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Pan Seared Salmon on White plate with Blackberry Balsamic Sauce

Perfect Pan Seared Salmon + Blackberry Balsamic Sauce

If you've been yearning to learn how to make pan seared salmon, this recipe is for you! Top with this tangy and delicious sauce and you have a meal that is easy enough for weeknights and elegant enough for company. 
Course Main Course
Cuisine American, French
Keyword easy, fish skin, seared
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Resting Time 5 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 377kcal


  • 1 cup frozen Oregon Blackberries
  • 1 cup balsamic vinegar
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 1 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 4 fresh salmon fillets 5-6 ounces each with skin on
  • kosher salt and pepper
  • canola oil


  • In a small saucepan heat blackberries, balsamic vinegar, honey and rosemary until simmering. Crush blackberries with the back of a spoon until all are broken apart. Cook on a medium-low simmer until reduced by half and the mixture coats the back of a spoon.
  • Pour sauce through a fine mesh strainer to separate the seed and herbs from the sauce. Discard seeds and set the sauce aside. 
  • Heat a thin layer of oil over medium-high heat in a stainless steel or cast iron skillet. Preheat for about 5 minutes.
  • Salt and pepper fish on all sides and carefully add, skin side down, to skillet, gently pressing down on top of each fillet with a flexible spatula after each addition for about 10 seconds to set the skin. 
  • Cook fish for about 5 minutes without flipping or until your desired temperature-- 125 degrees for Medium-Rare, 145 degrees for medium-well. 
  • Gently flip fish over using a spatula and a fork to ease it over onto the other side and cook just briefly to get some color on top- about 30 seconds to a minute. 
  • Remove fish from pan and place on a paper towel-lined plate. Allow to rest for 5 minutes before serving. 
  • Serve with the blackberry balsamic sauce. 


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 377kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 34g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 93mg | Sodium: 90mg | Potassium: 973mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 28g | Vitamin A: 145IU | Vitamin C: 7.6mg | Calcium: 48mg | Iron: 2.1mg