Missy, here. And I've been dying to share my favorite salmon recipe with you. I've been making it this way for several years, and my family loves it! I first saw the recipe on Ina Garten's show, The Barefoot Contessa. Click here to see the original recipe. It's SO EASY! And quick. And better than anything you'll get in a restaurant. So...here we go...
Salmon filets (try to get them similar in size)
Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
Use a heavy skillet that can also go in the oven (mine is 18/10 stainless steel). Preheat the skillet over high heat for 4 minutes. It'll be smoking hot. You're doing it correctly. :)
While it's heating, rub both sides of the filets with olive oil, then season the tops generously with salt and pepper. Once the pan is heated, place the filets seasoned side down in the pan (skin side up). Turn heat down to medium high. Cook for EXACTLY 2 minutes. (I have to set a timer or I'll get sidetracked.) And don't move the fish before 2 minutes because it'll stick. After the 2 minutes, it'll release.
Flip them over, and you'll find a gorgeous brown crust. Pop the pan into the preheated oven and bake for 5-7 minutes. I do 7 minutes since I don't like mine rare. If they're unusually thick, you may need another minute or two.
I have a nice thin spatula that I can slip right between the meat of the fish and the skin to slide the fish right off. This makes the most tender, moist salmon with a perfect crust! And it's so, so easy and quick.