Easy Lemon Butter Salmon (Recipe + Video)

This Easy Lemon Butter Salmon recipe makes an elegant and delicious dinner. Seared in a skillet on the stove top and ready in under 20 minutes!

Flaky Lemon Butter Salmon

This easy salmon recipe is just great for busy weeknights when you need to make something quick. Cook some rice while the salmon is searing, and your filling dinner is ready in no time. On top of that, you probably have all the ingredients in your pantry to make this delicious dish.

Salmon is my favorite fish, and even though I don’t eat it very often, I always enjoy salmon recipes. I’ve already shared two of my favorite salmon recipes on Cooktoria (Salmon in Roasted Pepper Sauce and Salmon Burgers), so I thought that today we could go back to basics and talk about how to make classic lemon-butter sauce and how to sear salmon. With a few simple tips, your salmon can be perfectly crispy on the outside, moist and tender and flaky on the inside.

Lemon Butter Sauce Ingredients

  • Lemon Juice. Freshly
    squeezed lemon juice is the best. You can also add a bit of orange juice for extra
    flavor.
  • Butter. You’ll
    need cold butter, to make sure the sauce is the right consistency.
  • Parsley. Fresh
    finely chopped parsley is the way to go.
  • Garlic. This
    ingredient is optional. If you are not a garlic fan, feel free to skip it.
  • Salt & Pepper.

How to Make Lemon Butter Sauce

1. In a small skillet or saucepan, bring the lemon juice to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and cook for 3 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Bowling down the lemon juice

2. Reduce the heat to very low and add the cold butter to the lemon juice. Keep stirring, allowing the butter to melt slowly. When the butter is melted halfway, add the parsley, garlic, salt, and pepper. Cook for 1 more minute and remove from the heat. 

making lemon butter sauce for the salmon

How to Sear Salmon

1. Season the salmon fillets with Old Bay Seasoning (or salt and pepper).

seasoning the salmon with Old Bay

2. Heat a large non-stick pan over high with olive oil. Place the fillets in the pan and reduce the heat to medium-low. Do not move the fillets. Allow them to cook for about 5-6 minutes or until well browned and cooked about halfway through. Turn the fillets and cook for about 5 more minutes, or until they reach the desired doneness.*

searing the salmon in oil

NOTE: Cooking time will vary depending on the thickness of the salmon fillets. If you are not sure whether the salmon is cooked, you can use an instant-read thermometer. When the inside of the fish is 140-145°F, your fish is properly cooked.

How to Serve this Salmon

Once your salmon fillets are cooked, transfer them onto a plate and pour a generous amount…

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