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Pan seared salmon fillets in garlic butter sauce.

Pan Seared Salmon

This pan seared salmon is tender salmon fillets coated in the most delicious garlic butter sauce. A super easy dinner option that can be on the table in less than 20 minutes!
Course Main
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 349kcal
Author Sara Welch


  • 4 salmon fillets 4-6 ounces each
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon chopped parsley


  • Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Season the salmon fillets with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Place the salmon fillets, skin side up, in the pan. Cook undisturbed for 5 minutes, or until a golden brown crust forms.
  • Carefully flip the salmon and cook for an additional 5-6 minutes or until fish is opaque and easily flakes.
  • Remove the salmon from the pan. Add the butter to the pan and melt.
  • Add the garlic to the pan and cook for 30 seconds, stirring constantly. Stir in the lemon juice and salt and pepper to taste.
  • Place the salmon back in the pan. Spoon the sauce over the top.
  • Sprinkle the parsley over the salmon, then serve.


Calories: 349kcal | Protein: 33g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 116mg | Sodium: 150mg | Potassium: 833mg | Vitamin A: 330IU | Vitamin C: 1.3mg | Calcium: 23mg | Iron: 1.4mg