Pan-Seared Salmon with Lemon Butter Sauce Recipe


4 salmon fillets, skin-on or skinless (about 6 ounces each)

Salt and black pepper, to taste

2 tablespoons olive oil

2 tablespoons unsalted butter

2 cloves garlic, minced

1/4 cup chicken or vegetable broth

Juice of 1 lemon

Zest of 1 lemon

2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley (optional)

Lemon slices, for garnish (optional)


  1. Prepare the Salmon: Pat the salmon fillets dry with paper towels. Season both sides of the salmon fillets generously with salt and black pepper.

  2. Heat the Pan: In a large skillet or frying pan, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat until hot but not smoking.

  3. Sear the Salmon: Place the seasoned salmon fillets in the hot skillet, skin-side down if using skin-on fillets. Cook for 4-5 minutes without moving the fillets, until the skin is crispy and golden brown. If using skinless fillets, cook on one side for 3-4 minutes until nicely seared.

  4. Flip and Cook: Carefully flip the salmon fillets using a spatula. Cook on the other side for an additional 3-4 minutes, or until the salmon is cooked to your desired doneness. The internal temperature should reach 145°F (63°C) for medium doneness.

  5. Make the Lemon Butter Sauce: Remove the cooked salmon fillets from the skillet and set them aside on a plate. In the same skillet, reduce the heat to medium-low. Add the butter and minced garlic to the skillet. Stir and cook for 1-2 minutes until the garlic is fragrant and butter is melted.

  6. Add Broth and Lemon Juice: Pour in the chicken or vegetable broth, lemon juice, and lemon zest. Stir to combine and simmer for 2-3 minutes, allowing the sauce to thicken slightly. Taste and adjust seasoning with salt and pepper if needed.

  7. Serve: Return the salmon fillets to the skillet, spooning the lemon butter sauce over them. Garnish with chopped fresh parsley and lemon slices, if desired.

  8. Enjoy! Serve the Pan-Seared Salmon with Lemon Butter Sauce immediately, alongside your favorite side dishes such as rice, roasted vegetables, or a fresh salad.


  • For extra flavor, you can add capers or diced shallots to the lemon butter sauce.
  • Be careful not to overcook the salmon to keep it moist and tender.
  • Customize the dish by incorporating herbs like dill or tarragon into the lemon butter sauce for additional freshness.
This Pan-Seared Salmon with Lemon Butter Sauce is perfect for a special dinner at home. We hope you enjoy making and savoring this delicious salmon dish! Let us know how it turns out for you. Bon appétit!