Lemony-Garlic Pan-Seared Salmon


 Discover a rapid culinary delight that captures the essence of the sea: salmon fillets, seared to perfection, kissed with a zesty lemon-garlic glaze. This dish, ready in a mere 15 minutes, promises a burst of flavors that transport you straight to a sunlit coastal cafe.

Photo of a plate showcasing a golden pan-seared salmon fillet, glistening with the lemony-garlic glaze, garnished with fresh parsley, set against a coastal-themed backdrop.

Precise Preparation and Cooking Time

  • Preparation Time: 5 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 10 minutes

Number of Servings and Ideal Serving Size

  • Yields: 4 servings
  • Ideal Serving Size: 1 salmon fillet with a drizzle of the lemony-garlic sauce

Essential Nutritional Information

  • Calories: 295 kcal per serving
  • Proteins: 34g
  • Fats: 15g
  • Carbohydrates: 3g
  • Sodium: 370mg
  • Fiber: 0g

Ingredients (Measured in Grams)

  • Salmon fillets: 4 pieces (approx. 150 grams each)
  • Fresh lemon juice: 60ml (from 2 lemons)
  • Garlic (minced): 20 grams
  • Olive oil: 30ml
  • Salt: 5 grams
  • Freshly ground black pepper: 3 grams
  • Fresh parsley (chopped): 15 grams for garnish
Photo of a skillet on a stove, with the salmon fillets being seared, bubbles of the zesty lemon-garlic sauce surrounding them, evoking warmth and aroma.

Detailed Method of Preparation

  1. Season the salmon fillets with salt and pepper on both sides.
  2. In a skillet, heat olive oil over medium-high heat. Place the salmon fillets skin-side down and sear for 4-5 minutes.
  3. Flip the fillets and cook for an additional 3-4 minutes until golden and cooked through.
  4. Reduce the heat, add minced garlic to the skillet, and sauté briefly until aromatic.
  5. Drizzle the fresh lemon juice over the salmon fillets, letting them simmer in the zesty sauce for a minute.
  6. Garnish with fresh parsley before serving.

Proven Tips for Culinary Success

  • Zesting the lemon and adding it to the sauce can enhance the citrusy notes.
  • Pairing the dish with a side of asparagus or green beans can complement the salmon's flavors.

Anticipated FAQs

  • Can I use lime instead of lemon? Yes, but it will provide a slightly different tangy flavor.
  • How do I know the salmon is fully cooked? The flesh should flake easily with a fork and have an opaque appearance.