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Pan-Seared Salmon with Creamy Avocado Sauce

  • Author: Shawn Williams
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 20 mins
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Cuisine: American


Simple pan-seared salmon topped with a creamy avocado and basil sauce.


  • 4 6-8 ounce salmon filets, skin removed
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Fresh minced basil, for garnish
  • Lemon wedges, for serving

Creamy avocado sauce

  • 1 ripe avocado, halved, seeded, and peeled
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil leaves
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 lemon, juice squeezed (or lime juice)
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup light cream or half & half
  • salt and pepper, to taste


  1. Combine creamy avocado sauce ingredients in a blender, blend until smooth and creamy, and set aside. If the sauce is too thick you can add a pinch of water or extra lemon juice.
  2. Season salmon filets with salt and pepper on both sides. Heat oil over medium-high heat in a nonstick pan or skillet. Once the oil is hot, add salmon filets and sear for 3-4 minutes per side for medium rare and 4-5 minutes per side for medium.
  3. Transfer salmon filets to a plate and top with creamy avocado sauce. Sprinkle with fresh basil and serve immediately with a lemon wedge.


For best results, salmon should be cooked to around 125°F to 135°F for best results. Cooking salmon to 145°F and above will start to dry the fish out. A digital thermometer should be used in the thickest part of the fish. Note, the fish will continue to cook after it’s been removed from the heat.

Creamy avocado sauce can also be made with lime juice.


  • Serving Size: 1 piece
  • Calories: 530
  • Sugar: 0.6g
  • Sodium: 131mg
  • Fat: 29.7g
  • Saturated Fat: 6g
  • Carbohydrates: 6.2g
  • Fiber: 3.8g
  • Protein: 56.4g
  • Cholesterol: 158mg

Keywords: pan seared salmon, salmon recipes, sauce for salmon


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