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Pan Seared Salmon in Lemon Cream Sauce

Perfectly spiced and pan seared salmon in a decadent dairy-free lemon cream sauce. This delicious and healthy recipe comes together in under 30 minutes!
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword clean eating, dairy free, gluten free, keto, low carb, paleo, whole30
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 Servings
Calories 548kcal
Author Sara



  • 2 Tbls Avocado Oil or ghee
  • 4 Salmon Filets
  • 1.5 tsp Sea Salt
  • 1.5 tsp Paprika
  • 1/2 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1/4 tsp Pepper

Lemon Cream Sauce

  • 1 Tbls Ghee
  • 2 Tbls Shallots or yellow onion, finely diced
  • 3 cloves Garlic minced
  • 1 can Coconut Milk full fat (14.5oz)
  • 1/4 cup Chicken Broth
  • 1/4 tsp Pepper Flakes
  • 1 tsp Sea Salt
  • 1 Lemon
  • 2 Tbls Parsley fresh



  • Mix the spices in a small bowl to combine
    Pat the salmon dry with a paper towel and season both sides with spice mixture
    Heat avocado oil of medium high heat in a large cast iron (or non-stick) skillet
    Once the skillet is hot, sear the salmon for 3 minutes a side and remove from the pan

Lemon Cream Sauce

  • Carefully wipe out the pan and turn to medium heat, add in the ghee
    Then add in the shallots and garlic, let saute for 2-3 minutes
    Add in the chicken broth, coconut milk, pepper flakes and sea salt. Bring to a boil and then reduce to a simmer
    Let it simmer until it starts to reduce and thicken up (7-10 minutes)
    Stir in the juice of half a lemon and parsley then taste for salt
    Place the seared salmon filets in the sauce and let simmer for 2 minutes to warm up
    Use the other half of the lemon to cut into wedges to serve with dinner
    Serve over cauliflower rice, white rice, or pasta and enjoy!


Tips for pan searing salmon:

  • Use a cast iron skillet or non-stick skillet
  • Make sure it is nice and hot before adding the salmon
  • Use avocado oil and ghee (they have a higher smoke point)
  • Don't force the fish to flip, it will release a little from the pan when it is ready to flip
  • Use a fish spatula to flip the salmon


Calories: 548kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 37g | Fat: 43g | Saturated Fat: 23g | Cholesterol: 103mg | Sodium: 1600mg | Potassium: 1149mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 698IU | Vitamin C: 20mg | Calcium: 51mg | Iron: 5mg