Lime juice, chili powder and pepitas give this salmon Mexican flair. Serve with wild rice and steamed vegetables. Source: EatingWell Magazine, November/December 2008

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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Toast pepitas (see Tip). Place in a small bowl with butter, lime zest, lime juice and chili powder.

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  • Generously coat a large nonstick skillet with cooking spray and place over medium heat. Sprinkle salmon with salt and pepper, add to the pan and cook until browned and just cooked through in the center, 2 to 4 minutes per side. Remove the pan from the heat. Transfer the salmon to a plate. Add the butter-lime mixture to the hot pan; stir until the butter is melted. Serve the salmon topped with the sauce.

Tips

Tips: Pepitas (hulled pumpkin seeds) can be found in the bulk-foods section of natural-foods stores or Mexican groceries.

Place a salmon fillet on a clean cutting board, skin side down. Starting at the tail end, slip the blade of a long, sharp knife between the fish flesh and the skin, holding the skin down firmly with your other hand. Gently push the blade along at a 30° angle, separating the fillet from the skin without cutting through either.

Place pepitas in a small dry skillet and cook over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, until fragrant and lightly browned, 2 to 4 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

185 calories; 9 g total fat; 3.2 g saturated fat; 61 mg cholesterol; 352 mg sodium. 466 mg potassium; 1.3 g carbohydrates; 0.4 g fiber; 23.9 g protein; 307 IU vitamin a iu; 4 mg vitamin c; 16 mcg folate; 49 mg calcium; 1 mg iron; 57 mg magnesium;

Reviews (10)

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  • 5 star values: 9
  • 4 star values: 1
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Rating: 5 stars
04/27/2016
Delicious and EASY! This was so easy and absolutely delicious. My whole family loved it. You could add more spices depending on your family's tastes. I used pine nuts instead of pumpkin seeds because that is what I had on hand. Pros: Few ingredients quick and easy Cons: None Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/24/2012
Fantastic and so easy This was so delicious. It was simple to make and the flavors were divine! I spooned the pepitas on top of the fish after the sauce so they stayed crunchy. I paired mine with black rice and mixed vegetables. Pros: Easy to make delicious quick Cons: Can't think of anyc Read More
Rating: 4 stars
07/11/2012
Unique twist on a favorite fish I cook a lot of salmon but don't always find something as unique as this recipe. We love pepitas so it was perfect. We all thought it was nicely flavored and everything blended nicely. Next time I will add the pepitas the fish after I drizzle it with the butter lime sauce. I think they would be more evenly distributed and crunchier that way. Pros: really quick and easy Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/31/2011
This is truly wonderful! I love salmon and am always looking for new ways to serve it! This was great because it cooks on top of the stove and the oven can be used for something else. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
This was easy to make and I don't cook fish often. It was really delicious! The sauce smelled decadent but is healthy! I am definitely going to make this one again. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
The recipe was really easy. But the sauce was a little to tart for my taste. I'll definitely make it again but find a way to lower the acidity. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
Awesome recipe! I just started eating salmon because of the health benefits. I had never really liked it before but this recipe is one I'll definitely make again with just a few minor tweaks to the pepita lime sauce! Great flavor! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
Great recipe! I added a bit of freshly chopped cilantro and about 25% more chili powder than the recipe called for. It was enjoyed by all. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
this dish was yum-o even my 2 year old liked it! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
Yummy! I added a little more lime juice than what the recipe called for...and it was so yummy! I've made it 3 times in the past month. Read More