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keto salmon with creamy lemon garlic sauce
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5 from 17 votes

Keto Creamy Lemon Garlic Salmon

This Keto Salmon Recipe is perfectly seasoned pan seared filets smothered in an unbelievably delicious creamy lemon garlic sauce.  Feel Top Chef worthy while preparing this less than 30 minute, low carb gourmet dinner recipe in the comfort of your own kitchen.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: dinner, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cast iron salmon, easy salmon recipe, gluten free, keto salmon recipe, recipe for keto lemon garlic salmon
Servings: 4
Calories: 521kcal



  • Heat the oil in a cast iron skillet over medium high heat.
  • Add in the salmon filets skin side up. Cook until the salmon is browned and the fish easily releases from the pan. Try not to flip early or the salmon will stick.
  • Flip to the other side (skin side if your salmon has skin) and cook until the salmon skin is crispy and releases from the pan.
  • Remove the salmon from the pan and set aside.
  • Turn the heat of the skillet down to medium and whisk together the heavy cream, garlic, parsley and lemon juice. Let simmer for a few minutes to thicken.
  • Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Serve the salmon with cream sauce.


  • DEFROST FROZEN SALMON:  If your frozen salmon come wrapped in plastic, simply fill a bowl or the sink with cold water and submerge the salmon.  Check it after 30 minutes and see how it is progressing. Once they are thawed, remove them from the plastic and pat dry with towels.
  • WHEN IS THE SALMON DONE: check with a meat thermometer probe.  130F is my desired internal temperature for salmon that isn't dried out and over cooked.  White juices oozing out of the salmon means it is overcooked.
  • SKIN ON OR SKINLESS: I buy skin on salmon because it is easier to find.  When the salmon is cooked, the salmon skin peels off very easily.  You can also eat the crispy skin!


Calories: 521kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 29g | Fat: 41g | Saturated Fat: 18g