close up of two raw salmon fillets with course salt, lime wedges, olive oil, and red pepper

Copper River Salmon

2020 was a beast, but with some pivots and creative thinking, we were able to stay afloat and give people some ESR recipes to help get them through. With the launch of our new site, we're adding some of the recipes from our Meal Kits to help people continue to make excellent food at home for themselves and their loved ones.

Enjoy this simple Copper River Salmon recipe that allows the salmon to shine with its succulent and buttery texture!


  • 2 - 8oz. Copper River Salmon Filets
  • 1 tbsp. Cooking Oil (grape seed or avocado oil recommended)
  • Salt
  • Pepper (fresh ground recommended)
  • Lemon


  1. Pre-heat oven to 350°
  2. Wrap fish filet in a paper towel and pat to dry
  3. Place a film of cooking oil in a high-quality sauté pan or nonstick pan on medium-high heat and heat oil for 20 seconds.
  4. Season the fish liberally with salt and freshly ground pepper
  5. Add the salmon skin side down and gently shake the pan to ensure oil is under the fish.
  6. Lightly press the fish in the pan with the spatula for several seconds, ensuring the skin has full oil contact.
  7. Continue to cook for 3 minutes until the skin is crispy.
  8. Flip the fish gently and place the whole pan into a 350o oven to continue cooking for an additional 3 minutes
  9. Place the fish on a clean paper towel and pat off excess oil.
  10. Plate fish and drizzle with olive oil & fresh squeezed lemon