Skillet Seared Salmon with Garlic Lemon Butter Sauce


This Skillet Seared Salmon with Garlic Lemon Butter Sauce is the best salmon recipe! It’s hands down one of the easiest tastiest dinners you can make!

It requires minimal ingredients, it comes together so quickly and the flavors are truly delicious.

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

My Favorite 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

What Should I Serve with This Salmon?

I just served this with rice and steamed asparagus and it all came together perfectly (roasted vegetables, broccoli, potatoes, couscous, and quinoa are good choices too).

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

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Skillet Seared Salmon with Garlic Lemon Butter Sauce

4.86 from 61 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.


  • KM: Wow! This recipe is the B O M B! Everyone in my family loved it! Very easy to make but tasted and looked masterchef worthy! ;) Thanks so much for sharing! November 12, 2018 at 12:16am Reply

  • gweny: Made this one just now and it came out perfectly! When butter, garlic, lemon and honey combines it really brings out a refreshing taste and explosion of flavors brings out a happy tummy. Btw, I have put on more butter and garlic. Thank you for sharing this. November 8, 2018 at 5:59am Reply

  • Christy Long: My first time making salmon- my son’s birthday dinner request. Worked BEAUTIFULLY- Everyone said it looked like it came from a 5-star restaurant! Unfortunately, it was gone before I could take a picture- dead serious! November 1, 2018 at 8:48pm Reply

  • Carolyn: Just made the salmon tonight! Delicious! Removed skin prior to serving… personal preference October 21, 2018 at 4:15pm Reply

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