Pan Seared Salmon With Brown Butter Sauce Recipe

December 29, 2020

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Pan Seared Salmon Recipe

As the year is coming to a close with 2021 right around the corner, I’ve been spending more time cooking and eating meals at home. Today I’m sharing a pan-seared salmon recipe with a brown butter sauce that only takes 30 minutes. 

SEE ALSO: 20-Minute Roasted Red Pepper Pasta

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I love Blue Apron because I don’t have to stress about grocery store runs and almost all of the recipes are ready in under 35 minutes. Every week there’s one recipe on the Signature 2-serving and 4-serving menus that’s a cut above the rest. It’s like bringing the restaurant home. 

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A Taste of Koko

This recipe was originally tilapia with a brown butter sauce but I swapped it out for salmon! All of Blue Apron’s ingredients are high quality and come from trusted suppliers, but you may prefer to step things up. Upgrade your protein for special occasions—or a random Tuesday.


A Taste of Koko

A Taste of Koko

The trick to really good salmon is patting the fish dry, adding seasoning, and getting a nice sear on the skin with a hot pan. I’m seasoning the salmon with the Mexican spice blend that comes in the Blue Apron that has Ancho Chile powder, smoked paprika, garlic powder, and more. Make sure your pan is hot before you place the salmon skin side down so it gets a nice sear and this helps keep the fish moist and juicy on the inside. 


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Love how all the ingredients from Blue Apron are portioned to the recipe and labeled!

Pan seared salmon with brown butter sauce
Yield: 2

Pan Seared Salmon With Brown Butter Sauce Recipe

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes


  • 2 skin-on salmon fillets
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 tbsp garlic
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 bunch collard greens
  • 2 tbsp raw pepitas
  • 1 tbsp Mexican spice blend
  • 1/2 cup long grain white rice
  • 1 navel orange
  • 1 oz sliced pickled jalapeno pepper


Make garlic rice

  1. In a small pot, heat a drizzle of olive oil and add chopped garlic. Season with salt and pepper.
  2. Cook for 30 seconds to one minute until softened. Add rice, a pinch of salt, and 1 cup of water. Heat to boiling on high.
  3. Once boiling, reduce the heat to low. Cover and cook, without stirring for 12 to 14 minutes, or until the water has been absorbed and the rice is tender.
  4. Turn off the heat and fluff with a fork. Cover to keep warm.

Cook collard greens

  1. In a medium pan, heat 2 tsp of olive oil on medium-high until hot.
  2. Add the sliced collard greens and pepper. Season with salt and pepper and cook for 2 to 3 minutes, or until the collard greens are slightly wilted.
  3. Add 1/2 cup of water and season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, 4 to 6 minutes, or until the collard greens are wilted and the water has cooked off.
  4. Transfer to a bowl and cover with foil to keep warm.

Cook the fish

  1. Pat fish dry with paper towels. Season on both sides with salt, pepper, and Mexican spice blend to coat.
  2. Heat 2 tsp of olive oil on medium-high heat until hot and add the seasoned fish.
  3. Cook 3 to 4 minutes per side, or until browned and cooked through.

Make the pan sauce & serve

  1. In the same pan, heat the butter and pepitas on medium-high until the butter has melted.
  2. Once melted, cook, stirring constantly and scraping up any fond, 1 to 2 minutes, or until the foam subsides and the butter is fragrant. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Add the orange juice and honey. Cooking, stirring constantly, 30 seconds to 1 minute, or until the liquid is slightly reduced in volume.
  4. Turn off the heat. Taste and then season with salt and pepper.
  5. Serve the cooked fish with the garlic rice and cooked collard greens. Top the fish with the pan sauce.


Pan seared salmon with brown butter sauce

Pairing the pan-seared salmon with sauteed collard greens (the pickled jalapeno pepper adds a nice salty bite and acidity) and fragrant garlic rice. Finished with a citrusy, honey glaze and toasted pepitas on top! 

I’m planning my Blue Apron meals in advance so here are a couple of options that are in my cart!


  • Scared Scallop & Pancetta Fettuccine
  • Crispy Brussels Sprout & Saffron Risotto
  • Spanish-Spiced Salmon & Farro


  • Miso-Ginger Rice Bowls
  • Cavatappi Pasta & Pork Ragù
  • Seared Steaks & Roasted Potatoes


  • NY Strip Steaks & Truffle Butter
  • Roasted Cauliflower & Lemon Pasta


Jane Ko is the Austin blogger behind A Taste of Koko, Austin's top food and travel blog featuring the hottest restaurants and weekend getaways. Jane has been a speaker at South by Southwest (SXSW), Texas Conference for Women, BlogHer, and more on entrepreneurship and social media. She lives in Austin Texas with her dog and cat.


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