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Chile Lime Salmon. This quick and easy 20 minute dinner is super flavorful thanks to a bit of heat from the Chile and a cooling citrus zest from the lime. 

20 minutes is all you need to get this sweet and spicy salmon on the table for dinner! The sauce comes together with pantry ingredients, and is brushed onto the salmon, bake for 15 minutes and that’s it! Theres nothing I love more than a quick and easy dinner that my entire family loves! This healthy salmon recipe pairs perfectly with this Summer Corn Salad, Chilled Cucumber Tomato Salad, or some Southwest Quinoa Bean Salad.

Chile Lime Salmon close up.

Hey y’all! It’s Serene from House of Yumm, and today I am so excited to share with you one of my favorite quick and easy dinners! I loooove a good salmon fillet. And this Chile Lime Salmon is always a big hit with my family. I love the bold flavors and the slight heat that comes through with the Chile sauce. The heat balances perfectly with the splash of citrus and sweetness of the honey.

Chile Lime Salmon 

This salmon recipe comes together quick and easy. It can be prepared and ready to eat in 20 minutes! Which makes this a perfect weeknight meal. Thanks to using the Chile garlic sauce, this dish does have a bit of a kick to it, not too much, but if you’re unsure if small children (or yourself) can handle the heat, you can definitely scale back on the Chile garlic sauce. My 6 year old daughter loved this dish, but she also loves hot sauce on pretty much all her foods!

Raw salmon in marinade.

How to make Chile Lime Salmon 

  1. Prepare the sauce in a small bowl. Simply combine the ingredients together with a whisk. The ingredients we will use are Chile garlic sauce, which gives a bit of heat. Some lime zest and juice, to help balance and provide a cooling citrus flavor. A bit of honey to sweeten things up. And a little salt. 
  2. Place the salmon fillets on the baking sheet and simply brush the tops of the fillets with the sauce. This recipe makes enough sauce for about 1.5 pounds of salmon, which is about 4 good size fillets. 
  3. Bake the salmon for 15 minutes. 
  4. After baking garnish with chopped cilantro and a lime slice. 

Putting a fork into chile lime salmon.

How to bake salmon 

Baking is my preferred method for making salmon, because I can nail it easily each time I make it. The salmon is considered cooked at an internal temperature of 145 according to the FDA. As always, measure the temperature in the thickest part of the fillet. When salmon is fully cooked it should flake easily with a fork, and the fish itself will take on an opaque appearance. Before it is cooked salmon has a more translucent look, but once cooked it will have a more solid look.

To bake in the oven, simply line the baking sheet with some foil. Brush the foil with some olive oil, or spray with a baking spray. Place the salmon fillets on the foil skin side down. Then brush the salmon with the sauce. Bake for about 15 minutes, or until the internal temperature reaches 145. 

Chile lime salmon on a white plate.

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Chile Lime Salmon

By: Serene Herrera
Chile Lime Salmon. This quick and easy 20 minute dinner is super flavorful thanks to a bit of heat from the Chile and a cooling citrus zest from the lime. 
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 4


  • 4 salmon fillets (approx 1.5 pounds)
  • 3 tbsp chili garlic sauce
  • 1/2 tsp lime zest (approx 1 small lime zested)
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Optional Garnish


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a large baking sheet with foil. Set aside. 
  • In a small bowl combine the chili garlic sauce, lime zest, lime juice, honey, and salt. Whisk to combine.
  • Lay the salmon fillets on the baking pan, skin side down. Brush the tops with the sauce.
  • Bake the salmon for 15 minutes. Remove from the oven.
  • Garnish with chopped cilantro and lime slice if desired.
  • Serve warm and enjoy! 


Calories: 48kcalCarbohydrates: 12gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 918mgFiber: 1gSugar: 11g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
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About Serene Herrera

Home cook, photographer, mother and lover of food. I love taking simple ingredients and creating delicious meals or sweet treats that the entire family will love, all with a hint of Texas charm.

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  1. You mention lime juice in the directions but not the ingredients list. How much? One lime’s worth from the one you zested? I know from experience it can get overpowering in a hurry