Every salmon lover knows when it’s King Salmon season. These fishes are hard to catch so finding them at the store isn’t something you can rely on. The level of expertise catching these fish requires, as well as how fast they sell out, give their name “King Salmon” perspective. Today I’ll be making the Wild White King Salmon recipe! 

King Salmon has sweet and juicy meat, which makes cooking and adding sauces an easier task. The wild King Salmon with Savory Whipped Cream is a delectable dish and deserves a dinner in its honor. Let’s start!

Wild King Salmon Recipe with Savory Whipped Cream

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Entrée (main meal), Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 6
Calories 341 kcal


  • 1.5 lb king salmon with skin
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 tsp lemon zest
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tbsp snipped chives
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • Tarragon leaves
  • Watercress

Optional add-ins:

  • Violets, nasturtiums for garnish
  • Parsley, for garnish


  • Firstly, slice your salmon diagonally into six 4 ounce pieces, or have them cut by a fishmonger
  • Place the salmon pieces on a cutting board
  • Season the salmon generously with salt and pepper
  • In a bowl, pour the cream and begin to whip with a whisk till thickened
  • Add salt, pepper, mustard, cayenne, and zest to the cream mixture
  • Proceed to beat till soft peaks form, don’t over mix as the cream may go stiff
  • Fold the chives in the cream mixture, taste to test
  • Add butter in a large iron skillet, place over medium-high heat
  • As the butter melts and begins to foam, start adding the salmon pieces along with reducing the heat
  • Cook each side properly, the skin will add a crispiness
  • When the salmon easily flakes with a fork, that means it's cooked
  • Remove skillet from flame and let the salmon rest
  • Plate the salmon with a spoon of savory whipped cream over each. Garnish with edible flowers and herbs

Notes for this recipe

  • Keep an eye on your salmon while cooking, don't overcook
  • Soak your salmon in salt-water and brine to prevent any white gunk from covering the salmon surface while cooking
  • You can store the salmon and cream sauce separately in airtight containers. Refrigerating them will help them last 10 days whereas freezing them will prolong them to almost a month.
  • We recommend eating this meal fresh as the fish is juicier
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Ta-da! You’ve made the famous King Salmon with Savory Whipped Cream. It will certainly be an envious addition to your dinner table.

Side Dishes

Any good meal is incomplete without a good side dish to bring out its flavors. 

Pair Creamy Avocado Pasta with Creamy Salmon for a scrumptious combination. Looking for something to warm you up? The Vegan Noodle Soup with Silken Tofu will suit you best. Add leafy greens to your meal with the Dutch Lettuce Recipe. Nothing beats Cauliflower and Kale when it comes to side dishes, make sure to try it out. Sweet and Sour Silken Tofu will add tanginess to your fish meal. Play it safe with the foolproof Quinoa Brown Rice, rarely goes wrong. For healthy carbs pair your salmon with Brown Rice Pasta with Broccoli and Kale.

Other Salmon Recipes

There are several ways you can make a delicious meal out of Salmon, here are some recipes you can experiment with:

Red and White King Salmon


King Salmon is a magnificent fish and is one of the most sought-after fishes in the market. It is a delicacy like no other.

The King has 2 variations in its meat color. Each color has its distinct taste and texture, the color ranges from reddish-orange to pinkish-orange. But the White King Salmon is what everyone wants, it’s sold at a premium price in markets. 

Researchers have found that the genetic ability to metabolize or degrade the pigment found in the Salmon’s diet is what imparts the color. A White Salmon does not have this ability thus cannot break down their food and store the pigment in their muscle cells while a Red King Salmon can.

The pigment breakdown gene is dominant and the other is recessive and thus rare. Meaning the White Salmon may be rare and that’s why it’s more preferred.