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

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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.

183 comments

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

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

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

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

    x Annabelle
    travelsandtea.com 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

  • 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

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