Pan-seared salmon always feels so fancy, but it is really easy to make, and fast! Cherry tomatoes star in this dish, along with marinated mozzarella and oregano. Perfect summer weeknight meal to take advantage of summer tomatoes!

Pan-Seared Salmon with Cherry Tomatoes and Mozzarella (30 Minutes) from The Food Charlatan

“Karen, you got half fat.”

“Sorry, what??”

“The ice cream. It’s like…healthy.”

“UUGH!”

Pan-Seared Salmon with Cherry Tomatoes and Mozzarella (30 Minutes) from The Food Charlatan

That was the conversation that just happened between Eric in the kitchen and me in the living room. I am NOT a healthy dessert person. (Okay, except these cookies.) Diet ice cream is just not the same. (And for the record, I just finished my bowl and now I feel like I need a “real” dessert. A follow up, not fake one.)

I much prefer to eat healthy dinners and then splurge on real ice cream. I know that’s not everyone’s philosophy, but that’s what’s so great about food! There are so many right ways to eat it. Today’s recipe is one of those healthy gems that makes it possible for me to eat not-half-fat ice cream, without having to roll everywhere instead of walk.

Pan-Seared Salmon with Cherry Tomatoes and Mozzarella (30 Minutes) from The Food Charlatan

I was in line at the grocery store the other day when this Better Homes and Gardens special interest magazine caught my eye. It’s all about tomatoes and I knew Eric would love it (he’s totally obsessed with tomatoes). I was not wrong. I handed him the magazine when he got home and he was SO excited. He laid on the couch to look at every single page, and I told him to mark the recipes he wanted me to try. There are more dog-eared pages than not now, I guess I should have known. He would burst out every couple minutes, “KAREN, listen to this one,” and describe the recipe to me in detail. (Can you tell why Eric and I got married?)

Pan-Seared Salmon with Cherry Tomatoes and Mozzarella (30 Minutes) from The Food Charlatan

Today’s recipe is my spin on one of the ones he picked out, Salmon with Tomatoes and Olives. I mashed it with this recipe for Easy Caramelized Gnocchi with Cherry Tomatoes and Mozzarella recipe. Cheese, guys. It’s never a bad idea.

Pan-Seared Salmon with Cherry Tomatoes and Mozzarella (30 Minutes) from The Food Charlatan

I could probably eat all of this single handedly.

Pan-Seared Salmon with Cherry Tomatoes and Mozzarella (30 Minutes) from The Food Charlatan

Pan-Seared Salmon with Cherry Tomatoes and Mozzarella (30 Minutes) from The Food Charlatan

I used to think I didn’t like Kalamata olives, or any olives. Crazy, right? They have so much flavor! So briny! I don’t think I would necessarily snack on them plain, but added to a dish like this they really pack a punch. And they are healthy to boot. If you don’t like them you can leave them out though, no prob.

Pan-Seared Salmon with Cherry Tomatoes and Mozzarella (30 Minutes) from The Food Charlatan

I served this for dinner over a bed of arugula, which sounds ridiculously fancy, but I happened to have some in the fridge, so there you have it. You could also serve it over spinach, or with a nice green salad and a side of mashed or roasted potatoes. Or any green side dish: broccoli, green beans, asparagus, etc.

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Pan-Seared Salmon with Cherry Tomatoes and Mozzarella

Serves 4     adjust servings

 Pan-seared salmon always feels so fancy, but it is really easy to make, and fast! Cherry tomatoes star in this dish, along with marinated mozzarella and oregano. 

Ingredients

  • 4 (4-ounce) fresh or frozen salmon filets
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 teaspoons flour
  • 1 and 1/2 tablespoons olive oil*
  • 1 medium to large shallot, sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, smashed and sliced thin
  • 2 cups (12 ounces)** red or yellow cherry tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup pitted Kalamata olives
  • 12 ounces marinated mozzarella balls***
  • 1 tablespoon fresh oregano, to garnish, optional

Instructions

  1. Thaw the salmon if it is frozen. Use paper towels to dry the salmon on both sides.
  2. Season the skin side with salt and pepper (if there's no skin then it doesn't matter.) Sprinkle the filets with about 1 teaspoon of flour.
  3. Heat a wide skillet over medium high heat. When it is very hot, add 1 and 1/2 tablespoons oil to the pan. 
  4. Sear the salmon, skin side down, for about 3-4 minutes, until the bottom is very brown. Before flipping, sprinkle the untreated side of the salmon with salt, pepper, and the other teaspoon of flour.
  5. Flip the salmon, adding more oil if necessary. Cook for 1 more minute, maybe 2, just until the salmon is barely starting to flake. Remove to a plate and cover. (I stick mine in the microwave; not on, just to reserve the heat.)
  6. Add a little more oil to the pan, if it is dry. Lower the heat to medium and add the shallots. Saute for 1-2 minutes, then add the sliced garlic. Cook for another 1-2 minutes until garlic is fragrant. 
  7. Wash your tomatoes and use a serrated knife to halve any large ones. Add the tomatoes to the pan. Cook another 3-5 minutes, until the tomatoes begin to soften and a few have popped. 
  8. Use a knife to half the olives, if you want. Stir them into the pan and turn off the heat. 
  9. Return the salmon to the pan.
  10. When it has cooled down a bit, add the mozzarella balls. You don't want them to melt or even loose their shape, so wait it out. 
  11. Sprinkle with fresh oregano, or 1-2 teaspoons dried is great too
  12. Serve hot! I plated this on a bed of arugula and spinach. Roasted potatoes would be a great side dish.

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More easy salmon recipes! The best thing about salmon/fish is how FAST it is to make. All of these ideas look fancy, but most of them are 30 minutes tops. Here’s a link to all my fish recipes. 

Pan-Seared Salmon with Maple Glaze and Pistachios

Pan-Seared Salmon with Maple Glaze and Pistachios from The Food Charlatan

 

Easy Parmesan Tilapia:

Easy Parmesan Tilapia from TheFoodCharlatan.com

 

Honey Salmon with Browned Butter Lime Sauce << this has been a family favorite for years.

Honey Salmon with Browned Butter Lime Sauce from TheFoodCharlatan.com

 

This is the recipe that inspired me to include the marinated mozzarella today: Easy Caramelize Gnocchi with Cherry Tomatoes and Mozzarella.

Easy Caramelized Gnocchi with Cherry Tomatoes and Mozzarella from TheFoodCharlatan.com

 

More salmon recipes from blog friends:

Salmon and Tomatoes in Papillote from That Skinny Chick Can Bake
Sheet Pan Honey Mustard Crusted Salmon from Cookie Rookie
Grilled Salmon Packet with Tomatoes and Olives from Kalyn’s Kitchen

One more: this isn’t my photo, it’s Brandy’s (Nutmeg Nanny). It’s amazing, right??

If this photo doesn’t make you want to eat nothing but homegrown tomatoes for the rest of your life, I don’t know what will. Get her recipe for On The Vine Roasted Tomatoes. I’m super excited to try it out, and I bet Eric will pee his pants.