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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
    Arpita Patel
    May 6, 2020 at 8:58 AM

    This is the first time I have posted a comment on a recipe but this was absolutely delicious. The best salmon I’ve ever had. I roasted veggies along with the salmon. So easy !

    • Reply
      The Cooking Jar
      March 8, 2021 at 10:21 AM

      Wow, I’m not sure how I missed this comment but THANK YOU for letting me be the first to receive a comment from you! The best salmon compliment too!!!! 🙂

  • 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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      The Cooking Jar
      March 8, 2021 at 10:20 AM

      Glad to have helped you find a family favorite, Anna!

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    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
    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.

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    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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    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
    jayne
    January 16, 2018 at 5:03 PM

    yes, thank you!

  • 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.

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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.

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      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.

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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 🙂

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

    Amazing!!! Delicious!! Super easy!

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    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
    Anitra
    February 18, 2017 at 10:46 PM

    Just made this. Super delish!

  • 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!

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