Salmon with Asparagus in Lemon Garlic Sauce

"I can confirm this salmon with lemon, lots of garlic and asparagus is a true winner. Made in one skillet and ready in just 20 minutes! It’s an easy, flavorful and healthy weeknight dinner. Not to mention, cleaning it up is a real breeze! One skillet = minimal clean up. Pretty impressive, right?! If cooking fish seems intimidating or too over-the-top for a weeknight, worry not. This humble dinner is basically fail proof. Asparagus, a handful of peas and a twist of lemon gives the entire dish a fresh, spring feeling. The pan seared salmon is crispy on the outside, while tender and flakey on the inside, finished with a flavorful garlic sauce. Basically, this dinner has it all. In case you’re craving a delicious meal at the end of a long day, this salmon skillet is a mighty fine option. It’s healthy and incredibly flavorful, a great way to level up your normal salmon routine. Don’t like asparagus? No problem, spinach, broccoli or kale work just fine."
-- @anna_s_table
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Prep time 5mins
Cook time 15mins

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  • 2 skinless salmon fillets
  • 1/4 pound asparagus
  • 2 ounces peas, fresh or frozen
  • 4 garlic, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 7 ounces vegetable stock
  • Sea salt and black pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons chopped dill


  • Step 1

    Pat salmon fillets dry and season with salt and pepper on both sides. Squeeze about 1 teaspoon of lemon juice over each fillet, and rub all the flavor in. Heat the oil in a large non-stick skillet over medium-high heat until hot. Place the salmon fillets flesh side down. Fry, undisturbed, for 3 minutes until gold and crispy. Flip and fry the other side of each fillet for 2 minutes. Remove fillets and set aside.

  • Step 2

    Reduce heat to medium and add butter. Add garlic and cook until softened, about 2 minutes. Add asparagus and peas, cook for 2 minutes. Add lemon juice and zest, and deglaze the pan with vegetable stock, scraping up any brown bits on the pan. Bring to a simmer and let reduce by a half, about 5 minutes. Taste test and season with salt and pepper, add more lemon juice if desired.

  • Step 3

    Transfer salmon fillets back to the pan and cook until warmed through, another 2 minutes. Top with lemon slices and chopped dill. Serve immediately.

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