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Crispy Skillet Salmon with Lemon Caper Dill Sauce

Crispy Skillet Salmon with Lemon Caper Dill Sauce is a fresh and flavorful dinner recipe that covers all the flavor bases! This easy meal takes less than 30 minutes to prepare.

Oh hey, saucy McDreamyton!

Crispy salmon is a staple in my life…I make it at least once a week, but often 2 to 3 times a week. It is, in a word: bangarang.

Recently, I’ve been changing up my crispy salmon by adding fresh and funky sauces. I love a good creamy sauce, but I keep it dairy-free using coconut milk. Adding lemon zest and juice and capers to a creamy sauce yields a marvelous tang to spruce up the meal.

Aside from the fact that this meal is crazy tasty and super quick and easy to make, the best part about it is it only requires a few basic ingredients. You may already have all of them on hand! 

This is a great meal to prepare during the week when you’re wanting something fresh, filling and nourishing but don’t want to spend a huge amount of time slaving over the stove.

In addition, it is…

Recipe Highlights:

  • Paleo
  • Whole30
  • Keto
  • Low-Carb
  • Gluten-Free
  • Dairy-Free
  • Bangin’ flavorful
  • Crispy yet creamy and mouth-watering

Let’s make it and put it on repeat, shall we?

How to Make Crispy Salmon in a Skillet:

Use a paper towel to pat dry the salmon filets. Season with sea salt, dill, and paprika.

Heat the avocado oil in a large cast iron or non-stick skillet over medium-high heat until hot. Place salmon filets flesh side down, pressing them lightly so the entire surface of the flesh comes into contact with the pan. Sear, undisturbed, for 3-4 minutes until crispy and golden.

Flip salmon and sear on the other side for 2 to 3 minutes.

Flip the salmon again and cook another 1 to 2 minutes.

Add the remaining ingredients to the skillet (coconut milk, lemon zest and juice, capers, and dill. Cook until salmon reaches desired done-ness and sauce thickens, about 3 to 4 minutes. Taste the sauce for flavor and add sea salt and/or more lemon juice to taste.

Serve this salmon with lemon caper dill sauce with your favorite side dishes and enjoy!

Recipe Adaptations:

  • If you prefer broiling the salmon, broil it in the oven under high heat for 12 to 15 minutes and prepare the sauce in a saucepan on the stovetop.
  • Use fresh dill rather than dried dill if that’s your preference
  • Toss in some sun-dried tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, artichoke hearts, olives, you name it!
  • Slather it up with pesto sauce.
  • Add any of your favorite herbs. 
  • You can finely chop vegetables, such as carrots, zucchini, cauliflower, and/or broccoli and add it in when you add the sauce ingredients.

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Crispy Salmon in creamy lemon dill caper sauce - dairy-free, Whole30, Keto, paleo, healthy dinner recipe!

Crispy Skillet Salmon with Creamy Lemon Caper Sauce

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

A whole30 paleo dinner recipe of salmon with a creamy dairy-free sauce

Ingredients

For the Salmon:

For the Creamy Lemon Dill Sauce:

Instructions

  1. Use a paper towel to pat dry the salmon filets. Season with sea salt, dill, and paprika.
  2. Heat the avocado oil in a large cast iron or non-stick skillet over medium-high heat until hot. Place salmon fillets flesh side down, pressing them lightly so the entire surface of the flesh comes into contact with the pan. Sear, undisturbed, for 3-4 minutes until crispy and golden.
  3. Flip salmon and sear on the other side for 2 to 3 minutes. Flip the salmon again and cook another 1 to 2 minutes.
  4. Add the remaining ingredients to the skillet (coconut milk, lemon zest and juice, capers and dill. Cook until salmon reaches desired done-ness and sauce thickens, about 3 to 4 minutes. Taste the sauce for flavor and add sea salt and/or more lemon juice to taste.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1 grams
Amount Per Serving: Unsaturated Fat: 0g

Crispy Salmon in creamy lemon dill caper sauce - dairy-free, Whole30, Keto, paleo, healthy dinner recipe!

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Kara

Wednesday 30th of December 2020

I never actually find the time to comment on recipes I make, but this is the BEST salmon I've ever had. It was better than most I've had at restaurants. My husband liked it as well. The sauce was amazing and I can't wait to make it again!

Julia

Wednesday 30th of December 2020

That's so great to hear, Kara! I'm happy you enjoy it! It's one of my favorites too :D xoxoxo

Jen Gerasimas

Thursday 12th of November 2020

I’ve had the recipe saved for a while and I finally made it the other night. Super tasty! The family loved it and even better was it was so easy to make! Thank you!

Julia

Friday 13th of November 2020

I'm so happy you were able to get to it! Thrilled you and your family enjoy it. Thanks for letting me know, Jen! xoxo

Havilah

Thursday 6th of August 2020

This was so delicious! So easy to whip up too. I’ll definitely be making this again. Might try the same sauce with chicken as well (the sauce was to die for. I was literally licking it off my plate! TMI? Haha)

My salmon ended up a little on the dry side so I’ll have to watch that next time but the sauce made up for it!

Julia

Friday 7th of August 2020

YAAAAAS! I'm so happy to hear it...I've been known to lick the plate the majority of the time, lol. Bummer about the salmon! Did you use sockeye? Or a frozen salmon? Or did you use fresh Atlantic salmon? Just curious so I know if I need to re-test the recipe :D xoxox

Kimberly

Tuesday 18th of February 2020

I finally made this dish. so easy, so quick and so delish!

Julia

Thursday 20th of February 2020

I'm so happy you liked it, Kimberly! Thanks for the sweet note! xoxo

Nancy

Monday 10th of February 2020

We LOVED this!! I steamed some broccoli and served beside the salmon, pouring the sauce over both.

Julia

Wednesday 12th of February 2020

OOOh I love it! Next time I make the recipe, I'll be sure to employ your broccoli-sauce trick! Thanks for the sweet note! xo

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