Sautéed Citrus-Herb Salmon


Herbed Salmon

Especially around swimsuit season, I do most of my cooking with olive oil – sautéing, marinades, dressings, as a dipping for crusty bread, you name it. However, this recipe for salmon sautéed with a little butter, lemon peel and fresh herbs seemed irresistible to me, and at only 294 calories per serving, it left plenty of room for side dishes of roasted potatoes and a spinach tomato salad. Also, it doesn’t hurt that the pretty pink fish provides a full day’s requirement of vitamin D and plenty of heart healthy omega-3 fatty acids. Mmm, fatty acids. Sounds appetizing, no? No, I didn’t think so. But, oh, it is!

The original recipe called for fresh dill, tarragon or lemon thyme, and parsley, but since I haven’t been able to find many herbs in the Austin markets, I just used parsley and a little dried dill. As soon as I start an herb garden of my own, though, I won’t hesitate to decorate and cook up plenty of dishes with whatever sprouts!

If you like the idea of this dish but aren’t a fan of salmon, try this recipe with another thick fish such as cod, halibut or trout. The combination of lemon, butter and herbs is super scrumptious on any fish and will create a tender, flaky filet with a crisp, caramelized coating that will have you rethinking restaurant reservations!

Sautéed Citrus-Herb Salmon

Servings 4


  • 1 lb. skinless salmon fillet cut into 4 portions
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 Tbsp. snipped fresh Italian flat-leaf parsley
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. ground black pepper
  • 2 Tbsp. butter softened
  • Lemon peel and fresh herbs optional


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Rinse fish; pat dry. Shred 1 teaspoon of peel from lemon; set aside. Juice half the lemon and set juice aside. In a small bowl combine lemon peel, snipped herbs, salt, pepper, and butter; stir to combine. Spread evenly on the salmon.
  • Heat a 12-inch nonstick oven-proof skillet over high heat. Add salmon, butter side down. Cook 3 minutes or until golden brown. Turn salmon; pour lemon juice over. Place pan in oven and cook 3 to 7 minutes or until salmon flakes easily with a fork.
  • Transfer to serving plates; drizzle with pan juices. Top with additional shredded lemon peel and snipped fresh herbs.
  • Enjoy!

Join the Conversation

  1. I am always looking for delicious ways to prepare salmon and I just found found a winner!This looks incredible!

  2. I, too, am always looking for new ways to prepare salmon. Thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe.

  3. I love the simplicity of this dish. Beautiful Georgia!

  4. We’ve been trying to eat more fish- doctor’s orders! This looks like a lovely way to prepare salmon. I have a little herb garden right outside my door, so I may try this with some of the other herbs you mentioned as well. :)

  5. Beautiful presentation and healthy all in one dish. Very nice Georgia.

  6. Meals like this are so perfect for the summer! It look absolutely amazing!

  7. This is absolutely beautiful!

  8. This looks so delicious! Do you like your salmon pink in the middle? I always end up being “forced” into cooking it all the way through because none of my family or friends like it pink, but I love it when it’s brown and golden on the outside, with a lovely pink in the middle!

  9. Thanks for your kind comments, everyone!

    Charles – Yes, I do like it a little pink and am glad you do, too! Fully cooked, it just doesn’t have that buttery, melt in your mouth taste! Thanks for stopping by. :)

  10. So simple and perfect! I love light dinners like this on hot summer nights.

  11. Georgia, you cook and present so well! This dish is full of flavours and is unique in its own way. Loved your blog, dear.

  12. When I’m hot I always crave light food – smoothies and dinners that aren’t heavy. This one looks delicious, and it gets fish in my diet to boot!

  13. Nom nom! This looks so yummy, I also love that it’s low in calories, now if I can just find some affordable wild salmon!

  14. Looks like a great summer dish!

  15. Quick to cook and delicious to taste!

  16. Love the calories here, I dont eat enough fish.

  17. This is so lovely and simple. Bookmarked!

  18. This one is right up my alley! Thanks so much for sharing Georgia :)

  19. Yum, yummy, I love salmon and I have not made it in a while :-) maybe a to do dish while in Spain….

  20. I’m glad your watching all our figures this bathing suit season with the recipe!! I love salmon, just made some this past weekend roasted in the oven but I like how yours came out with the crispy exterior.

  21. This salmon looks lovely! Great recipe.

  22. I love salmon and I can just imagine the lovely zing citrus would bring — so good with seafood.

  23. I love the simplicity of this recipe! I love a light meal for summer! Beautiful photo!

  24. What a simple and lovely way to prepare salmon. I personally am not opposed to using a little butter to bring out the best flavors in healthy foods. This recipe is still very healthy!

  25. I’m not a salmon-eater, but my hubs is! Can’t wait to surprise him with this! =)

  26. I must really need to prepare a salmon dish because I am drooling over your photo here. That looks really delicious!

  27. Hi Georgia,
    This salmon sounds amazing. My favorite fish, so I would not change a thing about this recipe. Quick note: do you mean “skin side down” rather than “butter side down”
    Have a great day! xo

  28. Hi Marla – No, the butter mixture is just applied to one side of the salmon, so when it goes into the pan, it should go butter side down.

  29. Beautiful salmon dish…sorry you are not able to find fresh herbs but it looks spectacular!

  30. I love salmon, and this looks and sounds like a delicious way to prepare it. So summery and fresh with a little kick from the lemon juice. Beautiful!

  31. Ooo Georgia this looks absolutely delicious! :)

  32. This looks like the essence of summer! Beautiful and sounds just delish!!

  33. Love this!! And your method is the best way for making salmon–putting the oil/butter directly on the fish, putting the fish in a hot pan and finishing it in the oven. It gets a beautiful sear every time, as your gorgeous picture shows. I can’t wait to try your recipe. Yum!!

  34. I am back in the blogging world and came by to check out what you are up to and oh my!!! everything looks so beautiful… i am jealous! :)

  35. Looks fresh and delish! Try Central Market for fresh herbs…that’s where I get mine…

  36. I love easy simple recipes like this – looks perfect for company too!

  37. This looks like a delicious and easy meal! I love your photo- it reminds me of eating dinner outside on a nice summer evening.

  38. Looks gorgeous – you absolutely cannot go wrong with a beautiful fresh piece of salmon spiked with lemon and fresh herbs. Perfect for any time of year!

  39. Looks awesome! Perfect for a hot summer day.

  40. Georgia, your salmon looks gorgeous (and luminous – beautiful photo!) Lemon and fresh herbs = summer perfection.

  41. I love new recipes for salmon! This one sounds perfect for the summer!

  42. yum! it looks amazing!

  43. Georgia, if you’re looking for fresh herbs in the grocery stores here, Central Market cannot be beat. They have a much larger and wider selection than their sister company, HEB, and the prices are about $1/bushel. I hope you’re loving our little town! I’ve been here for 8 years and I hope I never have to leave.

  44. I really love salmon and this looks so refreshing and easy! I really need to give this one a try. Thank you for sharing your recipe!

  45. This is absolutely delicious!! Made it for dinner tonight…a winner! Thank you!!

  46. Loved it! I used chives and some dill. I was a little concerned the butter would burn but it turned out beautifully. A new favorite that I will be adding to our bi-weekly dinner rotation. Thanks for sharing!

  47. Hi Georgia!! this looks amazing ~ will be linking back today :)

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