June 23, 2022

Salmon New Orleans

Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 25 mins
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Salmon New Orleans dish is a quick 25 minute meal that's sure to please! If you love salmon and shrimp recipes, you're in for a treat.

This seafood lovin, finger licking good, mm mm some kind of good recipe is a one-pan meal of tender salmon topped with sautéed shrimp and smothered in a honey garlic butter sauce that will make you slap yo mama!

All you need is 25 minutes, a little bit of shrimp and salmon and handful of other easy ingredients and you're set. Dinner just rose to a whole new level!

If you are looking for more New Orleans-style seafood recipes then you have to try my Cajun Seafood Boil with Garlic Butter Sauce and my Crispy Shrimp Po'Boy with Old Bay Sauce.

three pieces of salmon and shrimp on a large white serving dish

This easy salmon recipe has so much flavor and is the perfect seafood dinner for any weeknight. It's a quick and easy dinner made with super simple ingredients.

Inspired by Red Lobster's Salmon New Orleans dish, you can't go wrong when combining pan-seared salmon and juicy succulent shrimp smothered in a deliciously flavor honey garlic butter sauce.

This recipe will have you enjoying a restaurant quality meal without having to leave the house. You can not go wrong with this salmon recipe.

the ingredients needed to make salmon new orleans on a white surface - salmon filets, lemon, shrimp, cajun seasoning, honey, garlic, thyme, and butter

Salmon New Orleans Ingredients

This salmon and shrimp recipe requires minimal ingredients but gets you maximum flavor. Get ready to enjoy Salmon New Orleans!

  • Salmon filets: Use filets or cut a large piece into filets.
  • Shrimp: Be sure to clean them; deveining and removing the shell.
  • Cajun seasoning: This blend of spices is essential. (You can use your own homemade cajun seasoning too if you prefer - it only requires a handful of seasonings)
  • Lemon: This enhances the flavor of the seafood.
  • Olive oil: Cook the salmon and shrimp in this.
  • Cajun Butter Sauce: This sauce is a savory-sweet combination of honey, butter, garlic, lemon, and thyme. The honey assists in the caramelization of the salmon, resulting in an irresistible sauce that you will smother the whole meal in!


How to Make Salmon New Orleans

Start by squeezing half a lemon on top of the salmon. Once the lemon juice is squeezed, season salmon with 1 tbsp of cajun seasoning. Add the remaining seasoning to the shrimp. Toss in order to ensure all of the shrimp are evenly coated with seasoning.

salmon and shrimp seasoned with cajun seasoning on a cutting board

Once the seafood is seasoned, add butter and olive oil to a large skillet. When the butter is melted, add diced garlic, thyme, and a little honey.

Then squeeze the remaining lemon into the butter. Stir then allow it to cook for 3 minutes over medium-low heat.

Add shrimp and cook until pink and cooked thoroughly. Pour into a bowl and set aside.

Drizzle a little more olive oil into the pan over medium-high heat and add salmon fillets. Cook for 8-10 minutes, until cooked thoroughly. 

three pieces of salmon in a large skillet

Finally, place shrimp on top of salmon and serve with extra pan sauce - that buttery garlic sauce. Enjoy your Salmon New Orleans!

salmon new orleans on a plate with potatoes and freshly squeezed lemons

What to Serve with Salmon New Orleans

Salmon New Orleans is a meal within itself but if you want it to be even more filling, add a few sides. Here are my suggestions:

Tips

  • If you have cajun seasoning ingredients at home, I highly recommend making your own cajun seasoning. It only requires a handful of simple pantry spices. However, if you're short on time, don't worry, store brought is great!
  • Use fresh seafood for the best flavor! If you can buy the shrimp and salmon fresh from the grocery store or a fish market, I highly recommend it.
three salmon filets on a plate with lemon and shrimp

FAQs

Are shrimp and salmon healthy?

Salmon New Orleans is a great source of protein and fatty acids. This cajun salmon and shrimp dinner is a great dish to incorporate into your daily diet.

What do I season salmon with?

For this recipe, I used cajun seasoning with a little lemon to cut the fishy taste. The cajun seasoning is a one stop shop because it gives the salmon such a great flavor without adding too much or too little of any one ingredient.

What is the best cooking method for shrimp?

For juicy, tender shrimp, sautéing is the best option. It also makes it so that you can easily tell when the shrimp is done and helps prevent overcooking the shrimp.

How do you know when shrimp is done?

You will know when the shrimp is finished when it turns pink and curls a bit.

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three pieces of salmon and shrimp on a large white serving dish

Salmon New Orleans

Salmon New Orleans is a delicious one-pan meal of tender salmon topped with sauteed shrimp, smothered in a garlic honey butter sauce. This 20-minute meal is the perfect seafood dinner for a weeknight!
Serving: 4
Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 25 mins
Total Time: 30 mins
Calories: 348kcal

Equipment

  • Large Skillet (a 12 inch skillet is perfect)

Ingredients

  • 4 Salmon filets
  • ½ lb Shrimp shell off and deveined 
  • 2 tbsps Cajun seasoning
  • 1 Lemon cut in half
  • 4 Garlic cloves diced
  • 4 sprigs Thyme
  • 2 tbsps Honey
  • 6 tbsps Butter
  • 1 tbsp Olive oil
  • Salt and Pepper (to taste)

Directions

  • Squeeze half of the lemon on top of the salmon filets. Then season with 1 tbsp of cajun seasoning. Add remaining 1 tbsp of cajun seasoning to the shrimp. Toss to ensure all shrimp are coated with seasoning.
  • Add butter and olive oil to a skillet. Once butter is melted, add diced garlic, thyme, and honey. Then squeeze remaining lemon into the butter. Stir allow to cook for 3 minutes over medium low heat.
  • Add shrimp and cook until pink and slightly curled and cooked thoroughly. Place into a bowl with the pan sauce and set aside.
  • Increase heat to medium and drizzle a little more olive oil into the pan. Add salmon into the pan and cook for 10 minutes, about 5 minutes per side. Cook until flaky cooked thoroughly. 
  • Place shrimp on top of salmon and serve with buttery garlic sauce.

Nutrition

Calories: 348kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 46g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 0.003g | Cholesterol: 185mg | Sodium: 177mg | Potassium: 1124mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 1853IU | Vitamin C: 17mg | Calcium: 83mg | Iron: 3mg
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American, Cajun
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