Grilled or pan-seared salmon in lemon-butter herb sauce is a delicious, simple and elegant looking dinner entree.Grilled or pan-seared salmon in a lemon-butter herb sauce is a delicious, simple and elegant looking dinner entree.
My husband and I love salmon. I’ve been preparing salmon the same way for quite a while (creatures of habit, but we like it), but finally decided to branch out, and start trying some new salmon recipes this year. Enter this delicious entree. Seriously delicious.

If I’m telling the truth I would tell you that I had to be on my best behavior not to “sample” the sauce multiple times until it was gone (somebody has to do Quality Control, right?). Yeah. The sauce is pretty amazing… not gonna lie! An extra benefit to making this at home versus ordering something like this at a restaurant is the cost factor. It’s so much less expensive to create this easy, but elegant seafood dish at home! I really like that!

I found the recipe on Pinterest, and decided to give it a try! I slightly modified the recipe as far as cooking the seafood goes… original recipe calls for grilling the salmon fillets. Since it was cold and damp outside (February in the Northwest), I pan-seared the fillets, then topped them with the sauce. Fantastic!

The sauce (with butter, white wine, lemon juice, and herbs) only takes about 10 minutes to pull together, and the fish only takes about 4-5 minutes per side to cook, so all in all, this was a very quick and elegant dish to prepare. I will absolutely make this again. I’m anxious to fire up the ol’ Weber grill and try this recipe with grilled salmon.

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Make The Lemon Butter Herb Sauce

Cook white wine, lemon juice and green onions until the liquid has reduced down considerably…

Wine, lemon juice and green onions are cooked for sauce

Add COLD butter, a little at a time, and blend it into the sauce.

Cold butter is blended into sauce in pan

Now add dill, fresh chopped chives, and black pepper to the lemon-butter sauce, and whisk to combine..

Dill, chives and pepper are added to lemon butter sauce

The lemon-butter herb sauce is done! Boy, does it taste amazing!

Lemon butter herb sauce is finished cooking

Prepare The Salmon

Brush boneless skinless fillets on all sides with a lemon juice/olive oil mixture before cooking..

Fish is brushed with lemon juice/olive oil mixture

Place fillets into a hot skillet that has been sprayed with non-stick spray AND has olive oil in it to prevent sticking. Cook the fish on both sides (approx. 4-5 minutes per side), until done, and can be easily flaked with a fork.

Salmon fillets are pan-seared in skillet

Serve The Salmon In Lemon Butter Herb Sauce

Once the fillets are done, carefully put the fillets onto individual serving plates. Spoon the lemon-butter herb sauce over the top of each piece of fish. Serve while hot, and enjoy!

Finished salmon fillet, with lemon herb butter sauce on top

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Salmon in a Lemon-Butter Herb Sauce
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
25 mins

Grilled or pan-seared salmon in a lemon-butter herb sauce is a delicious, simple and elegant looking dinner entree.

Category: Entree
Cuisine: American
Keyword: salmon
Servings: 4 servings
Calories Per Serving: 527 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
For Lemon-Butter Herb Sauce:
  • 2 Tablespoons finely chopped green onions (shallots)
  • 1/4 cup dry white wine
  • 3 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 6 Tablespoons COLD butter
  • 1 Tablespoon dill (dried or fresh), chopped
  • 1 Tablespoon finely chopped chives
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
For salmon:
  • 3 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • salmon (4 boneless, skinless fillets)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 Tablespoon butter
  1. Prepare the sauce: Place the finely chopped green onions, lemon juice and wine in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil on high heat, then reduce heat to medium and cook for 7-8 minutes, or until liquid has reduced to about 2-3 Tablespoons. Remove from heat. Add butter, 1 Tablespoon at a time, stirring continuously, until all butter has been melted and incorporated into sauce. Add dill, chopped chives and black pepper. Mix to combine. Set sauce aside while you cook the salmon.
  2. To cook salmon:
  3. In a small dish, combine 1 (ONE) Tablespoon of olive oil and 1 Tablespoon of lemon juice. Using a pastry brush, coat all sides of the salmon with this mixture.
  4. Spray a skillet with non-stick spray, then place the other 2 Tablespoons of olive oil into pan. Heat until VERY hot (but not smoking). When skillet is very hot, add the salmon fillets. It should sizzle when you add them to skillet. Cook salmon for about 4 minutes without moving them. After 4 minutes, carefully turn the salmon to the other side and continue cooking. Add 1 Tablespoon butter. As the butter melts, continuously spoon the melted butter onto the salmon as it cooks. Salt and pepper the salmon lightly. In about 3-4 minutes, the salmon should be done. Make sure the salmon is done, and flakes easily (due to differing thicknesses of salmon, you need to keep an eye on the salmon for done-ness).
  5. Reheat lemon-butter sauce if necessary right before the salmon is done.
  6. To serve, place salmon fillet on individual plate, then spoon some of the warm sauce over the top. Enjoy!
Recipe Notes

Salmon can also be grilled outside on a BBQ. Remember to coat it with olive oil and lemon juice mixture before adding it to the grill.

Nutrition Facts
Salmon in a Lemon-Butter Herb Sauce
Amount Per Serving (1 (6 oz. plus sauce))
Calories 527 Calories from Fat 369
% Daily Value*
Fat 41g63%
Saturated Fat 15g94%
Cholesterol 146mg49%
Sodium 396mg17%
Potassium 855mg24%
Carbohydrates 1g0%
Protein 34g68%
Vitamin A 745IU15%
Vitamin C 6.8mg8%
Calcium 25mg3%
Iron 1.4mg8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Salmon in Lemon-Butter Herb Sauce

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