Skillet Seared Salmon with Creamy Cilantro Lime Sauce Recipe

Skillet Seared Salmon with Creamy Cilantro Lime Sauce Recipe

How To Make Cilantro Lime Salmon

This savory Cilantro Lime Salmon recipe brings out the freshest flavors of a skillet-seared salmon that’s served with a creamy cilantro and lime sauce!

Preparation: 10 minutes
Cooking: 8 minutes
Total: 18 minutes



  • 4skinless salmon fillets,about 1-inch thick
  • 1tspground cumin
  • ½tspground coriander
  • ¼tspcayenne pepper,to taste
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1tbspolive oil

For Sauce:

  • ½cupnatural sour cream
  • 2green onions,ends trimmed, roughly chopped
  • ½cupcilantro,packed, mostly leaves, some stem
  • tbspfresh lime juice
  • 1clovegarlic,sliced



  1. Add the sour cream, green onions, cilantro, lime juice, garlic, and season with salt to taste (about ¼ teaspoon). 

  2. Process until the cilantro has been very finely minced. Set aside at room temperature while preparing the salmon.


  1. In a small bowl, whisk together the cumin, coriander, cayenne pepper, ½ to ¾ teaspoons of salt (depending on how salty you like things), and ½ tsp black pepper. 

  2. Dab both sides of the salmon dry with paper towels, season both sides evenly with the cumin mixture, and lightly rub over the salmon.

  3. Heat a heavy 12-inch non-stick skillet over medium-high heat. 

  4. Add oil and once the oil is shimmering, add the salmon (top side down first. Also leave space between fillets) and cook about 4 minutes, without moving, until golden brown on bottom.

  5. Flip and cook the salmon on the opposite side for about 2 to 3 minutes longer until the salmon has cooked through.

  6. Serve warm with the creamy cilantro lime sauce.

Recipe Notes

  • When measuring out the cilantro, just be sure to pack it into the measuring cup otherwise you won’t get as much flavor — the cilantro really is the crowning flavor.
  • For more servings, there should be enough cilantro lime sauce for about 5 to 6 fillets. Just be sure to increase the amount on the spice rub and use two skillets.


  • Calories: 920.77kcal
  • Fat: 62.44g
  • Saturated Fat: 15.89g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 18.97g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 16.04g
  • Carbohydrates: 3.46g
  • Fiber: 0.81g
  • Sugar: 1.16g
  • Protein: 81.98g
  • Cholesterol: 232.75mg
  • Sodium: 1037.97mg
  • Calcium: 89.26mg
  • Potassium: 1551.34mg
  • Iron: 2.11mg
  • Vitamin A: 64.24µg
  • Vitamin C: 19.79mg
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