If you haven’t noticed already, we at Yogitrition are obsessed with salmon. And for good reason. Today, we’ll be trying the Chew salmon recipe by Michael Symon’s from The Chew. It’s made using a delicious brown butter and lemon combination that may sound mundane but tastes amazing! Whip it up for a quick dinner or pair it with your favorite salad or rice bowl for a wholesome meal. 

This is our take on The Chew’s Salmon with brown butter and lemon. Enjoy!

The Chew Salmon with Brown Butter and Lemon Recipe

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Course dinner, Entrée (main meal)
Cuisine American
Servings 4
Calories 140 kcal


  • 6 oz salmon fillets, 4 pieces (skin on)
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1  shallot, peeled and finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp parsley, chopped
  • 1 lemon, juice
  • Salt and black pepper to taste


  • Wash and pat dry the salmon fillets as needed
  • Using a sharp knife, scour each fillet 2-3 times
  • Season each fillet with salt and pepper on both sides
  • Take a nonstick pan and place it on medium heat
  • Add the olive oil and 1 tbsp of butter to the pan 
  • Immediately add your salmon to the pan, skin side down
  • Cook for about 10-12 minutes until the skin is golden-brown and crispy
  • At this point, flip the salmon
  • Add the shallots and remaining 2 tbsp butter to the pan
  • Once the butter is bubbling, add the parsley and start basting the salmon with the sauce (tilt the pan and spoon the butter mixture onto the fish)
  • After basting for about 1 minute, add the lemon juice
  • Transfer the salmon to a serving plate, adding the remaining sauce on top
  • Enjoy! 

Tips for this recipe

  • For an additional kick, you can add cayenne or paprika powder to the seasoning step
  • For added flavor, you can add minced garlic to the olive oil and butter mixture in step 5
  • I don’t recommend making this recipe in the oven, simply because you won’t be able to baste it properly
  • I highly recommend using fresh salmon for this recipe, avoid frozen
  • If you’re using salted butter, decrease the amount of salt while seasoning the fillets
  • To check if your salmon is cooked, watch out for the color change! Cooked salmon changes from pink to an opaque white color
  • I do not recommend storing and reheating this dish
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Why is salmon so popular nowadays? Other than the fact that it’s loaded with nutritional benefits and is super easy to cook, there’s just something about biting into its melt-in-your-mouth texture that just appeals to everyone.

Over time, we have tried a lot of different salmon recipes and adapted them with healthy touches of our own. But for some reason, we’re never quite done with our favorite fish.

With the many recipes, I’m slowly beginning to understand the art of cooking salmon correctly. One thing I have learned among others is that you need to keep it simple when cooking salmon. It’s best to stick to basic ingredients and seasoning and avoid loading it up with needless spices or sauces.

Want More Salmon Recipes? You Got It!

If you liked the Chew salmon recipe as much as we did, you might want to try other salmon recipes we have on Yogitrition.

We have adaptations of other salmon recipes prepared by celebrities like:

Best Side Dishes To Pair Your Salmon With

Salmon on its own is great, but to make meals more fun and wholesome, try having it with these side dishes:

  1. Lime and cilantro rice: This flavorful rice can take your simple salmon to a whole new level! Use brown rice for a healthier version.
  1. Lemon garlic pasta: Who doesn’t like pasta? Make a quick sauce using lemon and garlic and toss your brown pasta in it and voila! You’re done.
  1. French beans: Not in the mood for a whole salad? Simply toss some beans in salt and garlic seasoning and enjoy with your salmon.
  1. Bok Choy: Full of fiber and nutrients, Bok choy is the perfect side dish to pair with your salmon. Toss it in some garlic, salt, and soy sauce and it’s’ done.
  1. Asparagus: Again, asparagus is great when you want some greens but aren’t in the mood for a whole salad. Prep it with some olive oil, salt, and pepper and stir-fry until crisp. 
  1. Roasted potatoes: The most basic yet the most delicious side dish there is! Why not pair it with some salmon? Make sure to portion control though