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Pan Seared Salmon Recipe with Lemon Butter Sauce

Sink your teeth into this delicious and very easy to make classic dish, Pan Seared Salmon Recipe with Lemon Butter Sauce.
Course dinner, lunch, Main
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 27 minutes
Servings 2
Calories 474kcal


  • 2 pound wild caught salmon fillet
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 1 stick of unsalted butter
  • 1 peeled and small diced shallot
  • 2 finely minced cloves of garlic
  • juice of ½ lemon
  • ¼ cup of chardonnay
  • ¾ cup of heavy whipping cream
  • 1 tablespoon of capers
  • 1 ½ teaspoons of fresh chopped dill
  • Kosher salt and fresh cracked pepper to taste


  • Season the fish well on both sides with salt and pepper.
  • Add the olive oil to a large saute pan over medium-high heat and once it begins to lightly smoke add in the fish and pan sear for 3 to 4 minutes.
  • Once you flip the fish over add in 3 tablespoons of unsalted butter and generously baste the fish constantly until it is finished cooking, about 3 to 4 minutes. Set the fish aside and drain the fat from the pan.
  • Add 1 tablespoon of butter to the pan and caramelize the shallots and garlic, about 3 to 4 minutes and deglaze with lemon juice and cook until the liquid is almost gone.
  • Deglaze again with the chardonnay and cook it until it too is almost gone.
  • Add in the cream and cook over medium heat until it becomes very thick, think alfredo sauce.
  • Remove the pan from the heat and finish by whisking in the remaining 4 tablespoons of butter, capers, and dill.
  • Spoon the sauce over top of the cooked salmon and enjoy.



Calories: 474kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 47g | Saturated Fat: 23g | Cholesterol: 123mg | Sodium: 152mg | Potassium: 130mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 1312IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 63mg | Iron: 1mg