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Honey Garlic Salmon

Quick and easy honey garlic salmon baked and ready in under 30 minutes. With a sweet and savory marinade and sauce of garlic, ginger, honey and soy sauce.

Lately I’ve been getting lots of honest comments from people who want to cook my stuff and have general questions or people who have cooked my stuff and came back to leave reviews. These comments make my day. It tells me there are actually people out there that trust me enough to spend money on ingredients and time in the kitchen. So keep them coming! I love it! I’ll be honest and let you all know if I don’t have the answer to things and do my best to make cooking and eating at home fun.

Quick and easy honey garlic salmon baked and ready in under 30 minutes. With a sweet and savory marinade and sauce of garlic, ginger, honey and soy sauce.

That being said, with the recent popularity of crispy honey garlic chicken and me being totally knocked off-guard by the deceptively humble sauce that just rocks that recipe, I’ve decided to make a baked salmon version. It’s simple, it has FIVE ingredients and it’s tasteh. So tasty, I spell it differently.

Quick and easy honey garlic salmon baked and ready in under 30 minutes. With a sweet and savory marinade and sauce of garlic, ginger, honey and soy sauce.

So my old recipes with salmon used measurements based on salmon fillets. ‘2 salmon fillets’ etc. And while that sounds simple, I was basing this off  individually sealed frozen salmon fillets. It wasn’t till we renewed our Sam’s Club membership and I saw fresh gigantic slabs of salmon that I had the sinking realization that not everyone buys salmon the budget way like I do. Size does matter in this case. Ooops! I need to go back and fix those recipes. In the meantime, this salmon recipe will actually have weight measurements so the sauce is proportionate.

If you’re talented at eyeballing the weight of salmon, then great! If not, maybe a kitchen scale will help. I got mine awhile back around the one year timeline since starting a blog. About the time I realized “Oh hey, maybe I need to measure stuff”. Growing pains.

Quick and easy honey garlic salmon baked and ready in under 30 minutes. With a sweet and savory marinade and sauce of garlic, ginger, honey and soy sauce.

Back to the salmon, here’s how it’s done.  Marinate it, bake it and then serve drizzled with the sauce. It’s that easy. Yum.

I did sear the top of the salmon over medium high heat for 1-2 minutes to caramelize it a little before baking. This step is purely optional though. Also, if you want more sauce but want it thicker without reduction, you can add 1/2 teaspoon cornstarch mixed with 1 tablespoon cold water. Use it once the sauce has come to a boil and stir to mix until the whiteness of the cornstarch disappears into the sauce. This is when you know the cornstarch has worked and the sauce is as thick as it can get.

Quick and easy honey garlic salmon baked and ready in under 30 minutes. With a sweet and savory marinade and sauce of garlic, ginger, honey and soy sauce.

Baking time will vary depending on how thick your fillet is. The standard rule of thumb is to cook for 10 minutes per inch of thickness which is measured from the salmon’s thickest point. That’s about it! What you’ll get is savory and sweet moist, flaky salmon. Not too shabby for dinner!

Lastly, I’m sorry if the salmon is very shiny. I seem to have picked the wrong angle to shoot it and the light made what was already glistening into mega glistening. My salmon has bling, Whoops! Don’t worry, yours won’t need a pair of sunglasses to eat safely, I promise.

And if you’re in the mood for more recipes in the honey garlic series:

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Quick and easy honey garlic salmon baked and ready in under 30 minutes. With a sweet and savory marinade and sauce of garlic, ginger, honey and soy sauce.

Honey Garlic Salmon


  • Author: The Cooking Jar
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 20 mins
  • Total Time: 30 mins
  • Yield: 2

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. salmon fillet

Sauce

  • 1 teaspoon garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger, minced
  • 4 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce

Instructions

  1. Combine the sauce ingredients and marinate the salmon in the sauce for 15-30 minutes
  2. Arrange salmon on a foil-lined baking sheet and bake at 350 degrees F for 15-20 minutes depending on thickness, basting the salmon with the leftover marinade halfway through
  3. Over medium high heat, bring the leftover marinade sauce to a boil and simmer for 3-5 minutes until reduced *
  4. Dish and serve the salmon hot drizzled with reduced sauce

Notes

For a slightly crisp and caramelized top, sear the top of the salmon over medium high heat for 1-2 minutes before baking.

*If you are uncomfortable reducing the marinade to use as a drizzle, you can divide the sauce into half; half for marinade/basting and half to reduce for a drizzle. If you want even more sauce, double the sauce ingredients before diving it into half.

Quick and easy honey garlic salmon baked and ready in under 30 minutes. With a sweet and savory marinade and sauce of garlic, ginger, honey and soy sauce.

Quick and easy honey garlic salmon baked and ready in under 30 minutes. With a sweet and savory marinade and sauce of garlic, ginger, honey and soy sauce.

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123 Comments

  • Reply
    Thalia @ butter and brioche
    September 23, 2014 at 12:26 AM

    Salmon is a weeknight staple in my household so this recipe is definitely one I will be recreating.. thanks for sharing it!

    • Reply
      The Cooking Jar
      September 25, 2014 at 7:24 PM

      You’re very welcome, Thalia. It’s so darn easy to make too. Hope you guys like it!

      • Reply
        Robin
        January 25, 2015 at 6:37 PM

        I’m a little confused. In the recipe the first instruction says to marinate salmon. Are we using the sauce? At the end after boiling, you say baste in the sauce. Is this the same sauce were marinating in?? I don’t normally baste with my marinade. Would you suggest that I double the recipe?

        • Reply
          The Cooking Jar
          January 25, 2015 at 9:08 PM

          Yes, the sauce is used for the marinade. While the salmon is baking, you baste it halfway through with the same sauce. Whatever is leftover is then reduced through boiling to make it thicker and to use as extra sauce for a drizzle after everything is cooked. Some people are a little uncomfortable using the same sauce used in the marinade as a drizzling sauce and that’s okay. In this case, I would suggest to make the sauce and then halve it. Half for marinating and half for the basting/drizzling. Hope this helps!

          • Dee Ann
            April 4, 2015 at 11:17 AM

            thank you for explaining that. I was confused too! I’m making this for Easter lunch tomorrow!

    • Reply
      Susan
      April 8, 2015 at 11:15 PM

      Just had This honey salmon it’s perfect 🙂

      • Reply
        The Cooking Jar
        April 9, 2015 at 1:27 PM

        Happy you liked it, Susan! 🙂

  • Reply
    Annie @Maebells
    September 24, 2014 at 3:22 PM

    This looks just amazing! And your photography is stunning!! 🙂

    • Reply
      The Cooking Jar
      September 25, 2014 at 7:26 PM

      Thank you, Annie 🙂 I’m glad you like the pics. I didn’t realize how shiny they were till I had put everything away!

  • Reply
    Jodee Weiland
    October 1, 2014 at 2:35 PM

    So easy, but so delicious! What a great idea …thanks for sharing!

    • Reply
      The Cooking Jar
      October 1, 2014 at 5:24 PM

      It’s definitely good for busy people. On the table in less than 30 minutes without sacrificing flavor! Thanks, Jodee 🙂

  • Reply
    Michael Leng
    October 4, 2014 at 10:59 AM

    Yes, I love Salmon dishes so much…Yours makes me starve before go to bed. God save!…my weight please…

    • Reply
      The Cooking Jar
      October 4, 2014 at 9:37 PM

      I know exactly what you mean. I’m always browsing Pinterest recipes at night and end up drooling at 2 am in the morning!

  • Reply
    Kevalyn
    October 9, 2014 at 12:40 PM

    Thanks for the great recipe. Will be making this tonight!

    • Reply
      The Cooking Jar
      October 9, 2014 at 2:33 PM

      Welcome! Hope it turns out okay for you. I always get a little nervous when people say they’re cooking my stuff! Will they like it or not? 🙂

  • Reply
    Danielle
    October 10, 2014 at 12:41 AM

    I’ve never cooked salmon before, but I picked it up when I saw some on sale, and now I’m trying to figure out what to do with it! This recipe sounds right up my alley! Super easy without several ingredients and steps! I’m trying it tomorrow night, and I’m excited!!!

    • Reply
      Danielle
      October 10, 2014 at 10:26 PM

      It turned out great! Hubs and I loved it… kids not so much. But they’re more impressed by fish sticks and mac and cheese. =)

      • Reply
        The Cooking Jar
        October 11, 2014 at 6:16 PM

        Whoohoo! Glad the adults loved it. I know how kids are 😉 Thanks for coming back and letting me know how it worked out for you guys!

        • Reply
          The Cooking Jar
          October 11, 2014 at 6:19 PM

          Oh and just an afterthought but if the kids like cheese and you’re not opposed to giving them LOTS of it, they might like this: https://thecookingjar.com/chicken-alfredo-pasta-bake

          • Danielle
            October 11, 2014 at 11:33 PM

            Thanks for the tip! That looks delicious! I pinned it to put on next week’s menu!

  • Reply
    lori
    October 20, 2014 at 6:40 PM

    Is there a way to lower the sodium intake?

    • Reply
      The Cooking Jar
      October 20, 2014 at 9:33 PM

      Most of the sodium would be from the soy sauce so my only recommendation is to sub low sodium soy sauce. My nutritional label is for regular. Kikkoman claims their less sodium soy sauce has 40% of the salt removed but with the same flavor! I hope this helps!

  • Reply
    Veronica
    October 24, 2014 at 9:21 PM

    The salmon was great! I just made it tonight for my friend and he loved it. He ate every bit and was asking for more. Too bad I only made a piece for him and one for myself. This was my first success with salmon at home. Thanks so much. This date night meal was a hit!

    • Reply
      The Cooking Jar
      October 29, 2014 at 2:38 PM

      When I read this, I couldn’t stop smiling. I made someone’s date night a success! Yaaaaaaaaaaaay! Love how my recipes affect lives even if just a little 🙂 🙂

  • Reply
    Araanz
    October 31, 2014 at 2:32 AM

    Looks SO yummy!!! I love this dish!!!

    • Reply
      The Cooking Jar
      October 31, 2014 at 2:15 PM

      Thank you! I love that people are having salmon success stories with it! 🙂

  • Reply
    Kim @ HappyPrettyBlog
    November 3, 2014 at 4:06 PM

    I just made this for dinner tonight and had to come back to tell you that it was sooooo good!

    • Reply
      The Cooking Jar
      November 4, 2014 at 5:35 PM

      Thank you so much for coming back and letting me know, Kim! Love getting these kind of comments! Made it, liked it, letting you know!

  • Reply
    Kim Valliere
    November 6, 2014 at 8:22 PM

    For the person that doesn’t like cooked salmon and would much prefer it raw in sushi, this recipe isn’t half bad. I’ll try to work salmon into my diet this way. It will definitely get pinned and I’ll go searching for other great recipes!

    • Reply
      The Cooking Jar
      November 7, 2014 at 11:10 PM

      I’m not used to eating raw fish although I did have this fantastic tuna ceviche the other day with ahi tuna steaks that I’ve been craving ever since. Thanks for the comment, Kim!

  • Reply
    Kaitlin
    November 11, 2014 at 5:01 PM

    my question is are you using the marinade after the salmon was in it to make the sauce on the stove? Or did you make a fresh thing of sauce since it had raw fish?

    Thanks ! Sounds yummy

    • Reply
      The Cooking Jar
      November 12, 2014 at 2:18 PM

      I used the marinade for the sauce. Since I boiled it down for a reduction, any worries from contact with raw salmon are taken care of. And it doesn’t taste fishy! Thanks, Kaitlin!

  • Reply
    Mara
    December 31, 2014 at 1:30 AM

    Found this pin last week and made it the same night! It was a hit with everyone, kids included! The Mr. Has been bugging me to make it again, but I used the last of the honey the last go round. He came home from work and brought honey with!!! This is dinner again tonight

    • Reply
      The Cooking Jar
      December 31, 2014 at 5:05 PM

      That’s such an awesome story! Him bringing home some honey! 🙂

      • Reply
        Mara
        December 31, 2014 at 10:24 PM

        Yes and it was awesome again. We did salmon and mahimahi, all prepped the same. They both came out great, though if I do mahi again. I will cook it for a little less time.

  • Reply
    Luana
    January 4, 2015 at 10:43 PM

    Just made this for dinner. Had to triple the recipe because there are 6 of us in the family. It was awesome. Even my finicky daughter loved it. The glaze is yummy and I am definitely going to try it on the chicken next. Thanks for such a yummy recipe.

    • Reply
      The Cooking Jar
      January 8, 2015 at 3:03 PM

      Glad it was such a hit and that it scales well! Let me know how you like the chicken? 🙂

  • Reply
    Ashley
    January 20, 2015 at 9:08 PM

    This looks amazing, going to make it for wine Wednesday tomorrow night! One question… Do you buy the salmon with or without the skin?

    • Reply
      The Cooking Jar
      January 20, 2015 at 10:29 PM

      Without the skin for me. It makes things easier! Good luck Ashley!

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