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Updated: Jun 7

This quick and easy 15-minute crispy pan seared salmon recipe results in perfectly browned and crispy skin on the outside while the inside remains tender and perfectly cooked. With just a few essential ingredients, you can consistently achieve restaurant-quality salmon!

With its delightful taste and easy preparation, this garlic butter salmon recipe is a true winner. The salmon, pan-seared to perfection, is incredibly juicy. Combined with a quick, vibrant basil garlic butter sauce, it transforms into a truly delectable dish. The best part? This recipe is made with simple, everyday ingredients, ensuring it's accessible to all home cooks, no matter their skill level.

The versatility of a simple garlic butter sauce for salmon is truly remarkable. Whether you're preparing a quick meal for a busy weeknight, planning a romantic date night, or hosting a special dinner, this recipe is a fantastic choice. It's a testament to the fact that you don't need extravagant ingredients to create a truly mouthwatering dish. The beauty of this recipe lies in its simplicity, making it perfect for any occasion.

To prepare this delightful dish, you'll need the following ingredients:

- Salmon: opt for most salmon fillets available at the grocery store, particularly atlantic salmon, usually around 1" thick.

- Seasonings: salt, white pepper, garlic salt, old bay, and lemon pepper seasoning. Generously seasoning each piece of salmon enhances its flavors.

- Olive oil: used for pan-searing the salmon.

- Garlic butter: the foundation of the delicious sauce, providing a rich and savory flavor.

- Dill: adds a refreshing and contrasting element to the dish.


Some helpful tips for cooking fish:

1. Allow the fish to come to room temperature for 15-20 minutes before you start cooking. Also, make sure to pat it dry before seasoning with salt and pepper to prevent it from sticking to the pan.

2. Make sure the pan is thoroughly heated before adding the salmon. If your pan is small, cook the fish in two batches to avoid overcrowding.

3. Avoid the temptation to move the salmon around in the pan. Let it cook undisturbed to achieve a nice sear. When it's time to flip the salmon, if it's sticking, give it a little more time to release naturally.

When pan-searing salmon, it's important to pay attention to its color changes. As the salmon cooks, you'll notice the light pink color slowly moving up, which is a good indicator of its doneness. Remember that the salmon will continue to cook a bit even after you remove it from the heat, so it's crucial to be mindful of this to avoid overcooking. Keep a close eye on the color changes to ensure perfectly cooked salmon.


Cut the salmon into four equal-sized pieces, patting them dry, and season with garlic salt, salt, white pepper, old bay, and lemon pepper seasoning.

Next, heat some oil and a quarter of the butter in a skillet, and add some dill for a burst of flavor.

Place the salmon skin-side down in the skillet and let it cook until it releases naturally, then gently flip it and cook for an additional 4-5 minutes on each side.

Once done, transfer the cooked salmon to a plate.

What to serve with this salmon:

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