This simple Cajun honey butter salmon is a one-pan wonder with just a few ingredients! A delightful sauce blends sweet, savory, and garlicky flavors, plus a touch of lemon. Get ready for your family's new salmon favorite, ready in under 15 minutes from start to finish!
😍 Why This Cajun Salmon Recipe Works
- Cajun Flavors: The Cajun seasoning elevates any dish! A hint of spice and loads of flavor.
- Nutritious - Ever thought about the health perks of a salmon dish? Salmon boasts heart-healthy fats and Omega-3s! If the butter feels excessive, halve it.
- Quick & Easy: Ready in just 15 minutes! It's easy to make on a busy weeknights, but adding Cajun spices and honey gives it an extra touch of elegance, perfect for impressing guests at a dinner gathering.
🥘 Ingredients For Cajun Honey Butter Salmon
- Salmon Fillets (4): Choose four salmon fillets, each weighing around ½ pound or approximately 250 grams. You can opt to keep the skin on or remove it.
- Cajun Seasoning ( 2 teaspoons): This recipe calls for homemade Cajun seasoning to infuse the salmon with rich, bold and spicy flavors. If you're using store-bought Cajun seasoning, remember it might have salt already. Adjust the amount accordingly.
- Butter (2 tablespoons): Adds a rich and velvety texture to the dish, enhancing its flavor and contributing to the indulgent honey butter sauce. For a healthier twist, opt for olive oil or coconut oil. These alternatives can bring a similar richness and depth of flavor.
- Garlic (4 cloves, minced): Minced garlic brings a robust and aromatic element to the dish, intensifying its taste and complementing the Cajun spice blend.
- Honey (4 tablespoons): Adds sweetness that beautifully balances the savory and spicy notes of the Cajun seasoning. If you don't have honey, consider using maple syrup or agave nectar. These natural sweeteners can provide a similar touch of sweetness and complement the Cajun spices.
- Water (1 tablespoon): Adding water helps create a consistent and smooth texture for the honey butter sauce, allowing it to evenly coat the salmon.
- Soy Sauce (2 teaspoons): Soy sauce contributes a savory depth and a touch of umami to the sauce, enriching its taste profile.
- Fresh Lemon Juice (1 tablespoon): The addition of freshly squeezed lemon juice brightens the dish with its zesty and tangy essence, adding a refreshing contrast to the richness of the honey butter.
🔪 How to Make Cajun Honey Butter Salmon
Preheat your oven to medium broil/grill settings.
Pat the salmon dry with paper towels and sprinkle the Cajun spice mix on both sides.
In a skillet, melt butter over medium-high heat. Sauté garlic for a minute. Add honey, water, soy sauce; allow flavors to meld. Mix in lemon juice.
Put the salmon into the pan with the sauce. Cook for 3-4 minutes, while occasionally spooning the sauce over the top.
Baste the salmon with sauce once more, then put the pan in the oven to broil/grill for 5-6 minutes. Cook until the tops get a little charred and the salmon is cooked the way you like. Keep a close eye on it, overcooked salmon can be dry and tough.
To serve, spoon the sauce and squeeze lemon juice. Place lemon wedges around the salmon. Finish by adding a big spoonful of Cajun honey butter mixture on top of each salmon fillet. Garnish with fresh parsley or cilantro if desired.
Cajun Honey Butter
This luscious butter blend combines the warmth of Cajun spices with the sweetness of honey, creating a tantalizingly rich and creamy sauce. As you generously top your cooked salmon with this delicious butter, watch as it melts and melds, infusing each succulent bite with a burst of zesty, buttery goodness.
To make it, simply combine butter, honey and delicious Cajun seasoning.
Pan Seared Salmon
This salmon is cooked in the sauce without searing or frying first. Why? Because some folks worry about flipping salmon and it breaking apart. Q: How do I get crispy edges? A: Once salmon is halfway cooked, broil the fillets a bit more for a yummy, golden, crispy finish.
Air Fryer Cajun Honey Butter Salmon
- To make this delicious honey salmon in the air fryer, preheat it to 400 degrees.
- Make the sauce according to the instructions below.
- Season the salmon with Cajun seasoning and brush the honey garlic butter sauce onto the salmon.
- Place the filets onto the air fryer basket and air fryer for 7-9 minutes depending on the thickness of the fish.
🥡 Storage & Make Ahead
Storing Leftovers: Keep any leftover salmon in an airtight container in the fridge for 2-3 days.
Freezing: We don't recommend to freeze the leftovers.
Reheating: Warm salmon in the oven at 275°F (135°C). Place on a lined baking sheet, add Cajun honey butter or olive oil on top for moisture. Heat for around 15 minutes until warmed through. Avoid overcooking.
Make Ahead: You can make Cajun seasoning ahead, store in your spice cabinet.
Ways to Serve Cajun Salmon
Consider options like Roasted Asparagus, Cheesy Garlic Roasted Brussels Sprouts, Yellow Turmeric Rice, Quinoa salad, or a fresh mixed green salad. These sides complement the flavors and make for a satisfying meal!
If you're looking for extra protein (and more Cajun flavor), try serving this salmon alongside Cajun Blackened Shrimp.
What to Do with Leftovers
Transform the leftover fish into a honey butter Cajun salmon bowl by adding it to rice or cauliflower rice. You can also slice the fillets and create fish tacos, or add them to a slider with sliced avocado for a delicious twist.
❓ Frequently Asked Questions
Absolutely! Grilling Cajun Honey Butter Salmon is a fantastic idea. Just follow the same steps for the sauce, then season and grill the salmon instead of pan searing. The grill will add a wonderful smoky flavor to the dish.
Cajun food is a result of French-speaking folks who were forced to leave Canada's Acadian region and settled in Louisiana. They named their new home "Acadiana." As they shared their cooking style, it became known as Cajun cuisine.
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