Sweet and savory pan-seared salmon topped with sautéed shrimp in cajun butter sauce. Salmon New Orleans is an unforgettable 30 minute meal your family will crave!
I made this dish about a month ago right before my kitchen was ripped out for the remodel, and I’ve been dreaming about that cajun butter sauce ever since.
Woah, did someone just say cajun butter sauce?? YES! And it is everything you could possibly dream of. A handful of seasonings from your cupboard and some bubbling melted butter is all it takes. Your tastebuds are in for a treat my friends.
It’s hard to believe this meal only requires 30 minutes and just one pan, but I swear it’s true. Start by seasoning your salmon with salt and pepper to your personal taste. Melt some butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat and whisk in a little honey. This is key. The honey and butter together create a caramelization on the salmon that is finger-licking, write-home-about good.
Once your salmon is well-browned, caramelized, and cooked through, transfer it to a covered platter to keep warm while you work on the shrimp.
Whisk together a handful of simple pantry spices to make your own homemade cajun seasoning. I’ve been using this recipe for years and it’s a staple in my house! It’s got a kick and adds SO much flavor to anything from chicken, to fish, pork, and veggies.
Saute your shrimp in the same pan you used for the salmon, along with some more butter and that cajun seasoning. Top your salmon with a few shrimp and drizzle the cajun butter sauce from the pan right over the top. Garnish with a little chopped cilantro or parsley and you’re done.
That’s it. So simple to make but believe me, you will go bananas for this incredible dish. Restaurant-quality at home with no-fuss. This is what we live for, right??
- 4 6-ounce salmon fillets
- salt and pepper, to taste
- 1 pound large shrimp, peeled and de-veined
- 8 tablespoons butter, divided
- 2 tablespoons honey
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- ¼ teaspoon pepper
- ½ teaspoon onion salt
- ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
- heaping ½ teaspoon dried oregano
- ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
- In a small bowl stir together all cajun seasoning ingredients and set aside.
- Season salmon with salt and pepper to taste. Melt 2 tablespoons butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add honey and whisk to combine (mixture should be bubbly). Add salmon fillets to pan and cook for 5-6 minutes, then flip and cook another 7-8 minutes until salmon is cooked through, flaky, and browned. Transfer salmon to a platter and cover to keep warm.
- Add remaining butter to the pan over medium-high heat. Once butter is melted, stir in cajun seasoning. Add shrimp to pan and saute until opaque, about 5-6 minutes.
- Serve salmon topped with shrimp. Drizzle any extra pan sauce over the top and garnish with chopped parsley if desired. Serve immediately.