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How to Get Salmon Crispy on the Outside and Tender on the Inside

author image Brynne Chandler
Emmy-award nominated screenwriter Brynne Chandler is a single mother of three who divides her time between professional research and varied cooking, fitness and home & gardening enterprises. A running enthusiast who regularly participates in San Francisco's Bay to Breakers run, Chandler works as an independent caterer, preparing healthy, nutritious meals for Phoenix area residents.
How to Get Salmon Crispy on the Outside and Tender on the Inside
Searing salmon gives you a crisp outside and tender inside.

Cooks prize salmon for its tender, delicate flavor and ease of preparation. Health-smart cooks also love it for its nutritional value. Salmon contains omega-3 fatty acids that help support heart health. The collagen, or fibers that connect muscle tissue, in fish is much more delicate than the collagen in beef. It breaks down much more quickly, so cooking crispy salmon doesn’t take long. Preparing tender salmon with a crisp outer crust gives you a fabulous contrast in texture and it’s simple to do. The one mistake most new fish cooks make is overcooking. Crispy tender salmon takes less than 10 minutes.

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Step 1

Coat the bottom of your skillet with oil. Olive oil has the most flavor, but canola, vegetable or peanut oil will also work.

Step 2

Heat the oil over medium-high heat until the oil starts to release its scent if you use olive oil, or starts to shimmer if you use any other kind.

Step 3

Put your salmon fillets into the hot oil. Stand back so you don’t get splattered.

Step 4

Cook the salmon for five minutes and then turn it over, using a spatula.

Step 5

Sear the salmon for another three minutes. Cover the skillet and remove it from the heat. Let it sit for two to four minutes to finish cooking off of the heat.

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