This 5-ingredient honey garlic salmon recipe has succulent salmon marinated, basted and drizzled in an addictive sweet and savory sauce. The delicious salmon comes together in 20 minutes and pairs well with a side of veggies for a quick healthy weeknight dinner.
Today we’re making some honey garlic salmon with a 4 ingredient sauce that can be built on and customized to your tastes for more flavor. The sauce is divided in half with half used as a marinade and basted on while baking the salmon for maximum flavor. The other half of the sauce is used as a finishing drizzle to smother the salmon.
Pair the salmon with some veggies on the side like hibachi vegetables, broccoli, green beans, asparagus, or brussels sprouts and something starchy like rice, mashed potatoes, or crispy garlic Parmesan smashed potatoes for a balanced quick weeknight meal. If you own an air fryer, head on over and grab the 8-minute version of air fryer honey garlic salmon.
For more salmon recipes try this light lemon garlic pasta with salmon, an indulgent creamy garlic butter salmon or creamy salmon pasta, the flavor-packed air fryer honey mustard salmon, or the restaurant-quality balsamic-glazed salmon.
How To Make Honey Garlic Salmon (1 Min Video)
Ingredients in Honey Garlic Salmon
HONEY GARLIC SALMON RECIPE TIPS
- Salmon – I used about two 8 oz. fillets which is about 1 lb. of 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 a fork (aka it separates easily along the white lines that run across the fillet), it is cooked! Alternatively, you can use a meat thermometer and check for doneness at the internal temperature of 145° F.
- Sauce – Divide the sauce into two parts. One part is for marinating and basting while baking and the other is for drizzling over the salmon once it’s ready to serve.
If the drizzling part of the sauce is too runny for you, use a cornstarch slurry and heat it over the stovetop until reduced to your desired thickness.
- Baking – You can use a baking sheet or an oven-proof skillet like a cast iron pan. The pan method also works beautifully if you decide to sear your salmon before baking.
- Searing – I seared the marinated salmon in a skillet over medium-high heat for 1-2 minutes to brown it a little before baking. You can also get the same crispy tops by broiling the salmon for 1-2 minutes in the oven once it’s done cooking. This step is optional, depending on how you like your salmon and how much work you want to put in. I like crispy tops for the added texture so it was worth the extra step for me.
- 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 soy sauce with tamari.
- Garlic – It’s always best to go with fresh minced garlic but you can substitute it in a pinch with garlic powder.
- Ginger – Ginger adds a little warmth to the honey garlic sauce and is a staple in Asian cuisine. It is optional though so 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.
- Stovetop method – Marinate the salmon then sear the salmon on both sides until cooked. Pour in the remaining sauce, toss to coat the salmon fully in the sauce and simmer until the sauce has thickened.
- Leftovers – The salmon will keep in the fridge for up to 2-3 days.
- Add more flavor – Add a few shakes of smoked paprika for more flavor.
- Balance the sweetness – Add 2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar to cut the sweetness of honey and balance it out.
- Add some heat – Spice it up with a dash of red pepper flakes.
- Add some zest – Brighten up the flavor with a drizzle of lime or lemon juice or add some lemon juice slices while baking.
- Add some smokiness – Add a few drops of sesame oil for a slightly smoky sauce.
- Garnish– Add some parsley, green onions, or sesame seeds as toppings before serving.
What to Serve with Honey Garlic Salmon
Honey garlic salmon pairs well with a side of veggies like some hibachi vegetables, this oven-roasted garlic Parmesan broccoli, simple sauteed green beans, some lemon pepper asparagus, or some brussels sprouts. Add something starchy on the side like rice, mashed potatoes, or these crispy garlic Parmesan smashed potatoes for a balanced meal.
And that’s about it. Enjoy your salmon dinner and let me know how you liked it, what substitutions you made, or what you paired it with in the comments below!
MORE SALMON RECIPES TO TRY
- Air Fryer Honey Garlic Salmon
- Air Fryer Honey Mustard Salmon
- Balsamic-Glazed Salmon
- Lemon and Parmesan-Crusted Salmon
- Salmon Piccata
- Creamy Garlic Butter Salmon