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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.

Two honey garlic salmon fillets on a white plate.

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 tasty. Also, it’s super addictive. I liked it so much, I made an air fryer version too. So if you own an air fryer, head on over and grab the 8-minute air fryer honey garlic salmon.

And if you’re a die-hard fan of the sauce and just can’t get enough, try out honey garlic chicken skillet, slow cooker honey garlic chicken, and the insanely popular honey garlic shrimp with over 2 million pins.

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 TIPS AND TRICKS

Salmon: You can tell the salmon is done cooking when it is no longer translucent (red or raw) but opaque (pink). If the salmon flakes easily when pressed down gently with your finger or a fork (aka it separates easily along the white lines that run across the fillet), it is cooked! An easier way is to use a meat thermometer.  I have several of these at home and they get used very often for chicken breasts and steaks as well so it’s a worthwhile investment. Back to salmon, the FDA recommends cooking fish to an internal temperature of 145° F.

Searing: I seared the top of the salmon in a skillet over medium-high heat for 1-2 minutes to brown it a little before baking. You can do the same thing by broiling the salmon for 1-2 minutes in the oven once it’s done cooking. This step is optional though, depending on how you like your salmon and how much work you want to do. I like crispy tops so it was worth the extra step for me.

Sauce: To quickly thicken the sauce over the stovetop, you can add a cornstarch slurry. Add it in once the sauce has come to a boil and keep stirring until the whiteness of the cornstarch slurry 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.

Honey: If you don’t have regular honey sitting in your pantry, you can substitute it with maple syrup.

Soy sauce: Regular or low sodium soy sauce both work. You can also substitute it with tamari or coconut aminos.

Garlic: You can use either fresh garlic or garlic powder. If you’re using fresh garlic, a little mini grater will come in handy so you don’t have to break out the cutting board and a knife.

Ginger: The ginger part here is optional but it does add a lot of flavor. If you’re not a fan, you can skip this and it will not break the recipe. Otherwise, use fresh minced ginger or a few dashes of powdered ginger.

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.

Add more flavor: Add more flavor with red pepper flakes, smoked paprika, fresh lime, or lemon juice. Also, try toppings like black sesame seeds or freshly sliced green onions for texture and crunch.

And that’s it. I wasn’t kidding when I said it was super easy. Not too shabby for a dinner that’s also pretty healthy. Enjoy!

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Two fillets of honey garlic salmon on a white plate.

Honey Garlic Salmon


  • Author: The Cooking Jar
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 20 mins
  • Total Time: 30 mins
  • Yield: 2 1x

Description

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.


Ingredients

Scale
  • 1 lb. salmon fillet

Sauce

  • 1 teaspoon garlic, minced/ 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger, minced (optional)
  • 4 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce

Instructions

  1. Combine the sauce ingredients and divide the sauce in half.
  2. Marinate the salmon in half of the sauce for 15-30 minutes.
  3. Arrange salmon on a foil-lined baking sheet and bake at 350°F for 15-20 minutes, depending on the thickness of the salmon.
  4. Baste the salmon with the leftover marinade halfway through.
  5. [Optional step] Over medium-high heat, bring the other half of the sauce to a boil and simmer for 3-5 minutes until reduced.
  6. Dish and serve the salmon hot drizzled with the remaining 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 or broil at the end for 1-2 minutes until browned.

If you own an air fryer version, try out air fryer honey garlic salmon.

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139 Comments

  • Reply
    Adam
    May 9, 2021 at 4:03 PM

    I made this before and am making it again for my wife and kids. It is very very good and easy to make. This time I am going to put the fish over some rice and drizzle your sauce over it all.

    • Reply
      The Cooking Jar
      May 11, 2021 at 10:41 AM

      Yum! Rice and salmon go so well together. I love adding some veggies on the side for a great balanced meal 🙂

  • Reply
    Daisy
    March 14, 2021 at 3:40 PM

    Great recipe! I am a novice, very average cook and found this super easy and delicious. Thank you 🙂

    • Reply
      The Cooking Jar
      March 19, 2021 at 11:38 AM

      Thank you, Daisy. It’s great to know it was easy enough to follow for a novice cook 🙂

  • Reply
    Jacci Chambers
    March 3, 2021 at 9:29 AM

    this was AMAZING and SO easy–it may be my new way to make salmon–even my kids loved it and hubby came back for seconds–commenting this salmon is really good!!!

    • Reply
      The Cooking Jar
      March 8, 2021 at 10:19 AM

      Yay! Thanks for coming back and rating it. It really helps 🙂 I love the sauce so much too. I’ve recently used it in an air fryer salmon version which we make once week while I’m trying to lose weight.

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    Lisette
    May 27, 2020 at 6:25 PM

    I’m so glad I tried this recipe! Very easy and delicious. Thank you for sharing.

    • Reply
      The Cooking Jar
      March 8, 2021 at 10:18 AM

      You’re very welcome, Lisette! Thank you for trying it out 🙂

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