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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
    Karen
    January 22, 2017 at 5:02 PM

    I made this last week….I am not a fan of salmon…. BUT…. this marinade made me LOVE it and want more!…
    tonight I am trying it with chicken thighs (and added some green onions to it)! nom nom!
    Thank You!

  • Reply
    Anitra
    February 18, 2017 at 10:46 PM

    Just made this. Super delish!

  • Reply
    Nicki
    March 14, 2017 at 10:07 PM

    One word, Amazing!!!! Easy recipe and it was delicious!! My picky eater now loves salmon thanks to this recipe.

    • Reply
      The Cooking Jar
      March 15, 2017 at 2:12 PM

      Wonderful! Salmon is so good for you, so I’m glad you managed to get your picky eater into it!

  • Reply
    Nicki
    March 14, 2017 at 10:10 PM

    Amazing!!! Delicious!! Super easy!

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    Precious
    May 9, 2017 at 3:22 AM

    This recipe looks delicious! I’m thinking of making it for mother’s day and wanted to know if I could marinate it overnight.

    • Reply
      The Cooking Jar
      May 9, 2017 at 4:16 PM

      How sweet! I don’t think you should marinate overnight though as it’ll get mushy and change the texture too much. Seafood shouldn’t be marinated overnight!

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    Rivielan
    June 24, 2017 at 10:09 PM

    I’ve found that I can substitute about 1/8-1/4 teaspoon of garlic powder for fresh, and a good pinch of ginger powder in place of fresh.

    I also reduce the honey to 3Tbsp is I don’t want the salmon so sweet.

    If you crisp up the skin side in a skillet before you bake, it’s even better!

    • Reply
      The Cooking Jar
      June 27, 2017 at 3:32 PM

      Thanks for chiming in with your substitutions! Hopefully it’ll help others 🙂

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    jayne
    January 9, 2018 at 8:49 PM

    Is there a particular type of honey to use? There seems to be many different kinds.

    • Reply
      The Cooking Jar
      January 16, 2018 at 5:00 PM

      Just regular honey will work fine. I use the one in the bear shaped bottle if that helps.

  • Reply
    Candice
    January 15, 2018 at 3:41 PM

    Is it okay to substitute the soy sauce with teriyaki?

    • Reply
      The Cooking Jar
      January 16, 2018 at 5:01 PM

      It should be okay. Just do a taste check since the soy sauce is the salt ingredient in the mix and you don’t want too much sweetness without the salt to balance it out.

  • Reply
    jayne
    January 16, 2018 at 5:03 PM

    yes, thank you!

  • Reply
    Alex
    March 28, 2018 at 11:06 AM

    Really love this recipe! I found the sauce a bit too sweet so tonight I will put a bit less honey. Otherwise, mouth watering (+easy!)

    • Reply
      The Cooking Jar
      April 27, 2018 at 4:29 PM

      How did take two work out for you? I hope you liked it better, Alex!

  • Reply
    Valerie
    June 17, 2018 at 3:55 PM

    This was excellent. I was actually thinking of cooking my salmon a different way until I found this recipe. I already had everything except for the ginger and I used braggs amino a soy sauce alternative (much less sodium) and it was delicious!

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    Francesca
    October 1, 2018 at 3:03 PM

    Fabulous recipe!! I have made it many many times and the whole family has been loving it!! Thank you :). Which vegetables are the best with it? Many thanks

    • Reply
      The Cooking Jar
      October 1, 2018 at 7:31 PM

      You’re welcome! About veggies, it depends what you like. I usually pair my salmon with either stir-fried green beans or asparagus. Zucchini will work too but I’m partial to it cause its my favorite veggie.

  • Reply
    LivandJomama
    November 29, 2018 at 2:47 PM

    My 11 yo daughter’s favorite meal! It’s delicious!!

    • Reply
      The Cooking Jar
      December 18, 2018 at 3:22 PM

      Wow, it’s unusual for kids to like fish much less salmon. I know I hated it growing up. She has a unique palate!

  • Reply
    Anna
    March 1, 2019 at 10:57 AM

    Excellent, the whole family loved it. It was perfect. This is a keeper. What I love most is how simple the recipe is.

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