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brown butter honey garlic salmon

Brown Butter Honey Garlic Salmon

Make this simple yet delicious brown butter honey garlic salmon in just 20 minutes.
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Keyword: brown butter honey garlic salmon, pan seared salmon, browned butter honey garlic salmon, pan seared salmon recipe, brown butter salmon
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 282kcal


  • 6 oz salmon fillets
  • 1 tsp salt or to taste
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper or to taste
  • 6 tbsp unsalted butter 2 tbsp to sear the salmon and 4 tbsp for the sauce
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice


  • First, start by heating a pan over medium heat.
  • Pat dry the salmon fillets with a paper towel and season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Chop and mince the garlic cloves.
  • Add 2 tbsp of the butter and heat until melted.
  • Place the salmon fillets on the pan skin side down and sear for 3-4 minutes on both sides.
  • Transfer the fish to a plate and remove the skin.
  • Add the rest of the butter to the same pan over medium heat. Melt the butter in the pan, swirling it around frequently until it has a brown color, a nutty flavor and the foam settles.
  • Add the minced garlic and saute for about 5 seconds.
  • Quickly add the honey, soy sauce and lemon juice. Stir to combine.
  • Transfer the salmon back to the pan and cook for an additional 3-4 minutes on each side or until fully cooked.
  • Serve immediately making sure to spoon more brown butter sauce over the fillets.


  • This recipe moves quickly, so make sure to prep all of the ingredients ahead of time.
  • Keep an eye on the garlic so it doesn't burn. As stated previously, this recipe moves very quickly.
  • You’ll know the salmon is done cooking when it flakes easily with a fork. Or you can check the internal temperature which should read about 125 degrees F once it is ready.


Calories: 282kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 69mg | Sodium: 729mg | Potassium: 246mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 18g | Vitamin A: 544IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 18mg | Iron: 1mg