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Brown Butter Lemon Salmon

This lemon brown butter salmon is the easiest weeknight meal that can come together in 15 minutes! Flavorful and super simple!
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  • 12 ounces fresh salmon, cut into filets, about 1 inch in thickness
  • kosher salt and pepper
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 3 lemons
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley


  • Pat the salmon completely dry on both sides. Season all over with salt and pepper.
  • Heat the butter in a skillet over medium heat. After 2 to 3 minutes, brown bits should begin to form on the bottom of the pan. You don’t want it to burn, so watch closely! Place the salmon in the pan and cook on both sides, about 2 to 3 minutes per side, until flakey and opaque. If at any time it appears that the butter is burning or getting to dark, lower the heat!
  • Slice 1 of the lemons and juice the the other 2. Once the salmon is cooked through, add in the lemon slices and juice. Increase the heat a bit so the mixture comes to a simmer. Cook for 1 to 2 minutes. Top with fresh parsley. Serve immediately.

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