Honey Glazed Salmon with Browned Butter Lime Sauce

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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.

Honey Glazed Salmon with Browned Butter Lime Sauce

5 from 1 vote
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
Author Alyssa Rivers
Servings: 4 Servings


  • 4 salmon fillets 6 oz.
  • 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
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper


  • 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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Serves: 4

Calories521kcal (26%)Carbohydrates17g (6%)Protein34g (68%)Fat35g (54%)Saturated Fat13g (65%)Cholesterol139mg (46%)Sodium517mg (22%)Potassium846mg (24%)Fiber1g (4%)Sugar13g (14%)Vitamin A593IU (12%)Vitamin C4mg (5%)Calcium25mg (3%)Iron2mg (11%)

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe and nutritional value will vary depending on the brands you use, measuring methods and portion sizes per household.

Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword Glazed Salmon, honey glazed salmon, salmon recipes
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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. It is a little confusing but it is in the ingredients. The format on my site has a bullet next to the brown butter sauce. Here it is listed for you. Hope that helps! XOXO
      Browned Butter Lime Sauce
      6 Tablespoons Butter
      3 Tbsp fresh lime juice
      1 tsp honey
      1 clove garlic, minced
      1/2 tsp salt
      1/2 tsp pepper

      1. Alyssa, you should add the lime juice to the list of ingredients whisked into the sauce in instruction #4. That’s where the confusion is coming from. Can’t wait to try this.

  1. I happened upon your recipe for the “Browned butter – honey lime – salmon. Sounded great. I printed out the instructions and pre-measured out the ingredients……… Including the lime juice. As the salmon was cooking, I made the sauce, but as we ate the salmon, I looked over at the counter top and realized that your instructions made no mention as to when or where to use the lime juice…”Oops!” I believe that the juice was intended to be added to the sauce mix as the butter etc. sauce was whisked together, BUT…….. you left that out of the instructions! It was good anywhay, but I will be re-making the recipe next week, USING the lime juice in the sauce! Any other suggestions???

  2. 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 🙂

  3. 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.

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

  5. 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?

  6. 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?

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

  8. 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?

  9. 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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  11. 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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