pan cooked salmon with cottage cheese and cucumber salad
Lemon Butter Salmon Recipe with Cucumber Salad
Work Time
35 mins
Total Time
55 mins

An easy meal! Quick-cooking lemon butter salmon sizzled in a flavorful sauce gets served with a fresh topping of Hood Cottage Cheese and tangy cucumber salad.

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cucumber salad, lemon butter salmon
Yield: 6 servings
Calories: 210 kcal
  • ¾ of an English cucumber
  • 1 cup grape tomatoes sliced in half
  • ¼ cup finely diced red onion
  • 2 lemons
  • Kosher salt and pepper
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • ¼ cup minced herbs (any mix of any parsley, chives, or dill) plus more for garnish
  • 6 4-oz boneless, skinless salmon fillets
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1 clove minced garlic
  • cups Hood Cottage Cheese with Cracked Pepper
  1. Heat oven to 375°F. Slice one lemon into thin slices and set aside.

Make the salad:
  1. Slice cucumber into thin slices (use a mandolin if you have one) and toss with tomatoes and red onion.

  2. Juice one lemon and season with ¼ tsp kosher salt. Whisk in 2 tablespoons olive oil and drizzle over cucumbers. Add 1 tablespoon of the minced herbs and toss salad together. Set aside.

Make the salmon:
  1. In a large (12-inch) non-stick or cast iron skillet, over medium-high heat, melt butter, 1 tablespoon olive oil and garlic together. Season salmon with salt and pepper and add to the hot butter. Sauté until the bottom is golden brown, 3 to 4 minutes, and turn fillets over. Cook another 1 to 2 minutes until salmon is just cooked through, or cooked to your desired doneness. Salmon should register 125°F internally on a meat thermometer.

  2. Transfer to a serving platter. Add lemons and remaining 3 tablespoons herbs to the skillet and let cook about 1 minute. remove pan from heat.

  3. Serve lemons and herb butter with salmon and cucumber salad. Top salmon with a dollop of Hood Cottage Cheese. Garnish salad and salmon with extra herbs if desired.

Recipe Notes

• Ask the fish monger to skin your salmon so you don't have to do it at home. You can certainly make this with skin-on salmon, but it doesn't need it. 

Nutrition Facts
Lemon Butter Salmon Recipe with Cucumber Salad
Amount Per Serving
Calories 210 Calories from Fat 153
% Daily Value*
Fat 17g26%
Saturated Fat 7g44%
Cholesterol 30mg10%
Sodium 277mg12%
Potassium 246mg7%
Carbohydrates 9g3%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 8g16%
Vitamin A 769IU15%
Vitamin C 28mg34%
Calcium 70mg7%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.