Healthy, Quick, and Flavorful. This one pan lemon-garlic salmon and asparagus is ready in under 10 minutes and is packed with the delicious flavors of lemon-garlic and butter. If you’re looking for a quick and easy weeknight meal you’ve found it. This one pan lemon-garlic and butter salmon and asparagus is as easy at it gets. No prep need and is ready in just a few minutes. Plus, everything is done in one pan. The salmon, asparagus and garlic get caramelized in the flavorful browned butter then the lemon takes this dish to the next level.
It’s so simple and easy to prepare and will impress just about anyone. My husband came in right after I finished photographing this dish. He grabbed a fork and finished the whole thing in just a few minutes. He assumed it took me a while to prep the dish but when I told him how easy it was and that it was all done in one pan he said “omg why don’t you make this more often!” ????
I cooked the salmon and asparagus in one pan because they cook at the same rate and I wanted all the flavors of the garlic-lemon and butter to mix throughout the entire dish. If you do not have a pan be enough to fit the salmon and asparagus, I would just cook the salmon first then remove it and quickly cook the asparagus in the same pan. You can also cook these in separate pans by using 1 teaspoon butter and 1 teaspoon olive oil in each pan. To begin place a tablespoon of butter and a tablespoon of olive oil in a large pan. Wait until the pan is hot and the butter has fully melted. BE SURE THE PAN IS VERY HOT before adding the salmon so it gets caramelized. Season the salmon and asparagus with salt and pepper. Then add the salmon and asparagus and cook for about 3 minutes on one side.
Then flip and cook for about 3 minutes on the other side. Add the garlic and let the garlic cook for just 1-2 minutes or just until it begins to brown. Turn off the heat and squeeze half a lemon into the dish.
- 1- pound salmon fillet cut into 2-3 fillets
- 1 bunch asparagus trimmed
- 1 tablespoon salted butter
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- zest and juice of 1/2 lemon
- Salt and cracked black pepper to taste
- Heat a tablespoon of butter and a tablespoon of olive oil in a large pan. Wait until the pan is hot and the butter has fully melted. Add the salmon and asparagus, season with salt and pepper , and cook for about 3-4 minutes on one side.
- Flip and cook for about 3-4 minutes on the other side. Add the garlic and lemon zest. Cook the garlic for just 1-2 minutes or until it begins to brown. Turn off the heat and squeeze half a lemon into the dish.
Ashleigh Fuller says
This was an absolute hit at my house!
Only thing I can say is maybe remove the asparagus before you squeeze the lemon over the salmon. Just depends on what you like 🙂 but this recipe was so easy and fast!! Will keep this one
Ferdinand S. says
This is a really easy & satisfying meal that’s quickly become one of my weekly go-tos.
What an quick, easy, amazing dinner. Added dill.
Horseradish Face says
Swapped salmon for sausage and the lemon for banana. Absolutely horrible.
nancy Scott says
I’ve made this recipe at least 5 times(i’m making it tonight) and every time, my family adores it! I was never much of a salmon lover or cooker until I found this wonderful recipe! when i tell the kids i’m making this, they get so excited! now that’s saying something 😉 THank you!!
Salmon is on my meal plan for tomorrow. I’m excited to give this a try
Thanks for sharing. Easy to prepare and my BOYFRIend LOVEd it.
Brigitte Colmenares says
Amazing recipe, everyone loved it!!! Super easy and fast to cook! Thank you!
Andreas Cuneus says
Why say “No prep needed” if the recipe involves chopping up garlic cloves? I don’t care that much if I have to break out the cutting board and knife for five minutes, but at least be honest about it.
I used minced garlic in a jar. There really isn’t much prepping involved.
Andreas………I’ll bet you even had to open the packages of salmon and asparagus, and maybe get your pan out of a cabinet. Oh, the trouble we have to go through just to cook a meal.
THis meal was simple and Delici. It was a hit with the entire family. I will definiTely being making this in the futuRe. Mind you i made 2 1/2 pounds of salmon and two Bunches of asparAgus. No leftovers.
Thanks for Sharing this great recipe.
The man says
Just done it. Surprised that my wife said there’s no dinner today on Sunday so I took things in my own hands and found this treasure. Everyone loved it and it took no time although my wife had to help me a bit as I am no cook. If you load more on the pan you will have to increase time abbot as well. Also when I bought a 1kg of salmon it turned out there was no room on the fry pan – had to off load it onto another one. Super dish and I am a tea maker level cook so it tells you how easy and quick.
Elizabeth Johnson says
What temperature should stove top bUrner be at? It seems that too high and garlic and butter will burn, which is not a good tast. DOES the material oF the pan matter? Cast iron, copper, stainless steel, etc…?
Sonnet Fitzgerald says
Fantastic flavor, and so easy!
I don’t know if my salmon was a weird thickness or what (I cut a one-pound fillet into three pieces, just as described) but I found it took more like 10 minutes on each side to cook. ANd by the time the center of each piece was cooked, the outside was crumbling to pieces. I don’t mind this, it tastes just as good! But heads up if you want a pretty plate.
Wow. This recipe is so simple and delicious!!! I am so happy I found it. Pinned it shared it on FB and now rating on here. Thank you so much for this recipe ❤️
Thanks for pinning, Bethany!
Donna R Ellis says
I am assuming you removed the skin before cooking? I was going to grill some salmon, but it’s been raining off and on all day. I was looking for plan B and found this! Can’t wait to try it! I’m giving the recipe 4 stars because I don’t see how this will be anything but good! But once I cook it, I will come back and rate.
I was just wondering why you would rate a recipe which you have not made yet.
Write On Kim says
Quick. Convenient. And most importantly, DELISH! When I saw the photo, I was drawn in but when I read the title, I was intrigued by the one pan and fell in love with the 10 minutes. This recipe was simple to make but the flavor is huge. I loved it so much that I didn’t share with my hubby. Guess that means I have to make more. Not a problem with only 10 minutes. Yum!