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Pan-seared Salmon with Asparagus for #WeekdaySupper

Pan-seared Salmon with Asparagus and Dill Sauce | Magnolia Days

The holiday season seems to have an extra added rush factor. All the usual to-do’s get compounded with decorating, baking, entertaining, shopping, and wrapping. I’m one of those people who really go all out with the decorating part. It took days to get my five, yes five, trees decorated along with putting up wreaths and other holiday décor. I needed something quick and easy to make after a day of ornament hanging. I went in the kitchen and about 30 minutes later I had pan-seared salmon with asparagus ready and on the table.

Sauce is a kicker to so many things. It bumps up, enhances, or adds flavor to simply seasoned meat, seafood, or vegetables. The homemade dill sauce for this recipe does that beautifully. It takes minutes to make and truly compliments salmon. I suggest making it a day in advance or perhaps in the morning. The flavors come together nicely after chilling for hours.

Pan-seared Salmon with Asparagus and Dill Sauce | Magnolia Days

Roasting vegetables brings in another level of flavor. It’s one of my favorite ways of preparing them along with grilling. Asparagus roasts fairly quickly. Watch it and take it out of the oven as soon as you see it lightly browned. The time will depend on the thickness of the spears. While it is roasting you can be searing the salmon. Then all that is left is plating. Put the pan-seared salmon over roasted asparagus and then top it with a dollop of dill sauce. A clipping of dill fronds makes a pretty garnish too.

Pan-seared Salmon with Asparagus and Dill Sauce | Magnolia Days

What else can go with pan-seared salmon with asparagus? I suggest rice (instant or quick-cooking for quick preparation) or bread. I served mine with Buttermilk Rolls. I had extra pre-baked rolls in the freezer so it was easy to quickly re-heat them in the oven. What about the rest of the week? Below are links to more Weekday Supper recipes that are great for homemade meals to make on busy days.

Pan-seared Salmon with Asparagus and Dill Sauce | Magnolia Days
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Pan-seared Salmon with Asparagus and Dill Sauce

This pan-seared salmon with roasted asparagus is served with a homemade dill sauce. It is an elegant meal for any night of the week.
Course Main Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author Renee


For the asparagus:

  • 2 pounds fresh asparagus spears
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Kosher salt
  • Fresh ground pepper

For the salmon:

  • 1 to 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 skinless salmon filets 4 to 6 ounces each
  • Kosher salt
  • Fresh ground pepper

For the dill sauce:

  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh dill
  • 1 small garlic clove pressed or finely chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • Pinch of kosher salt
  • Pinch of fresh ground pepper

For serving:

  • Fresh dill fronds for garnish


For the asparagus:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F.
  2. Break off and discard the tough woody ends of the spears. Place asparagus on a rimmed baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil and toss to coat asparagus. Arrange asparagus in a single layer. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Roast until crisp-tender, about 15 minutes.

For the salmon:

  1. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat until hot but not smoking.
  2. Dry salmon filets with paper towels and season with salt and pepper. Place salmon top side down in the skillet. Cook 2 filets at a time if needed to allow spacing between filets in the pan in order for them to sear properly.
  3. Cook salmon for 2 to 3 minutes until edges are browned. Flip salmon and cook 2 to 3 minutes until the center is opaque or to desired doneness.

For the dill sauce:

  1. Stir together sour cream, dill, garlic, mustard, salt, and pepper in a small bowl until combined. Serve immediately or make the sauce a day in advance and chill until serving.

For serving:

  1. Divide asparagus and arrange on the center of four plates. Set a salmon filet on top of each. Put a dollop of dill sauce over filets or serve on the side. Garnish with fresh dill fronds if desired.

Recipe Notes

This pan-seared salmon with roasted asparagus is served with a homemade dill sauce. It is an elegant meal for any night of the week.


Are you looking for quick and easy meal recipes? Take a look at these featured this week for a fabulous Weekday Supper lineup:

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Recipe Rating

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Monday 20th of November 2017

Mind-blowing blog content.Really informative and impressive post you've written, this is quite interesting and i've went through it totally, an upgraded information is actually shared, keep.

April T. Moore

Friday 19th of December 2014

As a huge salmon fan, this recipe is perfect for me. :) It looks so delicious with the asparagus, my mouth started to water. If you have any great salmon recipes, please let me know. Thanks!


Sunday 14th of December 2014

Salmon is one of my go-to dishes to cook when I need something quick, Renee, so thank you for this beautiful recipe! Such gorgeous colors and flavors!

Linda | Brunch with joy

Friday 12th of December 2014

I love salmon and this is definitely one of my favorite salmon recipes. The asparagus...the sauce, definitely heavenly!


Thursday 11th of December 2014

DEEEEELICIOUS!!!! Salmon is so easy and tasty, you just cant go wrong there Renee! Looks fab!