Crispy Stovetop Iron-Skillet Salmon


I was lucky enough to inherit two cast iron skillets ~ a 10-inch skillet from Grandma and a 12-inch skillet from Mom.  They're way up there in years, probably 70 years at the least, and I handle them with TLC!




If you'd tell me that I could only have one cooking utensil in my kitchen, 
this is what it would be!



Take good care of it, and you'll be privileged with clean-up time of mere seconds.

Soap never touches my cast iron skillets.  Soap is designed to remove oil, that would remove the seasoning.  After using, I wipe out the warm skillet with a paper towel, then after cooling, rinse with hot water and dry, always leaving a layer of oil/grease behind.  The skillets improve year after year, developing a natural slick patina.

Cast iron is a great conductor of heat, perfect for searing meat.  The skillets can go anywhere, from your kitchen stovetop to the grill outdoors, to over a campfire.  And they can cook about anything you want...

Salmon and cast iron skillets are perfect skillet mates, each is better with the other.  





My mouth waters when I think of crispy salmon seared in the iron skillet.  Sizzling butter adds a rich taste to the salmon, with capers adding a unique flavor of their own.  

Matt gave me a great cookbook for Christmas, Skillet Love by Anne Byrn.  It’s packed with all sorts of recipes, from steak to cake, more than 150 recipes for a cast-iron skillet, including this Crispy Stovetop Iron Skillet Salmon.






Capers are  unripened flower buds of a prickly, perennial plant known as Capparis spinosa.  The buds are harvested manually, dried in the sun, then pickled in vinegar, wine, brine or salt.  They’re tangy, salty, with a slightly sharp taste.  A tiny little ingredient that packs a punch and is perfect for salmon.




Splash a little lemon juice over all, and there you have it, a delicious entree for dinner---I really truly like this salmon, Mmmm!!!

If you’re looking for an old cast iron skillet, look in a thrift shop, and snatch it up quickly if you’re lucky enough to see one!  

And then make this delicious salmon...

Bet you will be making it a lot also!



Yield: 4 servings
Author:

Crispy Stovetop Iron-Skillet Salmon

Crispy Stovetop Iron-Skillet Salmon

My mouth waters when I think of this crispy salmon seared in the iron skillet.  Searing the salmon in a tad of butter gives it a rich taste, and capers add a unique flavor of their own.
Prep time: 5 MCook time: 12 MTotal time: 17 M

Ingredients:

  • 1½ pounds salmon
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons butter, cut into pieces
  • 2 tablespoons capers
  • 1 medium lemon, cut in half

Instructions:

How to cook Crispy Stovetop Iron-Skillet Salmon

  1. Season salmon liberally with salt and pepper.
  2. Heat a 12-inch iron-skillet over medium-high heat until it smokes, about 4 minutes.
  3. Add the oil to the skillet and place salmon in skillet, sear for 3-4 minutes, undisturbed.
  4. Run a spatula under the salmon to loosen it, then carefully flip it to the other side and cook for 3-4 minutes more, depending upon thickness and to your liking.
  5. Turn off the heat.
  6. Add butter to skillet.  When it melts, add capers and toss in skillet to heat them.
  7. Squeeze lemon halves over salmon and let the juice reduce a bit.
  8. Serve

Notes:

If the salmon has skin on one side, sear it first on the skinless side and finish skin-side down.
Created using The Recipes Generator





Enjoy!


Stay healthy, 
stay home and take care 
during this difficult time!







33 comments:

  1. Hi Pam. We live in Cast Iron Country and I love that you have ones handed down. Very, very cool. I love the ones that I have though not handed down, they're very old. And I just love that.

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  2. Hi Ivy! They're great to cook with, mine are well-used! Take care

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  3. I could eat salmon every day this is perfect and I love how you cooked it!

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    1. Thanks! I could too, love it! Take care, Claudia!

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  4. @PAM Hey, forgot to tell you. I got chips for my baby chocolate cakes and added them. So yum. Thanks!

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    1. Woo hoo, Ivy! Bet they're really good baby cakes, yum for sure! Thanks for letting me know and you have a good rest of the week. Take care!

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  5. The salmon is so beautifully seared! A good pan truly makes the difference.

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    1. Thanks, Angie! Yes, nothing like a good pan to cook in! Take care

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  6. Good looking salmon Pam - lemon/butter/capers makes all fish better.

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    1. It's really good, Larry! Love the briny capers with it! Thanks!

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  7. Pam, We have an old iron skillet but we never remember to use it when grilling something. Since my outdoor grill is dead, I'll pull out our skillet! That salmon looks great...grilled fresh salmon with lemon and capers...great stuff! Stay Well and Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

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    1. Thanks, Dave! The salmon is delicious! Bill wants to get a new grill soon, whenever grilling season can start, I can't wait! You and Laurie take care, stay safe!

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  8. We have a pair of cast iron skillets from Mrs KR's grandmother -- they must be over 100 years old. Love 'em! And they're great for cooking things like salmon. This is a terrific looking recipe -- thanks.

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    1. Woo hoo! Sounds great with your skillets! The salmon is pretty good, if you like salmon! 😊 Take care!

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  9. Looks pretty delish!
    Though I don't own a cast iron skillet.

    M : )

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    1. Thanks, Melinda! You can cook in the oven or any other skillet. Take care

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  10. Oh, boy, this is right up my alley!! Need to get my hands on some salmon! Stay well, Pam!

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    1. Glad you like it, Liz! I could eat salmon a lot more if Bill would agree to it. 😊 You stay well also!

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  11. I love anything with capers. Mom gave me a cast iron "chicken cooker" many years ago. I love the deep sides on it and use it all the time. Take care, Pam!

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    1. Hi Debra! Good with the cast iron cooker! Thanks and you take care also.

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  12. Sooo yum! I love salmon and I take care of my cast iron skillet just like you!

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    1. Great Natalia! They're easy to take care of and I love salmon too! Thanks!

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  13. This salmon looks absolutely delicious and I love you use cast iron skillet.
    Take care and be safe Pam hugs

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    1. Thanks, Gloria! You take care also! Have a good day!

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  14. Hi Pam, I sure like my iron skillet too, but do not use as often as I should...love the look of the salmon...looks delicious, especially crispy.
    Have a good rest of day and stay safe!

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    1. Hi Juliana! The salmon was delicious, great with the capers. You take care!

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  15. My cast iron skillet, also inherited, is only used in the oven now because it isn’t ok on a smooth top electric stove. I know most cooks prefer gas, but I’m electric all the way!

    Be well... mae at maefood.blogspot.com

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    1. Hi Mae! I cook with the skillet on our smooth top electric stove all the time, just don't slide it around while I'm cooking so as not to scratch the surface. I don't like cooking with gas at all, I'm electric all the way too.

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  16. Oh yes, you are fortunate to have those pans, especially from loved ones, Pam! I have some salmon in the freezer since I prepare it so much for health and weight-loss reasons! I love the crust you created for this dish! A must try! Do stay healthy too! My son lives in Chicago and I think about him and all of those I know in the region!
    God bless, Roz

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    1. Thanks, Roz! Salmon is great for weight loss plus it's delicious! Chicago is a great beautiful city, lots going on esp with politics! You take care and stay safe and well. God bless.

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  17. I love capers! That salmon looks beautifully crispy!

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