Pan seared salmon tastes fantastic when paired with a creamy cilantro lime sauce, and this delicious seafood dish can be ready in about 10 minutes!Pan seared salmon tastes fantastic when paired with a creamy cilantro lime sauce, and this delicious seafood dish can be ready in about 10 minutes!
On my never-ending quest to find great salmon recipes, I recently stumbled upon this super simple and wonderfully delicious recipe for Pan-Seared Salmon with Cilantro Lime Sauce. We really enjoyed the flavors, and I appreciated how easy the salmon was to prepare!

The recipe is as simple as pan-searing seasoned salmon fillets, then drizzling the cooked salmon with a creamy cilantro lime sauce… that’s it! (I told you it was EASY!). The entire recipe can be ready and on the table in just about 10 minutes! How’s THAT for convenience?  Here’s how to make this delicious main course:

Make The Cilantro Lime Sauce For The Pan Seared Salmon

Take salmon fillets out from refrigeration and let them sit (at room temp.) while you make the cilantro lime sauce.

To make the sauce, all you need to do is place sour cream, chopped green onions, cilantro, garlic, lime juice, sliced garlic, and salt into a food processor or blender.

Process the sauce until the cilantro leaves are finely chopped or minced. Set sauce aside while cooking salmon.

The cilantro lime sauce to drizzle on the salmon is easy to make.

Make The Spice Rub For The Salmon Fillets

Place cumin, coriander, cayenne pepper, salt and pepper in a small bowl, and mix well, to combine the spices.

The spices for the pan seared salmon in a small white bowl, ready to mix.

Pat all sides of salmon fillets dry, using a paper towel. Sprinkle spice mixture evenly over both sides of salmon, lightly rubbing spices into the fish as you go. Use all the spice mix.

Salmon fillets are rubbed with the dry spice mix before cooking.

Cooking The Pan Seared Salmon

Heat olive oil in a large non-stick skillet on medium-high heat. Once oil is hot, place the salmon fillets gently into the hot skillet (with the top side down).  Cook 4 minutes, without moving the salmon.

After 4 minutes, the bottom of the salmon should be crispy and golden brown. Carefully turn salmon to other side, and cook for 2-3 minutes (or until cooked through).

The seasoned salmon fillets are pan seared.

Serve The Pan Seared Salmon with Cilantro Lime Sauce

Remove salmon from skillet and transfer to individual serving plates. Drizzle the cilantro lime sauce over the top of the salmon.

The pan seared salmon is drizzled with cilantro lime sauce, to serve.

Garnish each piece of salmon with a sprig of cilantro.  Serve… and enjoy the wonderful taste! See how very easy, quick, and effortless it is to make this tasty main dish?

Cilantro lime sauce and fresh cilantro garnish the pan-seared salmon.

This would be a great way to serve a healthy meal on a busy evening or after a long day at work… in no time at all. Hope you’ll give this recipe a try. I’m confident you will enjoy it!

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Recipe Source: http://www.cookingclassy.com/skillet-seared-salmon-with-creamy-cilantro-lime-sauce/

Pan Seared Salmon with Cilantro Lime Sauce
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
7 mins
Total Time
12 mins
 

Pan seared salmon tastes fantastic when paired with a creamy cilantro lime sauce, and this delicious seafood dish can be ready in about 10 minutes!

Category: Entree
Cuisine: Southwestern
Keyword: pan seared salmon
Servings: 4 servings
Calories Per Serving: 350 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
For salmon:
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 (6 ounce) skinless salmon fillets (1" thick)
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/8-1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (to taste)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
For Cilantro Lime Sauce:
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 2 green onions , roughly chopped
  • 1/2 cup packed cilantro (mostly leaves)
  • Tablespoons fresh squeezed lime juice
  • 1 clove garlic , peeled/sliced thinly
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
Instructions
  1. Take salmon fillets out from refrigeration and let them sit (at room temp.) while you make cilantro lime sauce. To make the sauce, place sour cream, chopped green onions, cilantro, garlic, lime juice, sliced garlic, and salt in a food processor or blender. Process the sauce until the cilantro leaves are finely chopped or minced. Set sauce aside while cooking salmon.
  2. Place cumin, coriander, cayenne pepper, salt and pepper in a small bowl, and mix well, to combine spices. Pat all sides of salmon fillets dry, using a paper towel. Sprinkle spice mixture evenly over both sides of salmon, lightly rubbing spices into the fish as you go. Use all the spice mix.
  3. Heat 2 Tablespoons olive oil in a large non-stick skillet on medium-high heat. Once oil is hot, place the salmon fillets gently into hot skillet (with top side down). Cook 4 minutes, without moving the salmon. After 4 minutes, the bottom of the salmon should be crispy and golden brown. Carefully turn salmon to other side, and cook for 2-3 minutes (or until cooked through).
  4. Remove salmon from skillet and transfer to individual serving plates. Drizzle the cilantro lime sauce over the top of the salmon. Garnish each piece of salmon with a sprig of cilantro. Serve, and enjoy!
Nutrition Facts
Pan Seared Salmon with Cilantro Lime Sauce
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 350 Calories from Fat 180
% Daily Value*
Fat 20g31%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Cholesterol 103mg34%
Sodium 534mg23%
Potassium 930mg27%
Carbohydrates 3g1%
Protein 35g70%
Vitamin A 385IU8%
Vitamin C 3.9mg5%
Calcium 70mg7%
Iron 1.8mg10%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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