Geoffrey Zakarian makes his Salmon with Maitre D'Hotel Butter in the Microwave with Asparagus, as seen on The Kitchen, Season 31.
Recipe courtesy of Geoffrey Zakarian

Salmon and Asparagus with Maître D'Hôtel Butter

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 35 min
  • Active: 35 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
Real chefs use microwaves, and anyone who tells you differently is lying. Microwaves are a great hack for achieving perfectly cooked salmon, every time. I made this whole dish in just a few minutes, and it’s perfect if you’re cooking for yourself, or a small family. The salmon comes out soft without overcooking, and it’s a restaurant-quality dish you can easily make at home.


Maître D'Hôtel Butter:




  1. For the maître d'hôtel butter: With a mortar and pestle, mash the anchovies together with the horseradish (see Cook's Note). Add the honey, Dijon, butter, lemon juice and salt and pepper to taste. Combine to form a cohesive paste. Add the parsley and mix to combine. Set aside. If not using right away, transfer to a sheet of parchment paper or plastic wrap and, using the wrap, form it into a cylindrical shape; refrigerate until firm, about 30 minutes.
  2. For the asparagus: Cut or snap off the woody ends of the asparagus. Place the asparagus and 1 tablespoon water in a shallow microwave-safe baking dish. Cover the dish tightly with plastic wrap. Microwave on high for 2 1/2 minutes. Remove, then drain and season with the oil, salt and pepper, lemon zest and parsley.
  3. For the salmon: Place 2 salmon fillets in a shallow bowl or plate. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and microwave on 50% power in 1-minute increments until the salmon is cooked to your liking, 2 to 2 1/2 minutes. Transfer to plates. Repeat with the remaining 2 fillets.
  4. While the filets are still warm, dollop with some of the maître d’hotel butter on top and allow it to melt (save the remaining maître d’hotel butter for another use). Serve with the asparagus and lemon wedges.

Cook’s Note

For the maître d’hotel butter, if you do not own a mortar and pestle, simply mince the anchovies finely, then use a fork to combine them with the butter. Add the additional ingredients and incorporate with the fork. Aim to use farm-raised salmon here, as it has a higher fat content and will not dry out as quickly in the microwave.