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Paprika Salmon

This maple paprika salmon is pan-seared to perfection and great for an easy weeknight dinner that's full of flavor! This recipe is gluten-free and dairy-free, and takes less than 20 minutes to make.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: dairy-free, Gluten Free, salmon, Seafood
Servings: 2
Author: Alena Kharlamenko, MS, RD


  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 6-ounce salmon fillets
  • 1 tablespoon olive or avocado oil


  • In a small bowl, combine lemon juice, maple syrup, garlic powder, smoked paprika, and salt. Mix together until well-combined
  • Pat dry salmon with paper towel. Spread paprika mixture over all sides of the salmon.
  • Heat a pan or cast iron skillet over medium-high heat. Add oil.
  • When the pan is hot, place the salmon filets on the pan, skin-side down. Cook for 4-5 minutes, or until the sides are opaque. Flip the salmon over and cook for an additional 2-5 minutes, or until it reaches your preferred level of doneness.
    Note - the thickness of the salmon will affect how many minutes it cooks for. Wild fish is usually thinner and requires less cooking time; farmed fish is thicker and requires more cooking time.
  • Remove from heat, serve, and enjoy!