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Cajun Honey Butter Salmon


  • 4 salmon fillets
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter – at room temperature, see note 1
  • 3 tablespoons honey

cajun seasoning

  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons dried Italian seasoning
  • 2 teaspoons paprika – smoked paprika, if you have it
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon cracked black pepper – or 1/2 teaspoon finely ground black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes


  • In a small bowl stir together cajun seasoning ingredients.
  • Use an electric hand mixer to whip butter for 2 minutes until light and fluffy. Add honey and cream together until smooth. Mix in 1 tablespoon of the cajun seasoning. (remaining seasoning can be stored in airtight container up to 3 months)
  • Pat salmon fillets dry on both sides with a paper towel. Rub all over with oil, then season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Cook salmon on a preheated grill or grill pan for 6-8 minutes on each side until opaque and flaky.
  • Turn off the grill (or stove if using a grill pan) and place a generous dollop of cajun honey butter on top of each fillet.
  • Allow to melt for about 30 seconds, then use the back of a spoon to spread the butter all over the the top of the salmon. Flip, and repeat on the other side.
  • Garnish with chopped cilantro or parsley if desired and serve immediately.


If using salted butter, do not salt the salmon in step three.