Pan Grilled Salmon with Lime Butter Sauce

Pan Grilled Salmon with Lime Butter Sauce

This is a very easy weekday meal that seems fancier than it is to cook and it's special enough for company.




  1. Lightly oil a grill pan and put on the stove and turn heat to high.
  2. Season salmon with salt and pepper.
  3. When pan is searing hot, place fish in pan, flesh sides down. Adjust heat to medium high/medium so that fish cooks quickly without burning, about 2 minutes.
  4. Turn fillets over and continue cooking until cooked through, about 2 to 3 minutes more. Time will vary with the thickness of the fish and how rare or well-done you like it cooked.
  5. Remove from pan and serve with lime butter sauce by spooning a little on the plate and serving extra on the side.

Lime Butter Sauce (makes about 3/4 cup)

1 large garlic clove, finely chopped
1/4 cup fresh lime juice (do not use anything but fresh)
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1 stick (1/2 c.) unsalted butter, melted

Purée garlic with lime juice, salt and pepper in a blender or food processor until smooth.  With motor running, add the melted butter and blend until emulsified, about 30 seconds.

Lime butter sauce can be made a day ahead and chilled, covered.  Stir before using.





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