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Honey Garlic Butter Salmon

Simple, easy, tasty pan seared honey garlic butter salmon recipe with pantry friendly ingredients. Honey, garlic, butter and a hint of fresh zesty lemon flavour.
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: asian, fusion
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 3
Calories: 385kcal
Author: Khin


  • 3 fillets Salmon boneless skinless ( about 180 g/ 7oz each fillet)
  • ¼ tsp Salt
  • ¼ tsp Black pepper fresh ground
  • 2 tbsp Butter unsalted
  • 1 tbsp Garlic fine chopped
  • 1 tsp Lemon zest


  • 3 tbsp Honey
  • 2 tbsp Soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp Lemon juice fresh squeeze


  • Toasted sesame seeds
  • Spring onions chopped
  • Lemon wedges


  • First, season the salmon with salt and fresh ground black pepper on both sides. In a small bowl mix honey, soy sauce, lemon juice and set it aside.
  • Heat the pan to medium-high heat, drizzle a tablespoon of oil, then place the salmon fillets and fry for 2-3 minutes. Gently flip and fry another side for about 1 minute.
  • Add the butter and chopped garlic one side of the pan sauté for another 1 minute.
  • Next pour the sauce in, baste the sauce over the salmon occasionally. Let the sauce reduce and start to thick.
  • Sprinkle the lemon zest, toasted sesame seeds and chopped spring onions. Turn off the heat and transfer to serving plate, garnish with lemon wedges, extra chopped spring onions and sesame seeds.
  • Serve with mashed potato, steamed vegetables, rice or salad.


  • Salmon frying time can be varies depend on the thickness of fillets and the pan used. But make sure not to overcook to maintain the soft and juiciness. 

Ingredients you can swap or add extra

  • You can swap salmon with other meaty fish fillets of cod, haddock, pollock or with seabass, etc.
  • Do not need to add exact same ingredients that is used in the sauce, if you don't like soy sauce, add water instead and salt to taste.
  • Fresh lemon juice 2 tablespoon can be substitute with 1 tablespoon of regular white vinegar. 
  • Use flat non-stick pan or skillet with medium-high heat.

How to make extra sauce?

  • Simply double the amount the sauce ingredients if you like extra sauce to serve over noodles or rice. 

How to make it spicy?

  • Adding 1 teaspoon of chilli oil or dry red chilli flakes would bring the sauce some heat. Or add a tablespoon of sweet chilli sauce and creates a salmon with sweet chilli glazed!


Calories: 385kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 35g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 114mg | Sodium: 1007mg | Potassium: 891mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 18g | Vitamin A: 303IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 33mg | Iron: 2mg
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