Honey Garlic Glazed Salmon

Sticky sweet and garlicky, this glazed salmon recipe comes together in just 20 minutes, and in one pan. Hands down, the most addicting salmon ever!

This ultra easy salmon recipe is a winner when it comes to weeknight dinners!  We love easy main dishes, like my Honey Lime Shrimp, and Blackened Tilapia Bowls. This is one of my Dinner recipes you’ll definitely want in your recipe rotation!

Easy honey garlic salmon recipe

HONEY GARLIC SALMON RECIPE

Have you ever made a recipe that truly surprised you?  Normally I’m not a huge salmon lover, but after one bite of this ultra tender salmon, I was absolutely in love.  I literally did a little dance in the kitchen because I finally found a way that I can enjoy salmon!

We all know how nutritious salmon is… loaded with omega 3’s, high in protein and tons of vitamins, so I’m glad I can enjoy those benefits.  And now, so can you!

You won’t believe how such a simple recipe can pack SO much flavor.  Each bite is full of sweet and savory flavors and delicate textures.

HOW TO MAKE GLAZED SALMON

I know some people, myself included, worry about pan-searing a salmon filet, going to flip it over, and…. well now your beautiful filet is mangled and in several pieces.

For that reason, I kept this recipe simple… so simple in fact, that there is NO pan-searing.  No flipping required.

  1. Pat salmon filets dry and season with spices on all sides.
  2. Heat butter and oil, then add garlic, water, soy sauce, sriracha, honey and lemon juice.
  3. When hot, add salmon filets (skin side down if your filets have skin), and cook 3 minutes.
  4. While salmon cooks, use a spoon to baste the filets.
  5. Broil for 5-6 minutes, until salmon is sticky sweet, slightly charred, and cooked to desired doneness.

Extra glaze on honey garlic salmon

COOKING TIPS FOR SALMON RECIPES

  • Buy good salmon – I prefer to buy fresh salmon from the grocery store, instead of frozen filets in bags, since those tend to be very thin.  Cooking Light has a great article on how to pick the best salmon at the grocery store.
  • Use it quickly – Salmon can go “off” or bad pretty quickly, so I prefer to buy my salmon no more than 1 day ahead of time.
  • To skin or not to skin – if you decide to pan-sear your salmon, leave the skin on (and sear skin side first).  The skin provides a layer of protection against the hot pan, and it’s a LOT easier to slide a spatula underneath crispy skin than underneath tender flesh.  Plus, you’ll get crispy skin!  To cook this recipe as written, it really doesn’t matter if your filets have skin or not.
  • Don’t overcook – Salmon is prone to overcooking, and the line between not done enough and dry and overdone is pretty fine.  The USDA recommends salmon be cooked to an internal temperature of 145 F degrees.  However, different people prefer their salmon to be more rare or more well-done, like a steak.  To be on the safe-side, I stick to the USDA’s recommendation.

VARIATIONS OF THIS RECIPE

  • Pan-Sear – if you’d prefer, season salmon as directed, then pan sear in the pan.  Flip over and sear on the other side, then remove to a plate.  Add sauce ingredients to pan and cook until warmed through.  Add salmon back to pan and spoon sauce over the salmon.
  • Bold Lemon – feel free to add lemon zest to the sauce, or even add a few slices of lemon to the pan while you cook and broil the salmon for a more bold lemon flavor.
  • Try Lime – switch the lemon juice for lime juice for a slightly different flavor.
  • Green Onions – I love to top these salmon filets with some sliced green onions for a different flavor twist.

Bite of honey glazed salmon

MAKING HONEY GARLIC SALMON AHEAD OF TIME

I think this recipe tastes best when made right before eating, but you can whisk together the sauce ahead of time if you’d like.

However, this salmon recipe also tastes amazing cold, on top of a salad.  So if that’s your intention, then yes, make it a few hours to a day ahead of time 🙂

STORAGE

Any leftover salmon should be refrigerated in an airtight container and consumed within 3 days.

SPECIAL EQUIPMENT FOR THIS RECIPE

  • 12″ wide skillet – I love this pan, and love that it’s oven and broiler safe (a must for one pan recipes).

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Easy honey garlic salmon recipe

Honey Garlic Glazed Salmon

Sticky sweet and garlicky, this glazed salmon recipe comes together in just 20 minutes
5 from 42 votes
Prep Time 8 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 18 mins
Servings 4 servings
Calories 481

Ingredients
  

SALMON

  • 4 (6 oz each) salmon filets
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika - (or regular paprika)
  • 1/4 tsp blackening seasoning - (optional)

SAUCE

  • 3 Tbsp butter
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 6 cloves garlic - minced
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 3 Tbsp water
  • 3 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 Tbsp sriracha sauce
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice

Instructions
 

  • Pat salmon dry, then season with salt, pepper, paprika and blackening seasoning (if using). Set aside. Adjust oven rack to middle position, then preheat broiler.
  • Add butter and oil to a large, oven-safe skillet over MED-HIGH heat. Once butter is melted, add garlic, water, soy sauce, sriracha, honey and lemon juice and cook 30 seconds or so, until sauce is heated through.
  • Add salmon, skin side down (if using salmon with skin), and cook 3 minutes. While salmon cooks, baste frequently with sauce from the pan by spooning it over the top of the salmon.
  • Broil salmon for 5-6 minutes, basting with sauce once during the broil, until salmon is caramelized and cooked to desired doneness.
  • Garnish with minced parsley if desired.

Video

Notes

  • If you'd prefer, season salmon as directed, then pan sear in the pan.  Flip over and sear on the other side, then remove to a plate.  Add sauce ingredients to pan and cook until warmed through.  Add salmon back to pan and spoon sauce over the salmon.
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73 comments on “Honey Garlic Glazed Salmon”

  1. Made this tonight and it was amazing! Seriously this sauce can go with any meat! Question for you- if I wanted to make a large batch of this sauce for future cooking, do you think it would store well in the refrigerator?

  2. Made just as the recipe is. FANTASTIC! will be making again and again.

  3. It was excellent, did not get real sticky. But still awesome. I always overcook or undercook my salmon. With this recipe it was perfect. 

  4. Amanda! I’m so glad I found your recipe! I made this last night and it was SO DARN DELICIOUS!! I felt it was as good as any restaurant salmon I’ve ever had! I am a frustrated cook and this gave me so much confidence. Thank you for this! Merry 

  5. Was delicious and so easy! Didn’t quite get the thickness in the broiler, but it was still so good.

  6. Oh my goodness. This is impossibly delicious. Quick and easy!! I read your recommendation to another reviewer and let the sauce simmer a little extra after the salmon was done and I got thick, beautiful sauce. I’m gonna try not to eat this all in one sitting lol. Also added a little brown sugar for extra sweetness. Perfect recipe, thanks for sharing!

  7. This was so delicious, quick & easy! Definitely going to be in our regular meal rotation. Served it with quinoa & roasted cauliflower/cherry tomatoes, seasoned only with salt & pepper. The sauce was perfect with those sides. Thanks for the post!

  8. Omg! Suuuuppper fast and easy to make! Not to mention very delicious. Whole fam loved the salmon cooked this way. New favorite!!! Thank you for this recipe! 

  9. This recipe is phenomenal. I did opt to add a little Cajun seasoning in addition to the sriracha and the heat level was spot on. The salmon was moist and cooked perfectly. My sauce was a little looser and not sticky so I think I would cook it down a little more next time before adding the salmon. I served it with baby redskin potatoes and asparagus and there were no leftovers.

  10. mmmmm de-LISH me and my good friend tried th

  11. Made this for a quick and easy weeknight dinner and served it over a bed of arugula – delicious and beautiful! 

  12. Just finished cooking it. Mine is a bit runny and not as thick as in the pictures. Any tips as to how to get it thicker? Did i not use enough honey?

  13. This was my first time trying Salmon and I was greatly surprised by how delicious this was!!! Will certainly be adding this recipe to my rountine! 

  14. This was fantastic! I love salmon..could literally eat it everyday but my family won’t allow it. 🙂 I’ve been looking for ways to switch up my salmon and this was IT! Very easy to follow recipe and it tastes terrific. Nice mix of sweet, salty, with a little heat. My husband told me to save this recipe as it was “honestly the best piece of salmon I’ve ever eaten”. Thank you TheChunkyChef!

  15. The sauce/glaze is amazing! I cut the siracha down to just 1 TBSP bc I don’t like spicy but it was lovely with a touch of heat. Paired with mashed potatoes and maple glazed carrots and chopped pecans on top for crunch! Will definitely cook again!

  16. I love salmon and often order it when we eat out. I’ve tried cooking it a time or two and it doesn’t turn out right. This recipe looked close to what I’ve had at a restaurant so I gave it a try. And it was amazing! I had to guess at the measurements for the sauce though because I just fixed 2 salmon fillets . It tasted amazing!! Will be saving this recipe!!

  17. I’m doing this for a dinner party with a big piece of salmon. Can I bake vs pan fry and than end with broil? If so what f do you recommend so I don’t overcook it? Looks I’m yummy 

    • I’ve never made this recipe other than as written, so I truly can’t say for sure, and would hate to tell you something incorrect and ruin an expensive piece of salmon. I would probably google a recipe for baked and broiled big piece of salmon, and then use the ingredients listed here.

  18. Hi, what wine would you pair with this dish?

  19. BEING DIABETIC I HALVED THE HONEY, IT WAS ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!! MY DAUGHTER AND SON-IN-LAW ARE STILL TALKING ABOUT IT TWO WEEKS LATER. CAN’T WAIT TO APPLY THIS SAUCE TO OTHER MEATS AS SUGGESTED!!

  20. Super Yummy 

  21. Made this delicious recipe and since I have a husband who won’t eat fish and a vegatarian daughter, I split the glaze to use half on chicken and half on salmon! Pefection for both!

    For the record, I ate both 🙂

  22. Thank you for this recipe!! It was absolutely delicious and easy to make!  Definitely going to be one of the staples in our household! 

  23. OMG!!!! My new best friend this a must try very simple to make I thought I would mess it up and get confused with it but NOPE!!! I’m shocked my kids love it my husband love it I hope to find more of your recipes to try 

  24. I did the Honey Glazed Salmon and it was FANTASTIC, thanks for sharing, even my husband liked it.

  25. This is delicious! I doubled the sauce. It is the perfect balance of sweet and spicy. Family loved it. Thank you!!

  26. Wow this looks amazing I’m going to make this tonight! My only question is (as I’m newer to cooking), can you use a cast iron skillet for this dish? It’s the only pan I have that can go from stove top to oven :/
    Thanks for the recipe! 

  27. Best salmon I’ve ever had.  Sweet and savoy.  Super easy to make.  Absolutely delish!

  28. Looks and tastes so complex, with lots of flavors – BUT this is really easy to prepare!

    I preheated the oven and made some roasted potatoes with rosemary & olive oil while I got all the salmon prep work done and all my ingredients ready to go. While potatoes were still roasting, I also got all the stovetop salmon work done – then took the potatoes out and started the broiler.

    The salmon took almost no time under the broiler – while I finished a simple salad and set the table. My husband was wowed – and it was SO FREAKING EASY.

    This is now on our rotation for at least monthly. AMAZING recipe! Thank you.

  29. This was the best salmon recipe and the results were spectacular. Moist and perfectly spiced. I will make this again. 

  30. Aaaaamazing! Made it for my fiance, our friend and I. My fiance fishes and brings back enough for the entire year. Needless to say, he’s a stickler on how his fish is cooked. He and our buddy raved about this dish! I printed and saved it – will definitely be making it again. Thank you!

  31. Made the sauce and didnt thicken it. Just cooked the salmon in it. It was still sooo good. Perfect.

  32. Excellent dish! Made this for the family tonight and everyone loved it! Will definitely keep this recipe.

  33. delicious! and straightforward 🙂 I used thicker cut and it still turned out great.

  34. AMAZING 10/10  I LOVED THIS . I wanted to take a picture but we ate it too fast 

  35. Super tasty! The entire family loved it. MMMMMMMMmmmmm this will be saved in our favorites. Thanks for the recipe. I added a small can of chunked pineapple with juice to the sauce, and served it with rice and broccoli. Absolutely perfect!

  36. Dang this is GOOD. Made with a baked sweet potato – unreal 

  37. Looks delicious! Just wanted to make sure, I would first cook salmon in skillet then move everything to oven to broil?

    Thanks!

    • Oh my goodness, what a delicious salmon recipe! My husband and I loved the flavors in the sauce/glaze. I really like the idea of starting the salmon out on the stovetop and finishing under the broiler. This recipe makes ample amounts of sauce, too, which I look forward to trying with shrimp, per another’s comment! Try this tasty salmon recipe; you’re going to love it! Thanks for the tasty recipe, Amanda! Yummmmm

  38. OUTSTANDING! Didn’t change a thing and it was super tasty and GONE! Love the flavors. Easy.

  39. Fantastic recipe, very easy and delicious to make

  40. Whoever you are…Thank you! If I could give this recipe 10 stars I would. I have never been a huge salmon lover but this recipe has given me a new lease on healthy eating and salmon. I cooked this salmon two nights in a row…that’s how much I loved this recipe. 

  41. This was excellent! Served it with a twice baked 
    potato mash, mussels and a vinegarette slaw. 

  42. So easy and delicious! Kids loved it. We added it to home rolled sushi and that also worked great!

  43. Another hit! Your recipes are a winner with my family!!! Thank you so much!!! My son asked for seconds and he isn’t typically a fan of salmon. He said it tastes like a dessert with a spicy kick!

  44. SO AMAZING!!!

  45. I don’t understand this recipe whatsoever.
    Am I only cooking the fish for nine minutes 9 minutes?

  46. This recipe was delicious. I used the extra sauce for sautéed shrimp and it was amazing. 

  47. Very easy and delicious. If you can’t get out to your favorite restaurant, make this dish. It tastes like the best salmon you could ever order from a restaurant.

  48. Delicious and definitely worth making

  49. Just finished making and eating this dish with the family for the first time. So easy and so amazingly delicious! The kids want it every night now! Definitely will be a staple dinner!

  50. Really good but I didn’t add the siracha sauce. I was afraid it would be too spicy.

  51. Another wonderful one, my fiancé loved it. So hard to please until I found this site. So tasty, makes salmon so much better

  52. To die for! My family loved it. Bursting with flavor!

  53. This recipe was so easy and absolutely delicious!!!👍

  54. That honey garlic sauce sounds so tasty and looks so pretty as a glaze on the salmon. Yum!

  55. That glaze though! Wow. I bet it would be great on both chicken and pork too, but can’t wait to try it on my next salmon1

  56. This is such a delicious meal! Do easy to make too!

  57. This is really making me hungry!! Can’t wait to give it a try!

  58. I’m still trying to get salmon right. Thank you for the options for cooking differently. Very helpful.

  59. This is cooking right now and it smells so delicious! 

  60. This salmon recipe looks incredibly delicious!

  61. I love blackened salmon but i’ve never thought to put a glaze on it! Delicious!