Salmon with White Wine Butter Sauce

Cooked salmon on cutting board

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After a long week post-Christmas, we were looking forward to a date night out. But after all of our traveling and lack of sleep, the last thing either of us wanted to do was leave the couch. Instead of running to the store or ordering some take-out where we would feel guilty after (both our wallets & our stomachs) we cooked our go-to date night in salmon recipe.

Salmon cooking

Salmon with White Wine Butter Sauce

Date-night-in simple salmon recipe
Course Main Course
Keyword Fish, Salmon
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 2 people


  • ¼ cup white wine
  • 2-3 tbsp butter
  • 1 lemon squeezed
  • ¼ cup white onion chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves smashed and peeled
  • 1 ½ lbs salmon with the skin
  • parsley to garnish


  • In a large saute pan, melt butter over medium heat
  • Once melted, add garlic, onions, salt, and pepper. Cook until onion is translucent
  • Slowly add white wine and lemon juice. Stir and bring sauce to simmer
  • Once sauce reduces add salmon to the pan
  • Continue to cook salmon while spooning sauce on top of salmon. Cook 5-7 minutes on each side
  • Once salmon is cooked, serve with parsley garnish
Salmon ingredients on a wooden cutting board

Sides for the Salmon

This Salmon with White Wine Butter Sauce is so simple and quick to make. The best part, you probably have most of the ingredients in your fridge and pantry right now. This healthy meal pairs well with fresh asparagus or brussel sprouts. Coat the veggies with lemon juice, add a little olive oil, and parmesan, then bake. You can even add the veggies to the saute pan with the salmon and cook them in the wine as well.

Cooked salmon on wooden cutting board with blue rag

This Salmon with White Wine Butter Sauce really is the perfect excuse to crack open that bottle of white you’ve been eyeing while still keeping on the healthy track.

It took me many years to start cooking fish at home. Cooking is fun to me, there is not much you can mess up. At almost every stage you can taste test to make sure you have the flavor just right. But fish is different, you can’t really taste test. Sure, you know the flavor combinations will be good together but you can’t taste it until the fish is cooked through.

Cooked salmon on cutting board

That’s why salmon is a great fish to start out cooking. If you get the salmon with the skin still on one side you can easily continue to cook the salmon, skin side down without burning or pulling all of the flavor out of the fish. Then you can either peel the skin off to serve or just serve as is. The fish will fall right off the skin, it’s amazing! This Salmon with White Wine Butter Sauce may just be the perfect dish to start cooking fish at home.

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From our kitchen to yours, cheers!

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