This Caesar Salmon with Feta Cheese features Salmon fillets sauteed until golden brown in a skillet, Caesar dressing, diced tomatoes, and Feta cheese – talk about tasty!
This is going to be your brand-new favorite salmon recipe. Just 4 ingredients, one pan, and 20 minutes get you a quick and delicious salmon dinner that is downright fantastic.
Caesar Salmon with Feta Cheese Recipe
My family isn’t to big on salmon, but that’s okay by me, because I AM. Not only is salmon something I’m trying to eat more of because it’s healthy, I also find it to be very savory and satisfying.
I recently made Creamed Salmon on Toast (because I’m already a fan of creamed eggs on toast!) and that took me right back to my childhood when my Grandma made it. I even got my husband to try it and he gave a thumbs up.
If you’re a fan of air fryer cooking like we are, you might want to give Air Fryer Bang Bang Salmon a go. It’s ready in minutes and the sauce is soooo good.
Air Fryer Honey-Glazed Salmon is a super fast 4-ingredient recipe that I’ve made for guests many times – it’s always a hit.
WHAT TO LOVE
- Who doesn’t love a down and dirty (aka delicious!) skillet meal? And that’s the only pan you need for this entire recipe.
- Boneless, skinless salmon fillets cook in just minutes. Top the cooked salmon with dressing, tomatoes and Feta crumbles. Boom….dinner is done.
- The flavor combination of savory salmon, creamy Caesar dressing, and tangy Feta cheese is complimented perfectly by the diced tomatoes – your tastebuds will explode.
- Salmon fillets
- Your favorite bottled Caesar dressing
HOW TO MAKE CAESAR SALMON IN A SKILLET
Remove the salmon fillets from the packaging and rinse under cool water; pat dry with paper towels and then season lightly with salt and pepper.
In a large skillet over medium heat, add a gentle swish of olive oil. When the oil is nicely hot, add the salmon portions, placing them flesh side down (or skin side up) into the skillet.
Let the salmon cook for 4-5 minutes or until golden brown, then turn the fillets so that the skin side is down against the bottom of the skillet.
Cook for 5-8 minutes until the salmon is done throughout and turns opaque in color. Salmon is done with it flakes easily at the thickest part when tested with a fork.
Drizzle the cooked salmon with the Caesar dressing, then top with the diced tomatoes and Feta cheese.
Remove the skillet from heat and cover; let rest for a few minutes, then serve at once.
CAN YOU EAT SALMON SKIN?
Technically, you CAN, but you don’t WANT to, trust me. It’s chewy and just not worth it, especially since the flesh of salmon is so rich, savory and delicious.
HOW DO YOU REMOVE SALMON SKIN?
Let the skillet and the cooking heat do that for you! Once the salmon has cooked on both sides (flesh-side first, then the skin-side) and is fully cooked throughout, slide a metal spatula right between the skin on the bottom of the salmon and the flesh of the salmon, then gently lift up.
Voila! The salmon flesh easily will remove itself right from the skin (leaving it behind in the skillet) when you use this technique. This is much easier than trying to skin a piece of raw salmon before you cook it.
Give the chopped salmon skin to your kitty cat as a special treat.
HOW TO KNOW WHEN SALMON IS FULLY COOKED
Salmon cooks quickly and over-cooking dries it out into a tasteless heap. To prevent this, watch the salmon as it cooks. It will turn from deep red in color when raw to an opaque light pink color when fully cooked. You can almost watch the salmon turn from red to pink within a few minutes.
HOW TO TEST SALMON FOR DONENESS
I like to use the fork-tender test for salmon. Once the salmon has turned opaque light pink in color, it’s time to immediately test for doneness.
At the thickest part of the salmon fillet, insert a fork and gently turn/twist the fork a bit. If the flesh of the salmon begins to fall apart and give way to the pressure of the fork, your salon is DONE! Stop the cooking process immediately.
- You can substitute frozen salmon fillets in this recipe – they work perfectly. Just be sure they are fully thawed before you begin.
- If you find that your Caesar dressing is just a little too sweet for your liking, add a bit of red wine vinegar to the dressing before drizzling it over the salmon.
- Be sure the oil in your skillet is nicely sizzling before you add the salmon – this creates delicious caramelization on both sides of the salmon for added flavor.
- If you don’t have Roma tomatoes on hand, you can always dice up grape or cherry tomatoes – they work just fine.
- No Feta cheese available? Substitute Parmesan or Romano – still absolutely delicious.
- If you salmon fillets are skinless, no problem. Just reduce the cooking time by 1-2 minutes.
MORE FAVORITE FISH RECIPES –
Air Fryer Frozen Fish with Parmesan Crumbles – A super fast and easy dinner idea that is also heathy and flavorful. Use frozen fish – no thawing required.
Crispy Crunchy Air Fryer Shrimp – ready in just minutes and served with a cool and creamy dipping sauce, this shrimp cooks in minutes and makes a fast weeknight meal.
We love Air Fryer Mahi Mahi with Mango Salsa because it’s a flavorful yet low fat and low calorie weeknight meal that’s ready in just minutes. Because Mahi Mahi is a firm fish fillet, it’s great for the air fryer and the grill since it will not fall apart as other fish fillets often do.
Fish Tacos with Fresh Cucumber Salsa is a quick meal that pairs mild tilapia fillets with cool, crisp cucumber salsa in a warm flour tortilla. It’s so easy and delicious, you’ll want it on your dinner menu every week!
- 1 lb. boneless salmon fillets, either 2 large or 4 small skin-on
- olive oil for sautéing
- 1 Roma tomato diced
- 1/4 – 1/3 cup Caesar dressing
- 1/3 cup crumbled Feta cheese
- In a large skillet over medium heat, add a gentle swish of olive oil. When the oil is nicely hot, add the salmon portions, placing them flesh side down (or skin side up) into the skillet.
- Let the salmon cook for 4-5 minutes or until golden brown, then turn the fillets so that the skin side is down against the bottom of the skillet.
- Cook for 5-8 minutes until the salmon is done throughout and turns opaque in color. Salmon is done with it flakes easily at the thickest part when tested with a fork.
- Drizzle the cooked salmon with the Caesar dressing, then top with the diced tomatoes and Feta cheese.
- Remove the skillet from heat and cover; let rest for a few minutes, then serve at once.