This quick Pan Seared Salmon with Garlic Butter Sauce is a weekly dinner staple! Grab the recipe and check out my cooking tip for working with seafood.
When I was in elementary school there was a neighbor boy who used to pick on me because I was always happy and laughing. He told me that I better be careful, because all my laughing and giggling was going to cause wrinkles on my face.
Of course I just giggled some more and told him that I hoped that I had a face full of wrinkles when I was old…. to show that I lived a great, fulfilled life, full of love and laughter… wise words that my Grandmother once shared with me.
As for my other Grandparents, I see the hands of entrepreneurs; who spent years building their own business from the ground up, all while raising kids and who still, to this day, work 1-2 days a week.
Even though, you would think that at my current stage of life, I would be afraid of wrinkles, as they have started to creep in under my eyes and on the back of my hands, I am not. I know that they are proof that I am living life!!
I know that because of the career path I chose, my hands will definitely show wear with age and I am ok with that. Working in the food and beverage industry my whole life, I wash my hands a lot! It is all part of the job and of course I love cooking and baking so much that I wouldn’t change it for anything.
Working in the kitchen all day is not only my passion, it is my job. Not only do I want clean hands when I start cooking and handling food, I need to make sure I get my hands clean after the job is done!In fact, the number one question I get from my students when I teach cooking classes, is how to get the smell of garlic, onion or seafood off their hands. Many are shocked when I tell them to simply squeeze lemon juice on their hands or rub their hands on a stainless steel faucet and then wash thoroughly with warm water and a good hand soap! Instantly, no matter how much garlic or fish I have prepped that day, my hands smell fresh and clean!
Today’s Pan Seared Salmon with Garlic Butter Sauce recipe is one that tastes delicious (seriously just looking at these photos has me craving it right now), can be ready in under 30 minutes, yet it is definitely one you don’t want to be smelling on your hands two hours later! LOL!
- 4 (6 to 8-ounce) salmon fillets
- ½ teaspoon each sea salt and black pepper
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- ¼ cup butter
- 5 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 small shallot, minced
- 2/3 cup white wine/fish or chicken stock
- 2 lemons, juiced and zested
- 2 tablespoons fresh sage, finely chopped
Using a paper towel, pat salmon dry and season both sides with salt and black pepper.
Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add oil and 1 tablespoon butter to pan and swirl to coat. Add seasoned salmon, skin side down, to hot skillet. Cook for 5-6 minutes or until browned and skin becomes loosened from pan. Using a large slotted spatula, flip salmon and cook for an additional 3-4 minutes or until salmon is opaque throughout but still slightly pink in the center. Using a slotted spatula, transfer the fish to a plate and cover loosely with aluminum foil.
Add the remaining butter to the hot skillet. Once butter is melted, add the shallots and garlic to the pan and cook, stirring often, until fragrant, about 1-2 minutes. Stir in the wine/stock, lemon juice and mustard. Simmer for 2-3 minutes or until sauce is slightly thickened. Stir in sage and cook for additional 30 seconds. Pour warm sauce over salmon and serve immediately with additional fresh sage or lemon wedges.
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