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Spicy Brown Butter Salmon

This spicy brown butter sauce adds so much flavor to your salmon!

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Equipment List

  • 10-in. non-stick skillet
  • Tongs
  • Plate


  • Salmon Seasoning
    • 1 pinch sea salt
      - Can use kosher salt instead
    • 1 pinch fresh ground pepper
    • 1 pinch smoked paprika
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 1 serrano chili
  • 2 6 oz salmon fillets
  • 1 shallot
    - Thinly sliced
  • 1 sprig rosemary
  • 1 Tbsp sun-dried tomatoes
  • 1/2 c orange juice
  • 1 tsp brown sugar

Preparation Instructions

  • Season salmon fillets on top side with smoked paprika, salt and pepper.
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  • Let seasoned salmon rest for 60 minutes at room temperature before cooking.
  • Slice serrano chili in thin slices, keeping the seeds
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  • Slice shallot
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  • Prepare all of your ingredients and set aside
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Cooking Instructions

  • Preheat to 241°F
  • Add 2 Tbsp butter to pan
  • Stir ingredients
  • Add 1 serrano chili to pan
  • Stir ingredients
  • Move chilis to one side of pan
  • Add 2 6 oz salmon fillets, seasoned side down to pan
  • Stir ingredients
  • Flip 2 6 oz salmon fillets
  • Stir ingredients
  • Add 1 shallot to pan
  • Remove 2 6 oz salmon fillets from pan
  • Stir ingredients
  • Add 1 sprig rosemary to pan
  • Add 1 Tbsp sun-dried tomatoes to pan
  • Stir ingredients
  • Add 1/2 c orange juice to pan
  • Add 1 tsp brown sugar to pan
  • Taste and add salt to taste
  • Remove ingredients from pan

Finishing Instructions

  • Place salmon fillet on plate
  • Top with sauce


  • Rich McAffee

    My first Cooksy recipe. Remarkably easy. I did the prep and then supervised my 11 yo as she did all of the cooking. As for flavor - delicious! Slightly sweet for my taste so when I do it again I might drop the brown sugar or maybe replace it with a half tsp of molasses. OJ, rosemary, shallots, and serrano peppers is a beautiful combination that doesn’t overpower the salmon. I don’t usually care for sun dried tomatoes (and almost “forgot” them) but found them to fit nicely. Overall, terrific first Cooksy experience. I will definitely return to this recipe in the future.