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Pan Seared Salmon with Apricot Jalapeno Butter Sauce

Pan Seared Salmon with Apricot Jalapeno Butter Sauce - Pan seared salmon filets with a butter, balsamic, apricot preserve and jalapeno sauce. Adapted from the SteamyKitchen.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time11 mins
Total Time16 mins
Course: Dinner, Main
Cuisine: American, Western
Keyword: butter sauce recipe, pan seared salmon recipe, salmon and apricot, spicy salmon recipe
Servings: 2 servings
Calories: 720kcal
Author: Kevin Is Cooking


  • 2 salmon filets skin removed
  • kosher salt
  • kitchen twine
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 6 tbsp butter
  • 2 tbsp pickled jalapeƱos chopped
  • 4 tbsp apricot fruit preserves
  • 1 1/2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • kosher salt and pepper
  • 1 tbsp minced chives


  • Rinse the salmon and pat dry with a paper towel. Roll up tight, wrap with kitchen twine and secure with know. Trim off the string ends.
  • Heat a large frying pan or cast iron skillet with olive oil over high heat. When hot, add the salmon filets, cook for 2 minutes. Carefully peak for a nice crust to build up on bottom and turn the salmon over. Cook an additional 2 minutes. Turn heat to medium-low, and cover pan loosely with lid. Depending on thickness of salmon, cook for 5 minutes, or until the salmon is cooked through. Mine were 2 1/2 inches thick and I cooked them covered for 6 minutes total. Remove salmon to plate and make the sauce.
  • In the same pan over medium-low heat, add the butter, jalapeƱos, apricot fruit preserves, balsamic vinegar and fresh cracked black pepper. Cook until bubbly and butter is melted, about 30 seconds. Season with salt to taste if needed and pour on top of each salmon filet.
  • Using scissors, snip the string and pull off each filet. Serve immediately.


Calories: 720kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 34g | Fat: 52g | Saturated Fat: 24g | Cholesterol: 185mg | Sodium: 644mg | Potassium: 892mg | Sugar: 19g | Vitamin A: 1465IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 39mg | Iron: 1.8mg