Pan Fried Salmon With Fresh Herb Sauce

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"This is a quick and enjoyable meal made of salmon that is pan fried until the skin crisps up. It is then served with a fresh sauce that includes, parsley, chervil, basil, lemon, tomatoes, and top quality olive oil. Good to serve for company but quick enough to serve for a worknight meal."

Original is 4 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (398.8 g)
  • Calories 575.8
  • Total Fat - 35.6 g
  • Saturated Fat - 5.6 g
  • Cholesterol - 120.1 mg
  • Sodium - 266.2 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 16.6 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 7.9 g
  • Sugars - 4.4 g
  • Protein - 51.5 g
  • Calcium - 150.2 mg
  • Iron - 4.1 mg
  • Vitamin C - 47.5 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.5 mg

Step by Step Method

Step 1

To make the sauce, first plunge the tomatoes into boiling water for a few seconds, then drain and refresh in a bowl of iced water. Peel, deseed and finely chop the tomatoes (you can also leave the seeds and juice, like I've done).

Step 2

Place in a bowl with the garlic, chopped herbs and crushed coriander seeds. Mix in the olive oil, lemon juice and zest, then season to taste with salt, white pepper and sugar if necessary to freshen up those winter tomatoes that have little flavor (it also helps cut down on the acidity).

Step 3

The sauce can be served straight away, or made ahead and reserved until ready to serve. The flavours will improve if left for a few hours or if warmed through slightly before serving.

Step 4

Descale your salmon, if required. Salt and pepper both sides of the salmon (meaty and skin sides), to taste, being careful not to overdo it). Set aside.

Step 5

Just before serving, place a large frying pan over medium heat and add a good dash of sunflower oil or olive oil. Add the salmon fillets, skin-side down, and cook for about 5 minutes, until skins have crisped up.

Step 6

Flip over and cook the other side for another 5 minutes, or until both sides are golden brown and cooked to desired doneness. Season the fish lightly while still in pan, again, being careful not to over salt. (If your fish is thick where you feel it won't cook to desired doneness without burning the fish, I've finished it off in the oven for about 5 more minutes. I like it medium).

Step 7

Spoon the sauce over each serving plate and top with cooked salmon fillets to serve or do the reverse by topping the salmon with the tomato sauce, if desired.


No special items needed.

6 Reviews


So good! We loved this salmon with it's crisped skin. The tomato sauce was lovely and packed with flavor. A winner all around!


review by:
(4 Jun 2023)


Great salmon dish! I really loved the salsa - the combo of herbs was so good! (Subbed cilantro for chervil, cuz it was in the fridge). But what took it from good to great was the addition of the crushed coriander seed. So subtle, but so THERE! Loved it! Also, it's easy to prepare with ingredients that we always have on hand. Thanks for posting - it's a keeper...


review by:
(24 Oct 2019)


I really enjoyed this delicous salmon recipe. The sauce was so fresh and flavorful. I was hoping I'd have on of my home grown tomatoes for this, but they just aren't ready yet! Thanks for sharing!


review by:
(25 Apr 2019)


I made this for my Daughter and her son...the hubbys were gone for the evening...we all loved grandson had two servings...I used cilantro instead of chervil...made for FYC tag game...


review by:
(27 Oct 2018)


I had my sister over today for dinner so decided to take out some frozen salmon and make this for us. I cut the recipe down for 2 servings. The salmon was so good! I enjoyed every bite along with some baked potato and salad. Very nice meal indeed!


review by:
(16 Sep 2018)


I used fresh basil in place of the chervil with great results. I absolutely loved this dish and plan to make it a regular on my eating plan, as it is reasonably healthy, which is always a plus! Love the simplicity of it for busy times too! Thank you so much for sharing this great recipe with us Forevermama! Linda


(20 Apr 2018)

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