Skillet Seared Salmon with Garlic Lemon Butter Sauce

02.20.2017

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.

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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).

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Skillet Seared Salmon with Garlic Lemon Butter Sauce

4.82 from 48 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: fish with lemon butter, seared salmon
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 346 kcal
Author: Jaclyn

Ingredients

  • 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)

Instructions

  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 346 Calories from Fat 225
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 25g 38%
Saturated Fat 7g 35%
Polyunsaturated Fat 6g
Cholesterol 101mg 34%
Sodium 69mg 3%
Potassium 717mg 20%
Total Carbohydrates 2g 1%
Protein 28g 56%
Vitamin A 9.5%
Vitamin C 7.1%
Calcium 2.8%
Iron 6.7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

174 comments

  • ludivina baribeau: Easy and delish!!! July 8, 2018 at 12:30pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: So glad it was enjoyed! Thanks for commenting! July 9, 2018 at 10:54am Reply

  • Sanny: I just made this for dinner. My hubby and 2 kids (age 5 and 3) they devoured the salmon in minutes! This might be one of the quickest dinner we’ve ever had. The sauce is so good, my eldest licked her plate clean! LOL ???????? thank you so much for this recipe. Definitely a keeper!! June 24, 2018 at 7:56am Reply

    • Jaclyn: So glad it was enjoyed! Thanks for commenting! June 29, 2018 at 11:45am Reply

  • Frances Figueroa: The best recipe I have ever made and so easy. Thanks! June 19, 2018 at 4:46pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks for taking the time to comment and let me know you enjoyed it! June 29, 2018 at 11:57am Reply

  • Laura: I made this for Father’s Day dinner tonight and it was simple and delicious! I used a bit less butter and skipped the honey. There were only 3 of us, but we still had some sauce leftover to enjoy later. June 17, 2018 at 8:05pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks for the 5 star feedback! June 18, 2018 at 2:37pm Reply

  • Tom: Made for dinner tonite, it’s a keeper recipe June 13, 2018 at 6:50pm Reply

  • Julie Grimsley: This recipe makes me love salmon, which I used to avoid. The sauce is amazing! Thank you for making me look like an amazing cook! June 5, 2018 at 9:23pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks for the amazing feedback! ;) June 8, 2018 at 9:06am Reply

  • Nala: Omg this was amazing! My first time cooking Salmon and it turned out great!! May 30, 2018 at 6:37pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks for the 5 star feedback! June 4, 2018 at 10:51am Reply

  • Lora Mann: Fabulous! This sauce complemented the taste of the salmon so well! May 22, 2018 at 6:13pm Reply

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