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Creamy Grapefruit Salmon

This Creamy Grapefruit Salmon is an incredibly easy one pan recipe perfect for a weeknight dinner. It's a little bit tart, a little bit sweet, and full of creamy flavor!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Entree
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Salmon with Grapefruit, Savory Grapefruit Dishes, Unique Salmon Recipes
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Sues


  • 1 1/4 lb. salmon, cut into 4 filets
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 2 Tbsp unsalted butter, divided
  • 3/4 cup diced onion (1 medium onion)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 Tbsp grapefruit zest
  • 3/4 cup grapefruit juice (preferably freshly squeezed)
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • Basil


  • Lightly season salmon filets on each side with salt and pepper.
  • In a large skillet, melt 1 Tbsp butter over medium heat. Add salmon to the pan, skin-side-up and cook for about 4 minutes. Flip and cook for another 4 minutes skin-side-down. Remove salmon from pan and set aside on a plate.
  • Add remaining 1 Tbsp butter to the skillet. Add onion and cook for about 5 minutes. Add garlic and cook for another 2 minutes, until garlic is fragrant and onions are translucent.
  • Add grapefruit zest and juice to pan and bring to a simmer, scraping up the browned bit from the bottom of the pan with a spatula. Once simmering, slowly pour the cream into the pan. Stir and let sauce thicken a bit.
  • Add salmon back to pan to heat through, spooning sauce over the salmon.
  • Serve salmon with brown rice, quinoa, or pasta or simply with a vegetable side.