Browned Butter Teriyaki Salmon Recipe

Doesn’t the title of this recipe make your mouth water? Browned butter alone makes any dish sparkle. But, teriyaki sauce and salmon?? Man! I can not wait for you to try this easy salmon recipe!

Salmon is a popular fish. Good fatty acids, lots of protein, wonderful source of potassium, selenium, etc. etc. I’m not surprised that so many incorporate this fish into their diets. Preparing it is another plus. Super easy to cook. Doesn’t take long at all. Sear, bake, grill, or broil. It’s all good!

Frozen salmon is cool. But, fresh is always better. Sometimes, I buy the whole fish and cut it into 2 inch wide fillets. It’s much easier to handle during the cooking process that way.

My recipe only requires a 20-30 minute marinading time. I don’t like to marinate fish for hours and hours. Fish is more delicate than chicken, beef, and pork. It can lose some of it’s firmness if marinated too long. Especially if there is acidity, like lemon juice, included in the marinade. The acid will cause the fish to become mushy if marinated for longer than 30 minutes.

Now, let’s discussed the glorious browned butter! It is what it is. Browned butter! Browned butter is fragrant and adds a nutty flavor to the dish. Very simple to do. You just heat the butter until it browns. Done! I’m using a cast iron skillet to do this which is typically a no no as the dark pan makes it hard to see the butter brown. But, in this case, the salmon is forgiving. Just keep the heat to a low medium.

Salmon literally takes minutes to cook! I like to bake them broil it for a little char on the top and the edges. Comes out perfectly every time!

Happy Cooking,

B. Coop

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Browned Butter Teriyaki Salmon


  • 4-5 salmon fillets
  • 1/3 cup teriyaki sauce
  • 1 TBS brown sugar
  • 1 tsp garlic salt
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 TBS honey
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1 TBS minced garlic
  • 5 TBS butter
  • 1 TBS lemon juice
  • 4 lemon slices
  • Dill or parsley to garnish


  1. In a small bowl, whisk together the teriyaki sauce, brown sugar, garlic salt, and ground ginger.
  2. Pour the marinade over the salmon in a covered dish or ziplock bag
  3. Gently toss the salmon in the marinade to coat evenly
  4. Marinate for 20-30 mins in the refrigerator.
  5. Preheat the oven to 400 F
  6. Heat the butter in an oven safe pan or skillet.
  7. Allow the butter to brown on medium heat for about 2 minutes or until the butter browns lightly; stir frequently
  8. Add in the minced garlic
  9. Sauté for 30 secs
  10. Stir in the lemon juice
  11. Add in the salmon fillets skin side down.
  12. Pour the marinade over the salmon
  13. Turn off the heat and baste the salmon with the butter sauce
  14. Place lemon slices on top of each fillet
  15. Bake for 3-4 mins depending on the thickness of the fillets
  16. Broil for 1-2 mins until the fillets are slighting charred.
  17. Garnish with dill or parsley
  18. Enjoy!