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Y’all know I love a salmon dinner and this Creamy Spring Salmon is perfect for the new season!

Creamy Spring Salmon

This Creamy Spring Salmon is seriously fantastic! It is bursting with all the spring flavors I cannot get enough of. And while this dish is so simple to prepare for your everyday weeknight dinner, the flavors are so impressive that this would be perfect when hosting family or friends for dinner.

The salmon is simply seasoned and seared then set aside while you make the sauce. With a Dijon and wine base made with coconut milk, this dish is perfectly creamy while keeping things dairy-free. Finished with the brightness of lemon and freshness from the chives, dill, and tarragon, this meal is truly *chef’s kiss.*

Creamy Spring Salmon

Ingredients:

  • Salmon Filets
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Garlic
  • Shallot
  • Dijon Mustard
  • Dry White Wine
  • Unsweetened Full-Fat Coconut Milk: Sub Heavy Creamer
  • Lemon Zest and Juice
  • Fresh Herbs: Chives, Dill, and Tarragon
Creamy Spring Salmon

Step-By-Step:

Step One: Prep the Salmon

Pat the salmon dry with a paper towel then season both sides evenly with the salt and pepper.

Step Two: Sear the Salmon

In a large non-stick skillet, heat the oil over medium-high heat. Add the salmon and cook for 2 to 3 minutes. Flip and continue to cook until golden brown, another 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from skillet and set aside.

Step Three: Start the Sauce Base

Reduce heat to medium and add the garlic and shallot. Gently sauté being careful not to burn, about 1 minute. Add the Dijon and pour in the white wine. Whisk until smooth and cook until the wine has reduced by half, about 2 minutes.

Step Four: Mix in the Coconut Milk

While whisking, slowly pour in the coconut milk until well incorporated and bring to a rapid simmer. Once simmering, reduce the heat so the sauce is lightly simmering, about medium-low heat.

Step Five: Add the Herbs and Salmon to Skillet

Add the lemon zest, lemon juice, chives, dill, tarragon, salt, and pepper and stir to combine. Nestle the salmon back into the sauce and cook, uncovered, until the salmon is cooked to your desired doneness, 3 to 5 more minutes.

Step Six: Serve and Enjoy!

Top with more fresh herbs and serve! I like to serve with roasted asparagus and serve over a short pasta, like orzo.

I like to serve this over short rice, like orzo, but this would even be great over couscous too! Whatever you prefer to help soak up more of this sauce. Then simply pair with roasted asparagus or broccolini, your meal will come together in no time and be beyond impressive!

For More Spring Menu Ideas:

Spring Sheet Pan Salmon

Sheet Pan Spring Chicken with Artichokes and Asparagus

Spring Spaghetti Carbonara

Creamy Spring Salmon
5 from 19 votes

Creamy Spring Salmon

Total: 20 minutes
Servings: 4

Ingredients 

For the Salmon:

  • 4 skinless salmon fillets 6 to 8 ounces each
  • 2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

For the Sauce:

  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • ½ cup halved and thinly sliced shallot about 1 large shallot
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • ½ cup dry white wine
  • 1 cup unsweetened full-fat coconut milk sub heavy creamer
  • Grated zest of ½ lemon
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh chives plus more for garnish
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh dill plus more for garnish
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh tarragon plus more for garnish
  • ¼ kosher salt plus more to taste
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Instructions 

Prepare the Salmon:

  • Pat the salmon dry with a paper towel then season both sides evenly with the salt and pepper.
  • In a large non-stick skillet, heat the oil over medium-high heat. Add the salmon and cook for 2 to 3 minutes. Flip and continue to cook until golden brown, another 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from skillet and set aside.

Make the Sauce:

  • Reduce heat to medium and add the garlic and shallot. Gently sauté being careful not to burn, about 1 minute. Add the Dijon and pour in the white wine. Whisk until smooth and cook until the wine has reduced by half, about 2 minutes.
  • While whisking, slowly pour in the coconut milk until well incorporated and bring to a rapid simmer. Once simmering, reduce the heat so the sauce is lightly simmering, about medium-low heat.
  • Add the lemon zest, lemon juice, chives, dill, tarragon, salt, and pepper and stir to combine. Nestle the salmon back into the sauce and cook, uncovered, until the salmon is cooked to your desired doneness, 3 to 5 more minutes.
  • Top with more fresh herbs and serve! I like to serve with roasted asparagus and serve over a short pasta, like orzo.

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Servings: 4

Photography and styling by Eat Love Eats.



Welcome! I’m Alex.

I’m a food lover sharing healthy, simple, delicious, recipes from my kitchen to yours. Here you’ll find lots of Whole30, lots of healthy, and a little indulgence here and there because…it’s all about balance y’all!


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39 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    SO good!!! Made it without tarragon and only had 2 salmon fillets but the sauce was so good we still used it all. 10/10!

  2. 5 stars
    Loved this! I used dried herbs instead of fresh and it still tasted wonderfully springy. Cooking for two so used 2 salmon fillets but made the full amount of sauce. We didn’t eat it all, but it was nice to have extra for the roasted potatoes and asparagus we had on the side.

  3. 5 stars
    I made this tonight and it was so good!! My husband who doesn’t look forward to salmon night even went back for seconds. Add this to my recipe book

  4. Made this last night and that sauce is soooo amazing! We did skip the tarragon, because our grocery was out, but even without it, wow! I wanted to lick the pan! We served it the salmon with orzo, as suggested and will definitely be making again asap!

  5. 5 stars
    I prepared this tonight. As soon as I read it, I ran to the store and bought the ingredients…the best Wednesday night dinner we’ve had in a long long time. Thank you – it was divine, and it’s now on my list for “Saturday night dinner parties!”

  6. We love everything of yours. You’re our go-to for nearly all of our home cooked meals. This was outstanding. Central Market was out of tarragon so I got sage and it worked great!

  7. Hi Alex! making this ASAP. I’m not a huge fan of tarragon/fennel flavors…would you substitute it with another herb or omit?