Cajun Honey Butter Salmon is a delicious sweet-spicy seafood recipe with a buttery and flavourful sauce that’s ready in under 20 minutes! The cajun seasoning adds boldness and boastful flavor to the dish, while the honey butter serves up a sweet dainty twist. Serve as part of a main or entree and pair with veggies, grains or potatoes!
Cajun Honey Butter Salmon
This recipe is one of the easiest, and tastiest salmon dishes to serve for a quick weeknight dinner, or as part of a gourmet at home dinner. It’s sweet-spicy, with a simple and delicious honey butter sauce that sets this recipe off!
What’s Cajun Seasoning?
Cajun seasoning is a blend of herbs and spices originating in southern America, but mainly Louisiana. It often features paprika, cayenne, garlic powder, peppers, oregano and thyme. The heat level also varies from blend to blend.
How to Cook Salmon in the Oven
- Preheat oven, then pat salmon dry. Use a piece of lint-free paper towel to do so.
- Add a drizzle of olive oil to your salmon, and seasoning according to what you are making. Season generously.
- Next, place your salmon skin side down in a skillet, or oven-safe pan and transfer to your preheated oven. Ensure your salmon is near room temp (not cold or frozen) before placing in the oven – this helps the salmon cook evenly.
- Cooking time depends on the thickness of your salmon. This is determined by the thickest part of the salmon fillet, which will take the longest time to cook through. Once your salmon is done, it will easily flake – this can be done with a fork. You can also indicate doneness if an internal temp of 145°F is reached.
How to Make Cajun Honey Butter Salmon
First start with preheating your oven and pat drying your salmon fillets. Then, drizzle some oil olive, and season generously with the cajun spice blend. If salmon is chilled, allow to sit at room temp for at least 15 minutes to take the chill off.
Add a squeeze of lemon to the salmon, place in skillet and add three dollops of honey butter on each salmon fillet. Set aside remainder of the honey butter.
Place in oven, and bake for 10 – 12 minutes, depending on the thickness of your salmon or until flaky and internal temp reads 145°F.
When salmon is near finished or at the 7-8 minute mark, add remainder of honey butter to the skillet. Remove from oven when done, spoon the sauce overtop of salmon, garnish with fresh parsley or cilantro and serve.
What to Serve with Cajun Salmon
Serve this Cajun Salmon dish with one of these side dishes; mashed potatoes, a grain dish – rice, quinoa, couscous, roasted veggies like corn, greens, asparagus. I also like to serve this dish on a bed of pasta, sometimes plain butter pasta or creamy alfredo!
Grab the Grocery List (Screenshot The Below)!
- Salmon Fillets
- Dried Parsley Flakes
- Garlic Powder
- Onion Powder
- Smoked Paprika, or Regular Paprika
- Cajun or Creole Seasoning
- Freshly Ground Black Pepper & Salt
- Pure Honey
- Fresh Parsley or Cilantro Leaves for Garnish
Other Fish & Seafood Recipes to Try
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Cajun Honey Butter Salmon
- 3 Salmon Fillets
- 1 tbsp Olive Oil divided
- 2 tsp Cajun or creole seasoning
- 1 tsp Garlic Powder
- 1 tsp Onion Powder
- 1 tsp Smoked Paprika or regular paprika
- 1 tsp Dried Parsley Flakes
- 1/2 tsp Salt more or less to taste
- 1/4 tsp Black Pepper
- 4 tbsp Butter softened or room temperature
- 3 tbsp Honey
- Fresh Parsley or cilantro for garnish, as desired
- Preheat oven to 400°F (200°C). Then in a small bowl, combine all the dry seasonings – dried parsley flakes, garlic powder, onion powder, smoked paprika or paprika, cajun seasoning, black pepper, and salt and set aside.
- In another bowl, combine butter and honey, mix until well combined, set aside.
- Pat dry salmon, then add a drizzle with olive oil on each fillet. Season both sides of salmon generously with dry seasoning, a add a squeeze of fresh lemon juice.
- Add a drizzle of olive oil to skillet or oven safe dish and place salmon fillets in the pan with a dollop of honey butter on each – do not overcrowd your pan. Set aside remainder of honey butter.
- Depending on the thickness of your salmon, bake for 10 -15 minutes or until flaky and internal temp reads 145°F. When salmon near done, around the 7-8 minute mark, add remainder of honey butter to the skillet.
- Remove from oven when done, spoon the sauce overtop of salmon, garnish with fresh parsley or cilantro and serve.
Note, the nutritional information is calculated using a nutrition facts calculator. It is a rough estimate and can vary based on products used.