November 26, 2022

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Pan Roasted Fish with Spicy Salsa

Dinner time doesn’t have to be complicated or time consuming. This pan roasted fish recipe is simple and only requires a few ingredients. This dinner comes alive thanks to the fresh salsa with just enough kick to light up your taste buds.



Disclosure – by posting this recipe we are entering into the Sam’s Fresh Salsa recipe challenge. We received complimentary samples of the Sam’s Fresh Salsa products mentioned in this post. However all options expressed are completely our own.

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Easy Dinner Recipes

We are big believers in the notion that delicious meals don’t have to be complicated or require a long list of ingredients. In fact, sometimes the best meals are the most simple to make.



This easy pan roasted fish recipe checks all those boxes. It’s simple, only requires a few ingredients and cooks quickly. No fancy cooking techniques required.

Ingredient Spotlight – Sam’s Fresh Salsas

pan roasted fish with Sams fresh salsa

We’ve worked with Sam’s Fresh Salsa before and are huge fans of their amazing products. They pride themselves on using zero preservatives or additives and provide a delicious product that’s versatile to all your meals or dipping adventures!



We used Sam’s Fresh Medium Salsa in this recipe to create an amazing Pan Roasted Fish recipe. After simply seasoning the fish with a few spices, all we had to do to create this amazing dinner was add a container of Sam’s Fresh Salsa to the pan and let it do all the work.

The fish simmered in the fresh salsa and the end result was a flavorful dinner that is easy enough to make any night of the week.

You can check out more about Sam’s Fresh Salsa, find great recipe ideas and see all of their amazing products below –

You can purchase Sam’s Fresh Salsa at ShopRite, Acme, and Safeway. If they aren’t available at your local store, feel free to ask your local grocer to carry Sam’s Fresh Salsa products.

Pan Roasted Fish with Spicy Salsa

pan roasted fish with salsa recipe

We hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we do. Be sure to let us know if you try it!

Pan Roasted Fish with Spicy Salsa

This easy Pan Roasted Fish with Spicy Salsa recipe comes together quickly and is bursting with flavor. A family favorite dinner.

Author Brynn McDowell, RDN at The Domestic Dietitian
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 filet cod (about 3-4 oz each filet)
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 16 oz Sam’s Fresh Medium Salsa
  • Fresh parsley or cilantro for garnish (if desired)
  • In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat

  • Pat cod dry with a paper towel and then season each side with cumin, salt, pepper and garlic powder

  • Once oil is warm, add cod filets and sear (without moving) for 1 minute on each side. Please note the fish is not cooked at this point, you are just browning.

  • Add Sam’s Fresh Salsa, cover, and simmer fish until fully cooked (about 8 minutes, depending on the thickness of your fish). Fish will lightly flake with fork when cooked through or you can use thermometer to ensure fish is 145 degrees F.

  • Remove fish from pan, top with salsa and garnish with fresh parsley or cilantro.

Serving Suggestions

pan roasted fish with salsa and greens

If you are looking for suggestions on what to serve with this fish recipe, we recommend the following –

  • sautéed greens or a hearty salad
  • simple white rice
  • pasta drizzled with olive oil and red pepper flakes
  • orzo

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Last modified: November 7, 2022