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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!! 😉

Honey glazed salmon with browned butter lime sauce on a white plate with 3 lime slices.

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Honey Glazed Salmon with Browned Butter Lime Sauce

5 from 2 votes
By: Alyssa Rivers
I love that it was pan seared and had a crust to it and it was so tender and melted in my mouth!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4 Servings


Browned Butter Lime Sauce


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Carefully place the salmon into the pan and cook 3-5 minutes on each side browning each side of the salmon.
  • 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.
  • Pour the browned butter sauce over the salmon and sprinkle with your lime zest and enjoy!


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Calories: 521kcalCarbohydrates: 17gProtein: 34gFat: 35gSaturated Fat: 13gCholesterol: 139mgSodium: 517mgPotassium: 846mgFiber: 1gSugar: 13gVitamin A: 593IUVitamin C: 4mgCalcium: 25mgIron: 2mg

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

Additional Info

Course: Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine: American
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About Alyssa Rivers

Alyssa Rivers is the author of 'The Tried and True Cookbook', a professional food photographer and experienced recipe-developer. Having a passion for cooking, her tried and true recipes have been featured on Good Morning America, Today Food, Buzzfeed and more.

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  1. 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?

  2. 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?

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

  4. 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?

  5. 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?

    1. 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. 🙂

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  7. 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 😉

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

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

    1. 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.

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