Salmon with Pepita-Lime Butter

Salmon with Pepita-Lime Butter

10 Reviews
From: EatingWell Magazine, November/December 2008

Lime juice, chili powder and pepitas give this salmon Mexican flair. Serve with wild rice and steamed vegetables.

Ingredients 4 servings

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  • 2 tablespoons unsalted pepitas (see Tip)
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • ½ teaspoon freshly grated lime zest
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • ¼ teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 pound salmon fillet, skinned (see Tip) and cut into 4 portions
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground pepper


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

  • Per serving: 185 calories; 9 g fat(3 g sat); 0 g fiber; 1 g carbohydrates; 24 g protein; 16 mcg folate; 61 mg cholesterol; 0 g sugars; 0 g added sugars; 307 IU vitamin A; 4 mg vitamin C; 49 mg calcium; 1 mg iron; 352 mg sodium; 466 mg potassium
  • Carbohydrate Servings: 0
  • Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 1 fat

Reviews 10

April 27, 2016
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By: EatingWell User
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
October 23, 2012
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By: EatingWell User
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
July 11, 2012
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By: Julie Fegler
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
July 29, 2011
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By: michelenewell
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.
July 27, 2010
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this dish was yum-o even my 2 year old liked it!
March 10, 2010
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By: EatingWell User
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.
February 15, 2010
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By: EatingWell User
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!
January 09, 2010
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By: SCgal13
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.
October 08, 2009
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By: EatingWell User
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.
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