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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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a filet of lime honey butter salmon sitting on a round platter with green beans and lime wedges

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:

  • cod
  • flounder
  • sea bass
  • halibut
  • swordfish
  • scallops

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
a filet of salmon searing in a cast iron pan

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.

SALMON RECIPES

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:

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a filet of lime honey butter salmon sitting on a round platter with green beans and lime wedges

LIME HONEY BUTTER SALMON


  • Author:Charlotte Fashion Plate
  • Prep Time:5 minutes
  • Cook Time:15 minutes
  • Total Time:20 minutes
  • Yield:3 servings 1x

Description

Take your next weeknight salmon dinner for a spin with this recipe for Lime Honey Butter Salmon. Seared in a cast iron pan or roasted. It’s totally up to you. It’s a super easy and quick preparation. One healthy and amazing dinner done in about 20 minutes!


Ingredients

Scale
  • 1 to 1 1/2 lb salmon filet, preferably skin-on
  • 1 TBLS olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • non-stick spray
  • lime wedges and lime zest, for garnish

FOR THE LIME HONEY BUTTER:

  • 3/4 stick butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper, optional
  • 2 TBLS orange blossom honey
  • zest of one lime

Instructions

  1. Line a cast iron pan with olive oil. Spray with non-stick spray.
  2. Heat to almost smoking.
  3. Rub the salmon filet with olive oil. Season with kosher salt and black pepper.
  4. Once the pan is hot, place the salmon filet (flesh side down)
  5. Allow the salmon to form a crust (hands off)
  6. While the salmon is searing, combine all of the ingredients for the lime honey butter.
  7. Turn down the heat just a touch
  8. Flip. Allow the skin to crisp up.
  9. Reduce heat to medium-low.
  10. Place a generous layer of the lime honey butter on top of the salmon.
  11. Allow to cook for just a few more minutes to allow the honey to drip down and caramelize just a touch.
  12. Continue layering on the butter. Use it all up.
  13. Plate and serve with your favorite sides.
  14. ENJOY

Notes

SEE POST FOR TIPS

Nutrition

  • Serving Size:7 ounce filet

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