Skillet Seared Salmon with Garlic Lemon Butter Sauce


Skillet Seared Salmon with Garlic Lemon Butter Sauce | Cooking Classy

That saying, secrets in the sauce, definitely holds true here! This easy Skillet Seared Salmon with Garlic Lemon Butter Sauce is one of the easiest tastiest dinners you can make! It requires minimal ingredients and it comes together in no time.

I love to sear salmon in a skillet because it yields a perfectly crisp seared exterior while the interior stays nice and tender. When you think there’s just no time for dinner, there’s always time to sear a salmon fillet and add a bright squeeze of lemon juice. But here we’ve got 5 extra minutes so I made this seriously delicious garlic butter lemon sauce. It’s made up of 4 basic ingredients (garlic, butter, fresh lemon juice and chicken broth) and once you try it you’ll want to add it to everything!

Skillet Seared Salmon with Garlic Lemon Butter Sauce | Cooking Classy

If you want an even richer sauce you can add an extra tablespoon or two of butter here but I like to keep it on the healthier side so I kept it at a minimal 3 tablespoons (oh plus the teaspoon to saute the garlic) and it’s just enough.

This salmon is a restaurant worthy dish that you can make in the comfort of your own home in 20 minutes! It easily is one of my favorite salmon recipes I’ve made! I just served this with brown rice and steamed asparagus and it all came together perfectly (couscous or quinoa would be good too). But oh just look at that sauce…

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Skillet Seared Salmon with Garlic Lemon Butter Sauce

Yield: 4 servings

Skillet Seared Salmon with Garlic Lemon Butter Sauce


  • 4 (6 oz) skinless salmon fillets (about 1-inch thick)
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 cup low-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 3 Tbsp + 1 tsp unsalted butter, diced into 1 Tbsp pieces
  • 1/2 tsp honey
  • 2 Tbsp minced fresh parsley
  • Lemon slices for garnish (optional)


  • Remove salmon fillets from refrigerator and allow to rest at room temperature 10 minutes. Meanwhile prepared garlic lemon butter sauce. In a small saucepan melt 1 tsp butter over medium heat. Add garlic and saute until lightly golden brown, about 1 - 2 minutes. Pour in chicken broth and lemon juice. Let sauce simmer until it has reduced by half (to about 3 Tbsp), about 3 minutes. Stir in butter and honey and whisk until combined. Set sauce aside.
  • Dab both sides of salmon dry with paper towels, season both sides with salt and pepper. Heat olive oil in a (heavy) 12-inch non-stick skillet over medium-high heat. Once oil is shimmering add salmon and cook about 4 minutes on the first side until golden brown on bottom then flip and cook salmon on opposite side until salmon has cooked through, about 2 - 3 minutes longer.
  • Plate salmon (leaving oil in pan) and drizzle each serving generously with butter sauce, sprinkle with parsley and garnish with lemon slices if desired. Serve immediately.
  • Recipe source: Cooking Classy

Skillet Seared Salmon with Garlic Lemon Butter Sauce | Cooking Classy


  • Jill: How many minutes a side if you like your salmon well done? February 21, 2017 at 12:26am Reply

    • Jaclyn: It will just vary based on the thickness off the salmon – probably an extra minute per side. February 22, 2017 at 5:31pm Reply

  • Annabelle: Ah this looks divine! I love salmon, and this looks so good!

    x Annabelle February 21, 2017 at 7:19am Reply

    • Amalia: I agree!! About to make mine, and thanks for asking about it being well done, that’s how I prefer mine as well. March 20, 2017 at 7:18pm Reply

  • Paige: This looks amazing! Totally eating this next week!

    Paige February 21, 2017 at 1:05pm Reply

  • Sheca: This looks delicious. I recently cooked salmon and bacon asparagus. I think your sauce would have been an excellent addition! Thank you for sharing February 21, 2017 at 1:54pm Reply

  • Sara @ Last Night’s Feast: This looks mouthwatering! February 21, 2017 at 2:25pm Reply

  • Karie: Was the skin left on the salmon fillets or removed? February 23, 2017 at 4:38am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Yes but you can leave it on if you prefer it that way. February 28, 2017 at 9:57am Reply

  • Mike Marshall: This may be a dumb question but do you leave the skin on when searing the salmon? February 25, 2017 at 11:46am Reply

    • Jaclyn: No I used skinless but you can use either or. February 28, 2017 at 9:56am Reply

  • Mardean: Can’t wait to try this February 26, 2017 at 8:49pm Reply

    • Marion: Mardean, I just had to write you–and it has nothing to do with this recipe. My mother’s name was Mardean, and never in my life have I heard of anyone else with that name until now. Her parents (my grandparents) named her using a combination of their own names: Marion and Dean. My mother is no longer living (she died at 91 about 2 1/2 years ago), but seeing your name has brought back a flood of memories of her. March 11, 2017 at 7:22pm Reply

  • Vanessa: I tried this and it was soooo delicious! March 12, 2017 at 8:36pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so glad you liked it Vanessa! Thanks for your review! March 13, 2017 at 12:38pm Reply

  • April: What are the nutrition facts for this recipe? March 16, 2017 at 8:35am Reply

  • Mary: Omg, I just made this and it is to die for. I’m ready to go to heaven March 16, 2017 at 12:42pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so glad you loved it Mary! March 27, 2017 at 11:32am Reply

  • Janet: We made this tonight and it was fabulous! Much better than any method I’ve tried. I thought it wouldn’t be enough oil,but it was more than enough to create a wonderful golden exterior. Our new favorite! March 16, 2017 at 8:55pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: So glad you loved it – thanks Janet! March 27, 2017 at 11:28am Reply

  • Caren: This came out amazing. My husband said it was the best salmon he’s had and my kids both devoured it. Thank you! March 20, 2017 at 6:11pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: So glad it was enjoyed – thanks Caren! March 27, 2017 at 11:23am Reply

  • Vickie: This is excellent.. Looked so delicious, the first time Salmon looked good to me. This will be a recipe we will continue to enjoy. March 21, 2017 at 3:13pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so glad you enjoyed it Vickie! March 21, 2017 at 9:39pm Reply

      • Vickie: Thank you. I saw a post where skin off or on? My brother likes the flavor of skin. I made his with skin on, for eveyone else removed the skin. Browned beautifully on or off. March 21, 2017 at 9:47pm Reply

  • Millet: I tried last Sunday it was a big hit
    I paired with sauteed Pak Choi with homemade going​ sin sauce March 22, 2017 at 1:42am Reply

    • Jaclyn: So glad you loved it! March 27, 2017 at 11:19am Reply

  • Dawn: I had salmon as a kid, but too fishy for me then. Is there anything I can do to make it taste less fishy? I’m making it tonight with asparagus, carrots with butter and brown sugar glaze and roasted potatoes. I want my experience to be memorable one. Help… March 24, 2017 at 8:51am Reply

    • Shelley: To remove fishy smell, soak raw salmon in milk for about 15 minutes, drain well, then cook as instructed. March 28, 2017 at 7:41pm Reply

  • TeriCakes: Just tried it tonight. Dinner was amazin!!! Thanks for the recipe. The sauce killed😄 March 28, 2017 at 7:46pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m glad you liked it! Thanks for leaving a comment! March 28, 2017 at 8:43pm Reply

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