Garlic Butter Pan Roasted Salmon with Crispy Quinoa and Parmesan Asparagus

plate of Garlic Butter Pan Roasted Salmon with crispy quinoa and gold fork

This Garlic Butter Pan Roasted Salmon with Crispy Quinoa and Parmesan Asparagus is the perfect Spring dinner! Easy, delicious and your new go-to!

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I’m all about super easy weeknight meals. The less steps the better, the less maintenance the better. But unfortunately, sometimes with those type of meals, the actual flavor of the meal suffers. Less maintenance can occasionally lead to less flavor or less crisp or less deliciousness.

That’s why I’m currently obsessed with this Garlic Butter Pan Roasted Salmon! It feels like a super fancy restaurant quality dinner yet it takes a little over 30 minutes and is super low maintenance! And the flavor is AMAZING. Win win!!

So, in this dish you’re going to find garlic herb infused butter. Yes, fresh garlic and fresh parsley mixed in with butter aka my love language. You’re also going to find the flakiest, tender, melt in your mouth pan roasted salmon you’ve ever eaten.

flaky Garlic Butter Pan Roasted Salmon

Lastly, you’re going to get a pop of crispy quinoa (basically just quinoa fried in a pan), and juicy caramelized roasted parmesan asparagus. Sound good? Good! Let’s get into it!

Ingredients You Need:

  • fresh (not frozen) salmon
  • fresh garlic
  • salted butter
  • fresh parsley
  • quinoa
  • asparagus
  • salt and pepper and olive oil
  • lemon

Tips for Perfectly Pan Roasting Salmon:

Cooking fish can be intimidating to people. That’s why I was SO excited when Made In sent me their new Blue Carbon Steel Pan along with an amazing video tutorial from well known chef Tom Colicchio about how to PERFECTLY pan roast fish. His instructions were completely foolproof! I tried it #thepanroast 3 different times and it worked so well each time.

pan roasting in Made In Carbon Steel Pan

Here are some basic tips that you need for pan roasting any fish:

  • Oil your pan! I used olive oil for this recipe because we aren’t using a high smoke point.
  • If you’re using a cast iron, carbon steel or stainless steel pan, make sure the fish is DRY! (you can simply use a paper towel to reduce the moisture)
  • Make sure the fish is well seasoned! Don’t be shy with this – use a generous pinch of salt!
  • Leave it alone in the pan! Don’t shake/rustle the pan, just let it be in the pan. Let it do its thang.
  • Beware of the pan getting TOO hot. This will result in overcooked, dry fish. If you feel like the pan is getting too hot and the fish is cooking too fast, simply turn down the heat or even take the pan off the stove eye for several seconds to let it cool down.
  • Baste it in butter! This will do wonders for the flavor of the fish – especially if you’re using my garlic herb infused butter 🙂 This simply means to let the butter melt in the pan, tilt the pan slightly, and using a spoon, spoon the butter directly onto the fish over and over until it’s well basted.
  • Have patience! This method may take a little bit longer than you’re used to – but I promise it will be worth it in the end!
  • Finish with lemon juice!

How to Make Garlic Butter Pan Roasted Salmon with Crispy Quinoa and Parmesan Asparagus:

I gave you some tips above – but now I’ll walk you step by step in how to cook the entire dish! Don’t worry, it’s super easy. Let’s get to it!

Preheat the oven to 350. Slice the ends of your asparagus off and add them to a large bowl. TO the bowl, add about 1 tbsp of olive oil, a pinch of salt and pepper and about ¼ cup of freshly shaved parmesan. Mix together with your hands and then place the asparagus stalks into a single layer on a sheet pan. Set it aside for a few minutes!

glass bowl of asparagus and parmesan cheese

In a large pot, cook your quinoa. Add one cup of water and ½ cup of quinoa to the pot as well as a large pinch of salt. Bring it to a rolling boil and then lower the heat to simmering. Let it simmer for 15 minutes or until fluffy and all of the water has dissolved.

Go ahead and add the asparagus to the oven now. Roast it for 10-15 minutes, flipping around halfway.

Now, to the star of the dish – the salmon!! Mince 2 cloves of garlic as well as about 4 tsp worth of fresh parsley. Add the garlic and parsley to 2 tbsp of room temperature butter. Mix well together until it’s combined. Set this aside.

butter with fresh garlic and parsley

Slice your salmon into 4 oz. filets. Warm up your pan on medium heat. Add about ½ tbsp of olive oil to coat the bottom of the pan. Pat the salmon filets dry with a paper towel. Season the skin side with a generous pinch of salt. Once your pan is hot, place the skin side DOWN. It should sizzle slightly.

fresh salmon filet with made in knife

For crispy skin, cook the salmon filets on medium low heat (never letting the pan get too hot) for about 6 minutes. Leave them alone completely – don’t shake or rustle the pan or move it around with a spatula. If the pan starts to smoke because it’s too hot, simple reduce the heat or take it off the eye for several seconds.

Also, if your fish begins to stick, don’t worry! Have patience and leave it alone, it will eventually unstick itself.

plate of Garlic Butter Pan Roasted Salmon with parmesan asparagus and crispy quinoa

While it’s cooking on the skin side down, make sure and generously salt the other side as well. After 6 minutes in the pan on low medium heat, flip it gently! This side will also cook for 5-6 minutes. However, let it cook for 2 minutes on that side and then add in your gloriously infused garlic herb butter for the rest of the cooking time.  Let the butter melt fully, slightly cooking the garlic. Next, tilt your pan slightly and using a spoon, baste the salmon by spooning the melted garlic butter over the salmon. Finish off with a squeeze of fresh lemon juice and let it rest in the pan while you finish with your other items. 

Crispy Quinoa + the Finishing Touches!

By now, your asparagus should be fully cooked. Shred additional parmesan on top if you love yourself.

In a non-stick skillet, add a tsp of olive oil and add a single layer of your cooked quinoa. (Btw, this totally works with leftover quinoa!). Cook for 2-3 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the quinoa gets golden brown and crispy.

Now, Avengers assemble! (Anyone else super pumped for the new Avengers movie this weekend?!) Okay, anyway. Assemble your plate! Add a healthy scoop of that crispy quinoa, top it with your pan roasted salmon and then add some of the roasted parmesan asparagus on the side.

super close up of pan roasted garlic butter salmon

I hope you guys enjoyed this recipe and are less intimidated about cooking fish! Remember I linked a video tutorial above if you’re a visual learner like me. Enjoy and happy weekend!

Did you enjoy this recipe? Here are some other recipes you might like:

Sheet Pan Moroccan Salmon with Veggies

Roasted Cauliflower Steaks with Chimichurri Sauce

Cuban Chicken and Black Bean Rice Bowls

Baked Garlic Herb Fries with Avocado Ranch

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5 from 7 votes

Garlic Butter Pan Roasted Salmon with Crispy Quinoa and Parmesan Asparagus

This Garlic Butter Pan Roasted Salmon with Crispy Quinoa and Parmesan Asparagus is the perfect Spring dinner! Easy, delicious and your new go-to!

Course dinner, Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword crispy quinoa, easy fish recipes, garlic butter, pan roasted salmon, parmesan asparagus
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 2 people
Author Haylie


Garlic Butter Pan Roasted Salmon

  • 8 oz fresh salmon (sliced into 2 filets)
  • 2 tbsp salted butter
  • generous pinch of salt to season
  • 4 tsp minced parsley
  • 2 large cloves garlic, minced
  • juice of 1/2 lemon

Parmesan Asparagus

  • 1/2 lb fresh asparagus
  • 1/4 cup shredded parmesan (plus more for garnish)
  • salt and pepper to season
  • 1 tbsp olive oil

Crispy Quinoa

  • 1/2 cup quinoa
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp salt


Parmesan Asparagus

  1. Preheat oven to 350. Slice the ends off of the asparagus. Add them to a large bowl with 1 tbsp of olive oil, a generous pinch of salt and pepper as well as 1/4 cup of shredded parmesan cheese. Mix together with your hands. Place in oven and roast for 10-15 minutes, flipping halfway. Once done, add more shredded parmesan as a garnish if desired. 

Crispy Quinoa

  1. In a medium pot, add 1/2 cup of quinoa with 1 cup of water and a pinch of salt. Bring to a rolling boil. Once boiling, reduce the heat to let simmer. Simmer for 15 minutes with the pot covered. Quinoa is done when it's able to be fluffed with a fork. 

  2. Once it's done, add the quinoa in a single layer to a non-stick skillet along with 1/2 tsp of olive oil. Let it cook on medium heat until it becomes golden brown and crispy, stirring occasionally.

Garlic Butter Pan Roasted Salmon

  1. Mince your 2 cloves of garlic as well as the parsley. Mix the garlic and parsley in with the room temperature butter until well combined. Set this aside. 

  2. In your pan, add olive oil to coat the bottom of the pan and let it heat on low/medium heat. Pat the 2 salmon filets dry with a paper towel. Generously salt the skin sides and place the salmon skins side DOWN in the pan. Let them cook on low/medium heat for 6 minutes, leaving them alone and NOT messing with the salmon. Let it do its thing! If it starts smoking, reduce the heat or take off stove eye for several seconds. 

  3. While the skin side is cooking, make sure and salt the other side as well. When the 6 minutes is up, gently flip it. Add the garlic butter. Let it melt fully and then begin basting the salmon. Tilt the pan and spoon the butter/garlic/herb mixture onto the salmon. Let it cook on this side for a total of 6 minutes as well. Finish with a squeeze of juice of 1/2 lemon. 


  1. Assemble your plates! Add a generous scoop of the crispy quinoa to your plate, along with one salmon filet and the roasted parmesan asparagus. Enjoy! 

Recipe Notes

In regards to a timeline, I would start the quinoa first. While it's cooking, roast the asparagus. While the asparagus is roasting, start the salmon. It should all get done around the same time. I found that it only took about 2-3 minutes to crisp up the quinoa, which is great because it gives the salmon time to rest. Enjoy! 

18 comments / Add your comment below

  1. 5 stars
    Looks absolutely perfect Haylie, love the flavors in this one! There is something so nice about making a nice healthy dish like this in the pan.

  2. 5 stars
    I’ve never actually crisped up my quinoa before. I feel like that’s a step that could really take quinoa dishes to the next level, I love it! This whole meal looks absolutely delicious!

  3. 5 stars
    I have never had salmon before, but was all the sudden craving it! When looking for recipes, I checked through your catalog first to see if you had anything. This salmon was DELICIOUS. I’m always a bit skeptical of fish because of the texture, but I was shocked at how good it was. Your recipe for cooking was easy to follow, and really yummy. Thanks for helping me expand my palate!

    1. Addy! Thank you so so much for your kind review – so glad that you enjoyed this recipe and that you especially loved the salmon! YAY! 🙂

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