Pan Seared Salmon with Creamy Garlic Dijon Sauce

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This is such a flavorful, elegant salmon recipe that anyone can pull off. It’s comes together so quickly yet it’s sure to impress anyone. Pan seared salmon is perfectly delicious on it’s own but when you add a bright dijon sauce like this it takes it to a whole new level!


  • 4 (6 - 7 oz) skinless salmon fillets
  • 3 tsp olive oil
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced (1 Tbsp)
  • 1/2 tsp cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 tsp honey
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp dijon mustard (or a little more to taste)
  • 1/2 cup low-sodium chicken broth
  • th 1 Tbsp minced fresh dill


Step 1

Heat a large non-stick skillets over medium-high heat (or use two skillets if you used large 7 - 8 oz fillets like I did so they aren't overcrowded). Add 1 1/2 tsp olive oil to each skillet. Dab both sides of salmon dry with paper towels and season both sides with salt and pepper.

Step 2

Place salmon in skillet (top of salmon turned down). Let sear until golden brown on bottom, about 4 minutes then flip and continue to cook to desired doneness, about 2 - 3 minutes longer.

Step 3

Meanwhile, in a liquid measuring cup whisk together cornstarch with 1 tbsp cream, then mix in enough cream to measure 1/2 cup. Whisk in dijon mustard and honey.

Step 4

Remove salmon from skillet and transfer to a plate, leaving oil in one skillet. Tent salmon with foil.

Step 5

Add garlic to skillet with oil set over medium heat, saute until just barely golden brown, about 20 - 30 seconds. Pour in chicken broth.

Step 6

Bring to a simmer then reduce heat to medium-low and let simmer until reduced by about 2/3, about 3 minutes.

Step 7

Whisk cream mixture once more then pour into skillet. Cook and stir, bringing to a simmer. Let simmer gently, while stirring, for about 30 seconds.

Step 8

Remove from heat stir in dill, return salmon fillets to pan, spoon sauce over salmon. Serve warm.



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