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Speaking of salmon… on to the recipe. This simple approach only has a few ingredients – honey, lime, garlic, and butter – and truly enhances the natural, delicious flavor of the salmon. By dusting the fillets with a little bit of flour, then glazing them with honey and pan-frying, you get this wonderful sear on the top, like a caramelized little crust. It’s just fantastic.
Then, if that wasn’t yummy enough, you brown some butter and blend it together with lime and garlic and drizzle it over top of your salmon. Oh my. Succulent and satisfying.
[And here’s a little honorable mention for my 4-year-old daughter who sat on the counter top and snapped the ends off the green beans for me for this lovely dinner].
Swirl olive oil in a large frying pan over medium heat. Pat the fillets dry with a paper towel, then dust lightly with flour. Using your hands, pat the flour evenly over the top of the fillet (if fillet is skinless, do this on both sides). Drizzle a small amount of honey over the top of the floured area and spread to coat.
Place salmon in hot pan and cook 3-5 minutes per side, or until a nice caramelized brown crust is achieved and the salmon is cooked to desired temperature (I cook mine medium). Remove to serving plate and drizzle with Brown Butter Lime Sauce and sprinkle with lime zest. Serve.
To Make Sauce:
In a small saucepan, brown the butter over medium heat, swirling frequently. The butter will melt, then foam and bubble, then begin to brown. As soon as it smells nutty and the color has changed, remove from heat (if you don't watch it closely here, it will burn).
Add garlic, lime juice, salt, and pepper to a blender or food processor. Turn on and steadily stream in the browned butter. Blend for 1 minute until emulsified.
I really enjoy your blog! I live in Alaska (recent arrival), and have been working for a seafood market/processor for about 3 years. My job is to give as many people as I can, the opportunity to enjoy the exquisite flavors and richness of Alaskan seafood. I can't quite remember how I originally found your blog, but I started sharing your Alaskan Eats recipes with some of my customers. I give you full credit, no worries!
Just wanted to let you know that I have cooked a ton of salmon, and I must say I found great inspiration in this recipe. Thanks!
@J Dock Seafood Co I'm so glad that you stopped to introduce yourself and leave a comment! :) It's great to meet you. Are you in Seward? I was just in Anchorage yesterday for the Great Alaska Seafood Cookoff and the chef who won was from Seward. So excited to see someone from the Kenai Peninsula win. Thank you for making and sharing my recipes. Hope you'll keep in touch!
Welcome! I’m Maya – a food blogger and food columnist based on Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula. ~ Read More