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Easy Creamy Lemon Butter Salmon

February 21, 2021

Easy Creamy Lemon Butter Salmon, is a quick, easy and very delicious weeknight salmon dinner recipe! Ready in under 30 minutes from start to finish, this recipe features salmon fillets smothered in a irresistible and simple creamy white wine lemon butter sauce. Serve for a easy weeknight dinner, with a side of mashed potatoes, rice and veggies!

Easy Creamy Lemon Butter Salmon

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Easy Creamy Lemon Butter Salmon, is a quick, easy and very delicious weeknight salmon dinner recipe! Ready in under 30 minutes from start to finish, this recipe features salmon fillets smothered in a irresistible and simple creamy white wine lemon butter sauce. Serve for a easy weeknight dinner, with a side of mashed potatoes, rice and veggies!

Love Salmon? That makes two of us! Check out this Buttered Honey Mustard Oven Baked Salmon, or this Honey Sriracha Glazed Salmon and these delicious Lemon Chive Salmon Cakes!

Creamy Lemon Butter Sauce Poured on Salmon

Easy Creamy Lemon Butter Salmon

If you can’t tell by now, salmon recipes are my jam! Salmon is not only healthy for you but so versatile and easy to prepare. This Creamy Lemon Butter Salmon is the perfect weeknight recipe to prepare for the family, and ready in under 30 minutes from start to finish! Here are some other reasons why I love this recipe:

  • Perfect for busy household and schedules, when you don’t have time or energy to cook
  • Sauce so rich and delicious you want to eat it by itself
  • Perfect leftover meal and a great choice for meal prep

How to Make Easy Creamy Lemon Butter Salmon

  1. Prepare Salmon – Pat dry salmon fillets and season generously with salt and pepper. Heat butter in a nonstick skillet over medium-high heat, add salmon fillets and cook, without moving, skin side up (if skin-on), until golden and crisp, around 4-5 minutes. Gently flip the fillets and reduce the heat to medium until done then remove from heat.
  2. Prepare Cream Sauce – In a medium saucepan, heat dry white wine and finely chopped onions. Bring to a boil and reduce over medium high heat until liquid has reduced by half. Reduce heat to low and gently whisk in butter until incorporated and smooth. Then, whisk in cream, lemon juice and italian seasoning. Continue to whisk for another 3-4 minutes or until well combined and heated through. Pour on salmon, and enjoy!

How Do You Know When Salmon is Done?

Cooking time depends on the size and thickness of your salmon. This is determined by the thickest part of the salmon fillet, which will take the longest time to cook through. Once your salmon is done, it will easily flake – this can be done with a fork. You can also indicate doneness by checking for an internal temp of 145°F/63°C.

Other Factors that Determine Salmon Doneness

  • If using salmon fillets or whole side of salmon
  • Temperature the salmon is cooked in
  • Variations in oven makes and models
  • Size and thickness of salmon

Tips for Cooking Salmon 

  • Use Good Quality Fresh Salmon – your salmon fillets should smell fresh and faint, not fishy or ammonia-like. It should also have a firm and shinY, bright coloured flesh. Good quality fresh salmon is the first step to a great baked salmon. 
  • Don’t Overcook Salmon – it is recommended to cook salmon to an internal temperature of 145°F/63°C, measured in the thickest part of the salmon, or until flaky, pink and opaque. However note, your salmon will continue to cook in the residual heat so you can take them out a little before that temp is reached!
  • Leave Skin On – this provides a good fatty flavourful safety layer between the fish flesh and a hot pan.
Flaky Salmon in Creamy Lemon Butter Sauce

What to Serve with Easy Creamy Lemon Butter Salmon

Serve this Creamy Lemon Butter Salmon with a side of mashed potatoes, rice or salad to make it a complete meal! 

Other Side Options to Serve with Salmon:

  • Grilled Asparagus
  • Herb Roasted Potatoes
  • Steamed Mixed Vegetables 
  • Roasted Mixed Vegetables 
  • Couscous 
  • Steamed Broccoli

Other Easy to Make Salmon Dinner Recipes to Try

Buttered Honey Mustard Oven Baked Salmon & Cajun Honey Butter Salmon

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easy creamy lemon butter salmon.

Easy Creamy Lemon Butter Salmon

Easy Creamy Lemon Butter Salmon, is a quick, easy and very delicious weeknight salmon dinner recipe! Ready in under 30 minutes from start to finish, this recipe features salmon fillets smothered in a irresistible and simple creamy white wine lemon butter sauce. Serve for a easy weeknight dinner, with a side of mashed potatoes, rice and veggies!
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Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Fish & Seafood, Main Dishes & Entrees
Servings 4 servings
Calories 706 kcal

Ingredients
  

Salmon Fillets

  • 4 6-7oz Salmon Fillets skin-on or off
  • 1 tsp Salt more or less to taste
  • 1/2 tsp Black Pepper
  • 1 tbsp Butter

Lemon Butter Cream Sauce

  • 3/4 cup Butter
  • 1/2 cup Dry White Wine or cooking white wine
  • 1/2 cup Heavy Whipping Cream
  • 1/4 cup Yellow Onions finely chopped or minced
  • 2 tsp Italian Herb Seasoning
  • 2 tbsp Fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice more or less to taste
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/4 tsp Black Pepper

Instructions
 

  • Pat dry salmon fillets and season generously with salt and pepper. Heat butter in a nonstick skillet over medium-high heat, add salmon fillets and cook, without moving, skin side up (if skin-on), until golden and crisp, around 4-5 minutes. Gently flip the fillets and reduce the heat to medium until done then remove from heat.
  • In a medium saucepan, heat dry white wine and finely chopped onions. Bring to a boil and reduce over medium high heat until liquid has reduced by half. Reduce heat to low and gently whisk in butter until incorporated and smooth. Then, whisk in cream, lemon juice and italian seasoning. Continue to whisk for another 3-4 minutes or until well combined and heated through. Pour on salmon, and enjoy!

Notes

Keep lemon cream sauce warm until ready to serve.

Nutrition

Calories: 706kcalCarbohydrates: 4gProtein: 35gFat: 59gSaturated Fat: 32gPolyunsaturated Fat: 6gMonounsaturated Fat: 16gTrans Fat: 2gCholesterol: 226mgSodium: 1254mgPotassium: 931mgFiber: 1gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 1676IUVitamin C: 4mgCalcium: 74mgIron: 2mg
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