• cast iron skillet with baked salmon topped with panko breadcrumbs and lemon

Cast Iron Skillet Salmon

This Cast Iron Skillet Salmon is the perfect heart healthy dinner recipe featuring tender salmon topped with crunchy panko breadcrumbs and herbs.

The kitchen section at Home Goods is my happy place.

I just love wandering the aisles and looking at all the very specific kitchen gadgets.

I mean who wouldn’t want a set of plates designated specifically for fresh crab with a cute little red cartoon crustacean and a snappy caption like “let’s get cracking”?

cast iron skillet

Unfortunately my kitchen isn’t that big and my husband isn’t on board with my desire to have every kitchen gadget ever made. I’ve had to try and keep my kitchen tools collection to those I really use and need.

The theme for this month’s Recipe Redux was to share our favorite kitchen gadget and showcase a recipe that uses that gadget. It was hard to choose just one (my Vitamix and spiralizer were very strong contenders) but in the end I knew I had to pick…

cast iron skillet with salmon filet topping with panko and lemon

my Cast Iron Skillet.

I use my cast iron skillet all. the. time. It’s the best for searing steak, caramelizing veggies, cooking bacon, or even making cinnamon rolls. Don’t even get me started on how delicious breakfast is with these Breakfast Potatoes with Crispy Pancetta and Herbs from Wanderspice. The cast iron skillet gets the potatoes so crispy on the outside and soft and buttery in the middle…perfection!

The best part is that it easily goes from stove to oven. No more starting something in a pan on the stove and then transferring to an oven proof dish. One less dish…hallelujah!

salmon cooked in cast iron skillet topped with fresh lemon slices

This Cast Iron Skillet Salmon is a recipe that I make about once a week. It was adapted from this Barefoot Contessa Panko Crusted Salmon recipe with a few changes and personal touches added.

olive oil with bowl of panko breadcrumbs and dried herbs

It’s so simple but has so much flavor that people will think you slaved away all day to prepare it.

4.3 from 3 reviews
Cast Iron Skillet Salmon
Recipe type: fish
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Serves: 2 servings
This Cast Iron Skillet Salmon is tender and full of flavor. The perfect dish for a heart healthy meal that the whole family will love.
  • 6-8 oz salmon filet (skin on)
  • ½ cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp dried dill
  • ¼ tsp red pepper flakes
  • salt and pepper (to taste)
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • ½ lemon, thinly sliced
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F
  2. In a small bowl, combine panko, olive oil, dill, and red pepper flakes
  3. Mix until well combined, season with salt and pepper as needed and set bowl aside
  4. Heat vegetable oil in cast iron skillet over medium-high heat on stove
  5. Spread dijon mustard over top of salmon filet
  6. Press panko mixture on top of dijon mustard, lightly pressing with the back of a spoon so mixture sticks to the mustard
  7. Top with thinly sliced lemon
  8. Once oil is hot, place salmon (skin side down) in pan and let cook for 3-4 minutes (do not move fish)
  9. Transfer pan to top rack in oven and cook for 5-8 minutes, until fish is flaky and panko topping is golden brown
  10. Remove from oven and serve!

cast iron skillet salmon served with salad and lentils

This dish is delicious, easy to make, a crowd favorite and heart healthy. If you are looking to add more fish to your meals, this is a great recipe to try.

If you are looking for a vegetarian dish this Gnocchi Skillet is a great option!

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    Serena January 22, 2018 (10:21 am)

    I’ve got a big salmon fillet in the freezer. Now I know what to do with it! Yum.

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    Brynn McDowell January 22, 2018 (10:57 am)

    Freezer to the rescue! Hope you like it

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    Monika Dabrowski January 22, 2018 (1:02 pm)

    You’ve made a lovely crust for the salmon, and like you I love my cast iron skillet too:) Yummed! #Recipe Redux

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    Meredith January 23, 2018 (11:38 am)

    This panko crusted skillet salmon looks so delicious and I love that it is ready in less than 20 minutes! Definitely adding this to next week’s menu… my family will devour it!

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    Parth Rathod January 24, 2018 (4:33 am)

    Looks delicious
    thank you for sharing

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    Adele Pile, Headache Free Foodie January 24, 2018 (10:12 pm)

    Salmon is a great food for migraine sufferers as it’s packed with magnesium, potassium and B vitamins. Cooking it in cast iron is the best…who doesn’t love a well seasoned cast iron skillet 🤓 Thanks for sharing this great Migraine-friendly recipe. Bravo 💜💜💜💜

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