Garlicky Roasted Salmon With Cream Sauce

I’m always looking for easy salmon recipes because it’s the one fish my kids will always eat. I cook most all of our foods from scratch because my son has reactions to palm oil.

This salmon with cream sauce is incredible. Salmon is a delicious way to get your Omega-3 fatty acids in. If you want perfectly moist salmon, this is the recipe you’ve been looking for. 

Many people complain that salmon is dry, but they can’t say that about this dish. The key to cooking roasted or baked salmon is cooking it with a fat like butter or olive oil and not overcooking it. But if you happen to overcook it a little, this garlic sauce will save the day.

Roasted Salmon with Cream Sauce

The great news is it just takes 15 minutes to prep this salmon dish. Serve with some steamed broccoli or asparagus and you have a quick easy meal that tastes like you were in the kitchen all day. 

Follow these step-by-step directions to make roasted salmon. Once you have the salmon, the rest of the ingredients are fairly simple. Many are staples.  

What You Need to Make Salmon With Cream Sauce

  • Salmon Filets
  • Sweet Onion – Sliced
  • Red Bell Pepper – Chopped
  • Real Butter – Imitation butter often contains palm oil. Be sure to use real butter.
  • Sea Salt and Coarse Ground Black Pepper

For the creamy garlic sauce, you need: 

  • Real Butter
  • Garlic Cloves – minced
  • All-Purpose Flour – To make gluten free garlic sauce, use gluten free flour instead.
  • Unsweetened Almond Milk or Whole Milk – To make this palm oil free, be sure it doesn’t contain Vitamin A Palmitate.
  • Thyme
  • Basil
  • Sea Salt and Coarse Ground Black Pepper
  • Optional: Fresh Dill, Whole Lemon

How To Make Roasted Salmon

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly oil a 9” X 13” baking dish.

  2. Melt the butter in a large pan over medium-high heat.

  3. Season the salmon filets with salt and pepper to taste.

  4. Add the salmon, onion, and bell pepper. Sear both sides of the salmon, about 2 to 3 minutes on each side. Remove the salmon and set it aside. Lower heat to medium.

  5. Add the minced garlic, and cook until the natural oils of the garlic are released, about 2 to 3 minutes.

  6. Add the milk.

  7. In a small bowl, mix together the flour and 2 tablespoons water until smooth.

  8. Whisk the flour mixture into the garlic sauce in the pan, stirring constantly until well blended, about 1 to 2 minutes as the sauce thickens. Add in the thyme and basil.

  9. Place the salmon in a single layer in the bottom of the baking dish. Top with the garlic sauce.

  10. Optional: Slice the lemon put it the dish with the salmon. Try to put it on the sides so the salmon cooks through.

  11. Place in the oven and bake for about 10 to 15 minutes until the salmon flakes easily with a fork.

  12. Remove from oven. Sprinkle salt and pepper on top. Garnish with dill and lemon wedges if desired.

Easy Salmon Recipe

You are going to love this tasty brain food, and your family will ask you to cook it again and again.

roasted salmon recipe
Garnishes are optional

This is an easy salmon recipe that is filling with the garlic cream sauce and simple to make. Just be sure to not overlap the salmon. It cooks quickly but you need to be sure all the pieces cook through. Also, take care to not have thick lemon slices covering the salmon. If you do, increase the bake time.

A simple side for salmon is scalloped sweet potatoes. Sometimes I serve salmon for a late breakfast / brunch with air fryer hash browns

Cooking meals at home becomes easier the more you do it. Find a few dinners you can make and add them to your rotation. Then add in others. Soon you will be cooking most all of your foods from scratch.

My son has reactions to palm oil. We consider him to have a palm oil allergy and palm oil intolerance. Because of this, I cook most all of our foods at home from scratch. For sure, it’s making my family eat healthier and more whole foods overall.

I’m gluten free as well and replace the all-purpose flour with gluten free flour. I use Bob’s Red Mill 1 for 1 Gluten Free Flour. 

If you make this roasted salmon with cream sauce recipe, please leave a note in the Comments how it turned out. What do you serve with it?

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Roasted Salmon with Cream Sauce

This creamy garlicky roasted salmon is a delightful dish any time of day. It's quick and easy to make.
Course Brunch, Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine American, European
Keyword roasted salmon, roasted salmon recipe, salmon with cream sauce
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings 6

Ingredients

  • 6 salmon filets 4 oz, skinless
  • 1 medium sweet onion sliced
  • 1 red bell pepper sliced
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • sea salt and coarse ground black pepper

Creamy Garlic Sauce

  • 2 cups unsweetened almond milk or whole milk
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 1 teaspoon thyme
  • 1 teaspoon basil
  • sea salt and coarse ground black pepper
  • Optional: whole lemon, fresh dill

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly oil 9” X 13” baking dish.
  • Melt butter in a large pan over medium-high heat.
  • Season the salmon filets with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Add the salmon, onion, and bell pepper to the pan. Sear both sides of the salmon, about 2 - 3 minutes on each side. Remove salmon and set it aside. Lower heat to medium.
  • Add minced garlic and cook until the natural oils of the garlic are released, about 2 - 3 minutes. Stir in milk.
  • In a small bowl, mix together the flour and 2 tablespoons water until smooth.
  • Whisk the flour mixture into the garlic sauce in the pan, stirring continuously until well blended, about 1 - 2 minutes as the sauce thickens. Add herbs.
  • Put salmon in single layer in the bottom of the baking dish. Top with garlic sauce.
  • Place in the oven and bake for about 10 - 15 minutes until the salmon flakes easily with a fork.
  • Garnish with fresh dill and lemon slices if desired.

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