Simple Pan Seared Salmon Macro Bowls

A foolproof method to make simple pan seared salmon with the skin on! Serve with kale, sweet potato and avocado for a healthy and balanced macro bowl.

Simple Pan Seared Salmon Macro Bowls | recipe, easy, with skin, healthy, crispy, how to, kale, avocado, sweet potato | hungrybynature.com

It should come as no surprise that I love salmon. Pat and I eat salmon once a week – either as tacos, burgers, or just as-is. And more often than not, we just bake it with some seasoning on top.

Growing up, my mom made salmon with this lemon caper sauce that was divine. She would always cook it without the skin and inside of a tin foil packet. And because I learn all of my best cooking tips from her, I did the same.

Simple Pan Seared Salmon Macro Bowls | recipe, easy, with skin, healthy, crispy, how to, kale, avocado, sweet potato | hungrybynature.com

But what cooking salmon in this way lacks is the nice crispy skin and seared outer crust that you find when eating at a nice restaurant. And isn’t that really what it’s all about?!

I’ve perfected the pan searing method and am here to tell you exactly how to do it. BONUS – it’s a whole lot easier than you think.

Simple Pan Seared Salmon Macro Bowls | recipe, easy, with skin, healthy, crispy, how to, kale, avocado, sweet potato | hungrybynature.com

Here’s what you need to make this simple pan seared salmon:

  1. Salmon filets with the skin on.
  2. Stainless steel pan. This is the pan that I use.
  3. Neutral oil – like avocado.

And the method is very straightforward. Heat your pan over medium-high heat with the oil. Add the filets, pressing down on each to make sure the entire skin stays in contact with the pan. Cook for 6-9 minutes depending on the thickness. Carefully flip the filets over and cook for another minute or two.

That’s it! Perfectly seared salmon every single time.

Simple Pan Seared Salmon Macro Bowls | recipe, easy, with skin, healthy, crispy, how to, kale, avocado, sweet potato | hungrybynature.com

I like to pair this simple pan seared salmon with steamed purple sweet potatoes, sauteed kale, and avocado for a complete meal of protein, healthy fats, and complex carbs.

The protein in this macro bowl obviously comes from the salmon. The healthy fats from the avocado and olive oil. And the complex carbs from the sweet potato. And you can’t forget your greens! Sauteed kale has quickly become my favorite way to get extra dark greens into my diet each day.

Simple Pan Seared Salmon Macro Bowls | recipe, easy, with skin, healthy, crispy, how to, kale, avocado, sweet potato | hungrybynature.com

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Simple Pan Seared Salmon Macro Bowls | recipe, easy, with skin, healthy, crispy, how to, kale, avocado, sweet potato | hungrybynature.com

Simple Pan Seared Salmon Macro Bowls

  • Author: Ellie
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 15 mins
  • Yield: 2 servings 1x
  • Category: Main

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Ingredients

  • 2 6-ounce salmon filets, skin on
  • 1 Tablespoon neutral oil like avocado
  • 1 large bunch of kale
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • Salt and pepper (omit pepper for AIP)
  • 2 purple sweet potatoes, steamed
  • 1 avocado

Instructions

  1. Pat the salmon filets dry and season with salt and pepper.
  2. Heat a stainless steel pan with neutral oil (I used avocado) over medium-high heat.
  3. When the pan is hot, add the salmon filets, skin side down, one at a time making sure to press the salmon into the pan in order to keep the entire skin in contact with the surface of the pan.
  4. Turn the heat down to medium low.
  5. Cook for 6-9 minutes depending on thickness. You are looking for the salmon to be cooked about 3/4 of the way to the surface.
  6. Using a metal fish spatula, turn the filets over and cook for an additional 1-2 minutes.
  7. While the salmon is cooking, saute kale in olive oil with salt and pepper.
  8. Serve in a bowl with sauteed kale, avocado, and steamed sweet potato.

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Simple Pan Seared Salmon Macro Bowls | recipe, easy, with skin, healthy, crispy, how to, kale, avocado, sweet potato | hungrybynature.com

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12 thoughts on “Simple Pan Seared Salmon Macro Bowls

  1. jess larson | plays well with butter

    this looks so delicious!! i love your tips for crispy skin…that’s the best part!!

    Reply
  2. Emily

    Purple sweet potatoes are so gorgeous; they compliment the pink salmon really well. And crispy skinned salmon is the BEST! 🙂 We haven’t had it in a while, but it looks A-M-A-Z-I-N-G. Where do you usually get your salmon?

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    1. Ellie Post author

      I couldn’t agree more Emily! Normally I buy my salmon from Costco but you cannot find any with the skin on. So I do my best to buy the good stuff from Whole Foods.

      Reply
  3. Georgie | The Home Cook's Kitchen

    Salmon is so good! I had it last night for dinner! those purple sweet potatoes look awesome, I’ve never had them! This dish looks like the perfect dinner!

    Reply
  4. Kelly @ Eat the Gains

    I have been totally craving salmon recently and need to get some. I love the balance of the protein, carbs, and healthy fats of this meal!

    Reply

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