Pan-Seared Salmon For One

I don’t WANT to annoy the living tar out of you. I don’t.

So let me just get this teeny tiny thing out of the way real quick before we begin, cool?

Just bear with me.

…..sweet Lordy Lou almighty beans of the earth he diddly done won it.

Not that this was a shocker, I mean come on. Did you hear him sing Home two nights ago? Ugh, I just wanna stick him in my black tank top. WHAT. Okay, I’m done. Forever. Maybe. But probably not.


And nooo, I didn’t DRIVE AARON AWAY with too much PP talk. That will be later this summer. It just happened to be one of those nights where he had a work dinner and I had clean hair, so I found myself at the fresh fish counter and butter on the brain. Speaking of fresh fish counter, can I tell you something? I’m embarrassed already. Here goes:

I usually just buy frozen fish.

Was that the sound of you deleting me from your life?

I know. I’m a ridiculous excuse of a human being. (I almost typed bean, which I kind of like actually) But normally I’m not planning on cooking the fish THAT DAY, so I just buy it flash frozen. But I bought it fresh this time around and it was like FIELD TRIP day for me. I poked it. I prodded. I made it jiggle. I probably shouldn’t say anymore.

Clean hair makes you do strange things.


Sizzle, sear, wilt, flip, squeeze, wilt, season, sear, sizzle, drizzle, twizzle.



Fresh fish makes you say weird things.

Or perhaps my ponytail is a little too tight.

You better get on this before I start talking about Phillip again!

 Pan-Seared Salmon For One:

What it took for One:

* 1 Tbs. butter
* 2 tsp extra-virgin olive oil, divided
* 1 cup red and yellow cherry (or grape) tomatoes, some halved, some left whole
* 1 fresh salmon fillet
* 1 Tbs. fresh herbs (I used thyme and oregano)
* 1 tsp capers
* juice from half a lemon
* coarse salt and freshly ground pepper

Melt the butter and 1 tsp oil in a cast iron skillet. Once the foaming starts to subside,  add the tomatoes and cook for about a minute. Add the salmon fillet, season with salt and pepper and sear on one side for 3 minutes. Carefully flip with a fish spatula and sear another 2 to the 3 minutes. Add the herbs and toss the tomatoes around a bit. They’ll be getting some nice browned marks by now and breaking down a tad.

In the meantime, heat the remaining tsp oil in another small skillet. Add the spinach and wilt, 2 minutes. Toss in a pinch of salt and pepper.

Serve salmon and tomatoes over the wilted spinach and garnish with the capers and a HUGE squeeze of lemon. You don’t even k.n.o.w.

*obvs if you want to make this for your date or family or whatevs, just double or triple ze recipe!

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47 Responses to Pan-Seared Salmon For One

  1. Villy @ For the love of Feeding May 24, 2012 at 1:30 pm #
    Since Joshua wasn't competing, Philip was my pick as well ;) Salmon is the boss, and this dish looks epic!
  2. Tracey May 24, 2012 at 1:32 pm #
    looks yummy and healthy! :)
  3. Lori @ RecipeGirl May 24, 2012 at 1:35 pm #
    That's my dinner- totally- love the dinner for 1 thing. And I love salmon, but I'd never buy frozen!! I know I'm supposed to be a "Jessica" fan since she's from San Diego and all... and the girl has a nice voice... but would you really buy her album? Nope- glad Phillip won.
  4. nicole b. May 24, 2012 at 1:44 pm #
    I bought fresh salmon last night based on that photo from yer Instagrams. Now I has recipe! YAY! xo.
  5. Debra May 24, 2012 at 2:12 pm #
    Had your Smoked Paprika pasta sauce with Angel Hair and Grilled Shrimp last night....lovely! As for your boy P.P.. Guess I'm too old, although not THAT old, but I just don't get it. Based on his win, Casey should have won last year. All I hear is Gr-r-r-r-r-r-r-r-r-r when they sing.....oh well...
    • Bev Weidner May 24, 2012 at 8:32 pm #
      Oh Debra, I understand! The "yeaah yeaaah nawwww" bugs me too. But his more intimate songs are the ones that have me peeing my face. I'm old too so I can't believe I'm such a freak for him. SUCH. A. FREAK.
      • Meli O'Leary May 24, 2012 at 10:58 pm #
        If your a freak than what am I? I am the one with the phillowcase. My husband travels alot..... of these days I'm going to make one of these fabulous recipes. Once I can drag myself away from HOME. Because my nightly meals have been too similar to staring at the bottom of a cereal box. :)
  6. Heather May 24, 2012 at 2:29 pm #
    i like human bean better than "being" too - let's start a revolution!
  7. Deborah May 24, 2012 at 2:38 pm #
    As much as I've tried to find somewhere with good fresh fish here, I've ALWAYS had better luck with flash frozen. So I'm totally down with the frozen fish. In fact, I just happen to have one salmon fillet in my freezer right now. And this would be perfect.
  8. Natalie @ Cooking for My Kids May 24, 2012 at 3:15 pm #
    This looks amazing!! And, I know that I am a 13 year old at heart. But last night truly was the single best moment in American Idol my very humble opinion. I love it when good things happen to good people. The fact that all he wanted to do was cry and hug his parents was just perfectly him.
  9. Gina @ Running to the Kitchen May 24, 2012 at 3:21 pm #
    I make salmon at least 2x a week thanks to a cheap little fresh fish place by me and am usually happy with my easy, throw it in the oven kinda thing. Now, there's no way this isn't happening next time around. And those tomatoes! Omg the tomatoes. I would eat a pint of them all roasty like that :)
  10. Cassie May 24, 2012 at 3:36 pm #
    I secretly love solo dinners. I had one last night and I'm alone again tonight. I think I might just cook up some of my *frozen* salmon. Yes, I do it too.
  11. Deanna B. May 24, 2012 at 5:06 pm #
    I'm totally going to use some of my frozen salmon to make this.
  12. Jennifer | Mother Thyme May 24, 2012 at 5:08 pm #
    Loving this recipe! My husband is not a huge salmon eater so I am usually cooking it just for myself while he is grilling himself up a big old steak since I'm not a big steak eater. This dish will be sizzling in my skillet very soon!
  13. Ashley @ Hudson on the Potomac May 24, 2012 at 5:14 pm #
    SOOOOO happy Phillip Phillips won!!! And how precious was it when he started crying and then walked off stage to hug his parents... swoon! PS... I buy frozen fish too--no shame in that game!
  14. Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking May 24, 2012 at 5:14 pm #
    Hahaha! Bev you are such a treat to read. This is just about the saddest title for a recipe ever, but it's undoubtedly the most delicious thing I've seen all day.
  15. Cookie and Kate May 24, 2012 at 5:14 pm #
    I have one frozen salmon fillet in my freezer and I've been meaning to learn how to cook fish well, so this is happening asap. That last picture, by the way, belongs in a cookbook. Also, clean hair makes me do crazy things, too. Fortunately my hair is not clean today so there will be no craziness. I'll be hermiting all day, as usual!
  16. Ali @ Gimme Some Oven May 24, 2012 at 6:43 pm #
    Beautiful! This looks so summery, and colorful, and de-LISH! And cheers to an American Idol who's actually a creative musician. Love it!!!
  17. Alison @ ingredients, Inc. May 24, 2012 at 7:00 pm #
    absolutely looks divine! Have a super weekend! Btw.. are you going to EVO?
  18. kale May 24, 2012 at 8:10 pm #
    He has got such a great, authentic voice. I don't think he'd make it far in the music bizz living in your tank top though... maybe let go of that dream? For the greater good, I mean. You are a fabulous human bean.
  19. Julie @ Table for Two May 24, 2012 at 8:10 pm #
    shut the front door. this looks phenom. i love the crushed heirloom tomaterrrs!
  20. Ryan @ Spicy Richmond May 24, 2012 at 8:28 pm #
    I have everything at home to make this but the salmon. I sense a fish counter trip on my way home...
  21. traci May 24, 2012 at 11:16 pm #
    I cant do frozen fish. I lived close to the ocean and fresh fish was it. I love your recipe.and will.have to try it. It looks.delicious!
  22. brandi May 25, 2012 at 12:31 am #
    i'm so happy i have you to share my slightly unhealthy obsession with. i will make this the next time nick is gone while i watch all his videos on youtube...for the millionth time.
  23. DessertForTwo May 25, 2012 at 2:47 am #
    Hah! I'm so happy your lover won :) My brother thought it really was 'human bean' til he was 15. It was pretty sweet while it lasted.
  24. Rebecca Walker May 25, 2012 at 2:53 am #
    This looks fabulous. And for one looks perfect. (There are days I'd pay to have dinner--whatever I want without worrying about what everyone else will like--by myself. Although it is always a shame to waste clean hair...) Thanks for the beautiful inspiration.
  25. Jessica May 25, 2012 at 3:31 am #
    YOU ARE BRILLIANT! P.S. I miss you and am still totally jealous of your gorg new kitchen!
  26. Kelli Williams May 25, 2012 at 1:21 pm #
    "Clean hair makes you do strange things!" ha! I'm going to have to use that line AND this recipe! Thanks Bev for all your amazing posts. Keep em coming! I loved PP, too. :)
  27. Vita @ Juicer Depot May 29, 2012 at 5:13 am #
    I buy frozen salmon all the time from Costco or Sams Club. Once in a while i buy fresh salmon from Whole Foods. Their fish is excellent bùt pricey.
  28. Karriann May 29, 2012 at 1:00 pm #
    My craving for salmon has been confirmed! Another fantastic dish Bev! "Happy Cooking"
  29. Laura November 10, 2012 at 4:02 pm #
    I made this for me and my parents for lunch today. It was really simple but absolutely delicious! Definitely one to make again! Thank you
  30. Wendy February 6, 2013 at 11:27 am #
    I made this one night and my husband requested it the next night. I have made it twice it is so simple and tasty.
  31. Colleen February 5, 2014 at 7:37 pm #
    This salmon was delicious and easy enough to throw togetehr on a weeknight!
  32. Tom D February 14, 2015 at 5:27 pm #
    The salmon recipe is great. Use fresh. If you're going to dear the salmon, ; use a mix of olive oil and butter. Otherwise you'll have burned butter which isn't good. I used about onec tsp of rosemary. Next time I would use more. I made it for myself only. Enjoy
  33. Flavia August 12, 2015 at 4:21 pm #
    Seriously Bev? I am cracking up as I read this recipe (and drooling at the same time!) - I pinned you a long time ago baby, tonight is your night ! :) Thanks for the laugh! and I am sure this one will be a winner at my home! XO
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  35. http://www./ September 10, 2016 at 2:39 am #
    They will always be in your heart. And without a doubt, you are always in their hearts. You are blessed that they are all so near. All these wonderful moments will be followed by many more in the future with your girls.Hugs!!!Karffee :)
  36. Moe M. May 30, 2018 at 7:05 pm #
    So how much spinach. Didn't see it in the recipe. Thank you.
  37. Rita March 25, 2020 at 12:01 pm #
    I made this for my husband and I and it was delicious. You left out spinach in the ingredients, but it was easy to figure out by the picture and the fact that you put it in the explanation of how to cook it. I used the microwave already cooked spinach bag which is cheating but it is just as good as cooking it fresh. Not only did it look good when I presented it, but it was delicious to boot. Good recipe.


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