Easy Honey Garlic Salmon with browned butter sauce. Tasty! You've got to try this!

Honey Garlic Salmon

Dinner | July 15, 2016 | By

I don’t mind taking one for the team sometimes. I’ll gladly do it today for this Honey Garlic Salmon. That garlicky scent will linger on my fingertips long after the salmon is gone. I’ve tried different methods to get rid of the aroma, but even a couple of days after I can still catch a faint whiff. I’m totally okay with it because this salmon is well worth it. Browned butter, sweetened with honey, a bit of tang from fresh-squeezed lemon, some garlic and all of it infused with sage leaves. Pull up a chair for some delicious Honey Garlic Salmon and easy tips for how to make browned butter.

Easy Honey Garlic Salmon with browned butter sauce. Tasty! You've got to try this!Come closer and check this out and then I’ll explain the garlic issue. This salmon packs so much flavor ~ the sweet, the tang, the buttery goodness. Your mouth won’t know what to do except to say mmmm and mmmmore! But okay. . . garlic. I have a terrible sense of direction. Even after all these years, it still baffles my husband who has an impeccable sense of direction. I even manage to get lost using GPS. God has a sense of humor though and even though He denied me a sense of direction, He blessed me with a wicked sense of smell. I’m talking bloodhound caliber. So maybe the aroma isn’t as bad as I’m thinking . . .Easy Honey Garlic Salmon with browned butter sauce. Tasty! You've got to try this!

This sauce is out of this world. You may remember salmon is not among my husband’s favorite dishes. He will eat it though because he knows I like it and it’s good for him. My quest continues for a method, marinade, glaze or something that will make him sit up and say “hey, I actually love salmon”. I know. . .but a girl can dream. This sauce nearly sent him to that place.

I love to grill, but by mid-summer (and especially by late summer), I get a little tired of grilled food. I slowly start to transition to meals cooked indoors and eventually to my comfort food menu. This recipe is cooked indoors, but whips up quickly so it doesn’t heat up the house and is still light enough to enjoy on a warm day. I’m going to make it for my book club group next time they’re over. They’ll be swooning!Easy Honey Garlic Salmon with browned butter sauce. Tasty! You've got to try this!Have you ever made browned butter?

It’s really easy and once you do, you’ll be searching Pinterest for other recipes to use it in, it’s that good. Browned butter is just butter that’s cooked until it turns brown and develops a delicious nutty scent and flavor. Butter can burn though, so let’s walk through this together.

  • Cut the butter into pieces.
  • Add the butter to the skillet over medium heat. 
  • Stir the butter allowing it to melt evenly. You’ll see it start to foam ~ keep stirring constantly.
  • The foam will start to subside and you’ll see the butter become a light golden color with a delicious nutty aroma.
  • That’s it! You just make browned butter.

Once your browned butter is complete, pour it into a bowl reserving just enough to coat the bottom of the skillet. Season the salmon filets with a pinch of sea salt and pepper. Reheat the skillet on medium heat and once it’s warm, lay the filets face down. Cook them 3-4 minutes over medium heat, then turn and continue cooking another 3-4 minutes or until the salmon is cooked through.Easy Honey Garlic Salmon with browned butter sauce. Tasty! You've got to try this!

Remove the salmon filets from the skillet and pour the reserved browned butter back in. Add the grated garlic, honey, lemon juice and chopped sage leaves and simmer over low heat 2 minutes, stirring occasionally. Drizzle the sauce over the salmon. I paired this Honey Garlic Salmon with a mixed vegetable brown rice but it would go well with a salad or any vegetable.Easy Honey Garlic Salmon with browned butter sauce. Tasty! You've got to try this!

This recipe is for two people, which is usually all we have these days. For four people, just double it and so on.

How many people are usually around your table these days?

Easy Honey Garlic Salmon with browned butter sauce. Tasty! You've got to try this!

 

Honey Garlic Salmon
Serves 2
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Ingredients
  1. 2 salmon filets (checkbook size each)
  2. 2 - tablespoons of butter, chilled and cut into pieces
  3. 2 - tablespoons of honey
  4. 1 - tablespoon of lemon juice
  5. 1 - clove of garlic, grated
  6. 3-4 fresh sage leaves, chopped
  7. sea salt
  8. fresh cracked black pepper
  9. extra lemon wedges for each serving
Instructions
  1. Cut the butter into pieces.
  2. Add the butter to the skillet over medium heat.
  3. Stir the butter so it melts evenly. You'll see it start to foam ~ keep stirring constantly.
  4. The foam will start to subside and you'll see a lightly golden color.
  5. Remove the skillet from the stove. The browned butter is finished.
  6. Pour the browned butter into a bowl, reserving just enough to coat the bottom of the skillet.
  7. Reheat the skillet to medium.
  8. Season the salmon filets with sea salt and pepper and add them face down to the skillet.
  9. Cook the filets 3-4 minutes over medium heat, allowing them to sear.
  10. Turn them over and continue cooking another 3-4 minutes or until cooked through.
  11. Take the filets out of the skillet and pour the reserved browned butter back in.
  12. Add the garlic, honey, lemon juice and sage leaves and simmer over low heat 2 minutes.
  13. Drizzle the sauce over the salmon.
Notes
  1. Serve with rice, salad or mixed vegetables.
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  1. Ray
    July 15, 2016

    This salmon is fabulous. With the rice side and a glass of the finest Pinot Grigio the chef can provide it makes a feast fit for royalty.

    • Bernie
      July 19, 2016

      Awww thanks Ray! So glad you enjoyed. It’ll definitely make a return trip in the meal rotation! 🙂

    • Kelly
      July 20, 2016

      I’m definitely making this!! I love salmon and I had to laugh about your keen sense of smell ~ me too! My family and friends are baffled by what my nose picks up. Love this post.

      • Bernie
        July 21, 2016

        Let me know how you like it Kelly! Glad you enjoyed the post – thank you SO much. So funny we also share that ‘bloodhound’ sense of smell. I drive my husband nuts with mine!!

  2. Mary
    July 16, 2016

    Good Granny Grunt – what a recipe! I love browned butter and this looks like a perfect recipe to use. The photos look so tempting. As usual….perfect dish. Pinned. Have a wonderful weekend…stay safe. Thanks for sharing.

    • Bernie
      July 19, 2016

      Haha Mary so glad you like! Thank you so much for your kind words – much appreciated!! I hope you’re staying safe as well. Enjoy your week.

  3. Kelly
    July 20, 2016

    Love this salmon and post. Laughed about your keen sense of smell ~ me too! My family and friends are baffled by what my nose can pick up ????