This bourbon marinated Longhorn salmon is the ultimate restaurant-quality weeknight dinner. It’s incredibly tender and flaky, and it's glazed and marinated in a sweet and savory bourbon sauce that’ll have you licking your plate clean. Plus, it cooks up in as fast as 10 minutes!
The Best Longhorn Salmon Recipe
So, a steakhouse might not be the first place you’d think to go to for salmon, but anyone who’s tried Longhorn’s bourbon marinated salmon knows that it’s one of the must-try hidden gems on their menu.
And because it’s one of my favorite things to order at Longhorn Steakhouse, I decided to make my own version of the Longhorn salmon recipe that you can make at home - and I couldn’t be happier with how it turned out!
Every bite of this salmon is perfectly juicy and flaky and also packed with flavor from the sweet and savory bourbon marinade.
Seriously, I can’t imagine a more delicious way to cook salmon. Although, this Cheesecake Factory style miso salmon comes really close.
Best of all, it’s surprisingly easy to make.
All you have to do is marinate the salmon for a couple of hours and then grill or pan-fry it on the stove for 10-15 minutes.
Yup, it’s that simple!
Oh, and to complete this Longhorn salmon copycat recipe, you have to make these addictive Longhorn crispy brussel sprout to go with it.
Now, this bourbon marinated salmon makes for a pretty fancy dinner, but the ingredients you need aren’t too crazy or expensive at all.
In fact, apart from the bourbon, everything on this list is a common cooking staple.
With that said, here’s everything you’ll need to make this Longhorn salmon recipe:
- 2-4 salmon filets, skinless and clean
- 2 tbsp. chives, chopped
- 1 cup bourbon
- ¼ cup pineapple juice
- 2 tbsp. soy sauce
- 2 tbsp. brown sugar
- A dash of salt
- A dash of ground black pepper
- A pinch of garlic powder
- 1 tbsp. Olive oil
You won't want to skip out on any of the ingredients for the salmon marinade because it's what makes this salmon recipe so spectacular.
By the way, you can use a lot of these same ingredients to make this chicken tocino and this huli huli chicken, so don’t forget to check those out next. They’re a great way to use up any leftover pineapple juice from this recipe!
HOW TO MAKE LONGHORN SALMON
Ok, so the beauty of this Longhorn salmon recipe is that it only takes 5 minutes of prep and 10-15 minutes to cook.
And during the 2 hours that the salmon is marinating, you can start preparing your sides and have everything ready to eat at the same time.
With all that said, let’s get into the recipe!
STEP 1: THE SALMON MARINADE
First, let’s make the salmon marinade.
In a bowl, combine the pineapple juice, brown sugar, bourbon, and soy sauce. Mix until the sugar dissolves, then stir in the salt, pepper, and garlic powder.
Next, set the salmon fillets in a baking dish and pour the bourbon marinade over them. Gently turn over the fillets a few times to make sure each side is coated in marinade.
Then, store the marinating fillets in the fridge for 2 hours to give them time to soak up all those flavors.
By the way, salmon doesn’t need a lot of time to marinate and can actually turn mushy if done too long, so 2 hours is the perfect amount of time. You won't want to leave it marinating overnight.
STEP 2: COOKING THE SALMON
Once the salmon fillets are done marinating, take out a grill pan - or frying pan - and warm the olive oil to medium heat.
Now, once the oil is heated up you can start cooking the fillets. And make sure to brush them on each side with the rest of the marinade as they start to cook.
As far as how long to cook the salmon, it should take about 5-7 minutes per side. With that said, if you have a food thermometer, cook it until it just reaches 125° Fahrenheit.
Finally, take your Longhorn salmon off the stove and plate it up with a veggie and some rice.
STORING LEFTOVER LONGHORN SALMON
Another thing to love about this Longhorn salmon is that it stores really well, so feel free to make extras for lunch the next day!
You can store this Longhorn salmon in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. Make sure not to store it with the side dishes in the same container.
Or, if you want to freeze it for a quick last-minute dinner option, transfer the salmon to a freezer bag and squeeze all the air out before sealing.
Then, label it with the current date and freeze it for up to 3 months.
REHEATING THE SALMON
To reheat your bourbon marinated salmon, place it on a baking sheet and cover it loosely with foil.
Pop that in an oven preheated to 275°F (135°C) and heat for 15 minutes - or until warm throughout.
Oh, and don’t be afraid to eat this Longhorn salmon cold, too. Its flavor holds up really well even without heating it up, and it makes a fantastic addition to a salad, or poke bowl when flaked.
Also, if you're starting from frozen, let the salmon thaw in the fridge overnight or in a freezer bag submerged in water before doing either of these.
FAQS ABOUT THIS LONGHORN SALMON RECIPE
How is Longhorn Salmon Cooked?
According to their menu, Longhorn marinates their fresh Atlantic salmon fillets in a sweet and savory bourbon-based salmon marinade before cooking them on the grill.
That bourbon-glazed salmon is then served over their seasoned rice pilaf with a hand-chopped salad or your choice of sides. I like to serve it with this coconut rice and the Longhorn brussel sprouts for a complete meal.
Is the Longhorn salmon good?
Yes, the Longhorn salmon is incredibly delicious. It's honestly one of my favorite salmon recipes that I've ever tried. The sweet and slightly savory bourbon glaze infuses the salmon with an unmatched flavor.
It's super delicious at the restaurant, and I think this recipe is spot on to Longhorn Steakhouse's salmon.
WRAPPING IT ALL UP
Well, that’s how to make Longhorn salmon at home!
If you love the one from Longhorn steakhouse, you absolutely need to try this one.
My family couldn’t stop raving about it, and it was crazy simple to make too.
Anyway, I hope you enjoy this Longhorn salmon recipe as much as my family and I do. If you make it, be sure to leave a comment below and let me know what you think!
Also, don’t forget to check out our YouTube channel where we’re always posting new quick and easy recipes.
And if you want to give another Longhorn recipe a try, make this Longhorn parmesan crusted chicken next!
Longhorn Salmon Recipe | Bourbon Marinated Salmon
This bourbon marinated Longhorn salmon is the ultimate restaurant-quality weeknight dinner. It’s incredibly tender and flaky, glazed and marinated in a sweet and savory bourbon sauce that’ll have you licking your plate clean. And it cooks up in as fast as 10 minutes!
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Cook Time: 10 minutes
- Total Time: 20 minutes
- Yield: 2 servings 1x
- Category: Dinner
- Method: Stovetop
- Cuisine: Longhorn Steakhouse
2-4 salmon filets, skinless and clean
2 tbsp. chives, chopped
1 cup bourbon
¼ cup pineapple juice
2 tbsp. soy sauce
2 tbsp. brown sugar
A dash of salt
A dash of ground black pepper
A pinch of garlic powder
1 tbsp. olive oil
- Mix the pineapple juice, brown sugar, bourbon, and soy sauce in a bowl until sugar dissolves.
- Add the salt, pepper and garlic powder. Stir and mix well.
- In a baking dish, set the filets and pour the marinade mix on the fish. Tumble the filets a little.
- Let the fish sit in the marinade for two hours. Refrigerate the dish so it doesn’t go bad.
- Take the dish out after two hours and pour the olive oil and start grilling the marinated filets on the stove. You can also fry to your liking on medium heat.
- Keep brushing the marinade mixture on the filets as they cook through. Each side needs 5 to 7 minutes to cook well.
- Take it off the heat and serve with rice and Longhorn brussel sprouts.
- Serving Size: 1 serving
- Calories: 169
- Fat: 1
- Carbohydrates: 16
- Protein: 23
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