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Overhead close-up of 3 salmon fillets in a silver saucepan with a creamy sauce.

Pan-Seared Salmon with Creamy Red Pepper Parmesan Sauce

Tender and flaky pan-seared salmon with a creamy, rich, and decadent roasted red pepper sauce that's guaranteed to please everyone in your house.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword family favorite, one-pan meal, seafood recipe
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 550kcal


  • Large skillet
  • Plate
  • Medium bowl


  • 4 salmon fillets approximately 6 ounces each
  • 1 tablespoon avocado oil
  • seasoning salt or Redfish Magic seasoning, see Notes
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 cup roasted red peppers chopped
  • 1 cup heavy cream at or close to room temperature
  • cup freshly grated parmesan at room temperature

Optional Garnishes

  • additional freshly grated parmesan
  • chopped fresh parsley or chives


  • Liberally season both sides of each salmon fillet with seasoning blend (see Notes).
  • Add avocado oil to large skillet and warm over medium-high heat. Once oil is hot, place salmon fillets in skillet with skin-side down. Sear 4 minutes or until skin is golden and crisp.
  • Flip fillets and cook skin-side up for 2 to 4 minutes or until desired doneness is reached. Transfer fillets to plate and return skillet to stove.
  • Reduce heat to medium-low and pour 1 cup chicken broth into skillet. Deglaze pan, scraping up any browned bits that may be stuck to bottom. Simmer until liquid is reduced by 50%, then pour remaining liquid into medium bowl.
  • Return skillet to stove and increase heat to medium. Melt butter in skillet, then add minced garlic and sauté 30 to 60 seconds or until just fragrant.
  • Add in chopped roasted red peppers, fresh lemon juice, and heavy cream. Return reduced chicken broth to skillet and stir well. Bring liquid to boil and reduce until slightly thickened, approximately 3 minutes.
  • Remove skillet from heat and stir in freshly grated parmesan until cheese is fully incorporated. Return salmon fillets to skillet and spoon plenty of sauce over tops, then serve immediately with desired sides.


  • Seasoning Blend: Redfish Magic seasoning with a little salt is our favorite, but you can use a simple salt & pepper mixture if you prefer it. Just be sure to adjust the salt you add depending on how much salt is already in your seasoning blend.
  • Make it Dairy Free: Use coconut cream instead of heavy cream, a vegan butter or a neutral oil, and vegan parmesan.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 550kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 39g | Fat: 41g | Saturated Fat: 19g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g | Monounsaturated Fat: 13g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 176mg | Sodium: 866mg | Potassium: 1010mg | Fiber: 1g | Vitamin A: 1285IU | Vitamin C: 19mg | Calcium: 155mg | Iron: 2mg | Net Carbs: 4g