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    Quick and easy to make, this delicious honey glazed salmon is perfect for an easy weeknight dinner. This Asian-inspired recipe contains flavors of soy, honey, and garlic, and it’s quickly pan-fried for a meal that’s ready to serve in less than 20 minutes.

    close up image of honey glazed salmon on a blue plate with lime wedges

    Fish is always my go-to when I don’t want to spend ages in the kitchen after a long day. Simple to prep and quick to cook, it’s perfect for getting a healthy meal on the table in a hurry.

    This honey-glazed salmon recipe is the perfect mix of sweet and salty and it’s a delicious way to get out of your dinner rut. The glaze takes minutes to make and the salmon fillets cook quickly, so you can get one tasty meal on the table in minutes.

    Be sure to try my Honey Sriracha Salmon and Maple Mustard Salmon too!

    Why you will love this Honey Glazed Salmon Recipe!

    • Quick and easy: Did I say how quick this is to make already? Well it’s worth repeating! Ready in less than 20 minutes, this salmon glazed with honey is a great go to recipe after a long day.
    • Simple ingredients: You only need a handful of everyday ingredients to make this honey salmon recipe, you’ll likely have most things to hand already.
    • Healthy: High in protein, omega-3s, potassium, and vitamins, and low in saturated fats and carbohydrates, this is one tasty way to stay on track with your lifestyle goals.
    salmon fillets glazed with honey on a plate

    Ingredients

    • Honey: Use a pure and natural honey rather than an artificial one for greater health benefits.
    • Soy sauce: This adds a wonderful salty flavor that works great with the honey. You can also use tamari or coconut aminos.
    • Oil: For cooking. I like to use olive oil, but vegetable or avocado oil will work well.
    • Salmon: Use salmon fillets that are roughly the same thickness so that they cook through evenly.
    • Seasonings: Salt, pepper and garlic cloves.
    • Butter: Butter adds a wonderful richness to this glazed salmon recipe and really makes it restaurant quality.
    • Lime or lemons: You can also drizzle a little bit of lime juice (or lemon juice) just before serving.
    • Green onions: for garnish
    ingrediens for honey glazed salmon

    How to make honey glazed salmon

    • In a small bowl, combine 1/4 cup honey and 2 Tbsp soy sauce. Stir until well combined and set aside.
    • Season both sides of your boneless, skinless salmon filets with salt and pepper.
    • Heat a large skillet over medium heat and add 2 Tbsp olive oil.
    • Brush the first side of salmon generously with half of the honey mixture and once oil is hot, add salmon to the skillet (glaze-side-down). In the skillet, brush the second side generously with the remaining glaze. Sauté salmon on the first side for 3 minutes, turn and sauté the second side for another 3 minutes. Add butter and minced garlic and cook until butter is melted and sauce thickens a little bit. Baste salmon with the sauce. The glaze should be caramelized and salmon should be just cooked through and opaque inside when flaked. Be careful not to overcook the salmon and burn the sauce/glaze.
    • Remove salmon from skillet and repeat with remaining salmon fillets.
    • Squeeze fresh lime juice over the honey glazed salmon to serve and garnish with chopped chives if desired.
    process images of making honey

    Can you make this recipe with frozen salmon?

    When cooking with fish, I prefer to use fresh rather than frozen as it does tend to have a better texture and flavor. Frozen salmon is often more convenient though. If using frozen, thaw it fully in the fridge overnight and pat it dry with a paper towel before seasoning it. When fish is frozen it holds on to a lot of water, so dry it as much as you can so it doesn’t become mushy.

    Can you oven bake rather than pan fry?

    I prefer to pan-fry this honey soy salmon so that the honey glaze gets nice and caramelized, but you can oven bake if you prefer. Brush both sides of the fillets in the glaze and place them on a lined baking sheet. Bake in a preheated oven at 375F for around 15 minutes till cooked through and golden brown.

    honey glazed salmon fillets on a plate

    What do you serve it with?

    This honey glazed salmon recipe is great served on a bed of rice or quinoa with a salad or veggies for a hearty and well-balanced meal. Try it with:

    TIPS FROM NELI’S KITCHEN

    Recipe Notes and Tips

    • Pat the salmon fillets dry before seasoning to remove excess moisture.
    • Don’t heat your skillet too hot, have it on a medium-high heat. If it’s too high the honey glaze will burn.
    • If you have a small skillet, cook the honey soy glazed salmon in a couple of batches.
    • The salmon is ready when it flakes easily with a fork and is an opaque pink color throughout.

    More Fish Recipes

    If you loved this salmon with honey and soy sauce, check out my other seafood recipes:

    Honey Glazed Salmon

    Quick and easy to make, this delicious honey glazed salmon is perfect for an easy weeknight dinner. This Asian inspired recipe contains flavors of soy, honey and garlic, and it's quickly pan fried for a meal that's ready to serve in less than 20 minutes.
    Prep Time 10 minutes
    Cook Time 10 minutes
    Total Time 20 minutes
    Servings 4 servings
    Calories 546kcal

    INGREDIENTS

    INSTRUCTIONS

    To make the glaze:

    • In a measuring cup, combine 1/4 cup honey and 2 Tbsp soy sauce. Stir until well combined and set aside.

    To make the salmon:

    • Season both sides of your boneless, skinless salmon filets with salt and pepper.
    • Heat a large non-stick skillet over medium heat and add 2 Tbsp olive oil.
    • Brush the first side of salmon generously with half of the glaze and once oil is hot, add salmon to the skillet (glaze-side-down). In the skillet, brush the second side generously with remaining glaze. Sauté salmon on the first side for 3 minutes, turn and sauté second side another 3 minutes. Add butter and minced garlic and cook until butter is melted and sauce thickens a little bit.Baste salmon with the sauce. Glaze should be caramelized and salmon should be just cooked through and opaque inside when flaked. Be careful not to overcook the salmon and burn the sauce/glaze.
    • Remove salmon from skillet and repeat with remaining salmon filets.
    • Squeeze fresh lime juice over the glazed salmon to serve and garnish with chopped chives if desired.

    TIPS & NOTES

    • Pat the salmon fillets dry before seasoning to remove excess moisture.
    • Don’t heat your skillet to hot, have it on a medium high heat. If it’s too high the honey glaze will burn.
    • If you have a small skillet, cook the salmon in a couple of batches.
    • The salmon is ready when it flakes easily with a fork and is an opaque pink color throughout.

    NUTRITION

    Calories: 546kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 36g | Fat: 29g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 12g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 124mg | Sodium: 1222mg | Potassium: 905mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 35g | Vitamin A: 421IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 36mg | Iron: 2mg
    Course Main Course
    Cuisine Asian
    Keyword easy glazed salmon recipe, honey soy salmon, salmon fillets with honey glaze
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