30 Minute Seared Salmon with Lemon Risotto

Seared Salmon with Lemon Risotto

Want a delicious way to enjoy pan fried salmon in 30 minutes? That’s  all it takes to prepare this healthy dose of omega 3s. And with only 6 simple ingredients  you most likely have what you need for this light and flavourful dish (plus your choice of greens). I know what you’re going to say ‘risotto takes so long!’. But really, you only need to chop an onion and you are ready to stir up this delightful dish. The best part is this 30 Minute Seared Salmon with Lemon Risotto takes just that – 30 minutes. So it is achievable for a weeknight dinner.

30 Minute Seared Salmon with Lemon Risotto is a Lemony Boost

I think what makes this meal so light and refreshing is the liberal use of lemon juice on both the salmon and the risotto. Lemon juice is a powerful ingredient to use when watching your weight and managing blood sugar levels. It should be used regularly in your diet. In the risotto it is extremely tasty. So much so that for lunch the next day I took a salad with a spoon of lemon risotto and it was beautiful. Please note, there isn’t any cheese in this risotto so it is light but very enticing.

Super Simple

My method for making this dish is to cook up the risotto (20 minutes), then pan fry the salmon (5 minutes, if that) then assemble your greens – I chose broccolini here. It’s simple, quick, light and enjoyable. I love the way the flavours don’t compete combining the freshness of the salmon and the zing of the lemon risotto.

Do let me know how you find 30 Minute Seared Salmon with Lemon Risotto. My family all really enjoy this meal. So much so it is on the regular rotating meal plan. It ticks all the boxes really – it is not time consuming, it is healthy and is a winner with all members of the family.

30 Minute Seared Salmon with Lemon Risotto
Light and Lemony – this dish will soon become a regular for your week night meal planning.

30 Minute Seared Salmon with Lemon Risotto

A Light and Lemony fish dish that is super quick to make and tastes like restaurant quality!

Course Main Course
Keyword 30 Minute Seared Salmon with Lemon Risotto
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6
Author Jane Georgiades


  • 1 onion finely chopped
  • 3 cups arborio rice
  • 7 Cups hot vegetable stock
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh dill
  • 2 lemons juiced and zest from 1 lemon
  • 6 salmon fillets
  • 4 tbls vegetable oil


  1. Gently fry onion in a little oil in a large pot. Add arborio rice and stir until translucent. Add the hot stock, one cup at a time, stirring constantly (it's worth it!) until all the stock is absorbed - about 20 minutes. Take the risotto off the heat and add the lemon juice from 1 lemon, the zest and the dill and test to see if the flavour is to your liking. Add more lemon juice if you like more zing.

  2. Heat the oil in a frying pan and sear salmon fillets, skin side down first until crispy then turn to cook the other side. The salmon should be just cooked and shouldn't be cooked so much that it is flakey.

  3. In the meantime assemble the risotto on serving plates with your greens and top with salmon and some slices of lemon. Mouth watering!

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