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Grilled Salmon with Lime Butter Sauce

Grilled Salmon with Lime Butter Sauce

It’s Copper River Salmon season, here in Seattle. This is a big thing here in the Pacific Northwest. Why is Copper River Salmon so special?, you’re probably wondering. The fish have to be extra strong and robust to make it down the long (300 mile), rapid-filled Copper River. This means a rich, fatty, extra Omega-3-laden salmon that is widely regarded as one of the tastiest fish in the world!

Copper River Salmon
Copper River Salmon

Copper River Salmon is so tasty on its own that you hardly have to do much to make it taste beyond amazing (just don’t overcook it!). I opted for this simple, light and zippy sauce that really enhanced and brought out the flavors of the salmon. That being said, even if you can’t get your hands on some Copper River Salmon, this Lime Butter Sauce is fantastic on any salmon, fish, or shrimp (and probably even chicken)!

Grilled Copper River Salmon

There is just something about being outside, as the weather starts to warm, just grilling that is absolutely therapeutic, even when you’re having serious issues flipping the extra long salmon fillets—yes, I had to use both the spatula and the (gasp!) tongs to get the job done. No, you aren’t supposed to grasp at fish with tongs, but, you do what you have to when you’re trying not to burn really delicious (and really expensive) Copper River Salmon!

Grilled Salmon with Lime Butter Sauce

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Grilled Salmon with Lime Butter Sauce

Yield: 4-6 servings


  • 1 large garlic clove
  • 1/4 cup freshly-squeezed lime juice
  • salt and freshly-ground pepper
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 6 (6-ounce) pieces of center-cut salmon, with skin on
  • zest from 1 lime


  1. In a blender, puree the garlic with the lime juice and a pinch of salt and pepper, until smooth. With the moto running, drizzle in the melted butter and blend until emulsified.
  2. Heat your grill to moderate heat, and lightly oil the grill rack.
  3. Season salmon all over with salt and pepper. Grill on first side for 4 minutes. Turn fillets over and grill until just cooked through, about 4 to 6 more minutes.
  4. Remove fillets from grill and top with desired amount of butter sauce (it should melt over the warm fillets). Sprinkle lime zest over top and serve!

recipe from here

Grilled Salmon with Lime Butter Sauce


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