A simple salmon dinner such as lemon garlic butter salmon is all I needed to be able to relax and bring back all the energy that were consumed during the day. This butter salmon recipe is so easy and quick to make; cooking this dish did not tire me at all.
I am using store bough frozen wild salmon fillet. These are already pre sliced, so no need for a knife. If you are using fresh salmon fillet, you have the advantage to slice it into your desired portions. I prefer wild salmon over farmed salmon because there is a possibility that the latter has higher mercury content.
It just took me a few minutes to make this simple dish for dinner. That means that I had more time doing other things, like cleaning the house or editing some cooking videos that I should have published weeks ago. I told myself to work harder and smarter this year. There is a bit of a struggle, but no major issues.
How to Cook Lemon Garlic Butter Salmon
Start by making the rub. We will use a simple rub for this fish recipe. It is composed of salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Combine all three ingredients and rub all over the salmon fillet. Give it a few minutes to sit so that the fish can absorb the flavor.
Melt the butter in a pan. Make sure to apply low heat to melt the butter because it can get burnt easily. Butter has low smoke point, unlike other oils. This is the reason why there is canola oil in the ingredient list below. The smoke point of butter can be extended a bit when mixed with canola oil. Add the canola oil when the butter melts completely.
Let the oils heat-up a little bit and then gently add all the salmon fillets and fresh thyme sprigs in the pan. We are not expecting any splatter at this point because the butter is not that hot yet. Continue to cook using the same amount of heat until the butter starts to make a soft sound and when bubbles appear. This means that the oils are getting hotter and that the fish is starting to cook. Let the fish cook until it turns light brown and then turn it over using a spatula. Cook the other side the same way.
You might be asking why we are frying the thyme. It simply releases its odor and flavor when applied with heat and any liquid. The oils tend to absorb the aroma and flavor from the thyme and transfers it to the fish during the cooking process. So, the thyme makes our salmon dish smell and taste better.
Remove the salmon from the pan and then top over rice. Scoop a teaspoon of butter from the pan and pour over the salmon and squeeze lemon over it. You might also like to try our super easy bake salmon recipe.
Try this Lemon Garlic Butter Salmon Recipe. Cheers!
- 4 pieces salmon fillet
- ¾ cup salted butter
- 4 sprigs thyme
- 2 teaspoons garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ⅛ teaspoons ground black pepper
- 2 tablespoons canola oil
- 1 fresh lemon
- Combine salt, ground black pepper, and garlic powder in a small bowl mix well.
- Arrange the salmon fillet in a plate. Rub the garlic powder mixture all over the salmon. Let it stay for 10 to 15 minutes.
- Melt the butter in a pan. Add the oil. Set the heat between low and medium.
- Gently add the salmon fillet and thyme in the pan. Do not use high heat when cooking with butter because it has a tendency to get burnt quickly. Cook each side of the salmon fillet for 7 to 10 minutes (in low to medium heat) or until the fish starts to brown.
- Remove from the frying pan. Arrange in individual plates. Squeeze lemon juice on top.
- Serve with white or brown rice and salad.
- Share and enjoy!