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Honey Salmon with Browned Butter Lime Sauce

Serves Serves 4     adjust servings

This Honey Salmon with Browned Butter Lime Sauce is the best salmon I've ever had, and that includes restaurants. It's SO easy: pan sear the salmon in a bit of honey, then blend up a simple sauce with lime and brown butter. It's seriously amazing!


  • 4 (6 oz) salmon fillets, rested at room temperature 20 minutes
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 8 teaspoons flour, divided
  • 2 tablespoons honey, divided
  • zest of 2 limes
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

Browned Butter Lime Sauce

  • 6 tablespoons salted butter
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper


  1. Make the sauce first: Place butter in a small (light colored) saucepan. Cook over medium heat, swirling pan occasionally, until butter is fragrant and has turned nice and brown. Get out your blender. Remove butter from heat and pour it immediately into the blender (you want it to stop cooking). Add the lime juice, garlic, and salt and pepper to a blender. Blend on low speed for 30 seconds to 1 minute until well combined. Set aside.
  2. Pat both sides of the salmon dry. Line the fillets up on a large cutting board and salt and pepper the top sides. Sprinkle the tops with flour, about 1 teaspoon per fillet, or just eyeball it. Then drizzle with honey, about 3/4 teaspoon per fillet (again, just eyeball it).
  3. Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil over medium heat in the largest skillet that you have, and swirl to coat. When the oil shimmers, add the fillets, flour side down. Don't crowd them! You don't want them to steam each other. If you don't have a big enough pan, do it in batches or use two pans.
  4. Set a timer for about 3 minutes. Meanwhile, treat the other side of the salmon that is now facing up: salt and pepper, flour, then honey. Flip the salmon when it is nice and brown. It should take 3-5 minutes per side, depending on the thickness of your salmon.
  5. Plate salmon immediately. Blend the browned butter sauce one more time, since it has probably separated by now, and drizzle each fillet with 1 or 2 tablespoons sauce. Sprinkle with lime zest. Enjoy!