Honestly, I never realized until the last few months how often I prepare salmon at home. Typically, I like to roast in the oven, or sear in a cast iron pan with very little seasoning. However, I have been amping up the flavor a bit with my latest salmon recipes. So, as I was scrolling through TikTok the other day, I came across this creator making a cajun honey butter for salmon. Needless to say, it looked amazing and totally inspired me to create yet another fish recipe. Hope you enjoy this Lime Honey Butter Salmon. Weeknight dinner done in under 20 minutes!
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TYPES OF SALMON
In my opinion, the fattier the salmon, the tastier. Most of my salmon recipes use Faroe Island Salmon. Faroe Island Salmon is farmed. However, it is contained and farmed in its natural habitat. It has gorgeous fat lines and cooks up beautifully, no matter the preparation.
WILD CAUGHT vs. FARMED SALMON
Wild salmon is caught in its natural habitat. Wild salmon contains more minerals. Although, both are excellent sources of omega-3s, wild caught salmon tends to be an overall healthier option. Consequently, more expensive than farmed salmon. King (Chinook), Sockeye (Red), Coho and Pink are Pacific coast wild salmon options.
Currently, most Atlantic Salmons are farmed due to overfishing and habitat changes. In my opinion, if you wanted to substitute the Faroe Island Salmon (Atlantic Salmon) I used to make this Lime Honey Butter Salmon with wild, King or Chinook would be the best alternative.
SUBSTITUTES FOR SALMON
Ok, so you do not like salmon. Not a problem at all. Substitute with you favorite white fish and/or seafood:
- sea bass
IS SALMON KETO FRIENDLY?
YES!!! In fact, most fish and shellfish can be enjoyed if you are following the keto plan. However, this Lime Honey Butter Salmon is NOT keto friendly. No worries, just leave out the honey. I have a great feeling it will still taste wonderful!
HOW TO SEAR SALMON IN A CAST IRON PAN
As mentioned above, searing the salmon in a cast iron pan, or roasting works perfectly for this preparation. Easily enough, if you are roasting, place the salmon filet (skin-side down) on a prepared sheet pan and roast at 400° for about 12-15 minutes, depending upon the thickness of the fish and desired doneness. No flipping required.
Often, I get the question of how do you sear salmon in a cast iron pan without it sticking to the pan, or falling apart. Use the following tips/techniques for perfectly seared salmon, every single time:
- coat the pan with oil and/or a touch of non-stick spray
- heat the pan with the oil to almost smoking (in other words, super hot)
- for crispy salmon skin, place the salmon flesh-side down first
- do NOT touch (the more you touch, the more the fish will stick and fall apart)
- allow the salmon to basically form a crust
- flip and allow the skin to crisp up
LIME HONEY BUTTER
Admittedly, I have never even thought about coating salmon with a flavorful butter AFTER it had finished searing/roasting. Honestly, it’s pretty genius. Have you ever roasted salmon with honey and the honey starts to burn? Not a problem now!
Be sure to start with room temperature butter. Combine all of the remaining ingredients to form a gorgeous butter that will be layered on the seared fish. Wait until you see how beautifully the Lime Honey Butter melts onto the flesh of the roasted salmon. It’s heavenly.
SERVING AND SIDE OPTIONS WITH LIME HONEY BUTTER SALMON
Earlier, I alluded to the temperature of the salmon. Be sure to check with your local fishmonger as to whether or not the type of salmon you are using in this salmon recipe can be safely enjoyed to medium. Basically, you will need to use a sushi-grade salmon. Otherwise, the salmon should be cooked all the way through.
Green beans, asparagus, or spinach accompanied with a bed of rice are great options for serving with this Lime Honey Butter Salmon. Leftovers can be enjoyed up to two to three days in the fridge.
As mentioned above, I prepare salmon quite often, and in many different ways. Be sure to check out a few of my favorite salmon recipes:Print
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