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Cilantro Lime Salmon with Mango Salsa. One word, delicious. This one-skillet salmon is for those nights when you’re craving something super flavorful, but need to keep things quick and easy too. It’s all made in one skillet with garden bell peppers, chili seasoned salmon, and a cilantro garlic lime butter pan sauce. Serve each piece of salmon over steamed rice and top with mango salsa…then drizzle over a little of that garlicky cilantro lime butter. Not only is this salmon easy and delicious, it’s also a great way to use up late summer produce. Best part? It comes together in just about 30 minutes.

overhead photo of Cilantro Lime Salmon with Mango Salsa with rice on platter

First, if you hate cilantro and think it tastes like soap…while I don’t understand that, and probably never will…please don’t click away. You can use basil in place of the cilantro. OK? Great, moving on.

I listened to a podcast the other day that was talking about how you have to learn to let creative procrastination happen. I was a little confused at first, but then it all made sense and resonated with me so much. Often times we want to get everything right the first time around, but the truth is, that’s almost always impossible. At least for me anyway.

I can often be my most creative self when I continue to chip away at ideas, slowly letting the idea develop over time. Apparently, I’m what’s known as (or maybe not known as) a “creative procrastinator”. Here’s what I tend to do with recipes. I’ll test them out once, sort of love it, but maybe not feel 100% happy with it. I might try again the next day. But if I still don’t love it, I normally take a break for a day or longer. Sometimes I forget about the idea altogether, but then sometimes I will keep pushing it forward. Making the dish multiple times, doing something different each time, until I land on something I really love and feel so excited to share.

That’s called procrastination, but I think it’s the good kind, and I am happy I allow myself the time to “procrastinate”. It’s how I created this recipe and so many other favorite recipes too!

I just never knew it…

overhead photo of Cilantro Lime Salmon before cooking

Which brings me to this easy as can be, one skillet salmon, that truly has so much going on.

And is SO delicious!

Originally this recipe started out as just cilantro lime salmon. As in salmon + cilantro + lime and a little sauce. It was good, but I mean, I was kind of bored. I needed to give you guys a full dinner. There needed to be vegetables, there needed to be color. The dish just needed more.

So I tried again, but something still wasn’t right, so I gave up…for a few days anyway. And then somehow on the third attempt, I created this recipe. It’s complete with vegetables, salmon, sauce, and salsa. And here is how you make it…

overhead close up photo of Cilantro Lime Salmon with Mango Salsa on serving platter

Season the salmon with a mix of chili powder and smoked paprika. Then rub with olive oil, and season with salt and pepper. That’s that.

Now, grab your skillet and get it real hot. Cook up some bell peppers and onions until charred, kind of in a fajita style. Next add the salmon and sear until crisp on the bottom and the flesh is almost blackened. Things should be smelling very good at this point.

Remove the salmon from the skillet, add butter and honey…yes, butter and honey, just trust me here. Then add garlic (plenty of garlic), lime juice and cilantro. If you hate cilantro, you can use basil, promise it will be just as delicious. Simmer the butter sauce for a minute or so and then slide the salmon back into the sauce. And that’s it…dinner is done.

overhead photo of Cilantro Lime Salmon with Mango Salsa with chili lime butter being drizzled over top salmon

Well almost…

Make the mango salsa, and then dinner is done.

And yes, the salsa might seem like an unimportant extra step, but I do think you need it. It’s just too good to not include and adds a really fresh finish to each plate of salmon.

In just about 30 minutes you’ll have cilantro lime salmon, with fajita-style bell peppers, mango salsa, and a really delicious, perfectly buttery, garlic, cilantro, lime, pan sauce.

Not sure there’s a better skillet dinner on HBH at the moment. This one is not only GOOD, it’s PRETTY, and it is SO FLAVORFUL. Enough said. Hope you all make this dish and love it as much as I do!

Oh, and don’t forget to let yourself procrastinate a little today, you never know what you might think up!

side angled photo of Cilantro Lime Salmon with Mango Salsa with fork in bowl and bite taken out

If you make these cilantro lime salmon with mango salsa, be sure to leave a comment and/or give this recipe a rating! Above all, I love to hear from you guys and always do my best to respond to each and every comment. And of course, if you do make this recipe, don’t forget to tag me on Instagram! Looking through the photos of recipes you all have made is my favorite!

Cilantro Lime Salmon with Mango Salsa.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories Per Serving: 260 kcal

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Mango Salsa

  • 1 mango, diced
  • 1 jalapeńo, seeded and chopped
  • juice and zest from 1 lime


  • 1. Place the salmon on a plate. Add the chili powder, paprika, and a pinch each of salt and pepper. Drizzle with 1 tablespoon olive oil, rubbing the seasonings and oil evenly into flesh.
    2. Heat the 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. When the oil shimmers, add the peppers, onion, and season with salt end pepper. Cook until charred on the edges, 3-5 minutes. Remove from the skillet.
    3. To the same skillet, add 1 tablespoon olive oil. Add the salmon skin-side down, and cook for 2-3 minutes, until the salmon is crisp. Gently flip, and continue cooking the salmon for another 2-3 minutes, or until the salmon is cooked to your liking. Remove from the skillet. If desired, peel away the skin and discard. 
    4. To the same skillet, add the butter and garlic and cook until the garlic is fragrant, about 2 minutes. Add the lime juice, zest, honey, cilantro, and basil. Bring to a simmer, then remove from the heat and slide the salmon back into the sauce. 
    5. To make the salsa. In a small bowl, combine the mango, jalapeño, lime zest, and lime juice.
    6. To serve plate each piece of salmon over the rice or quinoa. Top with peppers and salsa, then spoon the sauce over top. Serve with additional herbs and lime.  
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  1. 5 stars
    Made this recipe last night and it turned out soooo delicious . I substituted pure maple syrup for the honey and added a generous tablespoon. Also, I used frozen mango which was easier. Will definitely be making again.

    1. Hi MaryAnn,
      Happy Wednesday!! I am thrilled to hear that this recipe was enjoyed, thanks so much for giving it a go!! ☘️Tieghan

  2. Oh Baby! This was awesome. Pretty spicy hot but the other flavors balanced that. An excellent dish that my husband felt was worthy of a multi-starred restaurant. Made it as directed.

    1. Hey there,
      Thank you so much for giving this recipe a try, I am so glad to hear it was enjoyed! Have the best weekend:) xT

  3. 5 stars
    Absolutely loved this! Despite the number of ingredients it is very easy to make. I did it while chatting on the phone with a friend. Loved the spiciness of the salmon paired with the sweetness of the mango. The only thing I did different was use half of a green pepper along with a red and yellow so I could use it up. Can’t wait to eat leftovers tonight!

  4. I made this recipe and loved how it came out. I wouldn’t typically thing to sauté peppers and onions to have with salmon but it worked. The sauce was also delicious and would go well on other proteins. There’s quite a bit of prep work you could do ahead of time, which was nice.

  5. 5 stars
    Made this for dinner. It was epic! The seasonings and sautéed peppers and onions are so perfect. The mango salsa is perfection. Fresh and tasty.
    The peppers and onions take a little more than 2-3 minutes to get lightly charred on my stove but trust me. It’s worth it!

  6. 5 stars
    Such a yummy recipe! Took a bit longer to cook than indicated but definitely worth it. I used store bought mango salsa as I already had an open jar. It was fabulous.

  7. 5 stars
    Took a bit longer to make than indicated, but this recipe was a hit – boo approved 👌🏼
    Don’t neglect the mango salsa, it’s everything!

    1. Hey Alexa,
      Happy Wednesday! Thanks so much for making this recipe, I am thrilled that it was enjoyed! xTieghan

  8. 5 stars
    This is so delicious! I used Mykonos vegan butter to keep it dairy free & served over cauliflower rice. I thought three peppers sounded like too many and used two but wish I’d used all three recommended. Will be adding this one to the rotation frequently.

    1. Hey Heather,
      You can skip the jalapeño or use another pepper. I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan

  9. 5 stars
    Didn’t measure everything to par but omg soooo good!! Caught salmon in Alaska and brought it back to Chicago. Was looking for a perfect recipe and this was it. Winner!!!

  10. 5 stars
    Made this last week for my family that is getting spoiled by all of your recipes! This is one of their favorites so far. An easy weeknight dinner that tasted like something you might order in a restaurant. Excellent! Thanks for keeping weeknight dinners exciting!

    1. Hey Chris,
      I am so glad that you enjoyed the recipe, thanks so much for making it! Have a great weekend:) xTieghan

  11. 5 stars
    Wow. This was so easy and simply delightful. I used a cast iron pan and forgot how well it holds the heat. Ended up burning the garlic butter, so had to chop some more and try again. I suggest taking the cast iron off the medium set heat and give it 30 seconds to cool before adding your minced garlic and butter. 2nd time around worked like a charm. This was restaurant quality.
    I love your recipes. Makes me feel like a chef!