This one-pan creamy salmon is as simple as it is satisfying. An ultra creamy mascarpone sauce made with copious amounts of garlic, sun-dried tomatoes and roasted bell peppers, coupled with pan-seared salmon and jazzed up with parmesan, lemon and basil. It’s tasty, especially with a sprinkle of almonds and chives on top. Super easy, yet seriously delicious. Best served with some type of crusty bread, because that sauce is to die for.
The sauce is full of wonderful flavors and the salmon is perfectly tender and flaky. The whole dish is anything but boring thanks to the mix of textures you’ll get in every bite. It’s perfect as an easy weeknight meal, but special enough for a dinner date.
The best part is that the whole dish comes together in about 20 minutes from start to finish and only one pan is needed. First we sear the salmon until crisp, make the sauce, then nestle the fillets back into the skillet and simmer briefly just until the flavors melt together. The result is mouthwatering.
Let me guide you through the recipe with this step-by-step VIDEO.
- you can also use white fish for this recipe. Just adjust the frying time, depending on the thickness of the fish. Some other fish you can substitute with are pollack, hake, halibut or cod
- add broccoli or spinach
- serve with any of your favorite veggies or a simple side salad
- over pasta, zoodles, rice, orzo or with some crusty bread
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Calories Per Serving: 590 kcal
Pan Seared Salmon in Garlic Mascarpone Sauce
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Calories Per Serving: 590 kcal
Wow! Wow! Wow! This is restaurant worthy. I doubled the sauce and you’ll want to do the same. I’d eat my arm if it had this sauce on it. I used heavy cream, I added fresh spinach in with the tomatoes and peppers, topped it with a sprinkling of slivered almonds. Served with crusty bread. We couldn’t stop eating it. We literally stood at the stove and kept dunking pieces of bread in it. This would be amazing with grilled steak or chicken, any other white fish or shrimp. Oh! And crumbled bacon! Bravo!
Yay! Love hearing that, Kells. So glad this recipe is a hit, thanks for the comment!
We must’ve done something wrong. Our sauce became very oily and when we put the salmon back in, it took forever to cook. The longer we let it cook, the worse the sauce got. Ended up scrapping it. Any advice? The sauce tasted great until it became oily mush. We’d love to try this again.
Hi Anna, thank you so much for your feedback. Next time, you can try to completely drain the sun-dried tomatoes, so that there’s no oil left. Also, bring the mascarpone to room temperature. Generally, you warm up the cream, then if the mascarpone you added is cold, the fats in the cheese will solidify, causing it to appear curdled. The best way to avoid this is to make sure everything is at room temperature, and make sure to add the mascarpone very slowly.
I adjusted the recipe, let me know how it goes. Happy cooking, Anna
This was so luxurious and delicious! Would also be amazing with grilled chicken breast. I served this with a side of penne to soak up the sauce! It was to die for. I only used 2 Tbsp of olive oil and I used sun dried tomatoes that were not packed in oil. I just moistened them in boiling water for a couple of minutes before adding. This dish was perfection!
Hi Judy, I am so happy to hear that you enjoyed this recipe! Thanks so much for making it!