Pan Seared Salmon with Lemon Butter (VIDEO)
A simple, elegant Pan Seared Salmon recipe in a lemon browned butter sauce. Master this easy (10 minute) method for how to cook salmon in a pan. You won’t believe the easy ingredients!
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Searing the salmon forms and irresistible exterior which seals in the salmon juices resulting in a flaky, tender salmon filet. The sauce is so zesty, fresh and makes every bite memorable.
The inspiration for this pan cooked salmon came from Ina Gartens “Easy Sole Meuniere” from her Back to Basics cookbook (one of my all-time favorites cookbooks from Ina). We changed it to a Salmon Meuniere and simplified it even further, removing the dredging step to make it gluten free and grain free!
Ingredients for Pan Seared Salmon:
P.S. Watch the video tutorial on how to make Pan Seared Salmon and get the Print-Friendly Recipe below.
Use wild-caught salmon whenever you can get your hands on it. Read more about the differences between wild caught and farm raised salmon here. You can use 1 to 1 1/2 lbs of salmon for this recipe; whatever the size of your pan allows. Ours was a 10″ skillet and we used 1 1/4 lbs, but there is enough sauce to use a slightly larger filet. Literally all you need is: salmon, lemons, butter, salt, pepper and parsley!
Cooks Tips on How to Cook Salmon on Stove:
- This recipe moves fast so have your ingredients ready before you start the stove.
- When zesting the lemon, make sure you are only getting the yellow portion of the skin and avoid the white pith underneath which can add bitter tones to your recipe.
Can I use Skin-On Salmon?
We used skinless salmon here, but if you prefer to use skin-on, sear with the skin-side down first then flop and finish cooking the second side.
How to Make Brown Butter and Prevent Splattering:
- Use a light colored pan (such as stainless steel or white enamel coated) so you can watch the color changing.
- Add the butter as the pan is heating up. DO NOT add butter to a very hot empty pan or it will be likely splatter.
- Stir and swirl often, otherwise the milk solids and water can pool under the butter and erupt/ splatter as the pressure builds up.
- The browned butter is ready when it turns light brown in color and the solid bits turn a darker brown
- Browned butter takes 3-7 minutes depending on your stove and pan.
- Keep a close eye on it as it can quickly burn once it is ready. Do not walk away from your browned butter.
Watch How to Make Pan Seared Salmon:
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Print the Pan Seared Salmon Recipe Here:
Pan Seared Salmon with Lemon Butter (VIDEO)
- 1 1/4 lb skinless boneless salmon filets cut into 4 filets (5 oz each about 1" thick)
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/8 tsp black pepper
- 4 Tbsp unsalted butter
- 1 tsp grated lemon zest
- 4 Tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice from 2 lemons
- 1 Tbsp fresh parsley, minced
How to Make Pan Seared Salmon:
Season salmon on both sides with 1/2 salt and 1/8 tsp black pepper. Grate 1 tsp of lemon zest then squeeze 2 lemons for 4 Tbsp lemon juice.
Heat a large (10-12") light colored pan over medium heat and right away add 4 Tbsp butter, swirling and stirring frequently to prevent splatter until it starts to turn light brown and the bits of butter solids turn brown (about 3-7 minutes depending on your heat)*
Add seasoned salmon and cook uncovered on the first side 3-4 minutes until golden brown then flip and cook another 2 to 3 minutes or until fully cooked through.
In the last 2 minutes of cooking, add 1 tsp lemon zest and 4 Tbsp lemon juice to the pan. Spoon the sauce over the salmon as it cooks. Transfer salmon to plates, drizzle with sauce and sprinkle the pan cooked salmon with freshly chopped parsley and black pepper to taste. Serve right away.
*See recipe tips on NatashasKitchen.com on how to prevent butter from splattering.
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More Easy One-Pan Salmon Recipes to Discover:
- One Pan Salmon and Asparagus with the famous flavored butter
- Baked Salmon with Garlic and Dijon (our #1 most viral salmon)
- Apricot Dijon Salmon and Broccoli – easy peasy weeknight meal
If you’ve tried it and loved it, let me know in a comment below! 🙂
Q: What is your all-time favorite, GO-TO Salmon recipe? Baked? Pan-Seared? Grilled? Poached?