Pan-fried salmon needs to cook about four minutes on one side until golden brown and then up to three minutes on the other side until the salmon skin feels crisp. This time is based on a medium-high flame under the skillet.
The skillet is prepared by adding olive oil to cover the bottom and warming it before the salmon is placed in it. The fish is seasoned to taste; salt and lemon pepper are popular choices. When the fish is done, the skin comes off easily although it is sometimes used as the base of the fish when served. While the skin is edible, most people leave it on the plate.