Pan Seared Salmon with Sweet and Sour Sauce Recipe

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Gertrude Published: February 2, 2021 Modified: May 31, 2021

How To Make Pan Seared Salmon with Sweet and Sour Sauce

You can’t go wrong with a filling serving of this pan seared salmon, a well-seasoned flaky dish that’s topped with a sweet and sour pineapple sauce.

Preparation: 15 minutes
Cooking: 15 minutes
Rest Time: 10 minutes
Total: 40 minutes



  • 6ozsalmon,(4 fillets), skinless
  • tspolive oil,or vegetable oil, divided
  • 2tspginger,finely peeled, minced
  • 2tspgarlic,minced
  • 2tspcornstarch
  • tbspsoy sauce
  • cuppineapple juice
  • 2tbsphoney
  • tbsplight brown sugar,packed
  • tbsprice vinegar
  • tbspketchup
  • ¼tspred pepper flakes,optional
  • salt,to taste
  • green onion,or cilantro, chopped
  • white sesame seeds,for garnishing


  1. Remove the salmon from the refrigerator and let rest at room temperature for 10 minutes.

  2. In a small bowl, whisk together the cornstarch and soy sauce, then add in the pineapple juice, honey, brown sugar, rice vinegar, ketchup, and red pepper flakes.

  3. Heat 1½ teaspoon of the oil in a small saucepan over medium heat, then add the ginger and garlic. Sauté for 30 seconds to 1 minute until lightly golden brown.

  4. Whisk the pineapple juice mixture once more, then pour into saucepan.

  5. Bring mixture to a boil stirring constantly, then allow to boil, stirring constantly for 1 minute until thickened. Remove from heat, cover and set aside.

  6. Dab both sides of salmon dry with paper towels, then season both sides with ½ teaspoon of salt.

  7. Heat the remaining oil in a heavy 12-inch non-stick skillet over medium-high heat.

  8. Once the oil is shimmering, add the salmon and cook for about 4 minutes on the first side, until golden brown on bottom, then flip and cook the salmon on the opposite side for 2 to 3 minutes longer, until cooked through.

  9. Plate the salmon, spoon sweet and sour sauce over top, sprinkle with green onions or cilantro, and sprinkle with sesame seeds. Serve, and enjoy!


  • Calories: 199.22kcal
  • Fat: 9.73g
  • Saturated Fat: 1.85g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 4.49g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 2.10g
  • Carbohydrates: 18.61g
  • Fiber: 0.21g
  • Sugar: 15.43g
  • Protein: 9.46g
  • Cholesterol: 23.39mg
  • Sodium: 415.15mg
  • Calcium: 16.49mg
  • Potassium: 246.45mg
  • Iron: 0.45mg
  • Vitamin A: 2.30µg
  • Vitamin C: 4.56mg
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