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Cajun Honey Butter Salmon

November 10, 2020 (Last Updated: March 23, 2024)

Cajun Honey Butter Salmon is the easy weeknight entree you’ve been searching for – a quick, 20-minute recipe delivering tender, sweet, spicy, smoky perfection. Elevate your baked salmon recipe with a flavourful, buttery sauce that’ll leave you savouring each bite!

3 Cajun Honey Butter Salmon Fillets in Skillet

Cajun Honey Butter Salmon is the easy weeknight entree you’ve been searching for – a quick, 20-minute recipe delivering tender, sweet, spicy, smoky perfection. Elevate your baked salmon recipe with a flavourful, buttery sauce that’ll leave you savouring each bite!

For more delicious cajun recipes, check out Cajun Garlic Butter Lobster Tails, Cajun Butter Steak Bites, One Pot Creamy Cajun Shrimp Pasta with Sausage and this Easy One Pot Cajun Shrimp and Rice next!

Cajun Honey Butter Piece of Salmon Flaky

Cajun Honey Butter Salmon

Cajun honey butter salmon unites the boldness of cajun seasoning with the sweetness of honey, for a mouthwatering main dish. This recipe is one of the easiest, and tastiest salmon recipes 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!

Here’s Why You’ll Love this Cajun Salmon Recipe

  • Restaurant Quality: I never order salmon when I go out to eat because I know it’s better at home. With some quality fish, a few easy techniques, and the right seasoning, this dish tastes and presents like gourmet!
  • Quick & Easy: Make salmon in less than 20 minutes with this simple recipe.
  • Versatile: Serve as part of a main or entree and pair with veggies, pasta, grains or potatoes!
3 Cajun Honey Butter Salmon Fillets in Skillet

What is 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.

Is Cajun Season Good on Salmon?

Cajun season seasoning is the perfect seasoning for salmon. the bold spice blend complements the rich natural flavour of salmon. It adds depth to fish for a delicious pairing.

What’s the difference between Cajun and Creole Seasoning?

Although the seasonings are often used interchangeably, they are made with different ingredients. Cajun seasoning has a deep, peppery heat while creole seasoning has a more herbal taste (including dried basil, dried thyme, bay leaves, rosemary and oregano).

Ingredients

  • Salmon Fillets: Use skin-on salmon for this recipe.
  • Olive Oil: Drizzle olive oil on the salmon fillets before seasoning. It enhances the richness of the dish and encourages the salmon to brown as it cooks in the oven.
  • Cajun or creole seasoning: The star of the show! This flavourful spice blend bringing a bold and zesty taste to the salmon.
  • Other Seasonings: Use garlic powder, onion powder, smoked paprika (or regular paprika), salt and black pepper to enhance and complement the taste of the cajun seasoning.
  • Dried Parsley Flakes: Add a touch of herby flair with this inclusion.
  • Butter: Softened or room temperature butter is mixed with honey to create a luscious honey butter sauce. This adds richness and a glossy finish to the salmon.
  • Honey: Balance the spiciness of cajun seasoning with the sticky sweetness of honey. It also contributes to the caramelization during baking, creating a flavourful glaze.
  • Fresh Herbs: Sprinkle fresh cilantro or parsley just before serving for a burst of freshness and a pop of colour. This garnish adds a vibrant touch to the dish.

How to Make Cajun Honey Butter Salmon

1. Preheat the oven to 400°F and pat dry your salmon fillets. Then, drizzle some oil olive, and season generously with the cajun spice blend. If the salmon is chilled, allow it to sit at room temp for at least 15 minutes to take the chill off.

2. Add a squeeze of lemon to the salmon, place in skillet and add three dollops of honey butter on each salmon fillet. Then set aside the rest of the honey butter.

3. 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.

4. When the salmon is nearly finished (around the 7-8 minute mark) add the remainder of honey butter to the skillet. Remove the salmon from oven when done, and spoon the sauce over the cajun salmon. Garnish with fresh parsley or cilantro and serve!

Recipe Substitutions

  • Pan Fried Cajun Salmon: To achieve blackened salmon, you’ll need to pan sear the fish. Cook it on the stovetop, for a few minutes on each side over high heat to achieve that blackened crust. This is a common cooking technique used in Cajun cuisine.
  • Homemade Cajun Seasoning: Instead of a premade blend, you can make your own cajun seasoning by combining paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, cumin, cayenne pepper, and salt and black pepper to taste.

What to Serve with Cajun Salmon

  • Mashed Potatoes: Make this meal hearty and indulgent with a side of creamy mashed potatoes.
  • Grains: This, like other salmon recipes, pairs well with rice, quinoa or couscous.
  • Grilled Roasted Veggies: For a wholesome meal that’s still light, serve with corn, brussels sprouts or asparagus.
  • Pasta: I also like to serve this dish on a bed of pasta, sometimes plain butter pasta or creamy alfredo for a delicious cajun salmon pasta.
Honey Butter Salmon in Skillet

Tips

  • Before seasoning, pat the salmon fillets dry with a paper towel. This helps the spices stick to the surface, for a golden brown crust.
  • Place the salmon skin-side down on the baking sheet. This helps to keep the flesh moist and prevents sticking.
  • Customize the amount of cajun seasoning to your spice preference. You can always start with a bit less and add more if needed.
  • Baste the cajun salmon with honey butter during the last few minutes of baking. This adds richness and a glossy finish to the salmon.
  • Salmon is best when it’s slightly pink in the center. Overcooking can result in a dry texture, so keep an eye on the cooking time. Depending on the thickness of your salmon, bake for 10 -15 minutes or until flaky. The internal temperature should read 145°F. 

Storage & Reheating Instructions

To store cajun salmon, allow it to cool to room temperature, then refrigerate it in an airtight container for up to 3 days. To reheat, gently warm the salmon in the oven or air fryer at a low temperature to preserve its tenderness.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is a good side dish for Cajun salmon?

Tame the spiciness of cajun salmon with something creamy like mashed potatoes, mac and cheese or alfredo pasta. Salmon always tastes delicious with a side of veggies too so feel free to add broccoli, asparagus or brussels sprouts.

What is the secret to the best salmon?

Always add a fresh element to your salmon recipes, whether it’s herbs or citrus. It deepens the flavour profile and helps the presentation too.

What’s the difference between salmon and blackened salmon?

Blackened salmon is coated with spices then cooked in a hot skillet to develop a slightly charred crust. The seared crust has a more intense flavour than regular salmon.

Cajun Salmon Pieces in Skillet with Lemon

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Cajun Honey Butter Salmon

Taneisha Morris
Cajun Honey Butter Salmon is the easy weeknight entree you've been searching for – a quick, 20-minute recipe delivering tender, sweet, spicy, smoky perfection. Elevate your baked salmon recipe with a flavourful, buttery sauce that'll leave you savouring each bite!
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Fish & Seafood, Main Dishes & Entrees
Servings 3 servings
Calories 492 kcal

Equipment

  • 2 Mixing Bowls
  • Skillet

Ingredients
  

  • 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

Instructions
 

  • 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.

Recipe Notes

How to Know When Salmon Done – you’ll know your salmon is ready when the flesh of the salmon flakes. This means it separates easily when pressed or poked with a fork or when the internal temp reads 145°F.

Nutrition

Calories: 492kcalCarbohydrates: 20gProtein: 34gFat: 31gSaturated Fat: 12gPolyunsaturated Fat: 6gMonounsaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 134mgSodium: 586mgPotassium: 916mgFiber: 1gSugar: 18gVitamin A: 1521IUVitamin C: 0.3mgCalcium: 35mgIron: 2mg

Note, the nutritional information is calculated using a nutrition facts calculator. It is a rough estimate and can vary based on products used.

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  • Molly Swain
    November 12, 2020 at 12:43 pm

    I made this for dinner and it turned out perfect! I made one portion in my cast iron pan and added in some vegetables, which also tasted so good with the honey butter. This will be a staple in my house! Thanks Taneisha!

    • Taneisha Morris
      December 3, 2020 at 9:33 pm

      Hi Molly! Woohoo! Thanks so much for your comment, it means so much to me! i’m so happy this has become a staple in your house! Thanks again!!

  • Jeannie
    March 16, 2021 at 9:44 am

    This was delicious!! I made a few tweaks based on what I had available but it still came out great. Such good flavor – will definitely be a go-to when I make salmon.

    • Taneisha Morris
      April 3, 2021 at 10:56 am

      Hi Jeannie!! How awesome! That’s the beauty of cooking, you can make all the tweaks to make it the ultimate dish for you! So glad to hear this!

  • Monique
    March 24, 2021 at 8:47 pm

    First time making salmon like this!! It was the bomb!

    • Taneisha Morris
      April 3, 2021 at 10:55 am

      Yayyy!!! Love to hear that! So glad you enjoyed Monique!

  • Anna
    August 7, 2021 at 3:53 pm

    Made this today and I have to be honest and say that it was not just super easy but it tasted PHENOMENAL!!! Will definitely be making it again!

    • Taneisha Morris
      August 11, 2021 at 11:48 am

      Hi Anna! Yayyy! I’m so glad to hear that you enjoyed and thanks so much for leaving a review!!

  • Yolanda
    March 7, 2022 at 11:46 am

    This was so delicious! I can’t wait to try every recipe on your site

  • Hattie
    April 22, 2022 at 9:32 pm

    Hello Taneisha I made your Salmon recipe with my Easter dinner and everyone loved it.
    Thank you!

    • Taneisha Morris
      June 1, 2022 at 3:33 pm

      Hi Hattie! How amazinggg, I truly adore comments like this! Thank you so much, I’m happy your family enjoyed!

  • Kelly
    July 11, 2023 at 7:31 pm

    5 stars
    PHENOMENAL! That’s the only word I could think of as I ate this dish. I did add chunks of sweet potato that I microwaved 8 minutes right before I surrounded the filets with them – then more sauce and directly in the oven. PHE NOM E NAL!!!

    • Taneisha Morris
      July 12, 2023 at 5:08 pm

      Hi Kelly! OMG – this just put a massive smile on my face!! So happy you enjoyed!! Thank you so much for leaving a review!!

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