Pan Seared Salmon with Butter Garlic Sauce

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Planning weeknight dinners can be tough- especially when you are low on energy and short on time. If you’ve got more important things to think about than what’s for your evening meal, let me help take some of those decisions off your plate.

Pan Seared Salmon with Butter Garlic Sauce is one of the easiest and quickest recipes you’ll ever try!
Tender, flaky salmon fillets are pan seared until perfectly golden brown and coated in a garlicky butter sauce. Perfect for busy weeknights, date nights, or when you’ve got company over.
Salmon is packed with omega-3 fatty acids and protein, making it a nutritious choice for any meal. With just minimal ingredients and about fifteen minutes of time, you will have an elegant restaurant-quality dinner at the comfort of your own home!

PLUS the added bonus of having only one pan to wash and no mess in your kitchen to clean up when your done.

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Use a heavy-bottomed non-stick pan or a well seasoned cast iron skillet for frying the salmon. Make sure the pan is very hot and that the salmon fillets are dry before you add them to the pan that ensures a nice sear and prevents sticking.


The salmon is done when it flakes easily with a fork and reaches an internal temperature of 63 degrees Celsius (145 degrees F ). The exterior should be golden and crisp, while the inside remains soft and moist. Avoid overcooking, as it can dry out the salmon.

  • Finely chop the garlic using a knife and don’t use a garlic crusher because the garlic will burn too quickly otherwise.
  • Pat the salmon fillets dry with a paper towel before seasoning. This prevents excess moisture and helps achieve a better sear.
  • If you have any leftovers, store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. Reheat the salmon and sauce gently in a skillet over low heat until warmed through.

If you made this Pan Seared Salmon with Butter Garlic Sauce, I would love to know how it turned out! Please let me know by leaving a comment below.

  • 4 salmon fillets
  • Salt, to taste
  • Black pepper, to taste
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 Tablespoons butter
  • 2 teapoons garlic, finely chopped
  • Fresh parsley, finely chopped (optional)

  1. Pat the salmon fillets dry with paper towels. Then, season them with salt and pepper to taste.
  2. Heat olive oil in a heavy bottomed non stick pan or in a cast iron skillet over medium high heat.
  3. Place the salmon fillets, skin side up, in the pan. Cook undisturbed for 5 minutes, or until a golden brown crust forms.
  4. Then, carefully flip the salmon and cook for an additional 4-5 minutes until the fish is well cooked and flaky. Remove the salmon from the pan.
  5. Add the butter to the pan and let it melt. Once melted, add the minced garlic to the pan and cook for 30 seconds, stirring constantly.
  6. Place the salmon fillets back to the pan. Use a large spoon to scoop the butter up and spoon it over the salmon.
  7. Check the internal temperature of the salmon. It should reach an internal temperature of 63 degrees Celsius (145 degrees F ). It should be moist inside and crisp outside.
  8. There’s enough of that garlic butter to go around!Serve the salmon with some oven roasted potatoes/mashed potatoes and some green beans or a green salad, sprinkle some finely chopped parsley on top. Enjoy!


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