Pan Seared Copper River Salmon

Pan Seared Copper River Salmon

Last June in Seattle was where I had my first taste of Copper River Salmon. I have my friend Angie to thank for that. She told me that it was just THAT GOOD and I needed to try it. When I saw it on the menu at the Four Seasons a day later I ordered it immediately and well to be honest I inhaled it in just about 2 minutes. It was THAT GOOD. I have been dreaming about that salmon ever since.  I waited an entire year for a second taste. Angie was the smart one, she had an entire Copper River Salmon shipped back to her house. THAT GOOD.

Copper River Salmon

To say that I am thrilled to be part of Copper River Wild Salmon’s Fresh Catch Crew would be an understatement. Ask my friend, Meredith, when I saw she was going to be a part of the crew too I texted her a photo of said Copper River Salmon from the Four Seasons Dinner and told her it would be the best salmon she has ever tasted. Hands down. Yes, I kept it on my phone. Doesn’t everyone keep photos of their food on their phone? Do you see the color on that beautiful fish? I did not alter the color on the photos because I wanted you to see how vibrant and stunning this fish is. It’s not your ordinary salmon by any means.

Copper River Salmon

There are so many ways I want to cook this salmon but next time I’m going to try grilling my Copper River Salmon on an extra large double burner, Le Creuset grill pan.

Extra Large Double Burner Le Creuset Grill Pan

EDITED TO ADD: Thank you for your entries. Contest has ended. Winner has been notified via email.

Isn’t she a beauty? Would you like to win one? Silly question right? She’s worth $230 (salmon not included)! Just use the widget below to enter the giveaway. Rules and regulations can be found at the bottom of the widget.

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Disclaimer: I am part of the Copper River Fresh Catch Crew. I received a shipment of fresh Copper River Salmon. I was not compensated or required to write this post. Opinions are my own. Always have been. Always will be. Additionally Le Creuset provided me with a grill pan and is providing the giveaway as well. I was not compensated for this giveaway.

Pan Seared Copper River Salmon

What You Will Need:

  • 1 pound Copper River Salmon
  • salt/pepper
  • 2 tablespoons grape seed oil
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic cream

What To Do:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Season salmon with salt and pepper.
  2. Heat an oven proof skillet over medium-high heat. Add oil. When hot add salmon, skin side down. Sear for approximately 2-3 minutes or until golden.
  3. Transfer to oven and cook for approximately 4-5 minutes until flaky.
  4. Into a small bowl mix honey and balsamic cream. Drizzle desired amount of mixture over salmon while still in pan.


  1. 101
    Janel /

    Would love to try some salmon out on a grill pan. usually bake or grill it!

  2. 102
    Erin G /

    I love putting salmon on the smoker.

  3. 103
    Kenny /

    I love grilling or smoking salmon!

  4. 104

    My favorite way to prepare salmon is in a foil packet. Brush the salmon with pesto, top with sliced zucchini and halved grape tomatoes. Seal foil and bake in the oven for about 20 minutes – yum!

  5. 105

    Copper river salmon is my all time fave. So sweet and delish! I love it on the grill!!

  6. 106
    Liz Blunt /

    My favorite way to cook Copper River salmon is pan seared! And I ate it for dnner 4 nights last week!

  7. 107
    Liz Blunt /

    I love, love, love Copper River salmon. And I had it for dinner 4 times last week!

  8. 108
    Leann Lindeman /

    I like to pan sear it and put teriyaki on at the last minute.

  9. 109
    Sara /

    I love grilling salmon on cedar planks outside!

  10. 110

    One way I like to do salmon, especially Copper River, is to put it in foil with salt, pepper, rosemary and capers. Then put in 3 or 4 tablespoons of dry white wine. Seal well and grill, (I have a small gas grill), the packets on medium heat for 5 or 6 minutes. They come out juicy and tasty!

  11. 111
    Anne /

    My favorite way to prepare salmon is to bake it, but if I had a good grill pan, I’d love to make grilled salmon.

  12. 112

    Favorite way to eat salmon is grilled! Yours looks fantastic!

  13. 113
    MariaV /

    I like salmon grilled with a lemon or orange pepper seasoning.

  14. 114
    Kelly /

    I usually bake salmon – I also used to make salmon panzanella all the time, and I need to do that again soon!

  15. 115

    OMG I love making salmon on the grill with balsamic vinegar and I LOVE Le Creuset; my favorite. Great giveaway, Paula!

  16. 116

    I usually just broil salmon. How great is this pan?!

  17. 117
    Kristen /

    As crazy as this sounds, I’ve actually never eaten salmon!

  18. 118
    Alicia /

    Definitely grilled, yummy!

  19. 119
    Penny /

    I love to pan sear or grill salmon. My husband and I just had Copper River salmon last week. It was so good!

  20. 120
    April Hamelink /

    I love salmon BBQed with lemon and garlic. I’ve moved to an apartment and can’t have a BBQ so would love to win this pan!

  21. 121
    Diana /

    We love to cook it on planks on the charcoal grill!

  22. 122
    Debbie L /

    I bake it in the oven with wild rice.

  23. 123

    Pan seared blackened salmon!

  24. 124

    I always broil it with a brown sugar and spice rub!

  25. 125
    latanya /

    bake it in the oven

  26. 126
    Patty Kasiewicz /

    My husband loves to grill ours with a southern style seasoning

  27. 127
    Margaret M /

    Would love this grill pan to use when the weather is not quite grilling weather! Salmon and chicken would be the most cooked items

  28. 128
    Jim Kottke /

    on the grill

  29. 129
    Nicki Spears /

    I love salmon grilled, poached, baked, fried…is there any way that salmon is not delicious???

  30. 130
    Beth /

    I love salmon! It so delicious and healthy. I also love red. The grilling pan in red would be a much loved and used addition in my kitchen.

  31. 131
    Wilma Jerrell /

    Yes, she is a beauty and I would LOVE to win it to add to my kitchen!

  32. 132
    Jennifer /

    good luck to all

  33. 133

    I love grilled salmon seasoned with a mixture of blackening seasoning, jerk seasoning, roasted garlic, red pepper and rosemary. Yum! This pan would be a great addition to my soon-to-come first kitchen!

  34. 134
    Vanessa /

    I have never fixed salmon, always been afraid to try. Maybe with this I could!

  35. 135

    My favorite way to cook salmon is just to salt and pepper it and sear it in a really hot pan with the flesh side down first, then the skin. It gets crispy on the outside and is soft on the inside!

  36. 136

    On the grill with some teriyaki sauce!

  37. 137
    Cathy A. /

    We love to have our salmon smoked, grilled on a cedar plank or just straight on the grill.

  38. 138
    Sonya Morris /

    I have no luck with salmon! When I eat it, I love it grilled…by someone else of course!

  39. 139
    amy pugmire /

    i love to bbq it in foil with a little bit of lemon juice and brown sugar.

  40. 140
    Shawna /

    I can’t cook Salmon. I love it and keep trying but haven’t succeeded yet. 🙁


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