One of the easiest dinners for me is a piece of salmon seared in a hot skillet. From there it can be eaten over a salad (even a bagged salad for a totally no effort day) or with some quick steamed veggies and leftover rice.
The salmon needs flavor, of course, which is where a delicious seasoning blend —Ava’s Favorite Burger Seasoning — comes in. This blend is bold and spicy, and perfect for burgers. But just because it’s in the name doesn’t mean you can’t use it elsewhere. So here we are.
Now, it’s fine on its own. But I wanted a bit more sweetness and caramelization when I cooked it in a hot skillet in some Ava Jane’s Kitchen Avocado Oil. So I added a tiny bit of brown sugar to give it a more molasses, more barbecue flavor. Pair this with a big fresh salad and homemade ranch dressing and you’ve got a dinner you will go back to again and again.
The key to getting the crust on this just perfect is to let your skillet (I use cast iron) get nice and hot. Add a bit of Ava Jane’s Kitchen Avocado Oil, and then add your salmon skin side down. Let it cook until it lifts easily. If you have to struggle to flip it at all, you’re doing it wrong. Patience is important here. Once you’ve flipped it, let it cook until it’s done how you like it. Don’t keep flipping it, or it will probably break. Just let it cook. You won’t be sorry.

Ava’s Favorite Barbecue Salmon

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Servings: 2
Calories: 373kcal



  • In a small bowl, combine the seasoning with the brown sugar and mix well.
  • Season the salmon filets liberally.
  • Heat a heavy skillet over medium heat until hot.
  • Add the oil, followed by the fish. Let cook until fish releases from the pan with no resistance.
  • Flip and continue cooking until salmon is done to your liking.
  • Let rest for a few minutes and serve.


Use this again: This salmon is good on salads, in a wrap, or can be added to an omelet.
For one or two servings: Recipe can easily be halved or doubled.
Store leftovers: Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to two days.


Calories: 373kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 34g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g | Monounsaturated Fat: 13g | Cholesterol: 94mg | Sodium: 75mg | Potassium: 836mg | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 68IU | Calcium: 22mg | Iron: 1mg