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Salmon in Brown Butter

This Salmon in Brown Butter dish is one of the easiest entrees to prepare. Brown the butter for seven minutes in the skillet. Then cook the salmon fillets in the butter. This cooks fast and can be prepared a few minutes before dinner. This is an Asian in America recipe by Elizabeth Ann Quirino. Serves 2.
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time23 minutes
Total Time38 minutes
Course: Dinner, Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine: American, Asian, Filipino
Keyword: Salmon in Brown Butter
Servings: 2 people
Calories: 413kcal
Author: Asian in America - Elizabeth Ann Quirino


  • Large Skillet - 10 to 12 inches


  • 2 whole (600 gms. each) wild-caught salmon fillets
  • 2 Tablespoons calamansi or lemon juice
  • 1 pinch salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ½ cup butter
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 whole medium-sized onion, sliced
  • 2 Tablespoons honey, to drizzle on salmon
  • 1 Tablespoon chopped fresh parsley, for garnish

For serving:

  • steamed rice


To prepare the salmon fillets:

  • Make sure salmon is thawed at room temperature.
    In a non-reactive container, marinate the salmon fillets with the calamansi (or lemon juice), salt and black pepper for 15 minutes. (Note: Do not marinate fish longer than this amount of time). Set aside till ready to cook.

To cook the salmon in brown butter:

  • In a large skillet, over medium heat, add the butter. Let the butter melt and simmer for 7 minutes. The butter will start to liquefy and turn a golden brown color.
  • In the skillet, saute the garlic and onions till transparent, for about 1 minute.
    Add the marinated salmon fillets. Cook evenly on each side for 8 minutes.
  • When salmon is cooked completely, drizzle the top with honey.
    Garnish with chopped fresh parsley. Serve warm with rice.

Cook's comments:

  • If possible, use newly-purchased, good quality butter for this recipe.
    But if you're using butter you've had in the refrigerator for a while, taste to see if flavor is still fresh and not rancid. This makes a difference in the outcome of the dish.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 413kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 46g | Saturated Fat: 29g | Cholesterol: 122mg | Sodium: 425mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 1418IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 19mg