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Browned Butter honey Garlic Salmon

Browned Butter Honey Garlic Salmon is a Cafe Delites original recipe! Salmon steaks pan fried in browned butter infused with garlic and honey, then grilled/broiled for an extra 6 minutes for extra golden, crispy and caramelised finish. The browned butter cooks right into this salmon and the honey and garlic give it such a beautiful flavour and charred finish in the oven.


This recipe is simple and easy. Salmon broiled with a salty-sweet glaze. You’ll be licking the plate clean! Garlic butter has a taste to die for, however, when you take it that step further and brown that butter first, then add your garlic to infuse all of those flavours into your browned butter? WOW! The combination is incredible! I looked online everywhere for something like this and couldn’t BELIEVE it when I found out this flavour combo hadn’t been explored!

Ingredients
  • 1/4 cup (4 tablespoons) butter
  • 1/4 cup (4 tablespoons) honey
  • 2-3 cloves garlic, minced*
  • 1-2 tablespoons fresh squeezed lemon juice (or juice of half a lemon)
  • 4 wild caught salmon fillets (about 1/2 pound or 250 grams each), skin off or on
  • Lemon wedges (to serve)
  • Salt, to taste
Instructions
  1. Arrange oven shelf about 8-inches away from heat element in your oven. Preheat your oven to broil (or grill in Australia).
  2. Place butter in a cast iron skillet (or an oven-proof frying pan if you don't have a skillet). Cook over medium heat, stirring and swirling pan occasionally for about 3 minutes, or until the foam settles; the butter begins to change in colour to golden brown and has a nutty fragrance.
  3. Pour in the honey and let it dissolve into the butter. Then add in the garlic and sauté for about 1 minute until fragrant. Add in the lemon juice; stir well to combine all of the flavours together.
  4. Add the salmon steaks to the butter in the pan; cook each fillet (skin-side down if there's any skin) for 3-4 minutes or until golden, while basting the tops with the pan juices. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  5. Add the lemon wedges around the salmon. Transfer the pan to your oven to broil / grill for a further 5-6 minutes, or until the tops of the salmon are nicely charred.
  6. To serve, drizzle with the reserved brown butter sauce. Serve with steamed vegetables; over rice or with a salad.
Oven Baked Method:
  1. Pre-heat oven to 410°F (210°C).
  2. Follow Steps 2-3 as above.
  3. At Step 4 when adding the fillets into the skillet, transfer to oven to bake for 4 minutes (depending on the size and thickness of your fillets).
  4. Broil (or grill) for 2 minutes to get nice charred edges.
Recipe Notes
*For a mild garlic taste, use 2 cloves. For more flavour in your sauce, use 3 cloves!

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