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Easy marinated and spice rubbed Sheet Pan Fajita Salmon oven roasted to perfection is incredibly juicy, tender and bursting with flavor all smothered in Cilantro Lime Butter! Serve with rice and/or beans in a bowl, tortilla or salad with all your favorite fajita toppings for a complete easy, delicious meal-in-one!
This Sheet Pan Fajita Salmon with Cilantro Lime butter is a snap to make, bursting with colorful bell peppers and onions all tossed with olive oil and spices and baked in ONE PAN! Its buttery Tex-Mex juiciness is my latest obsession along with it being a sheet pan meal because even though I loooove to cook, I still have many days when I still want to make a healthy-ish dinner without running to the grocery store, standing in front of the stove and washing a mountain of dishes. Hello Sheet Pan Dinners!
I get giddy over sheet pan meals because it usually means a meal-in-one with no additional sides to prep AND a meal with only one pan and possibly one bowl for prep making clean up a breeze – yes PLEASE! I recently posted my Sheet Pan Lemon Butter Garlic Shrimp and Asparagus and Sheet Pan Parmesan Pesto Chicken and Veggies – both of which are SO EASY, in efforts to build up an arsenal of quick, easy dinners that taste completely gourmet without feeling like a chore to make – and now we can add this Sheet Pan Fajita Salmon with Cilantro Lime Butter to the list!
Sheet pan seafood recipes are especially perfect for end of the week dinners (especially Fridays for those of you celebrating Lent), because the seafood makes them extra special, it bakes quickly and again minimal cleanup! This Lent season, as you and/or many of your friends are foregoing steak and potatoes on Friday nights, I’ve teamed up with McCormick to help Flavor your Fridays with simple Sheet Pan Seafood Favorites. Just a few include:
- Lemon Butter Dill Tilapia
- Shrimp Scampi
- Orange Chili Sheet Pan Salmon
- Crusty Cod & Chips
- Golden Dip Tuna Melt
- Coconut Lime Shrimp with Zoodles
For more simple, delectable Friday Fish ideas, check out McCormick.com!
To make this Fajita Salmon with Cilantro Lime Butter, we first marinate our salmon for 30-60 minutes in a concoction of lime juice, orange juice soy sauce, brown sugar and garlic. Many Sheet Pan Fish recipes don’t marinate the fish/chicken, but I find this leaves all the flavor on the outside instead of seeping through and through. Plus, while your fish marinates, you can get a jump on chopping and roasting your veggies.
Your onions and bell peppers need about 22-25 minutes in the oven, and our fish, depending on the size, needs closer to 15. So while the salmon marinates, we are going to toss our onions and peppers with 1 tablespoon of the reserved marinade (no double work!), 1 tablespoon McCormick Fajita seasoning and 1 tablespoon olive oil and roast for 5-10 minutes. You will want to roast your veggies closer to 5 minutes if you have thicker salmon because peppers will cook longer with salmon, and closer to 10 minutes for thinner salmon, because peppers won’t cook as long with salmon.
Next, its salmon time! As I’ve said many times, easy CAN equal delicious – a simple recipe should still taste multi-dimensional and flavor bursting, and not boring and bland – it all comes down to seasoning! This Sheet Pan Fajita Salmon relies on McCormick Fajita Seasoning rubbed all over the salmon to deliver its explosive flavor. The McCormick Fajita Seasoning is packed with all your favorite Tex-Mex herbs for a quick, back pocket blend that is earthy, smoky and fiestalicious! I add a touch of McCormick cayenne pepper to my fajita mix for a hint of heat, but that is totally optional to kick it up a notch.
Next, bake your salmon for approximately 15 minutes, depending on the thickness, then broil for about 2 minutes to develop a light char on the veggies and a golden crust on the salmon. When the salmon emerges from the oven, drizzle it with Cilantro Lime Butter which is a simple mixing of melted butter, lime juice, minced cilantro and a dash of salt. The brightness of the lime compliments and enlivens the earthy fajita flavors and the butter – mmmmmm.
I love my Sheet Pan Fajita Salmon served on a bed of rice with some black beans, tomatoes and avocados with a touch of sour cream but they would be equally delicious cocooned in tortillas or made into a salad with some pepitas/sunflower seeds and Tomatillo Avocado Ranch – the possibilities are endless. And so will your cravings be for this Sheet Pan Fajita Salmon with Cilantro Lime Butter – thank goodness its easy and clean up is virtually non existent. Thank you Sheet Pan and thank you McCormick!
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