If you’re tired of the leftovers and rich decadence of the Thanksgiving feasting, then it’s time to cook this easy Salmon in Brown Butter.
Do not be intimidated by the phrase ‘brown butter’. It’s actually super easy to make. I have used brown butter in baking Filipino cakes and for cooking Philippine dishes. When my son was home several months ago, he suggested I cook the salmon fillets in brown butter.
It took about seven minutes for the butter to brown over medium heat. The butter liquified and had a golden brown color. I then sauteed the garlic and onions, and added the salmon fillets. The fish cooked evenly on both sides. The buttery, slightly salty flavors seeped into the fillet, which made it even more moist. The outer edges of the salmon caramelized. At the end, I drizzled a tad of honey on the salmon just before serving. It was divine.
Keep the next few weeks of cooking simple and easy. You don’t have to get stressed or overwhelmed. This year’s holidays are different due to the pandemic. But it doesn’t diminish the fact that Christmas is special.
In the next few weeks, I will be sharing some recipes to brighten your holiday table. They will be simple enough to make your lives easy. But there will be unique touches to remind us of what the holidays mean. No matter what, always remember to cook with love.
Salmon in Brown Butter
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
Notes on Nutrition: The nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and specific brands of ingredients used.
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