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Cooked salmon with grilled lemon slice on plate.

How to Cook Salmon with Skin - Crispy No Flip Method

It's hard to beat the taste of a deliciously grilled salmon. One side flaky and savory, the other crispy and delicious. It's definitely in the running for being the best way to have fish, period. To save both you and the fish a lot of trouble, let's take a look at how to make salmon skin crispy and the proper technique for cooking salmon with a grill pan at home.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 8 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 18 minutes
Servings 2
Calories 82kcal
Author Joss D


  • Grill pan
  • Lid that is the same size or smaller than the grill pan
  • Tongs


  • 2 salmon fillets with skin
  • 1 tbsp. canola oil
  • 1 lemon sliced
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • Let the salmon sit at room temperature for 5 minutes. Season the salmon steaks with salt and pepper.
    Seasoned salmon fillet on plate.
  • Bring a grill pan to medium-high heat and add the canola oil.
    Adding oil to pan.
  • Place the salmon loins in the pan with the skin side down. Let them cook for about 2-3 minutes to get that skin nice and crispy.
    Adding raw salmon to pan, skin side down.
  • Lower the heat to medium and add the lemon slices (place them on top of and around the salmon fillets).
    Adding a lemon slice to pan.
  • Cover the grill pan with a round lid (it is ideal that the lid doesn’t fit the grill exactly, this way some of the vapor will get out and it won’t heat excessively - if you have a grill with a lid, you can place it on slightly tilted so some of the vapor can vent out).
    Pan on the stove, covered with a lid.
  • Let the salmon steaks cook for about 8 minutes, depending on the thickness of the salmon (Keep an eye on them - you’ll know they are ready when the color turns light pink and you can see parts of the inner grease of the salmon coming out - the thick and white cream). If you feel like they are cooking too quickly, lower the heat a bit. You can remove the lemons once they are browned.
    Cooked salmon fillets in pan.
  • Serve with the grilled lemon and enjoy. To keep the skin crispy, serve it skin side up.
    Cooked salmon with grilled lemon slice on plate.


Calories: 82kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Fat: 7g | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 74mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin C: 28.6mg | Calcium: 14mg | Iron: 0.3mg