Salmon with Creamy Garlic Dijon Sauce

11.08.2018

Salmon with Creamy Garlic Dijon Sauce is such a flavorful, elegant dish that anyone can pull off. It’s comes together so quickly yet it’s sure to impress anyone. Pan seared salmon is perfectly delicious on it’s own but when you add a bright sauce like this it takes it to a whole new level!

A single pan seared salmon fillet on a white plate. Salmon is drizzled with a creamy mustard sauce and sprinkled with dill. It's served with a side of asparagus.

Quick and Easy Salmon Recipe!

Cooking salmon in a skillet has actually become my favorite way to prepare it.

You get a gorgeously browned exterior that’s lightly crisp on the edges and that browning adds so much flavor! Then the interior is perfectly cooked and tender.

When you cook it in a skillet it’s also easier to keep an eye on it so it doesn’t overcook, which can be easier to do on a grill or in the oven.

Plus this method it only takes minutes to cook, we are talking only about 6 minutes! When you are short on time for dinner salmon is where it’s at.

Then after you’ve cooked those beautiful fillets it’s on to a that bright dijon sauce. It’s a simple creamy sauce that’s flavored with tangy dijon and fresh dill. A combination that’s perfect for salmon.

Then serve it warm accompanied by some steamed greens and dinner never looked better!

Three salmon fillets in a skillet with a creamy dijon sauce.

Ingredients You’ll Need for This Recipe

  • Skinless salmon fillets
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Garlic
  • Cornstarch
  • Heavy cream
  • Dijon mustard
  • Honey
  • Low-sodium chicken broth
  • Fresh dill

Ingredients for salmon shown here. Salmon fillets, garlic, dill, chicken broth, olive oil, cream, dijon, honey and cornstarch.

How to Cook Perfect Pan Seared Salmon

  • First heat a large non-stick skillets over medium-high heat (or use two skillets if you used large fillets like I did so they aren’t overcrowded).
  • Add 1 1/2 tsp olive oil to each skillet or 1 Tbsp to 1 skillet. Dab both sides of salmon dry with paper towels and season both sides with salt and pepper.
  • Place salmon in skillet (top turned down).
  • Let sear until golden brown on bottom, undisturbed, about 4 minutes. Flip and continue to cook to desired doneness, about 2 – 3 minutes longer.
  • Remove from skillet and transfer to a plate, leaving oil in one skillet for sauce. Tent with foil to keep warm.

Two golden brown pan seared salmon fillets shown here in large non-stick skillet.

How to Make the Creamy Dijon Sauce

  • Meanwhile, in a liquid measuring cup whisk together cornstarch with 1 tbsp cream, then mix in enough cream to measure 1/2 cup. Whisk in dijon mustard and honey.

Mixing dijon into cream in measuring cup to make sauce for Salmon.

  • Set skillet with oil over medium heat, saute garlic until just barely golden brown.
  • Pour in chicken broth.
  • Bring to a simmer then reduce heat to medium-low and let simmer until reduced by about 2/3, about 3 minutes.

Making pan seared salmon sauteeing garlic.

  • Whisk cream mixture once more then pour into skillet. Cook and stir, bringing to a simmer. Let simmer gently, while stirring, for about 30 seconds.

Making pan seared salmon mixing chicken broth and heavy cream mixture in skillet.

  • Remove from heat stir in dill, return salmon fillets to pan, spoon sauce over salmon. Serve warm.

Adding dill to sauce in skillet for pan seared salmon.

What Should I Serve with It?

Spooning sauce over a fillet of salmon in a skillet.

Try the Sauce with Chicken Too

This sauce would also be delicious over seared chicken breasts too. My suggestion though is that you swap out the dill with 1 tsp of minced thyme or rosemary. Pound (6 oz) chicken even then cook until it registers 165 in the center (about 6 minutes per side).

Salmon fillet on a white plate set over a marble surface. Topped with dijon sauce and served with a side of asparagus.

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Pan Seared Salmon with Creamy Garlic Dijon Sauce

5 from 5 votes

This is such a flavorful, elegant salmon recipe that anyone can pull off. It's comes together so quickly yet it's sure to impress anyone. Pan seared salmon is perfectly delicious on it's own but when you add a bright dijon sauce like this it takes it to a whole new level!

Servings: 4
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 4 (6 - 7 oz) skinless salmon fillets
  • 3 tsp olive oil
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced (1 Tbsp)
  • 1/2 tsp cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp dijon mustard (or a little more to taste)
  • 1/2 tsp honey
  • 1/2 cup low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 Tbsp minced fresh dill

Instructions

  1. Heat a large non-stick skillets over medium-high heat (or use two skillets if you used large 7 - 8 oz fillets like I did so they aren't overcrowded).

  2. Add 1 1/2 tsp olive oil to each skillet. Dab both sides of salmon dry with paper towels and season both sides with salt and pepper.

  3. Place salmon in skillet (top of salmon turned down). Let sear until golden brown on bottom, about 4 minutes then flip and continue to cook to desired doneness, about 2 - 3 minutes longer.

  4. Meanwhile, in a liquid measuring cup whisk together cornstarch with 1 tbsp cream, then mix in enough cream to measure 1/2 cup. Whisk in dijon mustard and honey.

  5. Remove salmon from skillet and transfer to a plate, leaving oil in one skillet. Tent salmon with foil.

  6. Add garlic to skillet with oil set over medium heat, saute until just barely golden brown, about 20 - 30 seconds. Pour in chicken broth.

  7. Bring to a simmer then reduce heat to medium-low and let simmer until reduced by about 2/3, about 3 minutes.

  8. Whisk cream mixture once more then pour into skillet. Cook and stir, bringing to a simmer. Let simmer gently, while stirring, for about 30 seconds.

  9. Remove from heat stir in dill, return salmon fillets to pan, spoon sauce over salmon. Serve warm.

Nutrition Facts
Pan Seared Salmon with Creamy Garlic Dijon Sauce
Amount Per Serving
Calories 447 Calories from Fat 225
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 25g 38%
Saturated Fat 9g 45%
Cholesterol 134mg 45%
Sodium 159mg 7%
Potassium 890mg 25%
Total Carbohydrates 3g 1%
Protein 35g 70%
Vitamin A 10.1%
Vitamin C 0.8%
Calcium 4.7%
Iron 8.4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Salmon
Calories: 447 kcal
Author: Jaclyn

11 comments

  • Danielle: I want to attempt this tomorrow night but I believe I didn’t buy the fillets and bought one big thin piece of salmon with the skin on. What method would I have to change with leaving the skin on? To brown it would I still start cooking it top down then flip to the skin side? February 16, 2019 at 9:50pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Yes. Cut into fillets then I recommend cooking top down still for that nice sear. Hope you enjoy! February 17, 2019 at 12:58am Reply

  • Vicki Msall: This was delicious and so easy. I did grill my salmon rather than pan sear. I put some of the leftover sauce on my jasmine rice. February 1, 2019 at 5:47pm Reply

  • Dawn Berube: This was so delicious that my husband didn’t come up from his plate until he was done! I think he liked it!!! I made it a little on the healthier side and used coconut milk! Thank you for this recipe! I will make it for company now that my guinea has given it a thumbs up! :-) January 6, 2019 at 8:18pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: So happy to hear it was a success! Glad you were able to make it healthier too, thanks for hire feedback Dawn! January 6, 2019 at 8:46pm Reply

  • Vicky Monk: This was delicious. My husband said it was a keeper recipe. December 11, 2018 at 11:11am Reply

  • Carol Walton: Absolutely loved this! Will be my go to salmon recipe! Yummy! November 20, 2018 at 3:32pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks for taking the time to leave a review Carol! So glad to hear it will be your go-to! November 20, 2018 at 4:59pm Reply

  • Laura: This turned out delicious! Fresh and tasty! November 14, 2018 at 1:52pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so happy to hear it turned out delicious for you Laura! Thanks for your review! November 14, 2018 at 3:05pm Reply

  • Lea: Yum November 13, 2018 at 8:58pm Reply

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