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Easy Honey Garlic Salmon

Craving some salmon but not sure how to make it great? This easy honey garlic salmon is here to bring you a ton of flavor in just about 10 minutes—and you don’t even have to fire up the grill!

This is a plate of garlic honey salmon. There is white rice topped with a piece of saucy red salmon sprinkled with sesame seeds, chopped green onions, and slices of salmon.

Easy honey garlic salmon

You might have heard that the key to salmon—to any fish—basically boils down to this: don’t overcook it. Okay, seems easy enough, but now that I know what I shouldn’t do to it, what should I do to really make this salmon stand out?

Call me biased, but I think you should make this easy honey garlic salmon recipe. Why? It’s simple to make, uses simple ingredients, and doesn’t involve any fancy technique you need to spend weeks practicing to perfect.

That, and it ends up tasting really, really good, and you only need about 10 minutes!

10 minute dinner recipe

I’ve read recipes that claim to be ready in “about 10 minutes” and, well, they didn’t deliver. This one really does—you’re just making a delicious salmon by seasoning it simply, cooking in a skillet, and adding an easy-to-make sauce to the mix.

The only part of this meal that might end up taking more than 10 minutes is your side (I recommend rice or veggies). That said, you can have those made up or use a quicker version (microwave steamed veggies, for example) and really get this thing streamlined.

How long did it take you to make this delicious meal? Let me know about your record below.

This is a skillet of honey garlic salmon. There are 4 salmon filets covered with sauce, green onions, sesame seeds, and lemon slices.

Honey garlic salmon ingredients

Every time I taste a delicious sauce or glaze, I assume that there must be one thousand ingredients in it to achieve such a great flavor. Not so with this sauce! Aside from salmon (cut into 4 small fillets in this recipe), here’s what you need to pull this off:

  • honey
  • soy sauce
  • garlic
  • lemon juice
  • water
  • olive oil
  • sesame seeds
  • salt, pepper, & cayenne 
  • optional: green onion

Not bad, right? (I see you nodding.)

As long as you have a trusty skillet (I use a Lodge cast iron), you’re reading to get this show on the road.

So… what are you waiting on?

How to make easy honey garlic salmon

Here’s the whole shebang, from beginning to end:

  • Sprinkle salmon filets with salt & pepper (add cayenne for extra heat).
  • Heat olive oil in skillet over medium-high heat.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together honey, lemon juice, garlic, and soy sauce.
  • Add salmon to the skillet. Cook the fillets for about 3-4 mins, skin side up, until internal temp is 145 degrees.
  • Flip the salmon and add sauce to the pan. Use a spoon to scoop the juices on top of the salmon.
  • Add lemon slices and sesame seeds enjoy!
  • Serve with rice or veggies.

That’s it. That’s the recipe for easy honey garlic salmon.

It really is that easy, that honey-garlic, etc.

Is honey garlic salmon healthy?

Obviously, there’s a certain amount of honey present to sweeten the deal, and a ton of that stuff is going to give you a bellyache. But salmon is a really excellent source of protein, and, assuming you’re not serving this on a bed of deep fried Twinkies*, you can really make this a nutritious meal.

*I can’t officially recommend deep fried Twinkies as a base for this recipe.

What if I don’t like salmon?

Well, I’m impressed you made it this far! I would still triple dog dare you to try this easy honey garlic salmon, but if it really seems like a no-go, you might try my easy honey garlic chicken.

What should I make for dinner?

If you try this recipe and like it, please rate it below and share with your friends! For other easy meal ideas, consider one (or all!) of these Jordo’s World staples:

This is a skillet of honey garlic salmon. There are 4 salmon filets covered with sauce, green onions, sesame seeds, and lemon slices.
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5 from 3 votes

Easy Honey Garlic Salmon

Craving some salmon but not sure how to make it great? This easy honey garlic salmon is here to bring you a ton of flavor in just about 10 minutes—and you don’t even have to fire up the grill!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Course: Main Course
Keyword: honey garlic, salmon
Servings: 4
Calories: 418kcal
Author: Jordan Smith

Equipment

  • cast iron skillet

Ingredients

  • 4 salmon filets 6 oz
  • ¼ cup honey
  • ¼ cup soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp garlic
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp water
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp sesame seeds
  • pinch salt, pepper, & cayenne
  • optional: green onion

Instructions

  • Sprinkle salmon filets with salt & pepper (add cayenne for extra heat).
  • Heat olive oil in skillet over medium-high heat.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together honey, lemon juice, garlic, and soy sauce.
  • Add salmon to the skillet. Cook the fillets for about 3-4 mins, skin side up, until internal temp is 145 degrees.
  • Flip the salmon and add sauce to the pan. Use a spoon to scoop the juices on top of the salmon.
  • Add lemon slices and sesame seeds enjoy!
  • Serve with rice or veggies.

Nutrition

Calories: 418kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 35g | Fat: 23g
Recipe Rating




Jess

Tuesday 19th of October 2021

Seriously SO GOOD. I HATE cooking fish because it’s so hard to do right, but this was both easy and delicious! My husband has asked me to put this in our regular rotation, which is a big deal coming from a pizza and fries kind of guy. Thanks Jordo!!!