Dreamy Frying Pan Baked Salmon

I went shopping for one thing. Just one thing! $38.73 later, I walked out without the thing I went for but with some lovely wild salmon filets. Not normally a big Salmon guy, I really couldn’t explain what made me buy them but the next thing I know, I am trying to figure out how to cook them in my sleep. Yep, dreaming about them. At some level that is just sad, but true. I mean really, who dreams up a compound butter recipe!!! It just ain’t natural I tell you!

Anyway this what sounded great in my dreams. Feeds four.


4 nice sized 3/4 – 1 inch thick bright orange salmon fillets, skin on one side
2 Tablespoons of olive or other vegetable oil
1 cup of brown sugar
1 stick softened unsalted butter
2 teaspoons dill
2 teaspoons lime zest (2 limes worth anyway)
Juice from 2 limes
I lime cut into wedges for serving


    1. Wash and dry Salmon filets
    2. Place your best iron skillet in a 425 degree oven
    3. Combine butter, dill 1/2 the lime zest and juice in a mixing bowl
    4. Spoon butter mixture on to a piece of plastic wrap and form into a log. Place in butter log fridge for at least 2 hours before serving or freezer till hard. After hardened, slice into medallions and serve on top of your salmon.
    5. In a separate bowl combine brown sugar, remaining lime zest and juice
    6. Place each salmon fillet skin side down and cover/pack completely with brown sugar mix
    7. Remove hot skillet from oven and add oil to pan
    8. Place salmon in skillet and return to the oven. Reduce heat to 350 degrees.
    9. Bake Salmon for about 10-12 minutes or so. The brown sugar should be caramelized and the Salmon should be flakey with a fork before removing from oven.
    10. Serve immediately with the butter medallions and lime wedges on the side. Add a fresh green veggie and perhaps some jasmine rice and you should have a nice dinner.