Pan-seared Salmon with Hollandaise sauce

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This Recipe includes

Main ingredients:

fish Fresh salmon cutlets
oil Olive oil
lemon Lemon juice
garlic powder Garlic powder
coriander Dried coriander
salt and pepper Salt and pepper

For the sauce:

egg Egg yolks
Pan-seared Salmon with Hollandaise sauce 1 Lemon juice
butter Butter

Why we love it

There is nothing like a lovely piece of salmon to break up the routine of a weeknight meal. And when you don’t have a lot of time but are in the mood for an easy sit-down meal, pan-seared salmon is one quickest (and healthiest) dishes that you can put together.

Most people like pan-searing not just because it is fast, but because it is an easy way to cook fish to preserve its natural moisture, while giving it a nice crust on the outside.

Simply season with herbs and spices, and arrange the salmon fillets in a single layer and cook until the desired level of doneness has been reached.

Cooking salmon in a pan
Cooking salmon in a pan

And to add a little bit of oomph to the dish, why not add a hollandaise sauce on the side. Now, the traditional French hollandaise recipe involves a cooking technique called the bain marie.

In order to get the eggs and butter to emulsify (i.e. to combine) the eggs need to be warm, but not too warm. While it sounds intimidating, it just involves placing your preparation bowl in a bigger dish that contains hot water.

Hollandaise sauce
Hollandaise sauce

The temperature of the water for a bain marie should not exceed 150°F (65°C). The technique involves slowly combining the eggs and the melted butter while the mixing bowl is sitting in the warm water. You can read more about preparing a bain marie for the hollandaise here.

pan-seared salmon in hollandaise sauce

Pan-Seared Salmon with Hollandaise sauce

Nassie Angadi
A pan-seared salmon recipe with French hollandaise sauce that is quick and easy to make.
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Main dishes
Cuisine French
Servings 2
Calories 787 kcal


  • 2-3 pieces of salmon about 1.5 – 2 inches thick
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon of lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon of garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon of dried coriander
  • pinch of salt and pepper to taste

Hollandaise sauce

  • 3 egg yolks
  • 200 g butter
  • 1/2 lemon
  • Pinch of salt and pepper
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper (optional)


For the Salmon

  • In a large mixing bowl, mix the spices, oil, and lemon juice together.
  • Pat dry the salmon filets with paper towel.
  • Add the salmon into the bowl and cover each one generously with the spice mixture.
  • Preheat a skillet to medium temperature.
  • Place the salmon filets flesh side down, pressing them lightly so it cooks evenly for around 4 minutes on each side until crispy and golden.
  • Serve while warm with the hollandaise sauce. 

For the Hollandaise sauce

  • Place the egg yolks in a small bowl, along with 2 tablespoons of cold water.
  • Whisk the mixture well.
  • Melt the butter in the microwave at a low temperature, until it is soft.
  • Prepare the bain marie as follows: Place warm water in a large pan or wok, and place the bowl with the egg mixture into it.
  • Whisk the mixture till frothy.
  • Add the melted butter slowly, whisking actively as you do.
  • Stir in the lemon juice while whisking.
  • Season with salt and pepper (and optional cayenne pepper).
  • Serve warm.


Serving: 1gCalories: 787kcalCarbohydrates: 2gProtein: 40gFat: 68gSaturated Fat: 31gPolyunsaturated Fat: 32gTrans Fat: 2gCholesterol: 353mgSodium: 470mg

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Keyword hollandaise sauce, pan-seared, salmon
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What to serve with it?

You can serve this pan-seared salmon with a side dish like these saucy quenelles or this mushroom and potato gratin.

For an appetizer, you can serve it alongside these creamy scallops gratin or this zucchini flan.


What drinks to serve with it?

This pan-seared salmon with hollandaise sauce will go well with a light white wine such as reisling from Alsace, or a pouilly fuissé from Burgundy. You can read more about French wines here.


How to store it?

Yes, you can prepare this pan-seared salmon in advance, and leave it in the fridge in an airtight glass container. When ready to eat, just put them in the microwave or in the oven to make it warm again.

For the hollandaise sauce, since it contains egg yolks it cannot be frozen as it will develop bacteria. (Some websites will tell you it is possible, but there is a long list of requirements in order to stop it from spoiling and to avoid getting sick.)

Fresh is what will taste best, but you can however prepare the hollandaise sauce a day or so in advance and keep it in the fridge.


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