Pan Seared Salmon with Lemon Garlic Cream Sauce

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Pan Seared Salmon with Lemon Garlic Cream Sauce – A quick salmon recipe prepared in just one skillet and served with an incredible lemon garlic cream sauce! All you need is about 20 minutes and a handful of ingredients to make this pan seared salmon dinner.

Pan Seared Salmon with Lemon Garlic Cream Sauce - Quick, delicious, bright and creamy salmon dinner prepared in just one skillet and served with an incredible lemon garlic cream sauce! All you need is about 20 minutes and a handful of ingredients.

CRISPY PAN SEARED SALMON FILLETS

Crispy salmon fillets swimming in a creamy, lemony, garlicky sauce… can I get an AMEN?!
Okay, a high-five will do.  😀

This is definitely a cross between my Pan-Seared Salmon with Tomatoes and Spinach AND my Creamy Lemon Chicken with Asparagus. YUM!

I have to tell you that this Lemon Cream Sauce Salmon is one recipe that we go back to again and again. To be honest, pan-seared salmon with any type of lemon sauce is possibly our favorite way to enjoy fish. Pan-seared is also my favorite way to cook it, especially when I’m pressed for time.

Easy fish recipes, that come together fast are perfect for a weeknight dinner. This simple salmon recipe has few ingredients, but tastes absolutely delicious!

Pan Seared Salmon with Lemon Garlic Cream Sauce - Quick, delicious, bright and creamy salmon dinner prepared in just one skillet and served with an incredible lemon garlic cream sauce! All you need is about 20 minutes and a handful of ingredients.

Searing salmon fillets in a skillet gives the fish a slightly charred exterior and also helps make the skin extra crispy.

HOW TO MAKE THIS PAN SEARED SALMON RECIPE:

Pan Seared Salmon with Lemon Garlic Cream Sauce - Quick, delicious, bright and creamy salmon dinner prepared in just one skillet and served with an incredible lemon garlic cream sauce! All you need is about 20 minutes and a handful of ingredients.

  1. Season salmon fillets and cook, skin-side down, first; flip and continue to cook until done.
  2. In the meantime, prepare the sauce by whisking together the half & half, flour, lemon juice, lemon zest, garlic and seasonings.
  3. Remove fillets from skillet; return skillet to heat and add butter; whisk in the prepared sauce and return salmon fillets to the skillet.
  4. Cook for a couple more minutes, remove from heat, and serve.

Pan Seared Salmon with Lemon Garlic Cream Sauce - Quick, delicious, bright and creamy salmon dinner prepared in just one skillet and served with an incredible lemon garlic cream sauce! All you need is about 20 minutes and a handful of ingredients.

This particular pan seared salmon recipe is a restaurant worthy dish, and you can make it at home in just 20-ish minutes. Perfectly cooked fish, moist and flaky with silky, creamy lemon and GARLIC sauce. Need I say more? Just make it for dinner tonight and let me know what you think, m’kay?

Pan Seared Salmon with Lemon Garlic Cream Sauce - Quick, delicious, bright and creamy salmon dinner prepared in just one skillet and served with an incredible lemon garlic cream sauce! All you need is about 20 minutes and a handful of ingredients.

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Pan Seared Salmon with Lemon Garlic Cream Sauce - Quick, delicious, bright and creamy salmon dinner prepared in just one skillet and served with an incredible lemon garlic cream sauce! All you need is about 20 minutes and a handful of ingredients.
Pan Seared Salmon with Lemon Garlic Cream Sauce
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
30 mins
 

Quick, delicious, bright and creamy salmon dinner prepared in just one skillet and served with an incredible lemon garlic cream sauce! All you need is about 20 minutes and a handful of ingredients.

Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Italian, Mediterranean
Keyword: creamy sauce, salmon fillets, salmon recipes, salmon skillet dinner, salmon skillet recipe, skillet dinners
Servings: 6 Serves
Calories: 271 kcal
Ingredients
FOR THE SALMON
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 6 (4-ounces each) skin-on salmon fillets, room temperature
  • salt and fresh ground black pepper, to taste
FOR THE LEMON GARLIC CREAM SAUCE
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 cup fat free half & half (you can also use low fat evaporated milk)
  • 1/2 tablespoon all purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • zest and juice from 1 whole lemon
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried dill
  • 3/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • salt and fresh ground pepper to taste
  • lemon slices for garnish
  • fresh chopped parsley for garnish
Instructions
FOR THE SALMON
  1. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
  2. Season salmon fillets with salt and pepper and transfer to the skillet, skin-side down, cooking 3 fillets at a time.
  3. Cook for 6 minutes, or until cooked about three quarters of the way through. Do not move the fish around; just let it cook.
  4. Using a spatula, flip the salmon fillets over and cook for 2 more minutes; remove from skillet and set aside.
  5. Repeat with the rest of the fillets and set all aside.
FOR THE LEMON GARLIC CREAM SAUCE
  1. In the meantime, combine half & half, flour, cheese, lemon juice, lemon zest, garlic, dill, thyme, salt and pepper in a mixing bowl; whisk until thoroughly incorporated.
  2. Add butter to skillet and melt over medium heat.
  3. Add the prepared sauce to the skillet and bring to a boil; lower heat to a simmer.
  4. Place previously prepared salmon fillets back in the skillet.

  5. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes, or until salmon is heated through.
  6. Remove skillet from heat.
  7. Spoon sauce over salmon.
  8. Garnish with lemon slices and parsley.

  9. Serve.

Recipe Video

Recipe Notes

WW FREESTYLE POINTS: 4

Nutrition Facts
Pan Seared Salmon with Lemon Garlic Cream Sauce
Amount Per Serving (1 FILLET + SAUCE)
Calories 271 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 15g 23%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 74mg 25%
Sodium 191mg 8%
Potassium 649mg 19%
Total Carbohydrates 4g 1%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Sugars 2g
Protein 25g 50%
Vitamin A 3.6%
Vitamin C 0.9%
Calcium 12.1%
Iron 6.6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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40 Responses
  1. Jade

    This was delicious, super easy and quick to prepare, and everyone will think u r a pro chef that slaved away for hours in the kitchen! I made this as directed except I doubled the recipe and had to omit the dill (we just aren’t huge dill fans so i don’t keep it in the house). I also used half whole milk and half full fat cream instead of the fat free half and half, only because it’s what I had (next time I will use fat free half and half to save calories). But it turned out beautifully!

    Not only was my husband in love, but even my 4 kids all gobbled it up (probably because the sauce was so reminiscent of Alfredo, but a lemony Alfredo, that they forgot they were eating fish!) so I think if I can please 4 picky kids under age 11, then this meal certainly has the potential to impress anyone! I made rice and asparagus as sides, but I think this is a very versatile sauce that would lend itself to chicken or pasta just as well! Thank u!

  2. Lynn

    This was very good but I think next time I am going to melt the butter and cook the flour for a bit then add the half-and-half mixture. I just thought the sauce tasted like uncooked flour. But I will be making this again, was so easy and quick.

  3. Gary

    I made this for a women’s retreat cooking demo. I had garlic French bread and asparagus ready before cooking. With two butane burners and ingredients measured ahead this took 10 minutes to create. The end result was good enough the women took pictures and wanted the recipe. I had printed recipes to hand out, with credit to your site. After the demo I made this as a lunch main for 32 women in 30 minutes. It was a hit! Thank you!

  4. Linda McCabe

    This is one of the best salmon recipes I have tried. I did add a hand full of baby spinach to the sauce as it simmered the last couple of minutes. My husband loves salmon and he was so impressed and thought it was amazing! Thanks again for sharing.

  5. Babs

    Have made this sauce several times … It’s great on scallops , chicken and I love it for orzo … Will try it on ravioli as K. Kelley did ! I tend to use fresh herbs tho …

  6. Crystal

    It never says to cook on flesh side, yet the salmon in the picture definitely looks like the top has also been seared. I’m in the process of making it now. I may try to sear the top.

  7. Natalie

    Just made this tonight and I absolutely love it. I used regular full fat half and half but otherwise followed the sauce recipe exactly as written. I think a good sauce makes a recipe and it was absolutely perfect. Thank you!!

  8. Stephanie Wilkinson

    Delicious recipe! One thing I would add for terrible Cooks like me is to either use a new pan when adding the sauce or clean your pan because I dumped my sauce in the pan I had just cook my salmon in and it turned all Brown from the bits of fish and oil that were still in it. It still tasted delicious but I know it could have been better and it doesn’t look nearly as pretty as your pictures being Brown LOL

      1. Jade

        I too was worried about this but If u have a nice clean new-ish pan this shouldn’t happen, I cooked my sauce in the same pan right after I cooked the salmon as instructed (with oil and crispy bits still in the pan) and it turned out exactly as in the photos.

        However, If I had used one of my more “seasoned” pans, I may have had the same issue with the sauce getting ruddied. So just be careful in ur choice of pan and then u should be able to cook the sauce after the salmon with the oil and crispy bits included without it going brown on ya!

  9. K Kelley

    Made this for the first time today and I was impressed with a) how easy and quick it was to prepare, and b) how flavorful it was. My older tastebuds probably require a little more dill and thyme, but the lemony flavor along with the parmesan cheese made the sauce so delightful! I served it over some cheese-filled ravioli and some sautéed zucchini. This is going to be one of my standby recipes for when we have dinner guests because the prep process allows me to spend less time in the kitchen and more time with friends.

  10. Tim

    My wife and I tried it, mostly because she’s not a fan of salmon (while I am). It was good, just not great.

    On the plus side, for my wife, it did cover the taste of the Chinook salmon we used. To me, the dill and garlic were too conflicting. If I try this recipe again, I will modify it to 2 cloves of garlic, 1/4 teaspoon of dill and add maybe add some capers in the last couple minutes.

    Thank you for the recipe.

  11. Alex martin

    I’m so confused, this doesn’t even have the measurements so how is anyone to make this dish? Could you send me that information please?

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