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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.

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.

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: I cooked down the leftover marinade to drizzle over the salmon but some might not be comfortable with that. So you can divide the sauce into two and use one part for the marinating and basting just before cooking and the other for drizzling over the salmon once it’s cooked. To quickly thicken the sauce over the stovetop, add 1/2 teaspoon cornstarch mixed with 1 tablespoon cold water. Add it in once the sauce has come to a boil and keep stirring it 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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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 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 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 (see notes *).
  4. Dish and serve the salmon hot drizzled with reduced sauce.

Notes

*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 dividing it into half.

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.

For an even easier air fryer version, try out air fryer 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.
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137 Comments

  • 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!

  • 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
    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.

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    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
    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
    Kim
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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: http://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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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!

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      Susan
      April 8, 2015 at 11:15 PM

      Just had This honey salmon it’s perfect 🙂

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