Crispy-Skin Salmon with Lemon Garlic Sauce
- 2 skin-on salmon fillets
- coarse sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
- ¼ cup chopped fresh parsley
- 1 small lemon, juiced
- 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 tablespoon ghee
- Heat a skillet over medium-high heat. Season salmon fillets with salt and pepper.
- Mix parsley, lemon juice, olive oil, and garlic together in a small bowl.
- Melt ghee in hot skillet. Gently lie salmon fillets in the hot ghee, skin-side down; sear until the skin is golden brown, 3 to 4 minutes. Turn fillets and cook until flesh firms, about 2 minutes more. Remove skillet from heat and drizzle lemon-garlic mixture over the fillets before plating.
Ghee is readily available at many grocery stores, but you can also make your own: melt 1/2 cup butter in a small pan and skim off and discard the milky whey from the top. Refrigerate remaining clarified butter. Ghee has a higher smoke point than butter, making it a great cooking fat for all types of dishes. For another delicious salmon option made popular at Red Lobster (but easy at home), try our Salmon New Orleans.
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What others are saying
Jeremy Hughes says:
Easy recipe! I usually bake my salmon, but this pan-fried version is just as easy. I had it with cauliflower rice and sautéed spinach. Perfect dinner for two.
Sarah Gray says:
I used regular butter for this recipe and pan-fried the fish in my cast iron until I got extra crispy skin. It was really good, especially the lemon garlic sauce. I used three cloves garlic instead of two. Yum.
Sheila Long says:
I made these minus the salmon skin, I prefer mine without it. I also made my own ghee and now I'm obsessed with making it myself!
Katie Hason says:
I love this crispy skin salmon, it's perfect and adds so much flavor to the dish! The lemon garlicky flavors are superb! This is one of my favorite recipes.
Aja A says:
Easy to prepare dish that I pair alongside a basic salad or just a quick lemon-dill yogurt sauce with. You will definitely want to get the salmon skin as crispy as possible to make it a palatable as possible.