Salmon with Lemon Olive Relish

salmon topped with lemon olive relish and a side of pasta.

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Pan seared salmon topped with an easy and tasty lemon olive relish. Recipe serves two, making it a perfect date night meal. You can easily double the recipe for more people.



For the Lemon Olive Relish

  • 2 tbsp fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tbsp sliced olives
  • 1 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1/3 tsp honey
  • 1/3 tsp Champagne vinegar
  • salt and pepper to taste

For the salmon

  • 10 ozs wild salmon fillet, rinsed and patted dry
  • 2 tsp canola oil


  1. Make the relish: combine all of the lemon olive relish ingredients–lemon juice, olive oil, olives, parsley, honey, vinegar– together in a small bowl. Add salt and pepper to taste, stir, and set aside.
  2. Heat the canola oil in a large nonstick skillet on medium heat. When the pan is good and hot, add the salmon skin side down in the pan. Cook the fish for 4 minutes without moving it.
  3. Use a spatula  to carefully flip the salmon, to cook it flesh side down for 2 more minutes.  Flip the salmon again to cook another 1 or 2 minutes, skin side down. The salmon should be ready for 8 minutes total cooking time, but cut open to check that it is done to your liking.
  4. Remove the salmon to a platter and let it rest briefly. Cut the salmon into serving portions, the top with a couple spoonfuls of the lemon olive relish. Pass extra relish at the table. Enjoy!


  • Other white wine vinegar can be substituted for the Champagne vinegar.
  • If the salmon skin sticks to pan when flipping, try to place the salmon back on a part of the pan without any of the skin. This doesn’t happen to often cooking the salmon as instructed. It is more likely to stick if you flip it to soon or move it during the initial 4 minutes of cooking.
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