Butter Basted Salmon

Butter Basted Salmon
Photo by Rachael Martin

Salting your proteins before cooking is essential and seafood is no exception, especially for a simple pan-fry, broil, or grill. This makes for a more moist and flavorful fish and gives you a larger margin of error when cooking. No more dry, overcooked fish.

Butter Basted Salmon | Sitka Salmon Shares

Total time: 45 min
Serves: 2 (but can easily be adjusted)


  • 8 to 16 ounces pound salmon (sockeye, king, coho, or keta), pin bones removed
  • 2 to 4 tablespoons unsalted butter (2 tablespoons for each ½ pound salmon
  • Kosher salt or large flaked sea salt


Season the Fish

Cut salmon into portion-size pieces and pat dry. Generously salt each portion and let rest for 15 minutes on the counter.

Cook and Baste the Fish

Melt butter in a medium skillet over medium-high heat. Using a spoon, remove any white milk solids and discard. Add the salmon skin-side down into the pan and gently press down to make skin contact fully with pan. Immediately, tilt the pan slightly to allow the butter to pool. Spoon the butter repeatedly over the fillets for 30 seconds, then return the pan to level. Cook over medium-high heat for 1 to 2 minutes. Baste again using the tilt and spoon method for 30 more seconds, then return the pan to level. Cook for 1 more minute, then tilt and baste for a third and final last time. The skin should begin to lift easily from the pan.

Turn fish over and cook for 30 to 45 seconds. Return fillets skin-side down, and cook until firm but yields slightly to the touch.


Serve salmon skin-side up on a cutting board to keep the skin crispy.

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*The information displayed is our analysis of the recipe based on its ingredients and preparation, and should not be considered a substitute for professional nutrition advice.

Wild at Home

with Richie Mann

We invite you to relax and enjoy this lighthearted video Richie has provided to assist you in cooking the perfect piece of salmon. Enjoy your delicious seafood and don't forget to remove those milk solids!

Butter Basted Salmon Recipe | Sitka Salmon Shares
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