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. a Rafflecopter giveaway Baci! signature2010 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

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1 pound Copper River Salmon
2 tablespoons grape seed oil
2 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons balsamic cream


  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.




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    Meghan Finley /

    I love to cook salmon on a cedar plank

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      jo wong /

      We love it season with Tom Douglas’ “Rub with Love” seasoning and grilled! It’s so good!

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    I love to make a herb and garlic paste and then using a cast iron grill pan like this to cook it until the skin gets really crisp

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    Kat F. /

    Smoked Salmon for me please!

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    My boyfriend loves really tender grilled salmon with just very simple ingredients

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    Priscilla D. /

    I love when my hubby cooks it on the grill, wrapped in foil. He made it just for me and doesn’t like salmon (or really any fish). Even he thought it was tasty!

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    sydney85 /

    A friend made this salmon dish and it was fantastic!

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    I love baked salmon with lemon slices and capers. I also adore smoked salmon and cream cheese, capers, a whisp of red onion, and tomato on an everything bagel. Mmm.

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    Linda S. /

    I cook it en papillote, in parchment paper with some julienned vegetables, lemon slices, and fresh herbs in the oven.

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    I love salmon baked with lemon and pepper!

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    I don’t usually cook the salmon, my teenage son doee. But he says “skin side down with a little olive oil in a frying pan and lemon slices on top” 🙂

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    Margot C /

    I like to pan sear a salmon (though my pan is nowhere near as nice as that pan ::hint!! hint!!::)

  12. 12

    That salmon looks beautiful! Thank you for sharing!

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    Bonnie M. /

    Simple Salmon. A little olive oil in an iron skillet, gently place salmon, drizzle a little more olive oil, lemon juice, capers, a few fresh herbs, sprinkle lightly with cayenne pepper, then bake in oven. Served with a mixture of sour cream, Hellmann’s mayonnaise, dill, minced green onions, and a tiny bit of orange marmalade. 🙂

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    carolyn /


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    Tammy Bilodeau /

    I’d love a giant pan like that! And the salmon looks yummy

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    Wendy Coderre /

    Salmon is so good and very versatile smoked, candied, sear, grilled, or baked………..yummy to the end!

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    On the grill!

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    abby /

    on the grill, especially in the summer

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    Amy L /

    Grilled with maple dijon glaze

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    Dana /

    yum! i love broiled salmon with a raspberry jam-apple cider vinegar reduction!

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    Beka /

    Can I have this for breakfast? Yum! I love my Le Cruset, what few pieces I have. We’ve never pan seared salmon first, will have to try this soon. Salmon is my 4yo’s favorite food.

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    Evelyn R /

    BBQ salmon…..marinate in pineapple juice then rubbed with a spicy sweet rub

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    I love to grill salmon!

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    Lisa /

    My favorite Salmon dish is Blackened with Blue Cheese!!!

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    Gorgeous! I wish I was more confident in cooking fish at home.

  26. 26

    I love it on the grill

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    Sarah H.P. /

    I love cooking salmon under the broiler with an asian marinade brushed on top!

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    Elisa B /

    I usely grill it with a sweet Thai chili sauce.

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    Liza Glick /

    Baked in the oven with salt, pepper and a little garlic powder

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    Sarah /

    I love copper river salmon – living in the Pacific NW, we are so lucky to have easy access to it. Yum!

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    Natalie J Vandenberghe /

    I confess: I don’t actually cook salmon…I make my husband (who doesn’t even eat fish or seafood!) grill it for me. I tend to enjoy a little sweetness, like a teriyaki or honey glaze, so your recipe sounds perfect! Thanks for sharing.

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    Debbie /

    Love it grilled!

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    Nora B /

    In tin foil on the grill with parsley!

  34. 34

    What a great giveaway, Paula! I LOVE Le Creuset and my favorite way of making salmon is actually poaching it. It’s just melt-in-your-mouth. Thanks for sharing!

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    Michelle P /

    First I have to say I love raw salmon (sushi-grade, of course). A close second would be on a cedar plank. Yum!

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    Rachel /

    I love it pan sauteed in butter.

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    We love to grill salmon in brown butter and bourbon! Yours looks so good!

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    Marcia /

    Salmon is on my heavy-rotation list so I’ve got it down to a science! I mostly roast it on a high temperature (sprinkled with salt & pepper and drizzled with olive oil) for about 12-15 minutes. (I like it on the rare side) Sometimes I’ll flip it over and briefly broil it so the skin gets crispy. I love salmon skin…
    This grill pan looks great…I’d love to try it grilled!

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    Adele /

    Thanks for another great recipe to vary my Salmon recipe collection. I like cooking in parchment or foil the best, health wise, either in the oven or on the grill. But also use a pan for searing a lot.

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    Elena /

    I like to grill salmon

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    C..j. /

    I like my salmon smoked

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    Stefanie /

    I like to grill it!

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    Marilyn B. /

    I like dredging it in chickpea flour seasoned with salt, pepper and cumin. Then I spray my pan with cooking spray and grill my salmon for 4 minutes per side. It is delish!

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    Karen /

    Love to sprinkle a little flour, salt and pepper and pan fry.

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    Robin C. /

    Grilled and topped with lemon.

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    jan /

    I love to put it in the food processor, chop it up… add some seasonings and cook it into salmon burgers. Crazy I know! The first time I tried it I was freaking out…. was afraid to chop of totally good salmon! It’s delicious!

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    Patty /

    We usually grill salmon on the grill.

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    Alessandra /

    My dad cooks salmon in aluminum foil with lemon, olive oil and herbs and it’s delicious!

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    Kim McCallie /

    I love to prepare salmon with a rub of brown sugar and soy sauce, all wrapped in foil and grilled.

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    Jessie C. /

    I like grilled salmon.

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    Sheila K. /

    I make it in a fry pan with a bit of olive oil, garlic powder, and pepper!

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    Cindi /

    Our family usually prepares Salmon on
    the unique grill my husband has…
    Many thanks, Cindi

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    Elizabeth /

    My husband is a recreational fly fisherman. The salmon he catches are the best thing we get to eat all year! This pan would be the ‘icing on the cake’.

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    TrishInFL /

    To be honest, I’m not a big fish eater. I don’t care for the taste of it, except a nice tilapia on the rare occasion.

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    Sharon Farrelly /

    Love all your recipes..this one was dinner

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    Malerie C. /

    I love to eat salmon that has been cooked in a stovetop smoker!

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    Leslie /

    I enjoy salmon cooked outside over a wood fire with lemon.

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    Philby /

    I love to steam my salmon in parchment packets in the oven, with lots of lemon and dill!

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    Donna L /

    My daughter loves when I oven bake salmon with a little olive oil.

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    Lahonna /

    Our favorite way to cook salmon is to season with a rub of soy sauce, garlic, pepper, honey and ginger zest and then grill it. When done, drizzle with a little melted butter & orange juice. Yumm!

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    anna /

    A little soya sauce,garlic powder,fresh ginger and chopped green onion on our salmon wrapped in foil on the barbeque is our favorite
    way. That creuset grilling pan is absolutely divine.

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    I like it pan seared in pistachios.

  63. 63

    hmm toughy! I honestly don’t cook it that often to be honest 🙁 I don’t really trust myself with fish yet, although TRYING to get into it! I did have the most amazing salmon at Vivace here in Raleigh (I know you live here that’s why I’m sayin’)… it was served with pork belly and a vanilla pear compote, roasted potatoes and brussels sprouts. It was to.die.for. Anywho, I’ll hopefully try fish soon but I’ll probably grill it and try it your way!

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    Babs /

    Pan fry with hoison glaze. Yum.

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    I’ve actually never cooked salmon before! But I’d love to experiment.

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    Rita /

    I’ve only tried an oven baked recipe once.

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    Linda /

    We are very fond of poached salmon, but that’s probably because I don’t own one of these lovely grill pans. I would truly love one! 🙂

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    Stephanie Ann /

    I love grilled salmon!!

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    Debbie /

    I would truly love to own another piece of Le Creuset. A grill pan would be awesome.

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    Corisa /


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    Rhonda /

    I usually cook it in foil in the oven with a little olive oil, lemon and cracked pepper.

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    Kristen M /

    I love to pair baked salmon with sweet maple syrup flavoring.

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    DJ /

    Copper River is not the only Alaskan river to produce high quality salmon. If you have the opportunity, try Yukon River too.

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    Robin /

    We’re big salmon fans in my house — it’s healthful and flavorful, and can be dressed dozens of ways. I especially love it with a raw “salsa” of mango, red pepper, red onion, tomato, avocado, oil, balsamic vinegar, lemon juice, and a bit of spiced mustard.

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    Craig /

    I usually like to grill my salmon.

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    Debbie /


  77. 77

    I have like 100 things in my mind I can do with this grill! Fab giveaway.

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    Shelly /

    I love it grilled!

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    Jen L /

    Smoked Salmon is our specialty

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    Allison C /

    My husband makes a rub and lets it sit overnight and then hot slow smokes it. It is awesome.

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    Oh I love good salmon!! I love it broiled, with a sweet/salty glaze…so good!

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    Wild Orchid /

    I love marinading my salmon in teriyake sauce and baking it at 475 degrees until it is done.

    Thanks for the chance to win!
    wildorchid985 at gmail dot com

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    adventurethyme /

    I like salmon croquettes.

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    Jan /

    Love to cook salmon simply seasoned on the grill

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    MaryAnn D /

    I prefer mine grilled but I do love fried also.

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    Angie Gibb /

    I love salmon… and I just moved into an apartment, so no more grilling outside (unless I mosey over to a park or something…) I think a grill pan is exactly what I need! beautiful, simple recipe, thank you!

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    Jennie /

    Seriously coveting this pan! Can’t wait to try the salmon recipe.

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    Athena R /

    I usually just pan sear it, but I love grilled salmon too.

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    My favorite way is when my husband grills it on a plank. It’s awesome!

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    rust /

    I love Salmon smoked in butter and herbs in a smoker.

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    Gail /

    Love to grill either on a plank or on the grates – Love Ina’s marinade

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    Kim C. /

    I Love Salmon cooked under the broiler!!

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    barbara n /

    Tonight we had salmon baked with a horseradish and crumb crust which was delicious!

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    Heather B /

    I fix my salmon in the broiler and make a creamy lemon and dill sauce to put on top.

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    I usually bake salmon with some butter and garlic.

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    I love salmon any way you fix it. My favorite has to be with spinach pesto.

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    gina guthrie /

    I usually broil it with teriyaki sauce.

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    sara /

    I love it en papillot…easy clean up!

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    Amanda Thompson /

    My favorite method is to grill the salmon on a bbq with lemon slices!

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    My favorite way to cook salmon used to be oven boiled. But I’ve gotta give your pan seared method a try. Sounds really easy and delicious.

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    Janel /

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

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    Erin G /

    I love putting salmon on the smoker.

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    Kenny /

    I love grilling or smoking salmon!

  104. 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!

  105. 105

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

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    Liz Blunt /

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

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    Liz Blunt /

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

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    Leann Lindeman /

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

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    Sara /

    I love grilling salmon on cedar planks outside!

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    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!

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    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.

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

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    MariaV /

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

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    Kelly /

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

  115. 115

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

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

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    Kristen /

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

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    Alicia /

    Definitely grilled, yummy!

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    Penny /

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

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    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!

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    Diana /

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

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    Debbie L /

    I bake it in the oven with wild rice.

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    Pan seared blackened salmon!

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

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    latanya /

    bake it in the oven

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    Patty Kasiewicz /

    My husband loves to grill ours with a southern style seasoning

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    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

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    Jim Kottke /

    on the grill

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    Nicki Spears /

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

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    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.

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    Wilma Jerrell /

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

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    Jennifer /

    good luck to all

  133. 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!

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    Vanessa /

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

  135. 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!

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    On the grill with some teriyaki sauce!

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    Cathy A. /

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

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    Sonya Morris /

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

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    amy pugmire /

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

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    Shawna /

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


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