December 11, 2017 Kim Cox

Salmon With Browned Butter Honey Garlic Glaze

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Salmon has become the “go to” fish of the American diet, so it’s important to have a “go to” recipe for it.  I was never a big fan of salmon until I started cooking it myself. I learned that a good sauce or glaze on salmon really makes the difference.

This is a really good glaze….

Give me 3 main ingredients and 15 minutes and I’ll give you the best salmon you’ve ever tasted.

The browned butter honey garlic glaze combines the sweet with the savory which is always a good combination.  It goes perfectly with salmon, but might also be good on chicken or pork. (Try it and let me know.)

It can be served hot, or at room temperature. Serve it alone or as part of A SALMON TRAY – YOU CAN MAKE!

Here’s the recipe

Browned Butter Honey Garlic Glaze for Salmon

( This recipe is adapted from a similar one on

4 Tablespoons of butter

4 Tablespoons honey

3 garlic cloves

Juice of half a lemon

lemon pepper


(When I use a whole salmon for this recipe, I always double it.)

Making the Salmon


  1.  Liberally  sprinkle the salmon with lemon pepper.  I don’t think it matters how much.  I have never managed to put too much.  Salmon tray
  2. Broil the salmon until it is almost cooked through. Remove from oven and make the glaze.

Making the  Glaze

The browned butter is crucial to this recipe. It  gives the glaze an earthy and nutty flavor.  It really adds complexity and depth to the taste.  It is also tricky to make….  Ok, tricky is probably a poor choice of words.  When browning butter, it must be watched carefully and you must have all your ingredients assembled and readily available because you will need to stop the butter from cooking very quickly or it will burn.  It is quite doable though, just be diligent.  Here goes.


  1. Place the butter in the saucepan or skillet and let it melt. Salmon
  2. Initially, the butter will be yellow, but the heavier parts of it will start to darken within a few minutes.  Notice, it get’s brown around the edges first.  SalmonAs it gets darker, you, will notice that it no longer smells like butter, but more like nuts.  Salmon
  3. This is about as brown as the butter should get.  If  yours is a bit lighter than this, that’s fine too.
  4. Once the butter is browned, remove it from the heat and immediately add the honey.  This will serve to cool it down a bit and stop it from browning.  Salmon5.   Vigorously stir until the honey is melted.
  5. Place the butter-honey mixture back on the fire and add the garlic.  Cook until the garlic is done, about 2 minutes.  Remove from fire and add lemon juice.

Glazing the Salmon

Pour the glaze over the cooked salmon and place it back under the broiler.  Once the glaze starts to bubble, remove the salmon from the oven, and pour the remaining glaze over the salmon.


It is now ready to serve!

This salmon can be served separately as the main course of a weekday meal or as a part of a beautiful salmon display tray shown in the pictures.  For complete instructions on how to make A  SALMON TRAY – THAT YOU CAN MAKE  in the pictures shown, check out our post for step-by-step instructions with pictures.  It looks intimidating but it’s REALLY easy.

Salmon tray


Try it!




Want to take this up a notch?  Use this salmon recipe to make A SALMON TRAY  – THAT YOU CAN MAKEi.  Just click the link.  It’s also on the blog.



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