Brown butter and lime salmon fillets

Brown butter and lime salmon

This salmon is gorgeous and light and perfect if you want to keep things healthy, but in no way scrimps on flavour. The salmon is perfectly caramelised, locking in all of the juices while the brown butter and lime sauce is both comfortingly nutty yet packs a zesty punch. Depending on how comfortable you are with your dining companions, you may or may not agree to lick the plate afterwards, it’s your call 😉


2 skinless salmon filets
Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
2 tbsp runny honey
1 tbsp olive oil
Zest of 1 lime
Prepackaged stirfry vegetables, to serve (cook according to pack instructions)

Brown butter and lime sauce
3 tbsp unsalted butter
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tbsp runny honey
Juice of 1 lime
Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste


Preheat your oven to 150˚C. Heat the olive oil in a small frying pan, season the salmon fillets with salt and freshly ground black pepper before adding them to the pan. Drizzle over 2 tbsps of honey and the zest of 1 lime. Sear for 2 minutes on each side to caramelise the salmon. Remove the fillets from the heat and transfer to a baking dish for 8-10 minutes.

While the salmon is in the oven, melt the butter in a small sauce pan. Let the butter froth up and leave it for a minute or two until it turns a light golden brown colour. Once browned, add in the garlic and cook for 1 minute before adding in 1 tbsp honey and the juice of 1 lime. Use a whisk to mix everything together then remove from the heat.

To serve, remove the salmon fillets from the oven before placing on top of either some cooked rice or stirfried veg, then drizzling over the browned butter and lime sauce.

Serves 2

1 Comment

  1. foodonfifth

    I am intrigued with brown butter…recently I had some brown butter cookies that a friend made and recently saw pre-made brown butter in a small grocery near me. Your recipe is just delicious looking brown butter and all.

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