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Simple Pan Seared Salmon in Creamy Dill Sauce {Low Carb & Keto}

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Do you like fish and seafood?

I have to admit, I’m not a huge fan.

But I know that they have some amazing nutritional benefits and so I’ve been trying really hard to add them into my menu rotation on a fairly regular basis.

For instance, just in case you didn’t know, salmon is an excellent source of Omega-3 fatty acids and B vitamins, and is a high quality source of protein.

So I decided to suck it up and make some keto fish and seafood recipes that I really enjoyed.

One thing I know I like, is fish with a crispy skin. So I decided to start there, lol.

This Keto Salmon in Creamy Dill Sauce starts with searing the outside in a frying pan and then finishing it off in the oven.

So you get a beautiful crispy outside, and a lovely not dry fish on the inside.

Pan Seared Keto Salmon in Creamy Dill Sauce

  • 4 boneless salmon filets, about 1 ½ to 2 pounds total
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Fresh dill for garnish

Sauce Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup sour cream
  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon fresh dill, minced
  • 1 teaspoon prepared horseradish (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt

Preheat the oven to 450°F.

To make the creamy dill sauce

Grab a small mixing bowl and toss all the ingredients for the sauce in there.

I know you’re not sure about that horseradish. And you can absolutely leave it out.

But there’s such a small amount that it’s just a very subtle thing. Trust me. It’s better with!

Now you’re just going to whisk together all the ingredients for the sauce. It comes together in just a minute.

Creamy Dill Sauce ingredients in a white bowl with a red whisk and sliced lemons
all ready to mix up

Then you’re going to just cover that amazing sauce and toss it in the fridge until you’re ready to serve.

Cooking the salmon

All right, now we’re gonna work on the salmon.

Get your skillet, add the 2 Tbsp of olive oil and heat that up over medium high.

While that’s heating, you need to season the salmon on both sides with salt and pepper.

seasoned salmon fillets on white plate
seasoned to perfection

And then put the salmon in the hot skillet skin side up.

If you skinless filets, it doesn’t really matter which side is down.

You need to sear the salmon for about two minutes or until it’s golden brown and then very, very, very gently flip the salmon.

It’s really important that you’re very careful with this because salmon like most fish, will come apart easily.

I used tongs to very gentle wiggle the salmon in the pan to be sure it was not sticking, then used a fish spatula to flip it.

So if you don’t have one of these amazing fish spatulas, I suggest you get one!

You can grab one of them here.

Now if you don’t have an oven safe skillet, just use a regular skillet to sear the salmon. Then you will just transfer the fillets to an oven safe baking dish.

So now that you have carefully flipped the salmon fillets with your awesome fish spatula, the skin side is down and they look beautiful.

pan seared salmon in a skillet
isn’t that just beautiful?

Next step is to put the skillet in the preheated oven and you’re going to let the salmon bake for six to 10 minutes or so until the salmon is cooked through.

Now like I said before if you don’t have an oven safe skillet, then just transfer it to a glass dish, but make sure the skin side is down.

The time it takes to cook depends on how thick your filets are.

If you can flake the salmon easily with a fork, it’s done.

Or if you’d rather use a meat thermometer, the internal temperature should be 145°F.

Now all that’s left is to remove the pan from the oven and put those beautiful golden salmon filets on plates.

Go grab your sauce from the fridge and top them with a dollop of the creamy dill sauce.

I like to garnish these guys with fresh dill and serve them with a nice green salad topped with some of my Homemade Keto Ranch Dressing.

This keto salmon recipe also pairs really well with steamed broccoli. If you’re feeling adventurous, give broccolini a try!

More Keto Fish and Seafood Recipes you should try:

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Pan Seared Salmon with Creamy Dill Sauce

This is a great recipe to add to your keto repertoire. On the table in less than 30 minutes, this Pan Seared Salmon with Creamy Dill Sauce is fast enough for weeknight dinner, but fancy enough for date night.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 7 minutes
Cook Time 13 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 468.75kcal
Author The Low Carb Keto Kitchen

Ingredients

Sauce

  • 1/3 cup sour cream
  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon fresh dill minced
  • 1 teaspoon prepared horseradish optional
  • 1 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt

Ingredients

  • 4 boneless salmon filets about 1 ½ to 2 pounds total
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Fresh dill for garnish

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 450°F degrees.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the ingredients for the sauce. Cover and refrigerate until you’re ready to serve the salmon.
  • Heat the olive oil in an oven-safe skillet over medium-high heat.
  • Season the salmon filets on both sides with salt and pepper, then place in the hot skillet skin side up (or just cook on one side if your filets are skinless). Sear for about 2 minutes until golden brown. Be very gentle when flipping the salmon; it can tear easily.
  • TIP: If you do not have an oven-safe skillet, just use a regular skillet and then transfer the salmon filets to a glass baking dish for the oven baking portion of this recipe.
  • Flip the salmon filets in the pan so they are skin side down, then place the skillet in the oven and bake at 450F for 6-10 minutes until the salmon is cooked through (the length of cooking time depends on the thickness of the filets). When the salmon is finished cooking it will be fork-tender and the internal temperature should be 145F on a meat thermometer.
  • Remove the pan from the oven and transfer the salmon filets to plates to serve. Top with the prepared dill cream sauce and garnish with fresh dill.

Notes

Salmon is difficult to flip without tearing. I used tongs to very gentle wiggle the fish in the pan to be sure it was not sticking, then also used a thin spatula when flipping the fish.
These two tools together allowed me to flip it easily without the salmon falling apart. It’s also important to not flip it until it has a nice golden-brown sear.

Nutrition

Serving: 1fillet | Calories: 468.75kcal | Carbohydrates: 1.04g | Protein: 34.35g | Fat: 35.55g | Net Carbs: 1.04g