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Date Night Dinner - Seared Salmon with Browned Butter Lime Sauce

Seared Salmon with Browned Butter Lime Sauce – juicy, caramelized salmon topped with an addictive browned butter lime sauce that will leave you wanting more!

It’s the third day of the new year and my resolutions are in full swing. Lots of healthy eating and increased productivity are on my mind…starting tomorrow. Because tonight, we’ve got Seared Salmon with Browned Butter Lime Sauce!

This has got to be on your “Must Try” list this month. Easy, low prep, on the table in 30 minutes, and THE SAUCE! 3 ingredients (not including salt and pepper), and so delicious. Addictive. If salmon isn’t your thing, try drizzling this sauce over shrimp or even chicken!

I also love the way the salmon is cooked; we sear the salmon in a coating of flour and a touch of honey to ensure a great crust and caramelization, and then we finish it off with a short trip to the oven to finish cooking.

You can make this dish an almost sort of healthy meal by serving the salmon with some brown rice and a steamed vegetable. All about balance, right?

Whichever way you serve it, I hope you try it! It's one of my all time favorite dinners.

Seared Salmon with Browned Butter Lime Sauce

Serves 2


2 (6 ounce) salmon fillets, skin removed

1/4 cup flour

2 teaspoons honey, divided

Zest of 1/2 lime

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 recipe Browned Butter Lime Sauce:

3 tablespoons unsalted butter

1.5 tablespoons fresh-squeezed lime juice

1/2 clove garlic, minced

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Place the flour in a shallow bowl. Pour the olive oil into a medium-sized sauté pan, and heat the pan to medium-high heat. Dredge each piece of salmon in flour, and put all the pieces of salmon onto a large plate. Once the skillet is extremely hot, place two pieces of salmon into the pan. Sear the salmon for 90 seconds, and drizzle each salmon side that is up with 1/2 teaspoon of honey (I just drizzle it from the bottle, no need to measure). Flip the salmon over, drizzle with another 1/2 teaspoon of honey on each piece, and sear for 90 more seconds.

  2. Repeat with the remaining two pieces of salmon, and place onto a plate. Now, if you have a skillet that is ovenproof up to 450 degrees, place the salmon back in the pan and into the oven for 6-7 minutes to finish up in the oven. Alternatively, if you don’t have a pan that is ovenproof (I don’t have one), use a spatula to put the seared salmon pieces into a baking pan or on a baking sheet, and place in the oven for 6-7 minutes.

  3. While the salmon is finishing in the oven, start on the sauce. Place the butter into a small saucepan over medium heat. Swirl the butter occasionally, and cook for 3-5 minutes, until the butter is tan and smells nutty (not burned or dark! Use a light colored saucepan if that helps, Allrecipes also has helpful tips here). Remove from heat. Place the lime juice, salt, pepper, and minced garlic into a blender. Once the butter has cooled for a minute, add to the blender. Blend until everything is combined, about 15-20 seconds. (You will still have minced garlic, and that is totally fine and perfect)

  4. Take the salmon out of the oven. Drizzle the sauce on top of the salmon, and garnish with lime zest on top of the salmon. Serve with rice and a steamed vegetable if desired.


Salmon recipe slightly adapted from Cooking Classy

See the full how-to video here:

Whichever way you serve it, you have to try this!!

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