Skillet Seared Salmon with Garlic Lemon Butter Sauce


This Skillet Seared Salmon with Garlic Lemon Butter Sauce is one of the easiest tastiest dinners you can make! This salmon recipe requires minimal ingredients and it comes together so quickly and the flavors are oh so delicious!

Skillet Seared Salmon with Garlic Lemon Butter Sauce in a white baking dish

Skillet Seared Salmon Recipe

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.

Want to see how easy this salmon recipe is? Watch the video!


Seared Salmon with Garlic Lemon Butter Sauce in skillet pan

The Garlic Butter Sauce

But here we’ve got 5 extra minutes so I made this seriously delicious garlic butter lemon sauce. That saying the “the secret’s in the sauce” holds true on this one.

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.

Other Ways to Use This Sauce

  • On any fish fillets
  • With chicken breasts or a roast chicken
  • On steak with extra herbs such as rosemary or thyme
  • On boiled potatoes or other boiled or steamed veggies

Skillet Seared Salmon with Garlic Lemon Butter Sauce getting poured over the top

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 (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!

An overhead shot of Skillet Seared Salmon with Garlic Lemon Butter Sauce on a platter with steamed asparagus

How To Serve This Skillet Seared Salmon

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, quinoa and a side salad would be good too).

Close up of Skillet Seared Salmon with Garlic Lemon Butter Sauce on a white plate with asparagus

More Salmon Recipes To Try


Skillet Seared Salmon with Garlic Lemon Butter Sauce

4.85 from 57 votes

This Skillet Seared Salmon with Garlic Lemon Butter Sauce is one of the easiest tastiest dinners you can make! This salmon recipe requires minimal ingredients and it comes together so quickly.

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Keyword: salmon recipe
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 347 kcal
Author: Jaclyn


  • 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)


  1. Remove salmon fillets from refrigerator and allow to rest at room temperature 10 minutes. 
  2. Meanwhile prepared garlic lemon butter sauce. In a small saucepan melt 1 tsp butter over medium heat. 
  3. Add garlic and saute until lightly golden brown, about 1 - 2 minutes. Pour in chicken broth and lemon juice. 
  4. 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.

  5. Dab both sides of salmon dry with paper towels, season both sides with salt and pepper. 
  6. Heat olive oil in a (heavy) 12-inch non-stick skillet over medium-high heat. 
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. Recipe source: Cooking Classy
Nutrition Facts
Skillet Seared Salmon with Garlic Lemon Butter Sauce
Amount Per Serving
Calories 347 Calories from Fat 189
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 21g 32%
Saturated Fat 7g 35%
Cholesterol 116mg 39%
Sodium 81mg 3%
Potassium 856mg 24%
Total Carbohydrates 2g 1%
Protein 34g 68%
Vitamin A 9.9%
Vitamin C 7.1%
Calcium 2.8%
Iron 8.2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  • Sher L: Hi Jaclyn: I tried this recipe as a rookie seafood cook & it came out pretty well, but I want to try again & make it even better. I have 2 “rookie” questions I need help with please:

    1. Is that first 4 minutes cooking time done with the skin side down and then the second 2-3 minutes cooked with the skin side up?

    2. Should the frying pan be covered during most or all of the cooking time?

    Thanks so much, Sher September 25, 2018 at 2:28pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: If you use skin-on fillets cook skinless side down first so it browns nicely.
      And no don’t cover the frying pan at any point during cooking.
      Glad you enjoyed Sher! September 25, 2018 at 4:33pm Reply

  • Salima: Just made it today for dinner! Everyone LOVED it! Mine usually dries out or overcooks. This recipe changed it all! I followed the exact recipe with the cooking time. Came out perfectly moist on the inside and a beautiful sear on the outside. THANK YOU SOOOO MUCH!!! September 24, 2018 at 8:13pm Reply

  • Stephanie M: Does it matter if I use frozen salmon fillets? September 23, 2018 at 4:34pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: That’s fine. Just be sure they’re thawed through first. September 23, 2018 at 4:45pm Reply

  • Lch: Sooo good!! Girls loved it! September 6, 2018 at 3:35pm Reply

  • Nick: Thank you Jaclyn. I am trying to eat healthier and get in shape, my family eats fast food almost every day. I cooked this for dinner tonight and it tasted phenomenal and I felt like I was eating healthy. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe!

    Also, I cooked some asparagus to go with it. It was a delicious dinner! Thank you! September 3, 2018 at 9:06pm Reply

  • Donna Ferrell: Does the honey make the sauce sweet? I don’t want a sweet sauce. September 3, 2018 at 7:41am Reply

    • Jaclyn: No you won’t even notice it, it just helps balance the tart of the lemon. little. Hope you like it! September 14, 2018 at 8:46am Reply

  • Chantell: I never leave comments on recipe sites but I just had to for this sauce! It’s sooo yummy. I winged the measurements since I was cooking for 1 and it still came out delish. Can’t wait to cook this for company now. Thanks for sharing! August 29, 2018 at 2:37pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: So glad it was enjoyed! Thanks for commenting Chantell! September 6, 2018 at 11:01am Reply

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