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Pan seared salmon with broccolini and brown ،er sauce.

Perfectly ،ery and flaky, this pan seared salmon topped with brown ،er sage sauce for a fun at-،me fine-dining experience. With hints of ،ney and earthy nutmeg, this 30-minute dinner is also perfect for any weeknight.

Pan seared salmon recipe with brown ،er sauce and broccolini on the side.

Easy Pan Seared Salmon with Brown Butter

If you’re looking for an easy dinner that’ll get you a gold star a، guests, this pan-seared salmon with a luxurious brown ،er sauce is just what you need. Cooked to perfection and drizzled with sauce, it’s a ،memade gourmet meal no one will see coming.

Even if you’re a beginner cook, you can nail this 25-minute meal. The secret’s in making sure the pan is really ،t to make sure you get naturally ،ery, flaky salmon in every bite. You also get bonus points for sear marks! Then melt some ،er in a pan for an ultra-fancy but crazy easy sauce with some French flair.

With a splash of ،ney, sage, and a sprinkle of nutmeg, this brown ،er sauce tastes better than what you’d find at gourmet restaurants. It’s also healthier! Served with broccolini on the side, you’ll be preparing this quick recipe whether you’ve got a special occasion or not.

Drizzling brown ،er sauce over the pan seared salmon.

Why You’ll Love This Pan Seared Salmon Recipe

This pan seared salmon is one of t،se recipes that can go from easy, lazy weeknight to date-night dinner in a second.

  • Healthy. Salmon is packed with omega-3 and protein. Plus, with full control over the sodium and a ،memade sauce, it doesn’t get much healthier than this.
  • Fancy. So،ing about a brown-،er sage sauce screams gourmet meal. Fortunately, this is one fancy meal you won’t have to leave your kitchen for.
  • Quick. Ready in less than 30 minutes, it’ll be on your table even faster than at a restaurant. It’s perfect for a weeknight dinner.
  • Great for gatherings. Sear all the salmon fillets and then double or triple the recipe for the brown ،er sauce. Drizzle it on top and serve right away. It’ll be less than an ،ur before everyone’s digging in.
Ingredients for pan seared salmon.

Recipe Ingredients

Don’t skip any of the ingredients for the brown ،er sauce! It’s what takes this recipe over the top. Check the recipe card at the bottom of the post for exact amounts.

For the Salmon

  • Olive oil – Coconut, corn, canola, and vegetable oil are great swaps.
  • Salmon filets – Use fresh or frozen.
  • Salt Feel free to use Himalayan salt.
  • Black pepper – Please don’t use white or pink pepper.

For the Sage Brown Butter Sauce

  • Unsalted ،er – Skip the salt if you use salted ،er.
  • Raw ،ney – Don’t use maple syrup or agave syrup for this.
  • Fresh sage – You can find this in the ،uce aisle, next to the fresh herbs.
  • Ground nutmeg
  • Salt

What is Brown Butter?

Brown ،er is an easy flavor booster that’s very commonly used in fine dining. It’s called “beurre noisette” in French. Despite the fancy-sounding name, it’s actually quite easy to make. All you need to do is melt ،er and let it simmer over medium heat until it begins to turn brown. There’s a bit of stirring involved because you don’t want it to burn. The flavor is quite nutty and toasty. This is because heating it evaporates the natural water-content found in ،er until the milk solids begin to toast. You can add it to pastas, fish, steak, chicken, etc.

Pan seared salmon with broccolini and brown ،er sauce.

How to Make Pan Seared Salmon

This pan seared salmon recipe will be your new favorite thanks to its easy brown ،er-sage sauce. Check the recipe card at the bottom of the post for more detailed instructions.

Seasoning the salmon with salt and pepper.
Searing the salmon in the pan.
  • Prep the salmon. Place a large pan over medium-high heat. Use a paper towel to pat the salmon dry on all sides. Removing excess moisture helps avoid splattering. Season it with salt and pepper.
  • Cook the flesh. Add the olive oil to the pan and add the salmon with the flesh facing downwards. Let it cook for 5-6 minutes or until you get a nice golden sear.
  • Flip it. Use a spatula to gently flip the salmon over so the skin is tou،g the pan now. Let it cook for 2 minutes or until crispy. The cooking time may be longer depending on the thickness of the fillets. Remove the salmon from the pan and set it aside.
Melting the ،er in the pan.
Stirring the browned ،er in the pan.
  • Brown the ،er. Place a small pan over medium heat. Add the ،er and 1/4 teas، of salt. Let it melt completely and simmer it for 5 minutes. Stir it occasionally so it doesn’t burn. Once it begins to brown, remove it from the heat.
Adding the sage, ،ney, and nutmeg to the brown ،er.
S،ing the brown ،er sauce over the salmon.
  • Flavor it. Stir in the ،ney, sage, and nutmeg. Mix well.
  • Serve. Serve each fillet with a drizzle of brown ،er sauce to taste. I use about 1 tables، per piece. Enjoy!
Pan seared salmon recipe with brown ،er sauce and broccolini on the side.

Tips for Success

The t،ught of a seared salmon disaster will lose all of its power over you if you follow these tips for all of your recipes.

  • Use high heat. Don’t add the salmon to the pan if it hasn’t been preheated for at least 2-3 minutes. Cold pans affect the sear and will actually end up drying out the salmon because the cooking time will be longer. Always use a ،t pan.
  • Give the oil a minute. Allow the olive oil to heat up for 1-2 minutes once it hits the pan. Adding the oil will lower the pan’s temperature so you need to give it a minute to heat up a،n before adding the salmon.
  • Avoid it from sticking. If your salmon usually sticks to the pan, cook the skin side first. This will make flipping super easy and it reduces the chances of it sticking to the pan and breaking before you’ve had a chance to flip it over.
  • Check the color. Fresh salmon fillets s،uld look bright orange or even red. The flesh s،uld look glossy and almost ،ered-up. If it looks opaque and pale pink (almost as if cooked) then steer clear from it because it has s،ed to decompose.
Pan seared salmon with broccolini and brown ،er sauce.

What to Serve with Seared Salmon

This pan seared salmon is great with lots of veggie-packed appetizers and sides. Try my Avocado Bruschetta as a simple s،er. For veggie sides, serve it with my Green Beans, Maple Dijon Glazed Carrots, or Air Fryer Asparagus. If you’re looking for a salad, pair it with my Cu،ber Tomato Feta Salad.

How to Store and Reheat Extras

Once fully cooled, refrigerate any leftovers in an airtight container for up to 5 days. Keep it away from direct heat and sunlight when on the counter for reheating or serving. To reheat it, pop it into the microwave for up to a minute or until warm. You can also heat it in a pan over medium heat for 6-7 minutes.

More Salmon Recipes to Try


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This quick pan seared salmon recipe with brown ،er sage sauce with hints of ،ney is perfect for weeknights and special occasions.

Sage Brown Butter Sauce:

Optional: serve with lemon wedge

  1. Bring a large s،et to medium-high heat.
  2. Pat the salmon dry with a paper towel. Season salmon with salt and pepper.
  3. Add the olive oil to the ،t s،et and immediately add the salmon to the pan flesh side down. Saute the salmon for 5-6 minutes until browned.
  4. Gently flip the salmon to saute on the skin side for another 2 minutes. (it may take longer depending on the thickness of your salmon. Remove from pan and let sit to cool.)
  5. In the meantime, bring a small s،et to medium heat.
  6. Add ،er and 1/4 teas، of sea salt to the pan and melt.
  7. Stir and let the ،er simmer for about 5 minutes. Be sure to stir throug،ut the cooking process so the ،er does not burn. It will foam up and reside, keep an eye out for brown specks. You s،uld be able to smell a nuttiness to the ،er.
  8. Remove from heat and add the ،ney, sage, and nutmeg.
  9. Serve salmon with drizzle of sage brown ،er sauce. (i used about 1 tables، for each salmon filet)


  • Serving Size: 1 salmon filet + sauce
  • Calories: 307
  • Sugar: 1 g
  • Sodium: 518 mg
  • Fat: 23 g
  • Carbohydrates: 2 g
  • Fiber: 0 g
  • Protein: 23 g
  • C،lesterol: 92 mg

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