GUYS! This is the best summer meal of my life.

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Not even kidding.

Well maybe I’m kidding. I mean, not kidding. Just exaggerating. But I’m NOT exaggerating because when we ate it, it really did taste like the best summer meal of my life.

This is how my brain works. It’s fun.

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Not to be a broken record, but totally to be a broken record, I still can’t find anything in my life due to my extremely poor and patience-less packing skills. Most notably, our fabulous pizza cutter. Which has nothing to do with this salmon but seems like biggest deal in the world after you’ve grilled homemade pizza.


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I’m pouring butter on your salmon. Stop me?


The salmon is delicious. I mean, it’s broiled and covered in garlic butter and is simple and perfect and flakes beautifully. But this salsa/relish/stuff on top that I made. WHOA.

First, I caramelized some shallots with a little butter and brown sugar. Until they were golden and sweet (and okay maybe a little burnt because I was doing ten million things at once) and like candy. Then I stirred in some sweet corn kernels – right off the cob. AND some sweet cherry peppers (aka pimentos, aka the ones I used on these ridic cheeseburgers).

And then I just ate it all with a spoon. I could not stop. It is the most delicious concoction of savory flavors to come out of my kitchen in a long, long time.

This was one of those meals so incredible that it didn’t even need a side. We ate it first with a big salad (the best ever arugula) but then I did make it once more, roasted a big old pan of local potatoes until crispy and threw some asparagus on the grill. So winning.


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Garlic Butter Salmon with Caramelized Shallot Relish

Yield: serves 4

Total Time: 40 mintues


1 1/2 pounds fresh salmon
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 garlic cloves, minced

caramelized shallot corn relish
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 shallots, sliced
1 tablespoon brown sugar
3 ears sweet corn, cut from the cob
3/4 cup sweet cherry peppers (pimentos), diced


Preheat the broiler on your oven to high.

Season the salmon with the salt and pepper and place it on a baking sheet. Add the butter to a small saucepan over medium heat and heat until melted. Add in the minced garlic cloves. Brush a bit of the garlic butter over the salmon. Broil the salmon until the top is opaque and the fish is flaking, about 8 to 10 minutes for salmon that is about 1-inch in thickness. Remove from the oven and brush the remaining garlic butter over top. Serve with the shallot corn relish.

caramelized shallot corn relish
Add the butter and olive oil to a small saucepan over medium-low heat. Add the shallots with a pinch of salt and stir. Cook until the shallots turn translucent, about 5 minutes. Stir in the sugar and cook until caramelized, about 10 more minutes. Stir in the corn and the diced peppers. Cook for another minute or two until the mixture is warmed.

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I want to eat this forty more times.

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68 Responses to “Garlic Butter Salmon with Caramelized Shallot Relish.”

  1. #
    Bri | Bites of Bri — August 18, 2014 @ 7:15 am

    I have been craving salmon and this is how we are going to eat it. It’s settled.


  2. #
    Belinda@themoonblushbaker — August 18, 2014 @ 7:24 am

    Salmon is always better grilled, and I have never been one to turn down butter too. I think I have my Tuesday night meal right here!


  3. #
    Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness — August 18, 2014 @ 7:29 am

    Salmon + garlic butter + my face = happiness. And with caramelized shallot relish?
    I die. Pinnned!


  4. #
    Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat — August 18, 2014 @ 7:31 am

    You know I’m a sucker for salmon in any form and this is no exception. WANT right now! Even after 40 times, I’d probably still be up for more. ;)


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    Erin | The Law Student's Wife — August 18, 2014 @ 7:43 am

    Two very important things: 1) No apologies for butter on salmon everrr and 2) Pass that whole pan of relish and a spoon. Don’t even fuss with moving the relish to a plate. I’ll take it right off the stove!


  6. #
    Sues — August 18, 2014 @ 8:14 am

    Mmm I have some salmon in my fridge right now and I think I need ti pour some butter over it!!


  7. #
    Hollie & Jamie — August 18, 2014 @ 8:17 am

    This looks awesome, can’t wait to try it. You are one of our all-time favorite foodie blogs and we featured your blog as one of our “Friday Favorites”. Thank you!


  8. #
    lauren alysse — August 18, 2014 @ 8:24 am

    this looks so easy that i might actually consider making salmon! Thanks Jess!


  9. #
    Katherine — August 18, 2014 @ 8:26 am

    I cannot WAIT to consume this!


  10. #
    DessertForTwo — August 18, 2014 @ 8:28 am

    This looks amazing. And you can borrow my pizza cutter anytime :)


  11. #
    Sarah @ the gold lining girl — August 18, 2014 @ 8:35 am

    I don’t eat fish, but I could slather that relish all over some chicken and be the happiest girl ever. I always need new ways to spruce up chicken, so this would be perfect!


  12. #
    Laura (Blogging Over Thyme) — August 18, 2014 @ 8:51 am

    That butter shot!!!


  13. #
    Laura — August 18, 2014 @ 9:06 am

    Yum!! Adding this to the rotation this week (That’s a LOT of salt in the recipe though :)


  14. #
    Kendra — August 18, 2014 @ 9:11 am

    This sounds amaaaazing!! Can’t wait to try it.

    (just an FYI… the printable recipe at the bottom says 1 1/2 pounds fresh salt instead of salmon) :)


  15. #
    Molly (Yes to Yolks) — August 18, 2014 @ 9:20 am

    OMG, that butter pour shot! Love! This sounds so wonderful. I posted about a grilled corn/tomato/shallot salad not that long ago – VERY similar to your amazing-sounding relish. Twins! I’m thinking that may be on the menu with some of this incredible salmon in the very near future.


  16. #
    Averie @ Averie Cooks — August 18, 2014 @ 10:03 am

    Butter on everything is a good call :) Cannot hurt, right! Beautiful salmon and love the relish!


  17. #
    Camille — August 18, 2014 @ 10:27 am

    Hey Jessica, I think there’s an error on your recipe. I don’t think eating a pound and a half of salt will be the best for me :)


  18. #
    Jill — August 18, 2014 @ 10:47 am

    Well, yeah. With all that butter and those caramelized shallots, how is this going to be anything less than amazing?! Love that corn relish recipe. Could def use it on loads of things!


  19. #
    Kim in MD — August 18, 2014 @ 11:11 am

    This looks like Summer on a plate!


  20. #
    Natalie @ Paper & Birch — August 18, 2014 @ 12:14 pm

    oooh, this looks great! Perfect light meal for the summer :)


  21. #
    Lynn @ The Actor’s Diet — August 18, 2014 @ 1:29 pm

    I’m eating salmon tonight and I cannot WAIT! I wonder if I can ask for a side of butter…


  22. #
    Christine @ Cooking with Cakes — August 18, 2014 @ 1:38 pm

    dear god I don’t even like salmon and you’re making me want this in my face. the things this blog does to me!!!


  23. #
    joelle (on a pink typewriter) — August 18, 2014 @ 2:21 pm

    This sounds like a recipe my boyfriend would LOVE. I’m a little scared to cook fish though………


  24. #
    Alyssa — August 18, 2014 @ 3:24 pm

    Okay, so I don’t eat fish (or any seafood for that matter), so what i like to sometimes do for my boyfriend The Seafood Junkie, is make a good salmon dish for him and then make it with chicken breasts for me. I think this would be so yummy on chicken! I’m going to try this asap, he’ll love it. :o)


  25. #
    Baby June — August 18, 2014 @ 4:27 pm

    That looks lovely! The caramelized shallot relish sounds great :)


  26. #
    Larry — August 18, 2014 @ 6:01 pm

    That looks SUPER amazing! ugh. That relish! I wanna put it on a chip. lol


  27. #
    3girls1apple — August 18, 2014 @ 8:13 pm

    Wow! This looks delicious. I love Salmon! And look at all the beautiful colors. Thanks for sharing from


  28. #
    Cate — August 18, 2014 @ 9:46 pm

    I made this for dinner. Amazing! Can’t wait for the cookbook!


  29. #
    Millie// addalittle — August 19, 2014 @ 1:00 am

    I looove salmon – this looks amazing with the relish!!!


  30. #
    Pam — August 19, 2014 @ 6:17 am

    I have a question about the sweet cherry peppers, aka pimientos. We live in a small town, & I’ve never seen them (oh, for a Trader Joe’s–discovered it in San Francisco & Boston–would LOVE to have it here!!!). I’m thinking you used fresh, but could I use jarred? Or would a sweet red BELL PEPPER work? My daughter, a salmon lover, as are we, is headed our way, and I’ll serve it Thursday evening. Sounds SO GOOD!


  31. #
    Tania @My Kitchen Stories — August 19, 2014 @ 8:57 am

    Garlic butter Salmion?. Bring it ion especially with corn….


  32. #
    McLean Robbins | Luxury Travel Writer — August 19, 2014 @ 9:47 am

    Made this last night – used jarred pimentos as I couldn’t find fresh. It was “the best salmon I’ve ever had” according to my boyfriend.


  33. #
    Mary Frances — August 19, 2014 @ 4:59 pm

    What a gorgeous dish!


  34. #
    Valerie — August 19, 2014 @ 6:18 pm

    Ah, scrumptious! I know very few people who are opposed to using butter on any + everything (I like these people). Gorge photos!!


  35. #
    Grace @ Sweet Spree — August 20, 2014 @ 9:12 am

    Omg this relish just sounds…..sooo good right now. And I’m not even a big fish fan, but this salmon also looks amazing.


  36. #
    Adam @ CorrChilled — August 20, 2014 @ 9:56 am

    Hi, This post was featured on the Corr Chilled Best in Food Blogging post here if you’d like to check it out. Keep the posts coming, love them! :) -Adam


  37. #
    Annie @ Annie's Noms — August 20, 2014 @ 10:42 am

    Oooh wow sounds fab! I love salmon, but frequently get stuck in a rut and just do the same old thing with it, but I have got to try this!


  38. #
    Carol at Wild Goose Tea — August 20, 2014 @ 6:54 pm

    Salmon and garlic together—–that’s a match. Fun relish to go with it. That really is a spectacular dish.


  39. #
    Lori @ RecipeGirl — August 20, 2014 @ 10:14 pm

    Sounds incredible! I have to make this for my family!


  40. #
    Carly — August 20, 2014 @ 10:49 pm

    Made this tonight for dinner! Delish! I just sprinkled a little salt and fresh ground pepper on the fish instead of measuring, and I changed up the relish a little and added some salt, pepper, cayenne, and stirred in some fresh basil at the end.


  41. #
    Jack — August 21, 2014 @ 3:45 pm

    If this salmon is as good as the story you wove then it must be fab. Definitely going for it.


  42. #
    tah — August 27, 2014 @ 11:16 pm

    Salmon is not one of my favorite things to eat, but corn just happens to be at the tip top of my fave list. So the fact that you drowned the salmon in a sea of corn is the singular reason I tried this recipe tonight. And it was good!!


  43. #
    Lucy — October 8, 2014 @ 10:34 am

    This looks amazing buuuuut I have a question…. just tried to look up the nutritional info. It says one serving is 2400 calories. That can’t be right, or is it??? Someone, please don’t kill my dreams of making this.


  44. #
    Katelyn — October 15, 2014 @ 7:06 pm

    Where do I buy the gold silverware! Please don’t say West Elm $$$$


  45. #
    Mali — March 28, 2015 @ 8:43 am

    Quick question – have the cobs of corn been cooked already (when you’re shaving the kernels off), or no? Thanks!!!! Looks DIVINE!


  46. #
    Michelle @ Modern Acupuncture — April 13, 2015 @ 3:34 am

    Butter on salmon is totally okay with me. It’s all about balance :) Your photos are just gorgeous, as always. Thanks for the food inspo and the eye candy!



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