Salmon Roasted in Olive Oil is easy to make and loaded with flavor, and this tasty salmon is delicious with the optional Tzatziki sauce. We loved this with the middle-eastern spice called Sumac, but use paprika if you don’t have that in your spice collection!

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Salmon Roasted in Olive Oil with Sumac and Tzatziki Sauce shown on serving plate.

Maybe this Salmon Roasted in Olive Oil will be the recipe that will get you to try the middle eastern spice called Sumac (soo-mack) and if so, you can thank me later for bringing this wonderful new flavor into your life. I’ve been using Sumac for years now and I absolutely love the slight lemon tones it adds to so many dishes. And if you’ve ever been in a middle eastern restaurant and seen a shaker jar of a bright maroon spice on the table, that was Sumac.

Ground Sumac tastes a bit like lemon, which might be why the idea popped into my head to try it rubbed on salmon, and oh my, was that idea ever a winner! But if you don’t want to buy a new spice you can certainly use paprika instead for this recipe. I’d recommend sharp Hungarian paprika if you have that, but any kind of paprika will absolutely work.

What ingredients do you need for this recipe?

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  • skinless salmon pieces
  • Olive Oil (affiliate link)
  • Szeged Fish Rub (affiliate link), or other fish rub of your choice
  • Sumac (affiliate link), optional, but recommended

Why is this method for olive oil roasted salmon so good?

This method of roasted salmon in olive oil in a pre-heated cast iron pan was inspired by a recipe from famous chef Mark Bittman, and it’s pretty foolproof! He roasted the salmon with butter, but I felt that might burn (although half butter and half olive oil might be a good compromise.) The hot pan cooks the fish quickly without drying it out, and it creates just a slight “crust” on the fish that’s delightful.

What else is good with Sumac?

Sumac-Rubbed Salmon Roasted in Olive Oil found on KalynsKitchen.com

How to Make Salmon Roasted in Olive Oil:

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  1. I love both Sumac (affiliate link) and the Szeged Fish Rub (affiliate link), we used on the salmon, but if you don’t have those I hope you’ll still try this roasting technique with whatever spice you have that taste good on salmon. I used about 2 teaspoons of fish rub and 3 teaspoons of sumac for 2 pieces of salmon.
  2. Preheat the oven to 450F/230C. 
  3. You need a large, heavy pan that can be heated in the oven to make this, preferably a cast iron frying pan if you have one. 
  4. Brush a generous amount of olive oil on the pan and when your fish is room temperature, heat the pan about 5 minutes in the hot oven.
  5. Once the fish is room temperature, rub each side with a generous amount of olive oil and sprinkle with fish rub and Sumac (or whatever seasonings you’re using), rubbing the seasonings around a little so they stick to the fish.
  6. When the pan is hot, put the salmon top side down in the hot pan and roast about 5 minutes.
  7. Here’s how the top looked when I turned the salmon over.
  8. Put back in the oven to roast about 3 more minutes, or slightly less depending on how thick your salmon pieces are. 
  9. Serve hot, with Tzatziki Sauce if desired.

Salmon Roasted in Olive Oil finished salmon on serving plate with rice

Make it a Low-Carb Meal:

When I first posted this salmon I plated it with Easy Pesto Lemon Rice, which was delicious but definitely not low in carbs! Now I would eat it with something like Stir-Fried Spinach with Garlic and ParmesanCauliflower Rice with Basil, Parmesan, and Pine Nuts, or Pan-Fried Broccoli with Pine Nuts and Parmesan.

More Amazing Salmon for Dinner:

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Yield: 2 servings

Salmon Roasted in Olive Oil

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 28 minutes

Salmon Roasted in Olive Oil is easy to make and loaded with flavor, and you can use any seasonings you enjoy on fish if you don't have the ones I used!

Ingredients

  • 2 pieces of skinless salmon, about 6 oz. each
  • about 2 tsp. olive oil, plus more for oiling the pan (use extra virgin olive oil for best flavor)
  • about 2 tsp. Szeged fish rub (see notes)
  • about 1 T Sumac (see notes)

Instructions

  1. Remove salmon from the fridge and let it come to room temperature.
  2. Preheat the oven to 450F/230C.
  3. Brush a large oven-proof frying pan with a generous amount of olive oil.  (A heavy cast iron pan is best.)
  4. When the fish is room temperature, put the pan in the oven and heat it for 5 minutes.
  5. Rub the salmon pieces on both sides with olive oil and sprinkle generously with Szeged Fish Rub (affiliate link) and Sumac (or whatever seasonings you have). Use your fingers to rub the spices around a little so they stick to the salmon.
  6. After the pan has heated for 5 minutes, put the salmon top side down in the frying pan and roast 5 minutes.
  7. Carefully turn over and roast about 3 minutes more, depending on how thick your salmon pieces are.
  8. Serve hot, with Tzatziki Sauce if desired.

Notes

This recipe makes 2 servings but can easily be doubled.

I love Szeged Fish Rub (affiliate link) but you can use any seasonings that are good on fish.

If you don't have Sumac (affiliate link) I would use Sharp Hungarian Paprika (affiliate link) or any Paprika you have on hand.

Nutritional information does not include optional Tzatziki Sauce.

This recipe created by Kalyn.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

2

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 232Total Fat: 16gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 56mgSodium: 169mgCarbohydrates: 2gFiber: 1gSugar: 0gProtein: 21g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated by the Recipe Plug-In I am using. I am not a nutritionist and cannot guarantee 100% accuracy, since many variables affect those calculations.

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Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
Everything about this Salmon Roasted in Olive Oil is perfect for a low-carb and Keto meal, and this is also a great choice for any phase of the original South Beach Diet.

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