Cilantro Lime Butter Salmon

Cilantro Lime Butter Salmon is pan seared to tender and flaky perfection and has the most amazing cilantro lime butter honey sauce on top!

For more cilantro lime recipes be sure to make: Cilantro Lime Shrimp Lettuce Wraps, Grilled Honey Lime Cilantro Chicken, or try Slow Cooker Creamy Cilantro Lime Chicken.

Pan Seared Salmon

You know my love for salmon. And you would think that I would be getting sick of it by now, but nope! Salmon has been a huge part of my 40 pound baby weight loss. And I finally hit my goal! Never in a million years did I think I would be able to lose this last weight from the baby, but it feels SO amazing to be here. I LOVE FOOD!! I have definitely learned that I can still eat the foods that I love, I just have to listen to my body and when to stop eating. I lost it just in time for summer and I actually don’t have to be terrified of getting into a swimsuit.

I have to keep my favorite salmon recipes on rotation and coming up with new flavor combinations is my favorite. Cilantro lime is such a wonderful flavor combination and one that my family all loves as well. This salmon came out absolutely perfect!

How do you pan sear salmon?

In a large non stick skillet over medium-high heat add 2 Tablespoons of oil. Salt and pepper salmon and place skin side up and reduce heat to medium low. Let cook without flipping for 6-7 minutes until the salmon has a nicely brown edge. Flip the salmon over and cook for an additional 2 minutes.

How do you make the cilantro lime butter sauce?

Add butter to your skillet and wait to melt. Add garlic and cook for a minute. Whisk in vegetable broth, lime juice, honey, and cilantro. Let the sauce simmer and reduce and add salmon back to the pan. Top with extra chopped cilantro and fresh limes.

The flavor is fantastic in this meal! I love recipes that are healthy and have such great flavor. Making salmon is so quick and easy and I know this is a dish that everyone will love!

Cilantro Lime Butter Salmon

4.67 from 3 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4
Cilantro Lime Butter Salmon is pan seared to tender and flaky perfection and has the most amazing cilantro lime butter honey sauce on top!


  • 4 6 ounce salmon fillets
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 Tablespoons butter
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 1/2 cup vegetable broth
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 3 Tablespoons honey
  • 1/4 cup cilantro chopped
  • chopped cilantro and fresh lime slices for garnish


  1. In a large skillet over medium-high heat add the olive oil. Add the salmon skin side up to the skillet and reduce the heat to medium-low. Cook without turning for 6-7 minutes until the salmon gets a brown crust. Flip the salmon and cook for an additional 2 minutes. Remove and set aside on a plate.
  2. Add the butter to the skillet and melt. Add in garlic and cook for a minute unitl tender. Whisk in vegetable broth, lime juice, honey, and cilantro. Let simmer and reduce. Add salmon back to the pan and let it cook in the sauce until heated through. Serve with additional chopped cilantro and lime wedges if desired.
Nutrition Facts
Cilantro Lime Butter Salmon
Amount Per Serving
Calories 194 Calories from Fat 144
% Daily Value*
Fat 16g25%
Saturated Fat 6g30%
Cholesterol 23mg8%
Sodium 194mg8%
Potassium 27mg1%
Carbohydrates 15g5%
Sugar 13g14%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 390IU8%
Vitamin C 5.5mg7%
Calcium 7mg1%
Iron 0.1mg1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


Alyssa Rivers

I am Alyssa and the blogger behind The Recipe Critic. I started my blog in June of 2012 as a place to share my passion for cooking. I love trying new things and testing them out with my family.

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  1. I’m loving your blog, great recipes, explained very well & your videos are wonderful. So glad I found you! Look forward to all your posts & trying your recipes. Thank you !!

  2. I am making your lime butter cilantro salmon tonight. It looks so delicious. But as I was drawn into many of your other recipes they all look so mouthwatering I want to have them all tonight. We will soon anyway. BTW, my husband and I both think you are hot. Oh yeah, and I am a heterosexual woman and he is totally hetero. I hope this isn’t offensive to you or anyone.

  3. 4 stars
    Very rich, savory and fresh at the same time
    Very tasty!
    Just what I was looking for!
    Tried to give it 5 stars but would only allow 4(?)

  4. My dad and I were looking for a great Salmon recipe tonight. We had the idea of putting Cliantro and lime in it (because we love both), but we had no idea how long or in what order we needed to cook the Salmon. I love your simple and explicit steps. Thank you for making amazing food simple.

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