Easy and delicious One Pot Irish Whiskey Glazed Salmon Recipe is a quick and delicious one pot dinner that is bursting with Irish Whiskey flavor in just one pan!
Perfect for low carb and keto diets, and impressive enough for a romantic date night or dinner party.
One of my favorite things to eat in Ireland is all of the rich, delicious, and super-fresh seafood.
Its healthy, low carb, and full of buttery flavor that is so comforting - it just can't be beat!
My last trip in Ireland, I had an amazingly delicious Irish Salmon with Cream Sauce, and knew I needed to immediately come home and make it.
I worked with the recipe for a while to make it absolutely perfect - and in testing it out, I kept getting sick of making salmon in one pan, and the sauce in the other - and came up with this easy and quick method for a perfect salmon and cream sauce that is made all in one pan, in under 15 minutes!
This is the perfect filling meal to celebrate Saint Patricks Day and all things Irish food.... it is sure to be one of your favorite new dishes!
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If you're not sure of cooking with whiskey (remember that even if you cook the alcohol, it never completely burns off when cooking) - it does mostly burn off, making this a dish the whole family can enjoy.
We're flambéing the whiskey in this dish to take out some of the heat from the sauce, and leave the sweet, caramel flavor that pairs perfectly with thick cream and salmon's slightly sweet taste.
Whiskey Cream Sauce
If you want to know how to make whiskey sauce, you're in luck! It's incredibly easy, perfect over salmon, and looks and sounds impressive - without taking much time!
A delicious creamy whiskey sauce is a great way to dress up a dinner for a romantic date night or a dinner party - and can be done in the same pan with your Irish salmon, so there is less to clean up after!
Light it on fire
I love the rich, buttery flavor of whiskey that has been ignited. It is sweeter, richer, and has a lovely buttery flavor and takes away the "hot" flavor of alcohol.
How To Safely Light Alcohol Sauce On Fire
When flambéing a sauce, it can be a bit dangerous since you want high heat and a big flame to burn off the alcohol - and alcohol, fire, and heat are a bit of a tricky combination. This is NOT something to mess around with - it is absolutely imperative you consider safety first when making this recipe. I make this often and love to make a sauce - and it is really, really easy to be safe when lighting alcohol on fire for cooking, so please take these tips into your consideration.
Do NOT stand with your face over the pan when lighting the whiskey sauce on fire - this is a MAJOR must. Stand back, with your face out of the way of the pan, in case something lights faster than you want, in case there is a splash, etc.
I use long handled matches so my hands are at a safe distance, in case something splashes, moves, or lights fast - unless you regularly cook with alcohol over a flame, please do not try to light it using the stove's flames (if you have a gas stove) like you see chefs do on tv - they do these over and over hundreds of times and are used to recipes they are making, know to anticipate splashes, and know how to quickly deal with an alcohol fire if needed. Do NOT do this at home.
Turn off the heat
When making a cream sauce, I always turn the heat off when adding in cream. If you've ever had a cream sauce break, and wondered why does cream sauce break or how to fix a cream sauce that separates, you can make a cream sauce that won't separate by turning the heat low or off when adding the cream, and whisking vigorously when adding. When the cream has been incorporated well and mixed, return the heat and continue cooking.
What Type Of Irish Whiskey to Cook With
If you love to cook (and drink), it can be a bit confusing to know what alcohol is perfect to cook with - especially when using something as expensive as Whiskey.
I know it can be intimidating to buy a nice bottle of whiskey (and quite an investment) if you don't love to drink it, but you do not want to buy something cheap, or whose flavor you don't like, when making this dish.
Using something with artificial flavors, too much of a Vanilla flavor, or a peaty profile like smoky Scottish Whiskey from Islay can throw your flavors in this dish off.
I prefer to use Teeling Whiskey (fun fact: Teeling is the first distillery to open in Dublin since Jamison moved to Cork... and their distillery is one of my favorite tourist spots to visit in Dublin! They have an amazing cafe, and offer tastings and tours. I am so happy Teeling is readily available in the United States, and at a more affordable price point than many Scottish whiskeys.)
I also recommend Jamison, Knoppogue Castle, or other slightly sweet, unpeated Irish whiskeys.
If you don't care if you're using something Irish, I'd use Makers Mark, Breckenridge Bourbon, or a mid-range American/Scottish whiskey that isn't too sweet or smoky.
To Make This Recipe, You'll Need:
While this easy Irish salmon dinner is super easy, there are a couple of essentials you need to be sure to have a perfect, easy dinner without all the fuss!
I'm sharing a couple of my favorite products that I used when making this recipe extra delicious!
- -Nonstick Pan.
- -Fish Spatula.
- -Long matches.
I like to flambe my Whiskey Sauce - which can be a bit dangerous if you don't have long matches or you're used to igniting alcohol over a flame.
I prefer to use long matches (like the campfire kind), so my hands can be out of the pan in case it flames up too fast.
You want the fire to burn hot and really fast, with the heat up high, so be sure to be careful and have matches that make it easier for you!
Other Easy Delicious Seafood Dinners
If you love this delicious easy salmon dinner, please check out some of my other easy seafood dishes!
Click each link to get to the easy printable recipe!
- Sweet Chili Soy Glazed Foil Baked Salmon
- One Pot Creamy Lemon Salmon Florentine
- Garlic Herb Salmon and Zucchini Foil Packets
- Honey Lime Jalapeno Salmon
- Sheet Pan Lemon Garlic Salmon and Asparagus
- Paleo Salmon Taco Bowls with Cauliflower Rice
We prefer eating salmon the night it is cooked, but leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to three days.
One Pot Irish Whiskey Glazed Salmon Recipe
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One Pot Irish Whiskey Glazed Salmon Recipe is a quick and delicious one pot dinner that is bursting with Irish Whiskey flavor in just one pot!
- 2 tbsp butter
- 2 lb salmon filet, skin on, de-boned
- 1 tsp sea salt
- 1 tsp pepper
- ¼ cup diced garlic
- ½ cup whiskey
- 1 cup heavy cream
- ¼ cup parsley, to garnish
- In a large nonstick pan, heat butter on medium high.
- When butter is melted and foamy, add salmon, face down, to pan.
- Add garlic to pan.
- Cook salmon for 3-4 minutes, until slightly browned and crispy on top, when garlic is fragrant and softened, browned slightly.
- Carefully flip salmon to skin-side down.
- Pour in whiskey and carefully light with a long match.
- When whiskey flame has died off, turn heat off and push salmon and garlic to one side of pan.
- Add cream and whisk vigorously to incorporate with whiskey.
- Turn heat back to medium high and continue cooking salmon until opaque, ladling sauce over salmon as it finishes.
- Remove salmon from pan when cooked to your preference (I prefer Salmon cooked through as I am often working with frozen salmon in Northern Colorado - if it was fresh, I'd prefer slightly less than cooked through and a touch red in the middle, crispy on the outside.)
- Set salmon on serving platter or dishes, and turn heat on sauce up to high to reduce for 1-2 minutes.
- Remove sauce from heat and let set for about a minute - it will thicken slightly when not over heat.
- Pour sauce over salmon and serve immediately.
Serving Size½ pound salmon
Amount Per Serving Calories 786Total Fat 55gSaturated Fat 23gTrans Fat 1gUnsaturated Fat 28gCholesterol 225mgSodium 785mgCarbohydrates 5gFiber 0gSugar 2gProtein 53g
Nutrition is automatically calculated by Nutritionix - please verify all nutrition information independently and consult with a doctor or nutritionist for any and all medical and diet advice.