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Sazón-Spiced Miso Butter Salmon (25-minutes)

This sazón-spiced miso butter salmon is salty, tangy, buttery, and bursting with flavor in just under 25 minutes!

side shot of Delicious Sazon spiced miso butter salmon

Why This Sazón-Spiced Miso Butter Salmon Works

  • It’s full of flavor!
  • This dish is perfect for meal prep or a quick weekday dinner when you have a busy schedule or limited time.
  • You can use fresh or frozen salmon or any other type of fish stored in the freezer.

Miso Butter Sauce With Sazón

By itself, miso packs a robust and savory umami taste. The mixture of miso butter, sazón, and zesty lemon takes it to another level of flavor. It’s so delicious!

Miso

You only need a small amount of fermented soybeans, rice koji, salt, and yeast to get perfect saltiness.

Sazón (Salt-Free)

Sazon seasoning is a classic blend of organic achiote, cumin, coriander, garlic, oregano, and black pepper.

side view of pan seared salmon with sazon spiced miso butter

Ingredients and Substitutions

I’ve got you covered if you’re looking for a quick and easy dinner. Check out these simple ingredients that you can easily find and use.

Ingredients For Sazón-Spiced Miso Butter Salmon

  • Salmon – Fresh wild-caught salmon fillets. Skinless is optional. Skin adds a delicious, crispy texture. Just make sure to remove the scales before cooking.
  • Original Miso Base
  • Lemon – zest and juice
  • Salt-free Sazón – The key is a salt-free sazón. Otherwise, this blend could easily turn too salty.
  • Unsalted Butter
  • Fresh Cilantro – leaves and tender stems, rough chop. If you’re not a fan, substitute the cilantro with parsley.
  • Cherry Tomatoes – (optional) The tomatoes give this recipe a delicious burst of sweetness perfectly complemented by the saltiness of miso.

Top Tips For The Best Pan Seared Salmon

Making pan-seared salmon is quite easy and delicious, but there are a few basic rules to ensure it turns out just right.

Pat the salmon dry.

It is easier to get a golden color on salmon when excess water is removed by patting it dry with a paper towel.

Season the Salmon.

Sprinkle on some salt right before searing.

Use a preseasoned cast iron skillet and avocado oil.

Add avocado oil, a natural and high smoke point oil – perfect for high-temperature cooking, to the pan and ensure it’s set to medium heat before searing the fish.

You want to make sure the pan is hot to get a nice sear on the salmon.

See Below for Detailed Instructions


The Right Equipment For This Recipe

Here’s What You’ll Need For The Pan Seared Salmon


Instructions For A Quick 15 Minute Miso Butter Salmon

Step One:

Prep the miso butter mixture

  1. Slice the cherry tomatoes in half and set aside.
  2. Clean and rinse the cilantro. Keep the leaves and tender stems, and chop.
  3. Zest and juice the lemon.

Mix the miso paste, sazon (salt-free), lemon juice, lemon zest, butter, tomatoes, and cilantro in a small bowl.

Prep the salmon fillets

If you opted for a skin-on salmon, clean and prep the salmon and pat dry.

Step Two:

Be sure to season the salmon with salt on both sides generously.

Step Three:

Heat the seasoned cast iron skillet on medium heat, and add avocado oil.

Allow the pan to get hot until the oil is simmering.

Step Four:

Place the salmon fillets in the pan, skin up. Pan-sear for four minutes on one side. Try not to touch it while searing.

Carefully flip the salmon and place it skin-side down. Then, pour the miso butter mixture on the salmon to get that delicious umami and sazon flavor on your salmon.

Cook it for roughly 4-5 minutes to get a beautiful sear, and that restaurant-style cook on the salmon.

Just a quick tip – before taking out the salmon from the pan, spoon the miso butter mixture from the salmon onto the pan.

Once you’ve taken out the salmon, go ahead and give the miso butter mixture a quick cook in the same pan for about 30 seconds. Doing so will help bring out the flavors of the dish and make it even more delicious!

Step Five:

Then, generously add the deliciously cooked miso butter from the pan to the salmon.

Then, sprinkle some thinly sliced green onion and chopped cilantro for a fresh pop of flavor.

side shot of sazon spiced miso butter

Side view of sazon spiced miso butter salmon seared

What To Serve With Miso Butter Salmon

Lime cilantro rice is the perfect canvas for this salty, tangy, buttery salmon.

Overhead shot of cilantro lime rice with miso butter salmon

Storage

Store the cooked salmon in the refrigerator for up to a day. The recommendation with fish is to enjoy it right after cooking.

Store in an airtight glass container or glass food storage container.

Reheating

Start by heating up a pan with a tablespoon of avocado oil over medium heat, then place the salmon in the pan until it’s heated all the way through, roughly a minute or two on each side.

Once ready, serve it up hot and enjoy!

Side view of sazon spiced miso butter salmon seared

Sazón-Spiced Miso Butter Salmon (25-minutes)

Olga Muñoz
Delicious umami and sazon-flavored pan-seared salmon.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine Japanese, Latin Fusion
Servings 4 people
Calories 452 kcal

Equipment

  • 1 12 inch Preseasoned Cast Iron Skillet
  • 1 Cutting Board
  • 1 Pairing Knife or Chef Knife
  • 1 Small Bowl
  • 1 Rubber Spatula
  • 1 Zester
  • 1 Citrus Juicer

Ingredients
  

  • 4 oz (4) Salmon Fillets or (2) large 8 oz fillets

Sazón-Spiced Miso Butter

  • 1/2 tsp Salt-free Sazon
  • 1 tbsp Miso Paste
  • 1/2 cup Cherry Tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup Fresh Cilantro
  • 1 Lemon Juice and zest.
  • 2 tbsp Unsalted Butter

Instructions
 

  • Step One:
    Slice the cherry tomatoes in half and add to your small mixing bowl
    Clean and rinse the cilantro. Keep the leaves and tender stems.
    Zest and juice the lemon.
    Prepare the miso mixture.
    Mix the miso paste, lemon juice, lemon zest, butter, tomatoes, and cilantro in a small bowl.
    overhead shot of Ingredients for sazon miso butter salmon
  • Step Two:
    Rinse and pat the salmon dry.
    Be sure to season the salmon with salt on both sides generously.
    Overhead shot of miso butter mixture for miso butter salmon
  • Step Three:
    Heat the seasoned cast iron skillet on medium heat, and add avocado oil.
    Allow the pan to get hot until the oil starts to simmer.
    Overhead shot of Salmon fillet for miso butter salmon
  • Step Four:
    Place the salmon fillets in the pan, skin up. Pan-sear for four minutes on one side. Try not to touch it while searing.
    Carefully flip the salmon and place it skin-side down.
    Overhead shot of Pan seared Salmon Fillet
  • Then, pour the miso butter mixture on the salmon to get that delicious umami and sazon flavor on your salmon.
    Cook it for roughly 4-5 minutes to get a beautiful sear, and that restaurant-style cook on the salmon.
    side shot of Pan seared salmon with miso butter
  • Just a quick tip – before taking out the salmon from the pan, spoon the miso butter mixture from the salmon onto the pan.
    Once you’ve taken out the salmon, go ahead and give the miso butter mixture a quick cook in the same pan for about 30 seconds.
    Doing so will help bring out the dish's flavors and make it even more delicious!
    side shot of sazon spiced miso butter
  • Then generously add the deliciously cooked miso butter from the pan to the salmon. Then, sprinkle some thinly sliced green onion and chopped cilantro for a fresh pop of flavor.
    side shot of Delicious Sazon spiced miso butter salmon

Notes

Top Tips For The Best Pan Seared Salmon

Making pan-seared salmon is quite easy and delicious, but there are a few basic rules to ensure it turns out just right.

Pat The Salmon Dry.

It is easier to get a golden color on salmon when excess water is removed by patting it dry with a paper towel.

Season The Salmon.

Sprinkle on some salt right before searing.

Use A Preseasoned Cast Iron Skillet (12inch) And Avocado Oil.

Add avocado oil, a natural and high smoke point oil – perfect for high-temperature cooking, to the pan and ensure it’s set to medium heat before searing the fish.
You want to make sure the pan is hot to get a nice sear on the salmon.

Nutrition

Calories: 452kcal
Keyword miso butter salmon, miso butter sauce
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