Fresh salmon is richly textured and highly flavorful! Adding this cucumber-lime salsa on top provides the perfect essence for your meal that everyone is guaranteed to love!
Pan-Seared Salmon With Cucumber-Lime Salsa
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Hey all! It’s Amanda from over at Recipes Worth Repeating and I have such an amazing salmon recipe for you! I’m in love with salmon! Like big time love! Salmon is not only crazy 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!
This recipe is so easy. Almost too easy! It literally took me 20 minutes to make this start to finish and my meal was ready to eat. We all need a fast and delicious meal in our lives. With this particular recipe, the salmon does provide a ton of flavor but I also attribute a lot of the deliciousness of this meal to the cucumber lime salsa.
Before we jump into the salsa, let’s talk salmon for a minute. Salmon lesson 101…here we go. The two most popular types of salmon is Atlantic and Sockeye. I like both, but for this recipe I chose to use Sockeye salmon. So what’s the difference you between these two types of salmon? 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 being is because they 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.
Ok, back to this salsa I keep raving about. 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! Fresh jalapeno, English cucumber, red onion, cilantro mixed with fresh lime juice is one of the best combinations you can put together. And these ingredients are so simple!
Once you chop all these yummy fresh ingredients together, you’re going to mix them in a bowl 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!
And there you have it….once your salmon is seared, you top it off with this fantastic salsa and it’s ready to go. I always serve this one with either my Romaine Salad or my Greek Kale and Quinoa Salad. It’s such a light meal, yet so filling! I’ve also served this recipe with Ono Rice and it pairs to well! Every aspect of this recipe is screaming freshness and it’s absolutely one of my summer favorites!
You can now literally stick a fork in it! Your salmon should be flaky and full of moisture. It should easily fall apart when the fork enters. Happy Eats with this one!
If you love Salmon, check out these recipes:
- Lemon Basil Baked Garlic Butter Salmon
- Garlic Rosemary Salmon with Creamy Dill Sauce
- Salmon and Black Bean Egg Rolls
Pan-Seared Salmon With Cucumber-Lime Salsa
- 1 lime
- 1 small jalapeno seeds removed and finely chopped
- 1/2 English Cucumber diced
- 2 Tablespoons red onions diced
- 4 teaspoons chopped cilantro
- 1 teaspoon salt divided
- 1/2 Tablespoon Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- 4 6-ounce boneless salmon fillets (either Sockeye or Atlantic)
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- Remove the peel and pith from the lime. Finely slice the flesh of the entire lime.
- In a bowl, mash the lime with a fork to release some of the juices.
- Add in the jalapeno, cucumber, onion, cilantro and 1/2 teaspoon salt together in the bowl and stir to combine.
- Set aside for 15-20 minutes to let the flavors combine and marinate together.
- Heat the oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat.
- Season salmon all over with the remaining salt and pepper.
- Cook salmon, skin side up, until golden brown...about 4 minutes.
- Carefully flip the salmon and continue to cook until flesh is opaque and flakes easily with a fork, about 4 minutes more.
- Transfer salmon to plates and spoon cucumber-lime salsa over the top.
- Serve with your favorite salad.