Garlic-Butter Salmon Bites


These garlic-butter salmon bites are melt-in-your-mouth delicious, with a simple marinade of butter, lemon juice and garlic. Enjoy them as an easy appetizer, or serve them over pasta or rice.

Active Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
30 mins

How to Shop for Salmon

When shopping for salmon, the options can vary based on the specific species and where it came from. Wild-caught salmon is typically from the Pacific and is deeper in color, leaner and more expensive. Different species are fished depending on the time of year, and common varieties include king and sockeye. Farmed Atlantic salmon is widely available, higher in fat and less expensive. When buying farmed salmon, look for salmon raised in land- or tank-based systems, which are better for the environment than most traditional open-net farms.

Garlic-Butter Salmon Bites
Jacob Fox

What Pairs Well with Garlic-Butter Salmon Bites?

Serve garlic-butter salmon bites over pasta, such as Lemony Spaghetti with Parmesan & Thyme, Creamy Arugula Pesto Pasta with Peas & Tomatoes or Lemon-Pepper Linguine with Squash. They also pair well with brown rice, cauliflower rice and fried rice.

Salmon bites are perfect for topping rice bowls, like Crispy Rice Bowls with Fried Eggs or Edamame & Veggie Rice Bowl. Add them to your salads, including Kale & Avocado Salad with Blueberries & Edamame, Kale Salad with Creamy Poppy Seed Dressing or make Salmon Caesar Salad. Use them as a filling for tacos and wraps.

Additional reporting by Jan Valdez


  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

  • 2 teaspoons grated garlic

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • ¼ teaspoon ground pepper

  • 1 pound center-cut salmon fillet, skinned and cut into 1-inch pieces

  • Chopped fresh herbs, such as parsley or basil, for garnish


  1. Combine butter, lemon juice, garlic, salt and pepper in a medium bowl. Add salmon pieces and toss to coat well. Let marinate at room temperature for 15 minutes.

  2. Preheat broiler to high.

  3. Place the salmon pieces on a rimmed baking sheet. Drizzle any remaining marinade from the bowl over the salmon. (If the butter has solidified, microwave for 3 to 5 seconds to warm.) Broil the salmon 4 inches from the heat source until just cooked through, 4 to 5 minutes. Sprinkle with fresh herbs, if desired.

    Garlic-Butter Salmon Bites
    Jacob Fox


Rimmed baking sheet

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

221 Calories
13g Fat
23g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 221
% Daily Value *
Protein 23g 46%
Total Fat 13g 17%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 78mg 26%
Vitamin A 224IU 4%
Vitamin C 2mg 2%
Folate 29mcg 7%
Vitamin K 1mcg 1%
Sodium 196mg 9%
Calcium 16mg 1%
Iron 1mg 6%
Magnesium 34mg 8%
Potassium 563mg 12%
Zinc 1mg 9%
Vitamin B12 4mcg 167%
Omega 3 3g

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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