Honey Lemon Skillet Salmon

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Honey Lemon Skillet Salmon – an easy dinner recipe made in minutes.  Salmon is pan fried, broiled, and basted in a sauce made of honey, lemon, and coconut oil. 

Cooked salmon in a cast iron skillet with lemon slices

Skillet salmon recipes are so easy!  Especially when you have an oven proof skillet, like a cast iron skillet.

To make this simple fish recipe:

  • Preheat the broiler
  • Melt coconut oil in a large cast iron skillet, or oven safe pan
  • Stir in honey and lemon juice
  • Add the salmon to the skillet and baste with the sauce
  • Cook 4 minutes
  • Baste again and sprinkle with salt
  • Transfer the skillet to the oven and broil
  • Rest for 3-4 minutes
  • Drizzle with extra pan sauce

Salmon being cooked in a cast iron skillet

Skillet salmon cook time:

  • On the stove top for 4 minutes.
  • Under the broiler for 4 minutes.
  • Resting for 3 minutes.

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Cooked salmon in a cast iron skillet with lemon slices

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Honey Lemon Skillet Salmon

5 from 3 votes
Honey Lemon Skillet Salmon is an easy dinner recipe that can be made in minutes.  Salmon is pan fried then broiled and basted in a sauce made of honey, lemon, and coconut oil.
Prep Time 3 minutes
Cook Time 11 minutes
Total Time 14 minutes


Servings 4 servings
Calories 341 kcal


  • 3 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 4 wild caught salmon filets about 5 ounces each
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


  • Place an oven rack 9-10 inches from the broiler. Preheat the broiler to high.
  • Add the coconut oil to a large cast iron skillet (or an oven safe frying pan). Place over medium heat to melt the coconut oil (about 3 minutes). Stir in the honey. Then stir in the lemon juice.
  • Add the salmon (skin side down, if applicable) to the skillet. Baste the salmon with the sauce. Cook for 4 minutes.
  • Baste with the sauce again. Sprinkle the top of the salmon with salt.
  • Transfer the skillet to the oven and broil for 4-5 minutes, until the tops of the salmon start to darken in spots.
  • Remove the salmon from the skillet and let it rest for 3-4 minutes.
  • Serve warm drizzled with some extra pan sauce.


The nutrition information includes ¼ of the sauce.  It's good to have a lot of sauce for basting the fish.  But, all of the sauce doesn't typically get consumed, reducing the calories of this dish.


Serving: 1/4 of the recipe | Calories: 341kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 77mg | Sodium: 353mg | Potassium: 694mg | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 55IU | Vitamin C: 2.9mg | Calcium: 17mg | Iron: 1.2mg
Course Dinner, Entree, Main Course
Keyword baked salmon, honey salmon, lemon salmon, skillet salmon
Cuisine American
Author Amanda Finks
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  1. I fixed this for dinner today and it turned out really good. Baked salmon never turns out and is always dry. The only problem I had was, the sauce got a little charred and wasn’t able to use it. Next time I will heat extra sauce in a pan on top of the stove.

  2. 5 stars
    I’ve were given the correct dinner concept for a busy weeknight: Honey Garlic Salmon. It’s exquisite smooth, simplest takes 20 minutes and requires handiest five substances which you probably have already got in your pantry.

    Searing the salmon in a warm pan keeps the salmon crispy at the outside and moist on the inside. The high warmness and quick cooking enables to seal in the moisture specifically when you have the pores and skin left at the salmon.

About Amanda Finks

I’m a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist living in Zionsville, IN. I’m an avid cook, travel nerd, & lover of good food! I’m trained in Food Science & recipe development. It’s my mission to bring you the BEST recipes your whole family will love!

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