Perfectly Roasted Salmon

Adapted from Barefoot Contessa

Serves 4


  • 1 (2 –pound) salmon fillet, cut crosswise into 4 pieces
  • Good olive oil
  • Kosher salt
  • Cajun seasoning or Ancho chili powder to taste


  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Place a large (12-inch) cast-iron or oven safe pan over high heat for 5 minutes.
  3. Brush salmon all over with olive oil, sprinkle liberally with salt and Cajun seasoning or ancho chili powder (to taste).
  4. Place salmon skin side up in the pan. Cook the fish 3 to 4 minutes without moving them, until browned. Turn the salmon skin side down with a spatula and transfer the pan to the oven for 8 minutes (The salmon will not be completely cooked through.)
  5. Remove the fish to a serving platter, cover with aluminum foil, and allow to rest for 5 minutes.