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white pan with four salmon fillets topped with lemon slices and cream sauce
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5 from 4 votes

Pan Seared Salmon with Creamy Dill Sauce

This easy Pan Seared Salmon is smothered in a creamy dill sauce and garnished with fresh lemon slices.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: how to cook salmon in a pan, how to cook salmon with skin, pan seared salmon, pan seared salmon recipe, pan seared salmon skin on, pan seared salmon with skin
Servings: 4
Calories: 490kcal
Author: Katerina


  • Stove


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 skin-on salmon fillets, room temperature, 5-6 oz each
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika, sweet or smoked
  • salt and fresh ground pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 tablespoon butter
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup chicken or vegetable broth, or white wine
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 3 tablespoons fresh dill, chopped
  • lemon slices, for garnish


  • Heat olive oil in a large skillet set over medium-high heat.
  • Season salmon fillets with garlic powder, paprika, salt and pepper.
  • Add fillets to the heated oil and cook for 6 minutes, or until fish is cooked ¾ of the way up. If your skillet isn’t big enough, cook 2 fillets at a time.
  • Using a fish turner, flip over the fillets and cook for 2 to 3 more minutes, or until fish is cooked through. Remove fish from skillet and set aside.
  • Return skillet to heat and melt the butter.
  • Whisk in garlic and cook for 20 seconds.
  • Add broth or wine; cook for 1 to 2 minutes, or until reduced.
  • Whisk in lemon juice.
  • Add heavy cream and continue to whisk, bringing the mixture to a simmer. Whisk constantly so it doesn’t curdle.
  • Stir in chopped dill.
  • Add salmon back to the skillet and heat through for 1 minute.
  • Remove from heat and spoon sauce over the fish. Garnish with lemon slices and serve!


Calories: 490kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 30g | Fat: 40g | Saturated Fat: 17g | Cholesterol: 163mg | Sodium: 158mg | Potassium: 760mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 1276IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 58mg | Iron: 1mg