Consider yourself doomed. Thank you for this 5-star, menu-quality Honey Garlic SalmonYou may never order salmon from a restaurant again.
Crispy on the top, succulent on the inside, and bathed in a smoky-sweet honey garlic sauce, this baked salmon recipe is so much more than the salmon you order at a restaurant.
Do I look unbearable?
Learning how to cook perfect salmon at home will do that for you. (For an excellent overview of baking salmon, see my How to Cook Salmon).
Even if you’ve never cooked salmon before, I promise you can make this recipe (and my Pesto Salmon) with rip-roaring success.
Once you taste it, I bet you’ll think twice about ordering baked salmon from someone else’s menu!
Ready to feel like a total salmon master with the best salmon recipe ever? own it.
Let’s make some honey garlic salmon!
If you’re new to the salmon game, start with this Million-Dollar Baked Salmon and use this salmon temperature guide for additional tips and tricks.
Then, when you’re ready to wow, come back to this Glazed Salmon with Honey Garlic Sauce.
5 star review
“Just made this salmon tonight, and it was delicious! Very tasty, quick and easy. Will definitely be making this often!
— Daniel —
How to Cook Honey Garlic Salmon
Roasted on the stove then finished in the oven, the presentation of this healthy and easy salmon recipe is fabulous (as is this Salmon Wellington).
- The glaze is deep and juicy, with heaps of smoked paprika, honey, and fresh garlic, and this recipe makes it rich.
- Added bonus: This dish comes together in just 20 minutes, so it’s a great weeknight recipe.
The secrets to perfect salmon sear are 1. Get that skillet nice and hot (don’t rush it and add the salmon when the skillet is only over medium heat), and 2. Don’t disturb the fish while it cooks.
Check out this Pan Seared Salmon for more tips, and watch the recipe video below for an easy look.
- salmon, With a tender, flaky texture and delicious flavor, salmon fillets are an excellent lean, low-carb protein option. Plus, the glaze will appeal to the fish skeptics at your table (speak to them with this Bourbon Glazed Salmon). They are also rich in omega-3 fatty acids, potassium and B vitamins.
- Madhu, Honey adds wonderful natural sweetness to the glaze and helps it caramelize to perfection. (I also like it in both Miso Glazed Salmon and Honey Glazed Salmon with Soy Sauce.)
- Lemon juice, For acidity and brightness.
- Minced Garlic + Spices, Minced cloves of garlic, smoked paprika, cayenne pepper, and salt add wonderful flavor to the glaze. Smoked paprika adds a nice smokiness, and cayenne brings just a touch of heat.
- parsley or green onions, I love to finish this salmon dish with a splash of freshness. Parsley and green onions are both delicious options.
extra glaze? Drizzle it over fish before serving or enjoy it over Instant Pot brown rice or cauliflower rice (my favorite).
- Allow salmon filets to come to room temperature and pat dry.
- Whisk together the ingredients for the honey garlic glaze in a small bowl.
- Season the salmon with salt and pepper. Heat an oven-proof skillet on the stovetop over medium-high to high heat. Begin cooking the salmon top-side down.
- After browning, flip each fillet (so it is now skin-side down). Switch off the flame.
- Baste salmon fillets with honey-garlic mixture. Place the skillet in a 450°F oven and bake for 4 to 5 minutes. Serve with parsley or green onions and lemon. Enjoy it!
- To store, Refrigerate leftovers in an airtight container for up to 2 days.
- reheat, Honey Garlic Salmon can be reheated very gently in a skillet over medium-low heat.
meal planning tips
Mix the glaze ingredients together up to 1 day in advance, keeping the mixture in the refrigerator until you’re ready to cook.
What to Serve With Honey Garlic Salmon
Air Fryer Cauliflower
Recommended equipment for making this recipe
Best Cast Iron Skillet
This heavy-duty cast iron skillet will last you a lifetime. Use it on the stovetop or in the oven.
While I rarely repeat a meal — with salmon variations ranging from teriyaki salmon to broiled salmon, we have plenty to choose from in the salmon family, too — this honey garlic glaze has become a regular.
Luckily, when you cook it yourself, it can be the special of the night whenever you want to order it.
frequently asked questions
sometimes! If you have individual salmon fillets, you can cook them either straight from frozen in the oven (see this salmon baking guide for tips) or by making air fryer salmon. For this salmon recipe, where you’ll sear and glaze salmon, you’ll need to thaw the salmon first so the glaze will stick and crisp the outside.
Salmon goes well with a wide range of flavors, from sweet and savory to herby (rosemary, dill, and parsley all go well with salmon), to spicy. You can use a sweet or savory glaze (as in this recipe), try a rub like this Salmon Seasoning, or use garlic and herbs like this Garlicky Salmon.
Salmon is a super versatile fish that does well in a variety of cooking methods. From Baked Spicy Salmon to Broiled Salmon, Cedar Plank Salmon, Grilled Salmon in Foil, and even Poached Salmon, how you cook your salmon is really up to personal preference. I love this easy Salmon with Honey Garlic because it combines all the benefits of baking and pan-frying salmon in one delicious recipe.
Honey Garlic Salmon Recipe Video
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- 4 (6-ounce) skin-on salmon fillets
- 1/4 cup Honey
- 3 big spoon hot water
- 3 big spoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 6 Clove minced garlic about 2 tbsp
- 1 1/4 spoon smoked paprika
- 3/4 to 1 small spoon kosher salt separate
- 1/8 small spoon red chilli
- 2 big spoon extra virgin olive oil
- 1/4 small spoon black pepper
- chopped fresh parsley or green onions for serving
- lemon wedges optional, to serve
Place a rack in the center of your oven and preheat the oven to 450 degrees F.
Let salmon rest at room temperature for 10 minutes. With paper towels, pat it dry on both sides.
In a small mixing bowl or liquid measuring cup, whisk together honey, hot water, lemon juice, garlic, smoked paprika, ¼ teaspoon salt, and cayenne pepper. Keep it near the stove.
Heat an ovenproof skillet (cast iron is ideal) large enough to hold the salmon comfortably over medium height – you don’t want the salmon to overlap, but you also don’t want there to be too much extra space around the salmon or Sauce may burn.
Sprinkle salmon with 1/2 tsp salt and 1/4 tsp pepper (wait to season until just before adding fish to pan).
Once the tawa is hot, add olive oil. Swirl pan to coat, then add salmon, skin-side up/flesh side down. When lowering the fish into the pan, move it in a direction away from you so you don’t get splattered with oil. Sprinkle the skin side of the fish with a generous pinch of additional salt.
Cook the salmon, without moving it, for 4 minutes, until it is browned and flakes easily from the pan. With a thin spatula (a fish spatula is perfect), carefully turn each fillet over. Switch off the flame.
Pour honey mixture over salmon fillets. Baste the top of the fish with the sauce with a spoon for 1 minute.
Transfer skillet to oven. Bake until salmon flakes easily with a fork, about 4 to 5 minutes more for 1-inch fillets; If your salmon is thick or thin, you’ll need to adjust the cooking time accordingly. Salmon is done when it reaches 145°F on an instant-read thermometer and flakes easily with a fork. Do not overcook or the salmon will dry out (Once I get close to 145°F, I remove the salmon to a plate then cover and let it rest for a few minutes to let the carryover cooking finish Lets do it).
Sprinkle the salmon with the parsley or green onions and squeeze extra lemon over the top, if you like. Enjoy hot by spooning over the pan sauce over the top.
- ingredient note: If your honey starts to get too dark, don’t panic! It’s just caramelizing the sugar, and your fish shouldn’t taste burnt. If it does, your griddle may be too large (so the honey cooks quickly) or too hot. Take this as a lesson for next time and enjoy your salmon.
- To store: Refrigerate leftover salmon in an airtight storage container for up to 2 days.
- to reheat: Honey Garlic Salmon can be reheated very gently in a skillet over medium-low heat.
Serving: 1(of 4)Calories: 379kcalCarbohydrates: 20YesProtein: 34Yesthick: 18YesSaturated fat: 3YesCholesterol: 94milligramsPotassium: 889milligramsFiber: 1Yessugar: 18YesVitamin A: 404IUvitamin C: 6milligramsCalcium: 32milligramsiron: 2milligrams
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