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Were you expecting a holiday recipe this month!? Instead of a decadent Thanksgiving dish, I wanted to share something to help balance out all the turkey, mashed sweet potatoes and pumpkin pie you’ll be eating! Bonus: this recipe will be on your table in 20 minutes or less!
I find in the winter seafood gets forgotten about. We embrace grilled salmon and raw oysters in the summer and then promptly replace all those omega 3s with warming roasts and chicken soups. But I want you to get the benefits of seafood all year round, so I created this pan-seared Honey-Lime Glazed Salmon recipe for you! No need to grill in your winter coat or eat the same old plain, broiled salmon tonight.
The best part of this dish is it’s one-pan and cooks in 8 minutes! The lime juice adds just enough tartness to tone down the sweetness of the honey. Fish sauce and garlic are added for a dose of savory and to increase the depth of flavor as the glaze reduces and thickens. As a note, you can omit the cassava flour but a dusting of it does help the salmon crisp up and develop a nice crust which contrasts nicely with the glaze.
I love serving this with smoothly mashed rutabaga. Just peel and chop rutabaga, steam in a steamer basket until fork-tender and puree with coconut oil and sea salt. Serve with a side of greens (can’t forget those) for a comforting and flavorful way to get your seafood (and vitamin D!) in during these colder months!
- In a glass bowl, whisk together the honey, garlic, lime juice and zest, fish sauce and just ½ teaspoon sea salt. Set aside.
- Pat salmon filets dry and coat both sides evenly in the cassava flour and remaining ½ teaspoon sea salt.
- Heat avocado oil in a large cast iron skillet over medium-high heat. Sear the salmon, flesh side down, for 2 minutes until browned. Flip with a large spatula and sear skin side down for 2 minutes until browned.
- Pour in the glaze and allow it to bubble and froth. Continue to cook the salmon skin side down for 2 more minutes as the glaze reduces. Flip one last time and reduce heat to medium-low.
- Finish cooking the salmon flesh side down as the glaze caramelizes for 2 more minutes and the fish is cooked throughout.
- Transfer to a serving platter and spoon any leftover glaze onto the salmon prior to serving.