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Honey Garlic Salmon

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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.

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 1x
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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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128 Comments

  • Reply
    ellie
    January 26, 2015 at 12:55 PM

    This is seriously the best marinade I have ever used on salmon! I love it!

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    Kellie P
    January 29, 2015 at 5:44 PM

    I made this as a sauce and it was so yummy!! I love the sweetness!

  • Reply
    Jenifer
    February 4, 2015 at 1:09 AM

    I tried this recipe tonight and it was so delicious and super easy to make!!

    • Reply
      The Cooking Jar
      February 4, 2015 at 3:23 PM

      Thanks so much for coming back and telling me, Jenifer!

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    April
    February 8, 2015 at 8:59 PM

    Made this tonight for my family. My picky teenage boys scarfed it down. I served it on top of steamed white rice with some sauce to drizzle on the top. I have never cooked salmon before and was a little afraid of the outcome. But it turned out so well that my husband was in heaven. Thank you so much for this great recipe! It was amazing!!

    • Reply
      The Cooking Jar
      February 9, 2015 at 4:06 PM

      I’m so glad your first cooked salmon was a success! Also happy to indirectly be part of it 🙂 You are MOST welcome and thank you for letting me know your success story!

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    Michelle holloway
    February 11, 2015 at 7:55 PM

    I have made both the chicken Alfredo bake and the honey garlic salmon the past two nights. This was my first time making salmon and chicken Alfredo and they were both great!!! The cheese really does look like your pics when you get a forkful!! The Alfredo was a hit with my teenagers!! Great recipes!!

    • Reply
      The Cooking Jar
      February 13, 2015 at 4:38 PM

      I’m so glad to hear you’ve had such great success with my recipes. I’ve had a lot of first time salmon cooks do well with this recipe and I love it! I fully understand how daunting cooking something for the first time can be, especially when it comes to seafood. Thanks for dropping a comment, Michelle! Oh and all that cheese in the Alfredo bake is wonderful, isn’t it? 😉

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    Janell
    February 23, 2015 at 7:06 PM

    What kind of salmon is this? Thanks, can’t wait to try this!

    • Reply
      The Cooking Jar
      February 24, 2015 at 5:28 PM

      Just your regular salmon fillets you can get from grocery stores! I used fresh salmon for this one. Good luck and happy eating!

  • Reply
    Mima
    March 9, 2015 at 5:19 PM

    Just made this for dinner and served with roasted sweet potato and a beautiful salad. Everyone loved it. Even my super picky 5 year old nephew devoured it! Thanks for the recipe 🙂

    • Reply
      The Cooking Jar
      March 11, 2015 at 2:26 PM

      Great sides to pair it with. I’m so glad picky eaters are liking this recipe! You are most welcome, Mima! 🙂

  • Reply
    Eljah*B
    March 25, 2015 at 9:35 PM

    Hi Farah!
    I’m so happy to have found your through Pinterest. My hubby and I recently made this dish. I’m not normally a fish fan, but I LOVED this! We are wanting to include fish into our diet more often because it is so healthy. If fish can taste this good, then I’m all in! I can’t wait to get more of your recipes:)

    I shared this dish on my Etsy fanpage. http://www.facebook.com/eljahb I share “What’s For Dinner?” on Wed. I also invite you to stop by my shop. http://www.eljahb.etsy.com

    Happy cooking!
    Rachel

    • Reply
      The Cooking Jar
      March 26, 2015 at 10:44 PM

      Thanks Eljah! I hated fish growing up and now I can’t resist a fresh tilapia with lemon pepper seasoning 😉 Thanks for sharing and I stopped by your shop. Loving the headbands! I use a lot of those kinds for hot yoga 🙂

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    Isela
    April 13, 2015 at 1:36 PM

    Any ideas for sides?

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      MikkLee
      April 13, 2015 at 6:50 PM

      I made a homemade rice pilaf, thick with veggie. You could also just roast up some of your fave veg and drizzle the excess marinade overtop.

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        The Cooking Jar
        April 15, 2015 at 2:40 PM

        I’m boring and usually throw in some rice with it as a filler and always, always some veggies. I like balancing my proteins with some greens 🙂 Asparagus, green beans, or some leafy greens. Pick your favorites, Isela!

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    MikkLee
    April 13, 2015 at 6:49 PM

    I have the. hardest. time. trying to eat salmon. I think because my mum made it so often for dinner, growing up, that I simply begun to dislike it. I have to force myself to eat it because, as we know, salmon has lots of wonderful things in it for you! So I’m forever trying out recipes, and rarely find one that I find tolerable. THIS was a gem. I loved it! I actually. enjoyed. salmon. I served it up with a little homemade rice pilaf, and the excess marinade was divine over that as well. I finally have a go-to salmon recipe! Thank you!

    • Reply
      The Cooking Jar
      April 15, 2015 at 2:44 PM

      I love this comment! I was never much of a salmon person either growing up. My mom would make it with just a simple salt and pepper rub but it was too ‘salmony’ for me. It has a very strong taste. But I’m more partial to it now, especially smoked salmon yum! Anyway, I’m glad you finally found a go-to recipe and thank you for coming back and letting me feel good about it 🙂

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    Cat
    June 2, 2015 at 7:53 PM

    I’m confused by steps 2 and 3.. it seems like you’re supposed to cook the fish with the sauce, but then step 3 makes it seem like you’re taking the sauce after the fish has marinated and bringing it to a boil. Can you please clarify?

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      The Cooking Jar
      June 2, 2015 at 11:57 PM

      Sure, Cat! You prep the sauce and marinate the salmon in it. Then remove the salmon from the marinade and bake/baste it with the leftover marinade. Once that’s done, just do a reduction of the sauce to use as a drizzle. Some people are not too comfortable using the marinade as a drizzle and that’s okay. In this instance, I suggest either halving the sauce so you can use half for the marinade/basting and half for the drizzle reduction or if you want more sauce, just double the sauce ingredients before dividing it. Hope this helps!

      • Reply
        The Cooking Jar
        June 3, 2015 at 12:07 AM

        PS: I’ve updated the instructions to make them clearer and included a note for those that don’t want to use the marinade as a drizzle. Thanks for your question!

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    Danielle
    July 29, 2015 at 11:47 AM

    i’ve had honey roasted salmon in the past and it was amazing so i thought id give it a try myself! this recipe sounds right up my street, just one question!
    When cooking the salmon is it just laid on a foiled baking tray or should i cover the pieces with foil also? I’ve looked at different recipes and all say different!

    • Reply
      The Cooking Jar
      July 29, 2015 at 2:54 PM

      For this one, I just lined my baking sheet with foil. Just to keep it clean. I didn’t cover it with foil though, that’s more for steaming than baking. There are some recipes that use that technique with parchment and foil, but not this one! The timing I used is for baking without the foil cover. Hope this helps, Danielle!

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    Tiffany
    August 6, 2015 at 10:35 AM

    Do you foresee any issues with grilling the salmon? If not, any tips??

    • Reply
      The Cooking Jar
      August 6, 2015 at 1:28 PM

      Absolutely not! Grill to your hearts content! Just don’t forget the sauce drizzle later for more flavor 😉 I’ve only grilled salmon once a looooong time ago, so not an expert.

      Grilled salmon with mango salsa

      But I did it for 5 mins on each side for about 1″ of thickness. Let me know how it goes!

      • Reply
        Tiffany
        August 7, 2015 at 12:19 PM

        Thanks!! It was beyond fantastic! Loved this recipe, so tasty and delicious we will definitely make this again. We had a large fillet with the skin still attached and grilled on foil for about 15 min at 500 degrees/med-high heat. Thanks again for the tips!

        • Reply
          The Cooking Jar
          August 9, 2015 at 2:04 PM

          Yay it worked out! Thanks for leaving tips on how you grilled it, Tiffany.

  • Reply
    elizabeth j
    September 6, 2015 at 8:02 PM

    This is my second time making this meal…it is amazing! The aroma that comes from it is mouth watering and just wanted to thank you for this super easy recipe.

    • Reply
      The Cooking Jar
      September 7, 2015 at 9:02 PM

      Thanks for saying so, Elizabeth! It’s always a good day to hear a recipe worked out for someone 🙂

  • Reply
    Maggie
    September 7, 2015 at 7:28 PM

    This was the first recipe I made when I first moved into my apartment. I was horrified I was going to screw it up… But it was SO SIMPLE. I cannot thank you enough for this recipe. Since then, I make this meal at least once a month. My boyfriend looooves it too. Tonight I decided to be ballsy and pan-sear it (I had been nervous to before) and even that was simple. Cannot say enough good things about this recipe. Thank you SO, so much!

    • Reply
      The Cooking Jar
      September 7, 2015 at 9:05 PM

      Congrats on the searing!!! Isn’t it so much better with that sear? Thanks for coming back to brighten up my day, Maggie 🙂

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