Honey Garlic Salmon {Ready in 20 Minutes!} – WellPlated.com


I am officially ruined. Thanks to this 5-star, menu-quality Honey Garlic Salmon, I can never order salmon from a restaurant again.

Saucy honey garlic salmon on a plate

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Crispy on top, succulent inside, and bathed in a smoky-sweet honey garlic sauce, this baked salmon recipe outshines much of the salmon I’ve ordered out.

Do I sound insufferable? Leaning to cook perfect salmon at home will do that to you.

Even if you’ve never cooked salmon before, I promise you can make this recipe with rip-roaring success.

Once you’ve tasted it, I bet you’ll think twice about ordering baked salmon from someone else’s menu too!

If you are new to the salmon game, start with this million-dollar Baked Salmon in Foil (and take a moment to read this pro guide to cooking healthy salmon recipes). Even if you don’t make those recipes right away, they have some great tips.

Then, when you are ready to WOW, come back to this honey garlic salmon.

Easy honey garlic salmon fillets in a skillet

It sears on the stove, then finishes in the oven. The presentation is spectacular.

The glaze is deep and sassy with smoked paprika, honey, and a heap of fresh garlic, and this recipe makes plenty of it.

You’ll love having the extra glaze for spooning over the fish. I especially enjoy it over rice.

Ready to feel like a total salmon master? OWN IT.

Let’s make some honey garlic salmon!

How to Cook Honey Garlic Salmon

The secret to the perfect salmon sear is to get that skillet nice and HOT and don’t disturb the fish while it cooks.

Be sure to watch the recipe video for an easy visual.


The Ingredients

  • Salmon. With a tender, flaky texture and delicious flavor, salmon fillets are an excellent lean protein option. Plus, the glaze will make them appealing to the fish skeptics at your table. They’re also rich in omega-3 fatty acids and vitamins.
  • Honey. Honey adds scrumptious natural sweetness to the glaze and helps it caramelize to perfection.
  • Lemon Juice. For acidity and brightness.
  • Minced Garlic + Spices. Minced garlic, smoked paprika, cayenne pepper, and salt add wonderful flavor to the glaze. The smoked paprika adds a nice smokiness, and the cayenne brings just a touch of heat.
  • Parsley or Green Onion. I love to finish off this salmon dish with a shower of freshness. Both parlsey and green onion are tasty choices.

The Directions

  1. Let the salmon come to room temperature, and pat it dry.
Honey garlic sauce in a bowl
  1. Whisk the honey, water, lemon juice, and spices together.
Four raw fish fillets
  1. Season the salmon with salt and pepper.
  2. Add olive oil to a hot skillet, then add the salmon fillets skin-side down. Sprinkle the fish with salt.
Four fish fillets in a skillet
  1. Once browned, flip each fillet over. Turn off the heat.
Sauce being poured over salmon fillets
  1. Baste the salmon fillets with the honey mixture.
  2. Move the skillet to the oven, and bake for 4 to 5 minutes.
  3. Serve with parsley or green onion and lemon. ENJOY!

Wine Pairing

Serve this honey glazed salmon with Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc, or Chardonnay.

A plate of salmon, green beans, and lemon

Storage Tips

  • To Store. Refrigerate leftover salmon in an airtight storage container for up to 2 days.
  • To Reheat. Honey glazed salmon can be very gently reheated in a skillet over medium-low heat.

Meal Plan Tip

Whisk the glaze ingredients together up to 1 day in advance, storing the mixture in the refrigerator until you’re ready to cook.

Honey garlic salmon fillets with lemon
Four fillets of easy honey garlic salmon

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