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One Pan Creamy Lemon Garlic Salmon Recipe

Creamy Lemon Garlic Salmon

This is the perfect family dinner that is super easy to make and ready in only 20 minutes. Serve as is or with some rice and veggies.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword Lemon Garlic Salmon
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 665kcal
Author Catalina Castravet


For the Salmon:

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 (4 ounces each) skin-on salmon fillets room temperature
  • Salt and ground black pepper to taste

For the Sauce:

  • 2 tablespoons butter unsalted
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 3 cups light cream or whole milk
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 tablespoon capers optional
  • Salt and fresh ground pepper to taste
  • 1 cup Parmesan cheese grated


  • Place a large skillet over medium heat, add oil and wait for it to start sizzling. It is important for the skillet and oil to be hot, otherwise, the salmon may stick to the pan.
  • Season salmon fillets with salt and pepper and add them skin side down to the skillet. Do not over-crowd, if needed cook in batches.
  • Cook for 5-6 minutes without moving the fish, using a spatula, gently flip it over and cook for 3 more minutes; remove from skillet and set aside on a plate. Cover with foil to keep it warm.
  • In the same skillet prepare the sauce.
  • First, add the butter and melt it. Add the flour, and cook it for 1 minute while stirring.
  • Add the cream or milk, little by little, while stirring all the time until fully combined.
  • Next, add the rest of the ingredients with the exception of grated parmesan.
  • Bring sauce to a simmer, reduce heat to low and stir in grated cheese. Stir until fully melted.
  • Once the sauce is done, add back the cooked fish fillets and simmer on low in the sauce for 3-4 minutes.
  • Serve garnished with fresh parsley and lemon wedges on the side.



Calories: 665kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 75g | Saturated Fat: 41g | Cholesterol: 216mg | Sodium: 586mg | Potassium: 210mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 0g | Vitamin A: 2300IU | Vitamin C: 5.9mg | Calcium: 432mg | Iron: 0.9mg