Honey Glazed Salmon with Browned Butter Lime Sauce

I love salmon but hardly make it because I know that my boys won’t eat it.  So I usually order it every time that we go out to eat.  But I have been wanting to eat salmon for a long time so I decided to make it for myself for lunch.  This was the BEST salmon I think that I have had.  It tasted like I was at a 5 star restaurant eating this.  And I love that it was pan seared and had a crust to it and it was so tender and melted in my mouth!  And holy cow.  Have you tried brown butter?  It is like crack!  I have made brown butter frosting before but this brown butter lime sauce to top the salmon was perfection!

I wanted to make my little boy try this when he got home from school.  Because unlike the picky one, he will at least try everything!  I had him try a bite and he said, Mom, this chicken is AMAZING!!  I think I will make ‘chicken’ more often!! 😉

4.0 from 3 reviews
Honey Glazed Salmon with Browned Butter Lime Sauce
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Serves: 4
  • 4 (6 oz) salmon fillets
  • 8 tsp flour, divided
  • 8 tsp honey, divided
  • 2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • zest of 2 limes
  • Browned Butter Lime Sauce
  • 6 Tablespoons Butter
  • 3 Tbsp fresh lime juice
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp pepper
  1. Place the salmon fillets onto a cutting board and put 1 tsp flour on each side and evenly spreading the flour over the salmon. Evenly drizzle 1 tsp honey onto each side of the salmon.
  2. Drizzle 1 tbsp olive oil into a saucepan and heat to medium. Since you don't want to overcrowd the pan, you may want to use two pans and use the other 1 tbsp of olive oil, or do two batches.
  3. Carefully place the salmon into the pan and cook 3-5 minutes on each side browning each side of the salmon.
  4. While salmon is cooking, to make the sauce heat the butter into a small saucepan. Swirl the butter occasionally until it has turned a light brown color and is fragrant. Remove from heat and whisk the garlic, honey, salt and pepper into the sauce.
  5. Pour the browned butter sauce over the salmon and sprinkle with your lime zest and enjoy!

Recipe Adapted from Cooking Classy


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Alyssa Rivers

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  1. I LOVE salmon! This recipe is so up my ally! It sounds awesome!

  2. Yummmm, this looks awesome! I have some salmon sitting in my fridge ready to be cooked! This looks like just the recipe to try!

  3. Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel says:

    Eek, so I have a weird, irrational fear of fish ever since I fainted at the fish hatchery in the third grade. So I never cook it at home, ever, but I do enjoy eating it at restaurants! One of these days I must conquer my fear because this looks SO good. Hello, brown butter on anything instantly makes it amazing times eleventy thousand. Love!

  4. YUM; we love samon and this sounds incredible Alyssa! Can’t wait to try this soon! Thanks girl!

  5. Oh my, that looks so delicious! I love lime on anything!!

  6. Making thi right now!

  7. Melissa @ No. 2 Pencil says:

    Hello! This sounds amazing!

  8. Trish - Mom On Timeout says:

    This looks incredible Alyssa!

  9. Jocelyn says:

    We have slowly been adding more Tilapia into our menus. The more we eat it, the more I am liking it. You have me convinced I need to try eating salmon next…but it definitely needs this brown butter sauce!

  10. I am drooling on the keyboard!

    This looks great!

    I would love for you to share and link up at my TGIF Link Party. The party is open every Thursday night and closes Wednesday’s at midnight.


    Have a wonderful week!

    Hugs, Cathy

  11. You think this would be good with tilapia?

  12. This was Awesome!!! I was a little unsure of the sauce but it all came together so perfect! I just wish we would have had more.. my kids were devouring it too..thank you always for the best recipes! This will be a summer BBQ hit!

  13. Michelle Frasier says:

    made this for my family and we enjoyed

  14. Thank you so much for sharing! This was delicious. My husband was so impressed and that doesn’t happen often! This recipe was easy and the payoff was amazing!

  15. Thanks for the recipe! We recently had salmon for probably the first time in my kid’s lives and they all loved it too. And they call every kind of meat chicken. Even if we correct them, it becomes salmon chicken, ham chicken, etc. Call it whatever you want if you eat it, haha!

  16. Thanks for the recipe! Made tonight and it was delicious. Partner exclaimed that it was the best salmon he’s ever tasted. Little one was not a fan of the lime zest and had to scrape it off, but she enjoyed it regardless.

  17. Kathleen says:

    This was a really easy, really fast, and excellent. Great recipe.

  18. I was wondering if anyone has tried this recipe and cooked the salmon a different way…like in the oven or on the grill?

  19. i love salmon but never know how to cook it or whether to buy fresh or frozen. Any advice would be appreciated.

    • I always buy fresh but I am sure frozen would be ok if you thaw it out. 🙂

    • I regularly buy large, fresh salmon fillets, then cut them into meal sized portions and freeze them in resealable freezer bags. Thaw when needed and cook how you like. If in a hurry, put the bagged salmon in a bowl of cool/tepid water to thaw faster. change water as needed.

  20. is it just me, or is the lime jucie missing in the brown butter instructions?
    other tan that, everyting sounds amazing.

  21. I’m guessing the lime juice gets whisked into the browned butter after coming off the heat? I don’t see where it’s added in the directions. I’m making this tonight so hopefully I do it right 😉

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  23. I love the recipe, but when I tried to Pin it, however, on my board it comes up as The Recipe Critic Slow Cooker Mongolian Chicken, the recipe is the chicken recipe but the picture is that of Honey-Glazed Salmon with brown butter and lime sauce. I’d love to save this recipe, can you fix it?

    • Isn’t that annoying? I have been trying to get pinterest to fix it for weeks! The picture is right just not the name so you can still pin it. 🙂

  24. Looks great and yummy

  25. Pamela Houdashell says:

    I’m thinking. Scary thing to be doing today. But in my mind I think that to take the thinner end of the fillet (after cooking), let it cool and then break it up over a bowl of salad and use some of the brown butter lime sauce as the dressing for the salad. What do you think Alyssa?

  26. Where do i put the lime juice?

  27. Christina Goding says:

    This looks so good! I have never tried making salmon but I might now. Would this work with lemon instead of lime?

  28. Make sure you don’t buy farm raised salmon. Most restaurants use farm raised.

  29. The brown butter lime sauce is listed as one of the ingredients…but then it tells you to make it? I’m confused! Do i buy it with the rest of the ingredients, or am I creating it WITH the ingredients? Why is it listed as one ingredient?

  30. Looks delicious, I’d love to make it but have celiac kids. How important is the flour? Do you think it would work with a gluten free flour like potato flour?

  31. Donna Dunn says:

    Ok, where do the three tablespoons of lime juice go?

  32. does anyone know how many calories this is

  33. Diana Durst says:

    This looks so good! I have everything except the lime. I do have lemon. Will that work in this recipe?

  34. would it be awful to use margarine instead of butter for someone who cant have dairy?

  35. If I wanted to bake the salmon, how long and what temp? Should I put sauce on while cooking? Thanks

  36. I’m making this tonight – looks super yummy – but it calls for 3 TBLs of lime juice and then never says when to use it. I’m guessing it goes in the sauce. Just looked at other comments and see the answer.

  37. Yummy! This was a hit in my household! I will definitely make this again! I shared a picture to my friends and many friends asked for the recipe 🙂

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