June 15, 2021

Pan Seared Salmon With Lemony Olive Tomato Sauce


  • 1 ½ LBS.
  • wild sockeye salmon, cut into 3 fillets
  • kosher salt
  • 2 TBSP
  • neutral oil (such as avocado or grapeseed oil)
  • SAUCE:
  • 3 TBSP
  • unsalted butter
  • juice from 1 lemon
  • 2 anchovy fillets, minced
  • 1 TBSP minced italian parsley
  • 1 CUP cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 CUP pitted green olives, halved (preferably castelvetrano olives)

This salmon is Spring-forward, light, and delicious!  This dish pairs especially well with Pinot Noir, which cuts through the sauce & salmon, cleansing your palate for the next bite.

Serves: 2

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes


Bring salmon to room temperature and sprinkle both sides with kosher salt.


In a skillet set over medium-high heat, add 2 tablespoons of neutral oil. When hot and shimmery, add the salmon, skin-side down, and cook for about 3 minutes, working in batches if needed. Turn the heat down to medium and cook for an additional 1 to 2 minutes. During this time, the skin will get crispy and lift off the pan; do not move the salmon at all.


Flip the salmon and cook on the opposite side for an additional 3 minutes. Transfer the salmon to a plate to rest.


Meanwhile, make the sauce: Add the butter to the same pan set over medium heat. When the butter has melted, add the lemon juice, diced anchovy, Italian parsley, tomatoes, and green olives. Cook until the tomatoes have softened and butter has thickened, about 5 minutes. Pour the sauce and the cherry tomato mixture over the salmon and serve.


When plating it all up, place the salmon in the center of the dish and carefully drizzle the sauce over top for bonus presentation points (use a dish with a bit of a lip to hold in all that saucy goodness); an extra sprinkle of chopped parsley wouldn’t hurt, either.

Recipe and Photo Credit:
Imagery Winery

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