Salmon with Lime Sauce (Stovetop & Air Fryer)

Healthy Salmon Recipe with Green Sauce Salmon is unarguably one of the best healthy fish; it is tasty, easy to cook, and protein parked. Now, if you are tired of making same old same old fish, I have a trick up my sleeves. Come right on, and le me show you this healthy salmon recipe; my easy-peasy salmon with…

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This healthy Salmon recipe is easy to make; it is tasty, gluten-free, low-carb, and perfect for family dinners, hosting, and holidays. Healthy salmon with lime-cashew-spinach green sauce can be cooked in the air fryer or stovetop and will be ready in under 20 minutes. This salmon recipe requires only a few ingredients; salmon, olive oil, and Cajun seasoning. For the green sauce, you will need spinach, cashew, lime, salt, and pepper. #Vegetarianrecipe #fish #salmon #airfryerrecipes

Healthy Salmon Recipe with Green Sauce

Salmon is unarguably one of the best healthy fish; it is tasty, easy to cook, and protein parked. Now, if you are tired of making same old same old fish, I have a trick up my sleeves. Come right on, and le me show you this healthy salmon recipe; my easy-peasy salmon with lime – spinach – cashew nuts green sauce. The best thing about this salmon recipe is that it requires only a few ingredients and also, and you can make it on the stovetop or in an air fryer. Alternatively, you can equally bake it. However, my preferred way to cook salmon if I am going smear it with my green sauce is always to air-fry them or cook them on the stove, aka, sautee them.

My kids love fish, and their favorite is salmon; I mean, why should that surprise me? This salmon recipe is easy to make, heart-warming, incredibly satisfying, and timeless. This is our go-to recipe when we want to eat out at home. Salmon is an excellent holiday recipe – I love including this salmon recipe in our holiday feast. We had this during Easter 2020 and Easter 2023. The best part is that it takes about 20 minutes to put together when I make them on the stove. And only 8-10 minutes when I cook them in the air fryer. This healthy salmon should be on your dinner table every week! What else can you ask for? 

Salmon is unarguably one of the best healthy fish to eat; it is tasty, easy to cook, and protein parked—healthy salmon green sauce recipe cooked in the air fryer or on the stovetop will be ready in under 20 minutes. The best thing about this salmon recipe is that it requires only a few ingredients, and you can make it on the stovetop or in an air fryer. You will need spinach, cashew, lime, salt, and pepper for the green sauce. This salmon recipe is perfect for the holidays. #Vegetarianrecipe #salmon #airfryerrecipes

How to Make Salmon with ONLY ONE Ingredient

Whenever I make this recipe in the air fryer I use only one ingredient aside the salmon and olive oil, that one ingredient is Slap Ya mama Cajun Seasoning. They are not sponsoring this blog post but this Cajun seasoning is the truth and checks all the boxes! lol. I also used Slap Ya Mama to make this other salmon recipe that I served with avocado salsa. Personally, I don’t think you need to over season salmon, it’s a perfect fish and a little seasoning goes a long way!

The Process:

To make your salmon with only one ingredient (aside from salmon & oil), follow this simple steps. First, rub the salmon with olive oil and then season liberally with Slap Ya Mama Cajun Seasoning. Then, air fry and enjoy. I took this recipe a step further by topping it with lime-cashew-spinach sauce. This was an Easter dinner to remember! Also, perfect for Sunday dinners. YUM

This healthy Salmon recipe is easy to make; it is tasty, gluten-free, low-carb, and perfect for family dinners, hosting, and holidays. Healthy salmon with lime-cashew-spinach green sauce can be cooked in the air fryer or stovetop and will be ready in under 20 minutes. This salmon recipe requires only a few ingredients; salmon, olive oil, and Cajun seasoning. For the green sauce, you will need spinach, cashew, lime, salt, and pepper. #Vegetarianrecipe #fish #salmon #airfryerrecipes

Why You Will Like This Salmon Recipe:

  1. Easy to cook: they are pretty much super easy to make because they are naturally very tasty. For instance, you can get away with only using one ingredient aside the salmon itself and oil. I used this cajun seasoning. How incredible is that?
  2. You can make the salmon in the air fryer, stovetop or bake them. Today I will show you how to make this recipe in an air fryer as well as on the stove.
  3. Salmon is an excellent source of protein, an essential nutrient that you must get from your food.
  4. Rich in omega-3 fatty acids, in other words, also salmon provide the body with the best source of this essential nutrient. Fatty acids can reduce inflammation, lower high blood pressure, and improve the function of cells. Especially those cells that are in the arteries.
  5. Salmon fish is a great source of potassium, as well as high in vitamin B.
  6. This fish also provides the body with selenium, contains certain antioxidants, and is linked with reducing the risk of heart disease.
  7. Healthy salmon recipe with green sauce is versatile; you can serve it with quinoa (like in our Easter Feast), salad, rice, and sautéed cabbage.
Salmon is unarguably one of the best healthy fish to eat; it is tasty, easy to cook, and protein parked—healthy salmon green sauce recipe cooked in the air fryer or on the stovetop will be ready in under 20 minutes. The best thing about this salmon recipe is that it requires only a few ingredients, and you can make it on the stovetop or in an air fryer. You will need spinach, cashew, lime, salt, and pepper for the green sauce. This salmon recipe is perfect for the holidays. #Vegetarianrecipe #salmon #airfryerrecipes
This was good!!!

Ingredients for Healthy Salmon with Lime-Spinach Sauce

For the Salmon

*If you don’t have Slap Ya Mama Cajun Seasoning, you can use a combination of adobo seasoning or Knorr bullion seasoning, salt, and pepper. No need to add additional salt and pepper if using Slap Ya mama.

Air fryer Salmon Green Sauce ingredients; salmon fillets, olive oil and cajun Seasoning

For the Green sauce:

  • Cashew nuts (slightly toasted; I usually do not use raw cashew for this.)
  • Lime; squeezed
  • Water
  • Olive oil
  • Honey (to balance out the lime; you can also use monk fruit sweetener to keep this low-carb) 
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Fresh spinach

If you are ready, let me show you how to make this insanely delicious, easy, and healthy salmon with green cashew – lime – spinach sauce.

You will need spinach, cashew, lime, salt, and pepper for the green sauce. This salmon recipe is perfect for the holidays. #Vegetarianrecipe #salmon #airfryerrecipes

HOW TO MAKE HEALTHY SALMON WITH LIME-SPINACH SAUCE:

Salmon fish is timeless, and this recipe is unforgettable. You can make this during weekly family dinners or Sunday dinners. This recipe equally rocks during special occasions such as anniversaries, Christmas, Thanksgiving, etc. Liste, enjoy your favorite side dish.

  1. How to Make Salmon on Stovetop:

    If using frozen, allow salmon to thaw. Wash and clean up as required, dry with a paper towel, and lay on the tray. Sprinkle the Cajun (Slap Ya Mama seasoning), or alternatively, use salt, pepper, and a dash of adobo or small Knorr seasoning powder.
    Place a clean pan on the stove, add olive oil, and allow to heat up, then gently drop the salmon.
    Cook for about 5 – 7 minutes on each side, and until cooked through, remove and place on a plate. Repeat this process for all the salmon. You may use a meat thermometer to ensure salmon isn’t overcooked.

  2. How to Make Salmon in the Air Fryer:

    If using frozen salmon fillets, please allow them to thaw and wash/clean as needed. Then rub with olive oil and season well (I used Slap Ya Mama). Preheat the air fryer by setting it to 10 minutes and 400F. Air fry seasoned salmon for 8-10 after it’s done preheating. Do not overcook the salmon. Use a meat thermometer when in doubt.Salmon is unarguably one of the best healthy fish to eat; it is tasty, easy to cook, and protein parked—healthy salmon green sauce recipe cooked in the air fryer or on the stovetop will be ready in under 20 minutes. The best thing about this salmon recipe is that it requires only a few ingredients, and you can make it on the stovetop or in an air fryer. You will need spinach, cashew, lime, salt, and pepper for the green sauce. This salmon recipe is perfect for the holidays. #Vegetarianrecipe #salmon #airfryerrecipes

  3. For the sauce

    Add all the ingredients to the blender (except the spinach): cashew, olive oil, salt, pepper, honey, water, and lime juice, and roughly blend for 8 – 10 seconds. Taste, adjust flavors, add the spinach leaves, and give another quick blend. Ensure that you are fine with the consistency. Pour this on the salmon, and enjoy it with your favorite side dish.Salmon is unarguably one of the best healthy fish to eat; it is tasty, easy to cook, and protein parked—healthy salmon green sauce recipe cooked in the air fryer or on the stovetop will be ready in under 20 minutes. The best thing about this salmon recipe is that it requires only a few ingredients, and you can make it on the stovetop or in an air fryer. You will need spinach, cashew, lime, salt, and pepper for the green sauce. This salmon recipe is perfect for the holidays. #Vegetarianrecipe #salmon #airfryerrecipes

Cooking Tips

  • No need to add salt and pepper if using Slap Ya Mama. However, always add salt and pepper according to your taste or health need. 
  • When making the salmon in the air fryer, first, sprinkle it with oil and rub it all over it before seasoning it with the Cajun seasoning. You do not have to do this when cooking on the stovetop.
  • You can substitute honey with Monk fruit sweetener to keep this recipe keto-friendly.
  • You can use raw cashews without toasting them, but toasting them also intensifies their flavors.
  • Remember to soak the cashew in hot water for at least 1 – 3 hours before use; this way, they are soft and tender, and easily blends into a creamy paste (if you want it so). I have also sometimes soaked this in cold water overnight. Make sure to place them in the fridge if you want to soak overnight.
  • Add a little bit of water, or more lime juice to loosen this paste if it becomes too thick. 
  • We usually serve this salmon recipe with anything, lol. It would be fantastic with Quinoa, rice, grilled vegetables, potatoes, or green beans. Today, this salmon graciously graced our Easter feast (scroll down for our Easter menu)! Just perfect.
This healthy Salmon recipe is easy to make; it is tasty, gluten-free, low-carb, and perfect for family dinners, hosting, and holidays. Healthy salmon with lime-cashew-spinach green sauce can be cooked in the air fryer or stovetop and will be ready in under 20 minutes. This salmon recipe requires only a few ingredients; salmon, olive oil, and Cajun seasoning. For the green sauce, you will need spinach, cashew, lime, salt, and pepper. #Vegetarianrecipe #fish #salmon #airfryerrecipes

How to Serve Salmon

There are several ways to serve this salmon recipe; I suggest that you go with the side dish(es) you already enjoy.

First, my quinoa fried rice is among the sides I enjoy with this salmon.

Healthy Fried rice Quinoa Recipe

Healthy salmon and puréed beet is an experience! Listen, this is better anything!

Silky red beet puree, aka beetroot puree, is simply a recipe of pureed cooked beets, coconut milk, fresh garlic, salt, and pepper. Red beet puree is sweet, savory, flavorful, colorful, and comes with a perfect kick of freshness from the fresh raw garlic. Red beet puree recipe is easy to make; easily peel and cut up a couple of raw red beets, boil to soften, and then blend the boiled beets to become creamy and smooth! Healthy beet side dish is ready in less than 40 minutes. Serve pureed beets with salmon, meat, or any choice of main. #Beet #Beetpuree #Pureedbeet #Gardenbeet #Beetrootpuree #pureedbeetrot #Beetsidedish #Beets #beetrecipe #vegetablesidedish

Serve this healthy salmon with old-fashioned white rice! Also, this Salmon recipe is perfect with sautéed cabbage. Better still combine both (white rice & cabbage!) Get creative and serve it as you wish.

Easy healthy braised red cabbage with apples and red onions is the best side dish ever! It's savory, sweet, a little sour, tangy, and wonderfully complements every main dish. This recipe is vegan, gluten-free, refined sugar-free, keto-friendly, and packed with flavorful herbs and spices. Look no further for a fabulous + tasty, healthy side you need for the holidays, especially Thanksgiving and Christmas. Also, it comes together so quickly! #Cabbage #Braisedcabbage #healthysidedish #sidedish

We also like this salmon with baked fried rice, salmon is typically perfect with rice! YUM!

Baked coconut fried rice with shrimp may be the best Nigerian recipe. This easy Nigerian baked coconut fried rice combines coconut rice and fried rice and then creates the most deliciously tasty rice! The best part about making this easy fried rice recipe in the oven is that it is almost hands-free, comes through very fast, and has that authentic Nigerian fried rice taste, except that it is not actually fried and is quicker. #Nigerianfood #friedrice #bakedfriedrice

Salmon is perfect with Salad! I do like enjoying my salads with salmon such as this Beetroot Feta Cheese Salad. YUM 😋

A simple heart-healthy raw beetroot and feta cheese salad are loaded with lettuce, cucumber, avocado, and salmon; serve with creamy yogurt dressing and top with pomegranate seeds, nuts, etc.! This healthy salad recipe takes less than 15 minutes to put together! Just a perfect salad for your healthy heart. Serve this on Valentine's Day or any other day you feel like treating yourself!

Healthy Salmon Recipe is Perfect for Holidays & Celebrations!

Though you can understandably eat salmon all year round, they are fantastic for the holidays. We made salmon during Christmas of 2022 (though a different recipe), and here we are making salmon for Easter 2023. Listen, sign me up for easy recipes that I don’t have to stay in the kitchen all day! This was the perfect main for our Easter Feast! It surely will be excellent for Christmas, Thanksgiving, or romantic dinners.

Salmon is unarguably one of the best healthy fish to eat; it is tasty, easy to cook, and protein parked—healthy salmon green sauce recipe cooked in the air fryer or on the stovetop will be ready in under 20 minutes. The best thing about this salmon recipe is that it requires only a few ingredients, and you can make it on the stovetop or in an air fryer. You will need spinach, cashew, lime, salt, and pepper for the green sauce. This salmon recipe is perfect for the holidays. #Vegetarianrecipe #salmon #airfryerrecipes

How to Make Healthy Salmon Recipe with Lime-Spinach-Cashew Sauce

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This healthy Salmon recipe is easy to make; it is tasty, gluten-free, low-carb, and perfect for family dinners, hosting, and holidays. Healthy salmon with lime-cashew-spinach green sauce can be cooked in the air fryer or stovetop and will be ready in under 20 minutes. This salmon recipe requires only a few ingredients; salmon, olive oil, and Cajun seasoning. For the green sauce, you will need spinach, cashew, lime, salt, and pepper. #Vegetarianrecipe #fish #salmon #airfryerrecipes

Salmon with Green Sauce (Stovetop & Air Fryer)

  • Author: Nkechi Ajaeroh
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings for 4 people 1x
  • Category: Fish
  • Method: Air Frying
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Description

Salmon is unarguably one of the best healthy fish to eat; it is tasty, easy to cook, and protein parked—healthy salmon green sauce recipe cooked in the air fryer or on the stovetop will be ready in under 20 minutes. The best thing about this salmon recipe is that it requires only a few ingredients, and you can make it on the stovetop or in an air fryer. You will need spinach, cashew, lime, salt, and pepper for the green sauce. This salmon recipe is perfect for the holidays.
You can make this during weekly family dinners, or Sunday dinners. This recipe equally rocks during special occasions such as anniversary, Christmas, Thanksgiving, etc.
Simply enjoy with your favorite main dish.


Ingredients

Scale

For the salmon:

For the sauce:

  • ¼ cup of cashew (slightly toasted; I usually do not use raw cashew for this.)
  • 1 Whole lime; squeezed
  • 2 tablespoons of water
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon honey to balance the lime (you may use less, season to your preference). You can use Monk fruit sweetener to keep this recipe keto-friendly.
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • About a ¼ cup of fresh spinach or just a couple of leaves You will need spinach, cashew, lime, salt, and pepper for the green sauce. This salmon recipe is perfect for the holidays. #Vegetarianrecipe #salmon #airfryerrecipes

Instructions

  1. Make Salmon on Stovetop: If using frozen, allow salmon to thaw. Wash and clean up as required, dry with a paper towel, and lay on the tray. Then, sprinkle the Cajun (Slap Ya Mama seasoning) and rub in to properly marinate. Or alternatively, use salt, pepper, and a dash of adobo or small Knorr seasoning powder. Place a clean pan on the stove, add olive oil, and allow to heat up, then gently drop the salmon. Cook for about 5 – 7 minutes on each side, and until cooked through, remove and place on a plate. Repeat this process for all the salmon. You may use a meat thermometer to ensure salmon isn’t overcooked.
  2. How to Make Salmon in the Air Fryer: If using frozen salmon fillets, please allow them to thaw and wash/clean as needed and use paper towel to pat dry. To season the salmon, first rub it with olive oil and then season as explained in step 1. Preheat the air fryer by setting it to 10 minutes and 400F. Air fry seasoned salmon for 8-10 after it’s done preheating. Do not overcook the salmon. Use a meat thermometer when in doubt. Salmon is unarguably one of the best healthy fish to eat; it is tasty, easy to cook, and protein parked—healthy salmon green sauce recipe cooked in the air fryer or on the stovetop will be ready in under 20 minutes. The best thing about this salmon recipe is that it requires only a few ingredients, and you can make it on the stovetop or in an air fryer. You will need spinach, cashew, lime, salt, and pepper for the green sauce. This salmon recipe is perfect for the holidays. #Vegetarianrecipe #salmon #airfryerrecipes 
  3. For the sauce: Add all the ingredients to the blender (except the spinach): cashew, olive oil, salt, pepper, honey, water, and lime juice, and roughly blend for 8 – 10 seconds. Taste, adjust flavors, add the spinach leaves, and give another quick blend. Ensure that you are fine with the consistency. Pour this on the salmon, and enjoy it with your favorite side dish. Salmon is unarguably one of the best healthy fish to eat; it is tasty, easy to cook, and protein parked—healthy salmon green sauce recipe cooked in the air fryer or on the stovetop will be ready in under 20 minutes. The best thing about this salmon recipe is that it requires only a few ingredients, and you can make it on the stovetop or in an air fryer. You will need spinach, cashew, lime, salt, and pepper for the green sauce. This salmon recipe is perfect for the holidays. #Vegetarianrecipe #salmon #airfryerrecipes 

Notes

No need to add salt and pepper if using Slap Ya Mama. However, always add salt and pepper according to your taste or health need. 

When making the salmon in the air fryer, first, sprinkle it with oil and rub it all over it before seasoning it with the Cajun seasoning. You do not have to do this when cooking on the stovetop.

You can substitute honey with Monk fruit sweetener to keep this recipe keto-friendly.

You can use raw cashews without toasting them, but toasting them also intensifies their flavors.

Remember to soak the cashew in hot water for at least 1 – 3 hours before use; this way, they are soft and tender, and easily blends into a creamy paste (if you want it so). I have also sometimes soaked this in cold water overnight. Make sure to place them in the fridge if you want to soak overnight.

Add a little bit of water, or more lime juice to loosen this paste if it becomes too thick. 

We usually serve this salmon recipe with anything, lol. It would be fantastic with Quinoa, rice, grilled vegetables, potatoes, or green beans.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 Salmon

Keywords: Fish, Salmon Recipe, Fried fish, Fish sauce, Air fryer salmon, Easy recipes, Easy Holiday Recipe,

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This healthy Salmon recipe is easy to make; it is tasty, gluten-free, low-carb, and perfect for family dinners, hosting, and holidays. Healthy salmon with lime-cashew-spinach green sauce can be cooked in the air fryer or stovetop and will be ready in under 20 minutes. This salmon recipe requires only a few ingredients; salmon, olive oil, and Cajun seasoning. For the green sauce, you will need spinach, cashew, lime, salt, and pepper. #Vegetarianrecipe #fish #salmon #airfryerrecipes

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  1. Looks AMAZING my friend!! My family will LOVE this! Give me the Green sauce for the WIN!

    1. Girl, this dish is a HIT in my household, am sure your family will love it as well!
      And the green sauce is pure perfection, let me know whenever you happen to make it!
      Merry Christmas 🎄 🎁