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a skillet with creamy lemon salmon

Creamy Lemon Salmon

This creamy lemon salmon recipe is decadent yet easy with very few ingredients and is ready in only 20 minutes! The bright lemon cream sauce is really addictive.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword creamy lemon salmon, lemon salmon recipe
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 437kcal


  • 1 pound fresh salmon cut into 4 pieces
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • Flour for dredging
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth or dry white wine
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 cup heavy/whipping cream
  • Fresh parsley to taste, chopped


  • Cut your salmon into 4 pieces. Sprinkle it with the garlic powder and season with salt & pepper. Dredge each piece in flour on all sides.
  • Add the olive oil and butter to a skillet over medium-high heat. When it's hot, add the fish. Cook it for 3-4 minutes/side or until it's nicely browned. Be careful not to overcook - the salmon shouldn't be cooked fully yet. Remove salmon to a plate and set aside.
  • Add the chicken broth, lemon juice, Italian seasoning, and Dijon mustard to the pan. Stir until mustard has dissolved, and let it bubble for a minute or two.
  • Add the cream to the pan, along with the salmon. Let it cook for a few more minutes until the sauce has thickened a bit and the fish has cooked through.
  • Sprinkle with fresh parsley before serving. Serve immediately. 


  • I don't recommend subbing the heavy cream with half-and-half or milk because then the sauce is likely to break because of the citrus juice, and the sauce won't thicken up as well.
  • See blog post for tips on cooking the fish.
  • Nutritional information is provided as a courtesy only and should be construed as an estimate rather than a guarantee. Ingredients can vary and Salt & Lavender makes no guarantees to the accuracy of this information.


Calories: 437kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 35g | Saturated Fat: 17g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 11g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 138mg | Sodium: 212mg | Potassium: 632mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 1011IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 59mg | Iron: 1mg