recommended. For bigger fillets, and succulent, skin-off King Salmon; the best method would be cooking in an oven. 

regal marlborough king salmon fresh fillets, presented on a wooden chopping board, before cooking

Is it better to cook salmon on the stove or in the oven?


When cooking larger or full fillets the best method is in the oven. However, when cooking individual or smaller salmon fillets the best method is pan-searing the salmon on the stovetop.  It is also time-dependent; Pre-heating an oven may add time to your process, so find out what works best for your needs and time constraints. 

regal marlborough king salmon fresh fillets cooking in a frying pay, skin side up

How long should salmon be cooked for?


There are many techniques for cooking the perfect salmon, here are two of our most popular methods for creating a delicious salmon meal:


Oven Baked Salmon


Begin by preheating your oven to 235 degrees °C on the fan function. Place the salmon skin-side down on a piece of non-stick baking paper, there is no need to flip the salmon as the skin will crisp in the oven while baking. Wait for about 12 minutes before taking the Salmon out of the oven. Transfer to a plate and serve.


Pan-Seared Salmon


Pat the salmon fillets dry with paper towels, then season well on both sides with salt. Heat the olive oil in a non-stick frying pan over medium-high heat. Place the salmon fillets into the pan, skin side down. Press down firmly to stop the edges from curling up. Cook for 2-3 minutes, or until the salmon has changed colour three-quarters of the way up the sides and the skin is crispy. Turn over and cook for a further 30 seconds. Remove from the pan, set aside, and keep warm

regal marlborough king salmon panfried fillets presented on plates, with seared lemon slices, green beans and green asparagus, served with smash potatoes

How do you know when salmon is perfectly cooked?


The best way to know if your Salmon has finished is by its colour. Salmon will become pink and opaque when it is done. You can also check by gently pressing down on the fillet which will begin to flake and separate if it is done.


Follow the recipe linked below in order to know how to elegantly plate and serve the perfect pan-cooked, crispy skin salmon and vegetables.

Pan-Seared, Crispy Skin King Salmon and Vegetables