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close up of the salmon in the skillet with the avocado on top

Easy Skillet Salmon with Avocado and Basil

  • Author: Katie Webster
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free


This skillet salmon with avocado and basil mash comes together in 15 minutes for a healthy restaurant-quality dinner in minutes! 


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  • 2 teaspoons coconut oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon coarse kosher salt, divided
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasonings
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 1/2 pounds boneless salmon filet, skin removed
  • 1 avocado
  • 1/4 cup chopped basil
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • chopped scallions, for garnish


  1. Heat oil in a large cast-iron skillet over medium high heat. Sprinkle ¾ teaspoon salt, Italian seasonings, crushed red pepper and black pepper all over the salmon. Lay salmon filet skinned side up in the hot oil. Let cook, undisturbed until browned and crispy along the bottom edge, and the flesh is opaque about half way up the side of the filet, 4 to 6 minutes, depending on thickness. Flip salmon over and remove skillet from heat. Allow salmon to remain in hot skillet to allow the carry-over heat to continue cooking the other side to desired doneness, about 4 minutes more.
  2. Meanwhile, peel pit and mash avocado with basil, lime juice and the remaining ¾ teaspoon salt.
  3. Serve salmon topped with avocado mash sprinkled with scallions if desired.


Ingredient Note: I used crushed red pepper, ground black pepper, salt, and Italian seasonings. Teeny Tiny Spice Co makes Hot Italian Spice that is perfect to use if you have that on hand. I love that stuff! I use it all the time.

  • Prep Time: 7 minutes
  • Cook Time: 8 minutes
  • Category: Main Course
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 5 ounces salmon, 2 1/2 tablespoons avocado
  • Calories: 232
  • Sugar: 0
  • Sodium: 525
  • Fat: 9
  • Saturated Fat: 4
  • Carbohydrates: 7
  • Fiber: 3
  • Protein: 32

Keywords: skillet salmon, Salmon and Avocado

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