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Seared Salmon with Blue Cheese

Seared Salmon with Blue Cheese

This easy recipe for seared salmon with blue cheese topping is proof that preparing seafood does not need to be complicated. Try this recipe once and I guarantee, it will become a go-to fish dinner soon! 

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword pan-fried salmon recipe, pan-seared salmon, salmon fillet with blue cheese
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 304 kcal
Author Mahy


  • 4 salmon fillets
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt ( or to taste)
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/2 lemon thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons crumbled blue cheese
  • 1 tablespoon parsley
  • 1 teaspoon honey


  1. Over medium-high heat, preheat a non-stick skillet or cast-iron pan and add the olive oil.
  2. Season the salmon fillets on both sides with salt, pepper and brown sugar.
  3. Once the skillet is ready, place the salmon fillets and lower the heat to medium, and allow the salmon to sear on each side for about 2 minutes dropping the heat to medium-low after the first minute.
  4. Add the garlic and lemon slices and sauté them with the salmon fillets for 1 minute until the flavors burst out, then cover your skillet with a lid (or use aluminum foil if you don't have a lid for that skillet or pan) while maintaining the heat at medium-low.
  5. Uncover the skillet, turn off the heat and crumble the blue cheese on top of each fillet and cover them again for a just a few seconds to soften the cheese a little bit.
  6. Sprinkle the salmon with parsley and drizzle about 1/4 teaspoon of honey on each.

Recipe Notes

  • When frying the salmon, don't be tempted to turn up the heat or your salmon will be overcooked on the outside and raw on the inside.
  • Trust me, the cheese will melt on top of the salmon, even though the heat is turned off.
  • Use maple syrup instead of honey or coconut sugar instead of brown sugar, if desired.
Nutrition Facts
Seared Salmon with Blue Cheese
Amount Per Serving (1 fillet)
Calories 304 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Fat 15g23%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 96mg32%
Sodium 561mg24%
Potassium 861mg25%
Carbohydrates 5g2%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 35g70%
Vitamin A 179IU4%
Vitamin C 9mg11%
Calcium 45mg5%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.