This easy and fast Pan-Seared Salmon With Cucumber-Lime Salsa takes less than 20 minutes from start to finish! Fresh salmon is richly textured, highly flavorful and is a heart healthy meal!! Adding this cucumber-lime salsa on top of your salmon provides the perfect essence for your meal that everyone is guaranteed to love!
I have such an amazing Pan-Seared Salmon recipe for you! If you didn’t already know…I’m in love with salmon! Like big time love! Salmon is not only really good for you, but it’s super high in protein, provides amazing omega-3 benefits and contains tons of vitamin A, D, B6, B and E. All that is fabulous…it really is, but I’m also in love with salmon because it can be made so many different ways! It’s so versatile! But guys this recipe…THIS recipe is hands down the easiest, quickest and healthiest salmon recipe and you are missing out if you don’t make this dish!
Originally, I wrote this Pan-Seared Salmon With Cucumber-Lime Salsa recipe for Eazy Peazy Mealz and it was a big hit! Ya’ll, this recipe is so EASY. Almost too easy! It literally took me less than 20 minutes to make this from start to finish and my meal was ready to eat. We all need a fast, simple and delicious meal in our lives. With this Pan-Seared Salmon With Cucumber-Lime Salsa recipe, the salmon does provide a ton of flavor but I also attribute a lot of the deliciousness of this dish to the cucumber lime salsa. Before we jump into the salsa, let’s talk salmon for a minute.
What You Need To Know About Salmon
Salmon lesson 101…here we go. The two most popular types of salmon is what? You got it… Atlantic and Sockeye. I like both, but for this recipe I chose to use Sockeye salmon. So what’s the difference between these two types of salmon? Well, I’m glad you asked!
- Sockeye Salmon is considered wild and is typically referred to as “red salmon”. I mean, look at it below. It has an amazing color!! The reason is because the salmon return upriver to their spawning grounds and as they do, the fish change from a bluish color to an amazing red color. Personally, this is my favorite type of salmon because it has a rich, full flavor and also a firm texture.
- Atlantic Salmon is typically farmed and is a little less rich in taste. It is a milder-tasting, paler “pink colored” fish. Regardless of what type of salmon you choose for this recipe, they are both incredibly healthy for you. Both types are rich in the healthy omega-3 fatty acids and that plays a huge role for proper brain function.
Let’s Get Started!
Grab a raw filet of salmon and place on a plate.
It’s time to make the Cucumber-Lime Salsa! I keep raving about it, I know! I love a good fish recipe with a yummy “topper” as I like to call it! This salsa recipe combines some of my favorite ingredients! Fresh! Fresh! Fresh! I can’t emphasize it enough! Here is a list of the ingredients:
- Fresh jalapeño
- English cucumber
- Red onion
- Fresh lime juice
Simple ingredients, right? And HEALTHY!!
Take all those simple ingredients for your Cucumber-Lime Salsa above and chop them up. Add them to a bowl and mix together and set aside for just a bit. This allows all those flavors to really come together. Oh and let me tell you…the salsa mixture makes this recipe! It’s so fantastic!
Sear your salmon in a pan on the stove top with 1 Tablespoon of olive oil for about 7-8 minutes. Once your salmon is done, top it off with this fantastic Cucumber-Lime Salsa and it’s ready to eat!
What to Serve With Pan-Seared Salmon With Cucumber-Lime Salsa
This salmon pairs with so many side dishes! Here’s some of my favorite foods to serve with this salmon dinner recipe:
- Romaine Salad
- Greek Kale and Quinoa Salad
- Ono Rice
- Oven Roasted Vegetables
- Slow Cooker Herb Roasted Garlic Potatoes
Expert Tips For Making Pan-Seared Salmon With Cucumber-Lime Salsa
- Texture – When you finish searing your salmon, it should be flaky and full of moisture. It should easily fall apart when the fork enters. Don’t overcook your salmon! Sautéing 7-8 minutes should do the trick!
- Skin On or Off? – I’ve made this salmon dish with both the skin on and off. Wild salmon tends to be sold with the skin attached. Atlantic salmon is typically sold skinless. When I sear the salmon with the skin on, I sear it skin side down but I don’t eat the skin. But some people do eat the skin! If you cook the skin correctly, it is crispy, full of flavor and has a lot of minerals and nutrition. It’s personal choice.
- Nutrition – Some research shows that wild salmon provides more omega 3 fatty acids than Atlantic salmon. Regardless of the type of you eat, salmon contains Vitamin B, Phosphorus, High Protein, Omega 3-fatty acids, Selenium and Vitamin B12. So eat it up!
There you have it!! This Pan-Seared Salmon With Cucumber-Lime Salsa is such a light meal, yet so filling! Every bite of this recipe screams freshness and it’s absolutely one of my spring and summer favorites! You can now literally stick a fork in it! And guess what guys…this dish is naturally Gluten Free!
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This easy and fast dinner is a heart healthy meal and packed with flavor! Fresh salmon is richly textured and highly flavorful! Adding this cucumber-lime salsa on top of your salmon provides the perfect essence for your meal that everyone is guaranteed to love!
- Remove the pith from the lime and finely dice the flesh of the lime.
In a small bowl, lightly mash the lime with the fork to release some of the lime juice and then stir in the jalapeño pepper, cucumber, onion, cilantro and 1/2 teaspoon of salt. Set aside and let the salsa ingredients marinate together.
- Heat extra-virgin olive oil in a nonstick skillet over medium heat.
- Season the salmon with the remaining salt and fresh cracked pepper.
Sauté the salmon, skin side up, until golden brown, about 7-8 minutes.
- Carefully flip the salmon and continue to cook until flesh is opaque and flakes easily when a fork is inserted...about 4 minutes more.
- Transfer salmon to plates and spoon cucumber-lime salsa over top. Serve alongside your favorite salad!
Update Notes: This post was originally published in July of 2016, but was republished with new photos, step-by-step instructions and tips in May of 2018.