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Pan Seared Salmon with Garlic Wine Cream Sauce

Pan seared salmon served over pasta and topped with a garlic wine cream sauce.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian American
Keyword: Pan Seared Salmon with Garlic Wine Cream Sauce
Servings: 6
Calories: 395kcal


  • 2 pounds center cut salmon cut into 5-6 uniform pieces
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • fresh ground pepper
  • kosher or sea salt
  • 3 tablespoons butter at room temperature
  • 2 shallots sliced
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 cup dry white wine
  • 1/2 to 1 cup heavy cream or half and half
  • 1/2 bunch Italian parsley chopped
  • Fresh grated parmesean or pecorino cheese to taste


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Fill pasta pot with water, bring to boil, and salt water.
  • Add pasta to boiling water when you start cooking the salmon.
  • Season both side of salmon with salt and pepper.
  • Heat black steal or cast iron pan to a medium-hot temperature.
  • Add olive oil.
  • Place salmon skin side down in pan.
  • Cook approximately 3 minutes until the bottom half of the salmon is no longer translucent.
  • Add butter to pan and melt.
  • Spoon butter over the top of the salmon for about 30 seconds until the top is slightly cooked.
  • Place pan in oven for 3 minutes.
  • Spoon butter over the top of the salmon a second time and place back in over for another 3 minutes or until salmon is slightly less cooked then desired doneness, about 130 degrees.
  • Remove salmon from pan and loosely tent with foil.
  • Saute shallots in drippings for 2 minutes.
  • Add garlic and continue sauteing 1-2 minutes.
  • Add wine and bring to gentle simmer, reducing slightly.
  • Turn off heat.
  • Add cream or half and half and parsley.
  • Taste sauce and add salt and pepper if needed.
  • Place salmon on a bed of cooked pasta if desired.
  • Top salmon with sauce, a squeeze of lemon, ground black pepper, and fresh grated parmesan.


Calories: 395kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 30g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 125mg | Sodium: 127mg | Potassium: 817mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 525IU | Vitamin C: 1.2mg | Calcium: 42mg | Iron: 1.4mg