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Pan-Seared Salmon in a Creamy Lemon Sauce

Salmon fillets are pan-seared to perfection in a tangy lemon garlic sauce. Easy to make, low carb, and ready in just 30 minutes.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Diet Gluten Free
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 417kcal
Author Rena


  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • Kosher salt and ground pepper to taste
  • 4 salmon fillets skin removed
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 2 lemons
  • 1/2 cup mascarpone
  • 2-3 tbsp water to thin
  • 1 tbsp fresh dill minced


  • Zest about ½ of a lemon. Cut the lemons in half and juice 3 of the halves. Slice the remaining half.
  • Heat the oil in an oven-proof skillet over medium-high heat.
  • Add the salmon and sear for 2-3 minutes on each side, or until golden brown. Set aside on a plate.
  • To the same skillet cook the garlic for 30 seconds, over medium heat.
  • Add in the mascarpone together with the lemon zest and juice. Stir in the fresh dill and 2-3 tbsp of water to thin the sauce a bit.
  • Return the salmon back into the pan and top with lemon slices.
  • Cook for 4-6 mins until the salmon is cooked through and flaky and the sauce is bubbly.


  • mascarpone can be substituted with any other creamy cheese of choice
  • Use fresh dill and fresh garlic for the best flavor
  • It is best to use skinless salmon but if your prefer skin on salmon thats fine as well.
Place leftovers in a container and store them in the fridge for up to 3 days. Reheat in the microwave when ready to eat. 
Nutritional facts:
Please keep in mind that the nutritional information is calculated using a nutrition facts calculator. It is a rough estimate and can vary greatly based on the products used.


Serving: 1salmon filet | Calories: 417kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 36g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 122mg | Sodium: 165mg | Potassium: 914mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 481IU | Vitamin C: 29mg | Calcium: 77mg | Iron: 2mg