Salmon with Lemony Green Beans

February 28, 2018

Honestly, what goes better with salmon than citrus? Probably nothing. This Salmon with Lemony Green Beans is so zesty and full of flavor I just know it will become a regular on your weekly menu.


The other night we were watching History Channels Alone when one of the contestants caught the largest salmon I had ever seen, she said it was the most delicious thing she’s ever eaten (I probably would’ve thought the same thing if I hadn’t eaten in over a week). I just wish I could have given her some lemons and butter to make it even better! That night I dreamt of yummy lemony salmon. The next morning I was in my local bagel shop and again, the largest salmon was staring at me from the display window. At that moment I knew exactly what we were having for dinner so I headed directly to the grocery store so I could get everything I needed for this Salmon with Lemony Green Beans!


There are so many different ways to cook salmon but my favorite is to pan sear it. When doing this you always want to sear it skin side down, this seals all of the juices and falvor into the salmon and creates the most unbelievable exterior. Your salmon will be flaky, tender, and oh so good. One of the great things about this dish is how well the lemony green beans compliment your salmon. They add a bit of crunch and huge amounts of flavor to your dish. Topped with the caramelized lemons and a bit of a parsley garnish, this will be your easiest and healthiest meal to master.


You all know how much I lemon on basically anything and everything. So when it came to making this salmon with lemony green beans I knew caramelizing the lemons would just give it that extra little something! When slicing your lemons you’ll want to make sure not to cut them too thick or they will take longer to carmelie and lock in all those juices. People always ask, well isn’t this just a garnish? Can I eat these? While you can totally just pop these in your mouth and eat them (more power to you if you do)! The best way to utilize the flavor is to squeeze them onto your salmon and green beans, unlocking those amazing juices for the absolute best Salmon with Lemony Green Beans you’ll ever have.

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Salmon with Lemony Green Beans

  • Author: Kelsey Nixon
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x


A perfect balanced meal that’s light, bright, and oh-so-tasty!


  • 4 salmon filets
  • 1 tablespoon lemon pepper seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided
  • 2 cups fresh green beans, trimmed
  • 2 lemons, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • Italian parsley for garnish (optional)
  • Kosher salt and cracked black pepper, to taste


Season each salmon fillet with lemon pepper on both sides. Heat a large skillet over medium high heat; add the oil and swirl to coat. Add the salmon (skin side down) cooking for 3-5 minutes on each side until cooked through.Transfer to a plate.

Melt 1 tablespoon butter in the same skillet and add the trimmed green beans to the pan. Saute for a few minutes until bright green and tender. Remove from the pan and set aside. Add another tablespoon of butter and place the lemon slices flat on the bottom of the pan and cook for a few minutes on each side without stirring so that they caramelize and pick up the browned bits left in the pan from the salmon and butter. Remove the lemons from the pan and set aside. Stir in remaining pat of butter and honey and whisk to combine.

For servings: Place salmon and beans on plate garnish with caramelized lemons and drizzle with honey butter sauce from the skillet.

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes

Keywords: salmon

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