Salmon with Magical Butter Sauce

Salmon with Magical Butter Sauce

What you’ll learn:

  • 5-ingredient salmon recipe
  • Microwave: butter + your favorite fruit jam + balsamic vinegar
  • Use on shrimp, pork chops, fish or steamed vegetables


How to pan-seared salmon

When I buy salmon fillet, I try to get the most even piece – meaning, even in thickness. But, it’s not always possible. Even when thickness is just a little different, it can cause parts of the salmon to overcook.

Salmon with Magical Butter Sauce Recipe


I like to just roll the salmon piece and tie with twine (skin or no skin it’s up to you.) This gives me a nice, even salmon “steak” that cooks evenly. With the piece of salmon that I have here, I removed the skin, then rolled the salmon. Tied twine in 2 or 3 different places. Then cut that roll in 2 or 3 pieces – so that I have several pieces of salmon steak, each about an 1 1/4-inches thick. The larger the salmon piece, the more steaks you can make.

Season with salt and pepper.

Heat a little oil in the pan, place salmon down in the pan. Sear for 2 minutes.

I have kitchen envy…these photos were taken 4 years ago, in my old house when I had a real gas stove.



Turn salmon over. See that nice crust? Cook for 1 minute.


Turn heat to medium-low, then cover loosely with tin foil.

The loose tin foil traps heat to cook the inside of the salmon – but it still lets steam escape, so that you don’t lose that nice crust you’ve created.

Alternatively, you can do this in the oven. But cooking this way on the stovetop saves you from having to heat up the oven.

What about asparagus? Magical butter sauce is the best.


Salmon with Magical Butter Sauce Recipe

Servings: 4

Prep Time:10 minutes

Cook Time:10 minutes

1/2 cup butter
3 tablespoons fruit preserves (like apricot, mango-jalapeno, blackberry, etc.)
1 1/2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
salt and pepper
1 tablespoon minced herbs (like parsley, cilantro, basil, chives)

1 piece skinless salmon fillet, about 5-6 inches long
salt and pepper
Vegetable oil, for cooking


1. Season the salmon with salt and pepper. Roll the salmon. Use kitchen twine to tie the salmon in 4 places, evenly spaced. Make sure you tie it tight! Cut between the twine to make 4 evenly sized pieces, about 1 1/4" thick.

2. Heat a large frying pan with some vegetable oil over high heat. When hot, add the salmon steaks. Cook for 2 minutes. Turn the salmon over. Cook an additional 1 minute. Turn heat to medium-low, then cover pan loosely with tin foil. Cook for 4-5 minutes, or until the salmon is cooked through. Remove salmon to clean plate.

3. To the same pan on medium-low heat, add the Magical Butter ingredients. Cook until bubbly and butter is melted, about 30 seconds. Pour on top of the salmon.