Easy Pan Fried Salmon with Lemon Dill Butter

Super Easy Pan Fried Salmon with Lemon Dill Butter. Takes 20 minutes to make and only requires 5 ingredients!

Easy Pan Fried Salmon with Lemon Dill Butter

I am always looking for quick dinners than I can throw together in minutes. This Pan Seared Salmon is one of them. Buttery, flakey with a hint of lemon and dill. The salmon turns out tender on the inside and super crispy on the outside.

All you need for this recipe is 20 minutes and 5 ingredients.

Easy Pan Fried Salmon with Lemon Dill Butter

I’ve showed you guys my method for baking salmon and now I am going to walk you through pan frying.

Searing the salmon in a hot pan keeps the salmon crispy on the outside and moist on the inside. The high heat and quick cooking helps to seal in the moisture.

Easy Pan Fried Salmon with Lemon Dill Butter

A couple tips for cooking perfect salmon every time:

  • Make sure to pat down the salmon before searing.
  • Leave the skin on the salmon during cooking. This helps the salmon stay together and not fall apart when flipping.
  • Don’t try to flip the salmon if it is sticking. Give it a minute or two and it should release from the pan on its on.

Easy Pan Fried Salmon with Lemon Dill Butter

5 ingredients + 20 minutes to make = The perfect weeknight dinner. Serve this salmon with rice and a veggie to make it a meal.

Easy Pan Fried Salmon with Lemon Dill Butter

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Easy Pan Fried Salmon with Lemon Dill Butter

4.34 from 3 votes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4
Super Easy Pan Fried Salmon with Lemon Dill Butter. Takes 20 minutes to make and only requires 5 ingredients!


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • salt and pepper
  • 4 salmon filets skin on
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh dill
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice


  1. Add oil to a large skillet over medium high heat.
  2. Season salmon with salt and pepper.
  3. Once hot add in salmon skin side down. (I typically do 2 at a time so I do not overcrowd the pan).
  4. Cook salmon for 5-7 minutes on skin side (depending on size).
  5. Very carefully flip salmon. If the skin is sticking to the pan give it more time to cook. It should release easily from the pan. Cook for 1-3 minutes on this side until the salmon looks opaque.
  6. Meanwhile in a small saucepan melt butter, dill and lemon juice. Brush the butter mixture onto the cooked salmon.
  7. Serve immediately with lemon and dill for garnish.

Recipe Notes

Original recipe from chefsavvy.com. Please do not publish my recipe or pictures without linking back to the original post. Thank you!



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  • My husband and I usually eat salmon a few times and week so to say we love it is a bit of an understatement. With this said, this preparation sounds absolutely perfect! Quick, easy and delicious- yum!

  • We love cooking salmon with dill, the flavors always work so well together! Definitely going to pair this with some broccoli or asparagus soon.

  • What a wonderful quick and easy dinner. I love salmon with a lemon dill sauce. And I love that you pan fry your salmon first to give it the crispy exterior. I will definitely be trying this recipe this week for a healthy, delicious dinner. Gorgeous, Kelley!

  • Mmmm, salmon is my most favorite fish! It’s at a close first with mahi and grouper. But salmon always takes the win! This pan fried salmon looks incredible, Kelley! LOVE! And great tip for leaving the skin on while cooking. We always do that and it makes for much easier cooking (and I think the salmon turns out more falvorful, too!)

  • I just realized I love cooked salmon (before now, I’ve only tried it when out for sushi!)! I love how this sounds – this looks like a good easy to follow recipe to try it out soon!