Honey Lime Glazed Salmon

By Rena |

This Honey Lime Glazed Salmon recipe is perfect for an evening when you are in a hurry as it only takes a mere 20 minutes to make. If you are looking for a quick and easy dinner option you have found it! Finished in a sweet and tangy honey and lime sauce, this fish dish is high in protein and low in fat. 

Two glazed salmon fillets in a pan with lime wedges and cilantro

Keeping dinners healthy while still swamped with kids activities or household errands is important. This Honey Lime Glazed Salmon recipe goes from prep to table in under a half an hour. Easy to make with simple ingredients, this recipe is often on my weekly meal rotation!

Serve it up with some fried rice, Cauliflower Rice or a greens salad to keep it light, or any of your other favorite side dishes. It’s even a great idea to use this salmon recipe for some of your meal prep meals. You really can’t go wrong!

Why This Recipe Is So Good!

  • Quick: This recipe only takes about 20 minutes to make and it is so easy to prep. Fish is a great option for weeknight meals as it has a quick cooking time.
  • Healthy: Salmon is high in protein and low in fat, as well as containing essential fatty acids. I try to include two fish dishes in my weeknight meals.
  • Delicious: I can’t tell you how tasty this salmon is! The glaze is a wonderful balance of sweet and acid and it compliments the natural flavors in the salmon.

Honey Lime Glazed Salmon Ingredients

You only need a handful of ingredients to make this delicious salmon dish!

  • Salmon fillets: I prefer to use skin on salmon for this recipe and use fillets that are around 4 to 6 ounces in weight per person.
  • Olive oil: You can use your favorite brand of olive oil. This helps to add flavor and transfers the heat more efficiently.
  • Lime: I use both the zest and juice of a lime in this recipe. It gives a wonderful tang and aroma to the dish.
  • Honey: The honey adds a wonderful sweetness to the salmon and balances out the acid from the lime.
  • Salt and pepper: Season the fish liberally before cooking to really help bring out the natural flavors.

The fish in a pan with part of it flaked

How To Make Honey Lime Glazed Salmon

Be sure to scroll down for the full recipe!

  • Prep: Season the salmon fillets with salt and pepper. Heat some olive oil in a pan over a high heat.
  • Make: Whisk together the ingredients for the glaze.
  • Cook: Cook the salmon in the pan on each side until it is opaque. Drizzle over the glaze and cook while basting for a another minute.

Can you make it ahead of time?

I like to serve the glazed salmon as soon as it is ready, but it will keep well and can be reheated. You can also flake cold salmon and add it to salads. Let it cool to room temperature and then store it in an airtight container. It will keep in the fridge for 3 days.

To reheat the cooked salmon, place it on a baking sheet in a pre heated oven at 275ºF for 15 minutes until it is cooked through.

Close up of the cooked fillets in a pan

Do you cook salmon with the skin up or down?

It’s always interesting to find out how people cook their salmon. First of all its essential to keep the skin of the salmon on when cooking up that salmon recipe. The skin provides a safety layer between the flesh of the fish and the pan. It is best to cook the salmon with the skin down first for a few minutes until its crispy and then flip to the other side.

What are the benefits of eating salmon?

Salmon is loaded with Omega-3 fatty acids and Vitamin B12 which are linked to improving brain function and cognition. It helps reduces the risk of heart disease and balancing blood pressure. There are many other health benefits of salmon such as, promoting healthy skin, supporting weight loss, fighting inflammation and assisting in maintaining proper thyroid function. You can read more about its health benefits here.

How can you tell if salmon is undercooked?

If you find a salmon recipe you like but worry about how to find out if you cooked it well or not? You can always Check using a thermometer. But you really don’t need to. A well cooked Salmon will flake easily when you use a fork and test it right in the middle of it. A well-cooked salmon will have a more opaque orange or pink center as opposed to a translucent orange center when it is undercooked.

A fork flaking the glazed honey and lime salmon fillets

Recipe Notes and Tips

  1. You can use fresh or frozen salmon fillets for this recipe. I prefer to use fresh, but if you use frozen, be sure to defrost it thoroughly before you begin cooking. Pat the fillets with paper towel to remove any excess moisture.
  2. Cooking times may vary depending on the thickness of your fillet.
  3. Use a non stick, flat pan to cook the glazed salmon. The fish is more likely to stick on cast iron and stainless steel pans.
  4. If you are using an instant read thermometer, it should register at 145ºF.
  5. Take care not to overcook the salmon. When over cooked it can become dry and chewy.

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Honey Lime Salmon

Honey Lime Salmon Recipe

An easy seared salmon that’s topped with a honey lime glaze.
4 from 3 votes
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 2 servings
Calories: 345kcal
Author: Rena

Ingredients

  • 2 Salmon fillets 4-6 ounces each
  • 1 tablespoon Olive oil divided use
  • 1 Lime for zest and juice
  • 1 tablespoon Honey
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Optional garnishes: fresh cilantro and lime wedges

Instructions

  • Heat 1 teaspoon of olive oil in a medium pan over high heat. Season the salmon generously with salt and pepper.
  • Place the salmon, skin side up, in the pan and cook for approximately 4 minutes on each side or until fish is opaque.
  • In a small bowl whisk together the remaining 2 teaspoons of olive oil, honey, lime juice, zest, and salt and pepper to taste.
  • Drizzle the glaze over the salmon and cook for 1 more minute, using a spoon to baste the salmon with the glaze.
  • Serve immediately, garnished with cilantro and lime wedges if desired.

Notes

  1. You can use fresh or frozen salmon fillets for this recipe. I prefer to use fresh, but if you use frozen, be sure to defrost it thoroughly before you begin cooking. Pat the fillets with paper towel to remove any excess moisture.
  2. Cooking times may vary depending on the thickness of your fillet.
  3. Use a non stick, flat pan to cook the salmon. The fish is more likely to stick on cast iron and stainless steel pans.
  4. If you are using an instant read thermometer, it should register at 145ºF.
  5. Take care not to overcook the salmon. When over cooked it can become dry and chewy.

Nutrition

Calories: 345kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 33g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 93mg | Sodium: 76mg | Potassium: 867mg | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 70IU | Vitamin C: 9.7mg | Calcium: 31mg | Iron: 1.6mg
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  1. Arpita Patel says

    Will I made my wife happy…made this dish for her. It’s easy to make and its taste great. The Capers and lemon gives the salmon a nice flavor, the capers did rolled off the salmon, so I took a teaspoon of liquid from the capers and put it over the salmon, then put the capers on when I plated the salmon made.

    • Rena says

      Hey! I use mostly Alaskan Sock-eye. But in all honestly, i am not picky and use whatever I find whatever is wild-caught and fresh.

  2. Julie says

    Great recipe. Cooking time varied though. It’s easier to overcook a salmon than undercook. If it’s flaky, it’s overcooked and dry. You want that slightly translucent part so it’s moist. I served it with a green salad and lime basmati rice. Everyone loved it.

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