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Garlic Orange Seared Salmon. Easy Salmon dinners and tips for cooking perfect salmon on the stovetop every single time!

Garlic Orange Seared Salmon

Want to learn how to cook perfect pan-seared salmon every time? Try my easy recipe for Orange Seared Salmon. All you need in 15 minutes and a few ingredients.

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword orange salmon, pan-fried salmon with orange, seared salmon fillets
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 17 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 298 kcal
Author Mahy


  • 4 salmon fillets skin on or skinless depending on your taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 teaspoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 4 -6 sprigs of fresh thyme leaves removed
  • Juice of 1 orange about 1/4 cup
  • Extra orange juice for drizzling


  1. Preheat a skillet with olive oil over medium-high heat.

  2. Season the salmon with salt, pepper and brown sugar evenly on both sides.
  3. Sear the salmon when the skillet is hot, for about 2-3 minutes. Right before flipping the salmon, add in the garlic and thyme. Flip the salmon fillets and sauté the garlic for a minute around the salmon fillets.

  4. Add in the orange juice, drop the heat to medium and cover the skillet for 5-7 minutes—depending on how well done you prefer your salmon fillets to be.
  5. Serve the orange seared salmon with a side salad and orange dressing.

Recipe Notes

  • Make sure your pan is well preheated before adding the fish fillets.
  • Cook the salmon for 3 minutes per side for medium, longer if you want it cooked through all the way.
  • Cooking times depend on the thickness of your salmon fillets. When fillet turns a light pink color about 1/2 of the way through, flip it. If your salmon is sticking to the pan, let it fry for another minute. 
Nutrition Facts
Garlic Orange Seared Salmon
Amount Per Serving (1 fillet)
Calories 298 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Fat 14g22%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 93mg31%
Sodium 366mg16%
Potassium 892mg25%
Carbohydrates 6g2%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 34g68%
Vitamin A 140IU3%
Vitamin C 17.9mg22%
Calcium 36mg4%
Iron 1.4mg8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.