Bacon wrapped salmon in a cast iron skillet is oh so good. Get your Omega 3 with your favorite breakfast food wrapped around it tonight.
If you can just imagine how good bacon wrapped salmon is, double that. Cooked right it will likely become the best salmon recipe you will ever make. Take out your favorite pan on the stovetop and make this tonight. Even your kids will think this is killer. (affiliate links present)
Cast Iron Skillet Salmon
I cook this type of fish a lot. All 5 of us absolutely love it and it’s great for my cholesterol so there’s no downside. It can get a bit boring to make it the same way so after we fell in love with the best baked salmon in the oven I started thinking of other ways it could be cooked.
If you have a smoker I’d recommend this Traeger salmon recipe too. BUT if you aren’t one for appliances other than what is in your home I thought a pan was the last and final method I hadn’t tried yet. Any pan will work but cast iron is always my favorite.
How to make salmon on the stove
Ok so adding a bit of pig isn’t the healthiest way to go but all in moderation I say. It’s only 2 strips per fillet and many times my girls and I will share one so now we’re down to 1 per person. 😉 Bacon just lends SO much flavor to any dish. So much that I don’t really feel like anything else is necessary.
Since this is a piece of seafood I thought a bit of freshness would be nice so a bit of lemon zest was added too. That is optional of course. All you need for this method is a pan, a bit of olive oil and what you’re cooking. An equal amount of cook time on each side is a must so it cooks evenly and all the way thru to the center.
How long to thaw frozen salmon
You can actually cook frozen salmon but I wouldn’t recommend it in this case. Reason being is that if it isn’t defrosted it will release water when cooking and the bacon won’t turn out right. If you leave filets in the fridge overnight it will thaw out for the next day. If they’re packaged you can lay in a bowl of cool water to speed it up.
Bacon Wrapped Salmon brown sugar
You could add a bit of sweetness to the top near the end. We did this with a drizzle of maple syrup but you could sprinkle a bit of brown sugar on top instead too. That will create a savory sweet fish recipe that is out of this world. You do not need a lot, just a spritz of sorts.
- First lay down and pat your fillets dry with paper towels. Season the salmon with salt, pepper and lemon zest if you want to add that.
- Lay down two slices of bacon horizontally with your filet in center. Wrap fillet with a slice of bacon (or two). Tuck it in at the end so it doesn’t unravel.
- Set your oven to boil and heat a cast iron skillet over medium high heat on stovetop.
- Add 1 tbsp olive oil to skillet and set down both salmon fillets with skin side facing up. Cook salmon for 2-3 minutes until bacon is browned. flip over and cook another 2-3 minutes.
- Then transfer skillet from stovetop into your preheated oven on broil setting. Cook about 3 minutes or until bacon is cooked to your liking. Internal meat temp of fish should be right at 145 F.
Drizzle with maple syrup at the end if you want more of a candied bacon flavor.
How to Cook Salmon in Cast Iron
Add a bit of sea salt and sweetness now if you want and serve immediately for best results. Remember that you do NOT want to over cook these and get them dry. It is better to take it out a bit early when it is still a bit pink inside and let it rest than to have it grey.
Serve this as is or with a light brush of our copycat Qdoba salsa verde or homemade teriyaki sauce on top. Side dishes I tend to make a lot would be a quick batch of pressure cooker white rice, steamed vegetables and or crab cakes.
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Bacon Wrapped Salmon
- Pat fillets dry with paper towels. Season outsides with salt, pepper and lemon zest if desired.
- Lay down two strips of bacon down horizontally with filet in center and wrap around the whole piece.
- Set your oven to boil and heat a cast iron skillet over medium heat on your stovetop.
- Add 1 tbsp olive oil to skillet and set down both pieces inside with skin side facing up. Cook for 2-3 minutes until bacon is browned, then flip over and cook another 2-3 minutes.
- Then transfer skillet from stovetop into oven on broil setting and cook about 3 minutes or until bacon is cooked to your liking and internal temp of fish is at 145 F.
- Remove and drizzle fish with maple syrup, serve.