Pan Seared Salmon with Creamy Dijon Sauce

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Pan Seared Salmon drizzled with a Creamy Dijon Sauce – this easy flavorful dinner will impress and takes just 30 minutes. Pan seared salmon is delicious on it’s own but topped with this dairy free creamy dijon sauce totally takes it up a notch.

Some of my favorite Salmon recipes are Honey Mustard Baked Salmon and Paleo Baked Salmon with Avocado Salsa I love to pair them with asparagus and sweet potatoes.

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Healthy Pan Seared Salmon Recipe

Our family is obsessed with Salmon. We have it for dinner at least once a week. It’s a great source of protein filled with “good fats” and Omega 3’s. And if you can get the perfect flaky fish every time it’s a game changer!

Normally, I like to bake salmon because it’s a fool proof way to ensure the perfect consist doneness. However, when you bake fish you just can’t get that same crunchy sear on the outside of the fish. Sure the fish is flaky, but for me there is just something about that sear. When you Pan Sear Salmon, as soon as the salmon hits the hot pan the proteins seize up to the heat and create this “wall.” That wall later turns into a lightly browned seared wall of deliciousness. So instead of your fork cutting through soft flaky fish, it’s a wall of seasoned goodness then the flaky fish.

Are you drooling yet? Just wait till I get to the sauce. Because OMGeee!

pan seared salmon drizzled with creamy dijon sauce on a plate

Ingredients you’ll need for this Recipe:

  • Salmon Filets
  • Avocado Oil
  • Dry Basil & Oregano
  • Garlic Powder & Fresh Garlic
  • White Cooking Wine
  • Low Sodium Chicken Broth
  • Full Fat Coconut Milk
  • Dijon Mustard & Stone Ground Mustard
  • Lemon Juice
  • Fresh Thyme

How to cook Pan Seared Salmon?

  1. To a small bowl add dry basil, dry oregano, garlic powder and salt. Using a spoon stir to mix and season the flesh side of the salmon filets.
  2. Heat a large skillet to medium high heat and add avocado oil. Add salmon into the pan flesh side down first. Cook for 5 minutes and gently flip. Cook salmon on the skin side for 4 minutes.
  3. Remove the salmon from the pan and let rest.

pan seared salmon drizzled with creamy dijon sauce on a plate

process photos of how to make pan seared salmon

How to make a Creamy Dijon Sauce (dairy free)?

In my opinion, if you’ve got a delicious protein you’re golden. But if you have an out of this world sauce, life is divine. This (dairy free) Creamy Dijon Sauce is just that, divine. Made with coconut milk, lemon juice, cooking wine, lots of garlic and mustard – it brightens up the fish perfectly but would also be great over pasta, vegetables, steak or chicken.

  1. To a small sauce pan, add chicken broth and white cooking wine. Bring to a simmer.
  2. Add in garlic cloves and saute for 30 minutes.
  3. Next add in coconut milk, dijon mustard, stone ground mustard and lemon juice. Whisk to combine everything and let simmer for 5 minutes.
  4. Then add fresh thyme and salt to taste, let simmer for 1 minute.
  5. Serve creamy mustard sauce over the salmon.

pan seared salmon on a plate with asparagus

The acid and coconut milk in the dijon sauce cuts through the natural fattiness of salmon and really makes this dish shine. Honestly, I could straight up put this sauce on anything. In fact, the night that I made this my husband was working late so I invited friends over to the house to swim and eat and the kids were putting this sauce on their vegetables.

This Pan Seared Salmon is a quick healthy meal that takes 30 minutes to make but definitely is a show stopper. It looks fancy than it is, trust me!

Bon Appetit friends!

What to serve with Pan Seared Salmon?

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Pan Seared Salmon with Creamy Dijon Sauce

  • Author: Krista
  • Prep Time: 5 min
  • Cook Time: 20 min
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 6 1x
  • Category: Seafood, Gluten Free, Keto, Low Carb, 30 Minute Meal
  • Method: Stove
  • Cuisine: American

Description

Pan Seared Salmon drizzled with a Creamy Dijon Sauce – this easy flavorful dinner will impress and takes just 30 minutes. 


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Ingredients

Pan Seared Salmon:

  • (6) 4 oz. salmon filets
  • 1 teaspoon dry basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon dry oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon avocado oil

Creamy Dijon Sauce:

  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tablespoons white cooking wine
  • 1/4 cup low sodium chicken broth
  • 1 cup full fat coconut milk (from a can)
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon stone ground mustard
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme
  • salt & pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. To a small bowl add dry basil, dry oregano, garlic powder and salt. Using a spoon stir to mix and season the flesh side of the salmon filets.
  2. Heat a large skillet to medium high heat and add avocado oil. Add salmon into the pan flesh side down first. Cook for 5 minutes and gently flip. Cook salmon on the skin side for 4 minutes.
  3. Remove the salmon from the pan and let rest.
  4. Immediately add in chicken broth and white cooking wine. Using a wooden spoon, scrap the bites off the bottom of the pan to deglaze.
  5. Add in garlic cloves and saute for 30 minutes.
  6. Next add in coconut milk, dijon mustard, stone ground mustard and lemon juice. Whisk to combine everything and let simmer for 5 minutes.
  7. Then add fresh thyme and salt to taste, let simmer for 1 minute.
  8. Serve creamy mustard sauce over the salmon.


Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 salmon filet + sauce
  • Calories: 341
  • Sugar: 1 g
  • Sodium: 231 mg
  • Fat: 22 g
  • Saturated Fat: 6 g
  • Carbohydrates: 5 g
  • Fiber: 1 g
  • Protein: 27 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

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