Lemon Herb Seared Salmon

Lemon Herb Seared Salmon takes fresh salmon filets to a whole new level. Seared to golden brown perfection, the salmon is then basted with melted butter, vibrant fresh herbs and lemon slices. The result is a bright, full-flavored salmon dish ready to eat.

What Type of Salmon to Use

Nowadays, there are many different kinds of salmon to choose from when you’re at the grocery store. My highest recommendation: always go for the wild caught!! I know it is usually a little bit more pricey than the farm-raised, but, trust me, it is SO worth it. The flavor and quality is out of this world. 

Sockeye, King or Soho salmon can be used for this recipe. When selecting filets, I always ask for the center-cut filets as they are usually the thickest and most even in size, they’re usually cut into about 4-5 oz portions. 

If you’re in Lincoln, NE, head over to The Mercato for some of the BEST salmon to purchase in town! We seriously can’t get enough of it. 

Recipe Ingredients Needed

As always, I like to keep the ingredient list simple, yet delicious. Here’s what you will need to bring this recipe to life in your own kitchen:

  • Salmon
  • Salt and pepper
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Butter
  • Fresh parsley
  • Lemon

Cooking Methods

As the recipe title states: Lemon Herb Seared Salmon – the salmon is seared on the stovetop. 

Searing the salmon is preferred as you are able to baste it with the butter, herbs and lemon. But, there are other options as well if desired. Let’s dive into them quick:

  • Seared/Stovetop – the preferred method for this particular recipe as it can easily be basted with the lemon, herbs and butter.
  • Oven – if cooking in the oven (a whole filet can be used this way), the cooking process will need to be adjusted a bit. Rub the filet down with the oil, salt and pepper and bake on a lined baking sheet at 400 degrees for about 5 minutes. Mix together the melted butter and parsley, baste the filet with it and then arrange the lemon slices over the top. Continue cooking until the filet is cooked through. 
  • Grill – essentially the same guidelines as if it was being cooked in the oven. An indirect heat is advised as salmon can burn easily on the grill. Wrap the filet(s) in foil with the lemon slices and herb butter and let them do their thing on the grill until done!

No matter what occasion you are serving this Lemon Herb Seared Salmon for, it goes perfectly alongside my Peas and Pancetta and Super Simple Garlic Bread! Talk about the perfect meal!


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Lemon Herb Seared Salmon

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  • Author: KJ & Company - Kate Poskochil
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x


Lemon Herb Seared Salmon takes fresh salmon filets to a whole new level. Seared to golden brown perfection, the salmon is then basted with melted butter, vibrant fresh herbs and lemon slices. The result is a bright, full-flavored salmon dish ready to eat.


  • 4 salmon filets, about 45oz each
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 lemon, sliced into 1/4 inch rings


  1. Heat the olive oil over medium heat in a large skillet. Gently dab the filets dry with a paper towel before evenly seasoning both sides with salt and pepper. Place the filets down into the skillet (presentation/top side first) and allow to sear for about 3-5 minutes, or until a good, golden brown crust has formed.
  2. Flip the filets over and allow to cook on the other side for the same amount of time. Reduce the heat to low and add in the butter, parsley and lemon slices. Tilt the pan so that all the melted butter runs to one side and use a spoon to baste the filets with the herby, melted butter until the salmon is cooked through.
  3. Serve garnished with additional lemon slices and fresh parsley if desired. Enjoy!


  • To make on the grill, wrap the seasoned filets in foil with a tablespoon of butter, a couple lemon slices and a couple teaspoons of chopped parsley in each packet. Grill with in-direct heat until cooked through.
  • Nutritional information for this recipe is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Category: Dinner


  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 393
  • Sugar: 0.4g
  • Fat: 24.8g
  • Carbohydrates: 1.6g
  • Fiber: 0.5g
  • Protein: 39.6g

Keywords: Lemon Herb Seared Salmon

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