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Keeping things super quick and very delicious with this Creamed Feta Garlic Herb Butter Salmon. This one skillet salmon is for those nights when you’re craving something fancy, but need to keep things quick and easy too. It’s all made in one skillet with heart healthy salmon, shallots, garlic, lots of herbs, creamy feta cheese, and summer zucchini. Not only is this salmon easy and delicious, but it comes together in less than 30 minutes.

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I am very picky about seafood recipes. I’m sure you’ve all noticed, but I don’t share that many new recipes for fish. But it’s not because I don’t love seafood, I do! Here’s thing, I have my tried and true favorites. I’ve found that there are a lot of seafood recipes out there that just have too much going on. Too many complicated steps and simply not enough flavor.

Therefore, I haven’t forced myself to share any just OK fish recipes. Instead I wait until I have a really great dish that I not only love, but that I feel like you guys will love too.

I love a good fish taco, salmon in a skillet or on the grill, and quick shrimp dinners. And today? I’ve got a recipe highlighting salmon, summer zucchini, and herbs.

The funny thing about this recipe is that it started out completely different. But in the end, it wound up being so much more delicious. I love when that happens!

Seared salmon with garlic butter zucchini in a creamy feta sauce? It’s basically salmon in a Florentine style sauce, but instead of spinach and parmesan, we’re using zucchini and feta cheese. And it’s just as delicious as it sounds. What’s even better is that it takes just thirty minutes from start to finish to prepare.

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Here are the steps

Start with the salmon. I love to use skin-on salmon filets for best flavor. But use what you feel most comfortable cooking or enjoy the most. I will say that the skin is where a lot of the healthy oils are, so there are also additional health benefits.

You’ll pan sear the salmon in a big skillet until it’s cooked to your liking. For me, that’s a very cripsy skin, with a nice browned top, but a slightly pink middle.

Once the salmon is cooked, pull it out of the skillet.

Now toss in some butter and zucchini. You can use zucchini or summer squash, either is really great!

Then add in shallots, garlic, thyme and chili flakes. Pour in a little cream (or coconut milk, whichever you prefer), then crumble in the feta cheese. Cook the sauce over medium-low heat until the cheese is melted and mostly smooth. It might not melt all the way, but the big chunks should become creamy…and delicious.

Now slide the salmon back into the sauce, squeeze over a touch of lemon, and you’re done.

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Finish things up

You see? I told you, this is very simple.

To serve, I love to top with lots of fresh basil and thyme, a sprinkle of chives, and some flaky sea salt. It’s rich and creamy, but feels light and summery at the same time.

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The sauce is a touch buttery, a little garlicky, and very creamy thanks to the feta, which I feel is the real secret to this dish. It’s the perfect pairing to a pan seared, crispy filet of salmon.

I’d recommend serving this with crusty bread for dipping and maybe a potato salad. Or simply just some pasta and a big summer salad. This makes for a great weeknight meal, but can easily be used as a main course for your next summer dinner party.

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Looking for other quick summer dinners? Here are some favorites:

Browned Garlic Butter Creamed Corn Cheese Ravioli

Corn, Tomato, and Avocado Chickpea Salad

Grilled Vegetable Burrata Sandwich with Lemon Thyme Honey Mustard

Lastly, if you make this Creamed Feta Garlic Herb Butter Salmon, be sure to leave a comment and/or give this recipe a rating! Above all, I love to hear from you guys and always do my best to respond to each and every comment. And of course, if you do make this recipe, don’t forget to tag me on Instagram! Looking through the photos of recipes you all have made is my favorite!

Creamed Feta Garlic Herb Butter Salmon

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories Per Serving: 723 kcal

Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.



  • 1. Season the salmon with salt and pepper.
    2. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the salmon, skin side down, and cook for 2-3 minutes, until the salmon is crisp. Flip and continue cooking for another 2-3 minutes, or until the salmon is cooked to your liking. Remove from the skillet. If desired, peel away the skin and discard. 
    3. To the same skillet, add the butter, zucchini, and shallots and cook until the shallot is fragrant, about 2 minutes. Add the garlic, thyme, and crushed red pepper flakes, cook another 1-2 minutes. Stir in the cream and feta. Season the sauce with salt and pepper. Bring to a simmer over medium heat, stirring constantly until smooth and creamy, about 5 minutes. Stir in the lemon juice. Remove from the heat and slide the salmon back into the sauce. 
    4. To serve, plate each piece of salmon, then spoon the sauce and zucchini over top. Serve topped with fresh basil.
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  1. This was AMAZING! Had guests over and it was a hit! Tip make more sauce cause it is so good you will want to make sure there is extra for bread!! Yumm loved it!

    1. Hey Felicia,
      Awesome!! Thanks a bunch for making this recipe:) I am so glad it was enjoyed! Hope you’re off to a great Monday! xxT

  2. Hi ? I’m wondering if I can sub carrots or some other veggie for zucchini? I’m cooking fresh for (2) 9 month old boys who are so fun to cook for because they love to eat real food! XO – Anna

    1. Hi Anna,
      Sure, you could use any veggies you like, broccoli and asparagus would also work! I hope you love the recipe! xTieghan

  3. So grateful for you Tieghan, period. Three grown kids all at home for the moment lol and hubby (two of us pescatarian), all hungry animals…. I just go to your website and choose a meal and often a dessert oh boy. Please thank your mom and pops for having you. Tonight it’s your creamy feta salmon. Keep being you girl.

    1. Hey Jody,
      Awe, thank you so much for your super kind message:) I am so glad your family is able to enjoy the recipes and thank you for following along and making them! Have a great Monday! xx

  4. 5 stars
    best recipe ever. had never mixed feta with coconut milk in any recipe i can recall. the flavors are great. loved using lots of fresh thyme from my garden.

    1. Hey Lauren,
      Awesome!! Thanks a bunch for making this recipe:) I am so glad it was enjoyed! Hope you’re off to a great Monday! xxT

  5. 5 stars
    I’ve made this recipe a handful of times now and it’s seriously one of my favorite meals to make! Healthy and easy to make!

    1. Hey Emily,
      Amazing!! I am so glad to hear you have been enjoying this recipe, thanks so much for making it and sharing your feedback:)

    1. Hi Karen,
      Sure, that should work well for you! Let me know if you give this recipe a try, I hope you love it! xTieghan

    1. Hey Mallory,
      Thanks so much for your comment and sharing your feedback! I am glad that this recipe was enjoyed, thanks for trying it out! xTieghan

  6. 5 stars
    We made this for dinner tonight. Your brilliance in the combination of flavors and levels of simplicity of ingredients can fool you with the deliciousness of this recipe. The layer of flavor is so good. We opted to cook the salmon in our cast iron separately but it worked out well b/c we had some leftover of the cream sauce and veggies which we are planning on using for some risotto for tomorrow. Talk about a bonus meal!

    1. Hey Regina,
      Fantastic!! I love to hear that this recipe was a winner, thanks for trying it out! I hope you had a great holiday weekend!?

    1. Hey Paris,
      Happy Wednesday!! Thanks a bunch for making this recipe, I love to hear that it was enjoyed!!? xTieghan

    1. Meant to include we served over rice. It was the perfect addition to soak up the delicious sauce.

    2. Hi Mandy,
      Awesome!! I am thrilled to hear that this recipe was enjoyed, thanks a bunch for giving it a try! Thanks for your kind message:) xx

  7. 5 stars
    This was a super scrumptious take on salmon! The feta was divine. I added spinach instead of zucchini and it was delicious. I never would have thought of a preparation like this. I cannot wait to make it again! Thank you!

    1. Hey Nina,
      Happy Friday!! Thanks so much for giving this recipe a try, I am so glad to hear it was a winner:) ?xx

    1. Hey Kaley,
      Happy Wednesday!! I am thrilled to hear that this recipe was enjoyed, thanks so much for giving it a go!! ☘️Tieghan

  8. 5 stars
    This is incredible!!! My partner loves a creamier salmon dish so I wanted to try this as it has a ton of flavors we love – feta, garlic, thyme – and it was amazing. Definitely entering the weekly rotation. I paired it with some homemade truffle oil roasted potatoes and it was a hearty and amazing dish.

    1. Hi McKenzie,
      Awesome!! I love to hear that this recipe was enjoyed, thanks a lot for giving it a try! xx

    1. Hi Natalie,
      Awesome!! I love to hear that this recipe was enjoyed, thanks a lot for making it!! Have the best day:) xx

  9. 5 stars
    AMAZING RECIPE!! I cook salmon all the time and this might be my favorite… not a fan of zucchini so I swapped it out with mushroom.

    Any tips for including mushroom instead of zucchini? The salmon/sauce was amazing, but my mushrooms could’ve come out better.

    1. Hey Karlee,
      Wonderful!! Thanks so much for giving this recipe a try, I am so glad to hear it was enjoyed!! I would slice the mushrooms and add when the zucchini is added. ?xTieghan