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Creamy Coconut-Lime Salmon Tastes Like A Tropical Vacation

The sauce is almost too good.


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fish in skillet with creamy sauce

This creamy skillet salmon is rich without being too decadent. The combo of fresh ginger, lime juice, and basil brightens everything up. Trust us, you’re going to LOVE the sauce.

Yields: 4 servings
Prep Time: 0 hours 15 mins
Total Time: 0 hours 30 mins


2 tbsp. coconut oil, divided
4 (6-oz.) skinless salmon fillets, patted dry
1 tsp. kosher salt, divided
1/2 small onion, minced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 1/2" piece ginger, grated
1 (13.66-oz.) can Thai Kitchen coconut milk
1 tbsp. fresh lime juice, plus lime wedges for serving
2 tbsp. chopped fresh basil
1 Fresno chili, seeded and chopped


  1. In a large cast-iron skillet, heat 1 tablespoon oil over medium-high heat. Season the salmon with ½ teaspoon salt. When oil is hot but not smoking, add salmon skin side up. Let sit undisturbed until golden and salmon easily releases from pan, about 4 minutes. Use a thin metal spatula, flip salmon and cook until golden on the other side, about 2 minutes more. Remove to a plate.
  2. Reduce heat to medium and add remaining tablespoon oil and onion to skillet. Cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, 2 minutes. Add garlic and ginger and cook, stirring, until fragrant, 1 minute.
  3. Stir in coconut milk and bring to a simmer. Cook, stirring occasionally, until thickened, 5 minutes. Stir in lime juice and remaining ½ teaspoon salt.
  4. Remove from heat and return salmon to pan. Garnish with basil and Fresno chili, and serve with lime wedges.

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This post originally appeared on Delish and was published May 23, 2019. This article is republished here with permission.

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