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Soy Honey Salmon

An incredible way of enhancing your favorite main entrée, Soy Honey Salmon results in tender, savory, sweet, sticky, delicious fish for a goof-proof meal! This may just be your new favorite method of cooking salmon!

If you love unique salmon recipes, also try my Crispy Sesame Salmon, Crispy Salmon with Lemon Dill Caper Sauce, 4-Ingredient Mediterranean Stuffed Salmon, or my Creamy Tuscan Salmon.

Oven Roasted Glazed Salmon in a black casserole dish with lime slices on top.

If you’re into Asian flavors and love the sweet and savory combination and sticky sweet sauces, I trust you’ll go nuts over this easy Soy Honey Salmon!

Guaranteed to quench that craving for crispy salmon skin, this tender and juicy salmon recipe is perfectly cooked for the absolute best texture.

And the flavor!

Adding a soy honey glaze to salmon lights up your dopamine receptors like a Christmas tree!

For me, those sweet and savory sauces bring so much life to a meal.

If you’ve made salmon in the past, adding this 2-ingredient glaze requires so little additional effort that it’s a no-brainer every time your salmon craving strikes.

Two glazed salmon fillets on a blue plate with a fork to the side and lime slices.

Let’s discuss the short ingredients list for soy honey salmon!

Ingredients for Honey Salmon:

Salmon Ingredients: Fresh salmon, avocado oil (or olive oil), sea salt, garlic powder, and paprika.

Use your favorite salmon for this recipe, including Atlantic salmon, wild-caught salmon, King salmon, coho salmon, sockeye salmon, or your favorite type of salmon.

Sprinkle the salmon with black pepper, cayenne pepper, and a little ginger powder if you’d like.

Glaze Ingredients: Honey and soy sauce (or liquid aminos or coconut aminos for a paleo version). 

That’s it! 

All you need is two very basic ingredients for this salmon glaze, which results in that perfectly sweet, savory, umami flavor that really drives your taste buds wild.

If you have fish sauce on hand and you enjoy using it in your recipes, add 1 to 2 teaspoons for additional umami flavor. Also consider adding red pepper flakes for some spice if you like it.

If you love the combination of honey and mustard, try my Crispy Honey-Glazed Salmon from a few years ago, which includes mustard in the glaze.

Now that we’ve discussed the fresh ingredients for soy honey glazed salmon, let’s make it!

Soy honey glaze being poured over salmon

How to Make Honey Glazed Salmon:

For the purpose of this recipe, I make baked salmon, but if you prefer Grilled Salmon or Crispy Skillet Salmon, feel free to use your preferred cooking method.

Stir the honey and soy sauce (or liquid aminos or coconut aminos) in a small bowl and set aside until ready to use.

Glaze ingredients stirred together in a measuring cup.

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit and lightly spray a casserole dish or baking sheet with cooking oil.

Place salmon fillets on the prepared baking dish in a single layer. Drizzle with avocado oil or extra virgin olive oil and coat the flesh with a light layer of oil.

Oil being drizzled over the raw salmon

Sprinkle salmon with sea salt, garlic powder, and paprika.

Salmon sprinkled with seasonings in a casserole dish.

Bake salmon on one of the shelves that’s near the bottom (I do the second closest to the bottom) for 10 minutes (this ensures the salmon skin side gets crispy).

Move one of the oven racks to the second to the top (if there isn’t one there already) and change the oven to the High Broil setting. Broil for 4 to 6 minutes, or until the salmon is nice and crispy on top. 

Remove the salmon from the oven and drizzle with half of the glaze. Broil for another 1 to 2 minutes, or until the glaze is slightly bubbly.

Cooked salmon with glaze being poured over it.

Allow the salmon to cool for at least 5 minutes before serving. Drizzle the remaining glaze on top of the salmon. Sprinkle with chopped green onion and sesame seeds if desired.

Serve with fresh lemon slices or lemon wedges so that you may drizzle the honey garlic salmon with lemon juice if you’d like.

Salmon is considered fully cooked when it reaches an internal temperature of 145 degrees Fahrenheit.

To check the temperature, insert a meat thermometer into the thickest part of the salmon and wait until the numbers stop moving to get your accurate read.

The total bake time will vary depending on the thickness of the fish and the temperature of the salmon before it goes into the oven.

Two cooked salmon filets on a plate with green onion on top.

Serve Soy Honey Salmon with your choice of side dishes for a complete meal, and enjoy.

My go to side dish for salmon every time is my Crowd-Pleasing Roasted Vegetables or my Easy Sauteed Vegetables Recipe. The Chickpea Avocado Cucumber Salad I posted recently is also a great match.

A green salad, pasta salad, green beans, brown rice, cauliflower rice, coconut rice, or potato salad are also great side dishes for pairing with salmon.

Store any leftover salmon in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. This easy weeknight dinner is a healthy meal with simple ingredients and is one of the best salmon recipes the whole family can rave about!

horizontal photo of cast iron skillet with three crispy skillet cooked salmon filets

Can I Make This in a Skillet?:

If you’d rather pan fry the salmon in a skillet, heat a large skillet (I use cast iron skillets but you can also use a large non-stick pan) over medium-high heat with enough avocado oil or sesame oil to generously coat the surface. Allow the skillet to heat for a couple of minutes.

Sprinkle the surface of the fish with salt.

Carefully place salmon in the hot pan and cook for 6 minutes on the first side of salmon, flesh side down. Carefully flip and cook on the second side (the skin side) for another 6 minutes, or until the salmon has cooked through. Be sure to use an instant read thermometer to check the temperature.

Transfer the salmon fillets to plates and drizzle with the honey mixture.

This method results in the crispiest salmon skin and also crispy flesh on top with the most tender salmon on the inside.

Finished Soy Honey Salmon in a casserole dish fresh out of the oven.

There is no shortage of healthy salmon recipes on this site! Also try out these reader favorites.

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Two cooked salmon filets on a plate with green onion on top.

Soy Honey Salmon

Yield: 4 Servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Sweet, savory, crispy yet tender Soy Honey Salmon is easy enough to make on any given weeknight, but fancy enough for a special occasion! Serve it with your favorite sides for a healthy dinner.

Ingredients

  • 1 Tbsp avocado oil or olive oil
  • 1 ½ to 2 lbs fresh salmon, cut into individual filets
  • 1 1/2 tsp sea salt, to taste
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp paprika

For the Honey Glaze:

  • ¼ cup honey
  • 2 Tbsp liquid aminos or soy sauce

Instructions

    1. Stir the honey and soy sauce (or liquid aminos or coconut aminos) in a small bowl and set aside until ready to use. Note: if the honey is hard or crystallized, microwave it for 10 to 20 seconds, or until it softens up enough to stir.

    Glaze ingredients stirred together in a measuring cup.

    2. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit and lightly spray a casserole dish or baking sheet with cooking oil. Place salmon fillets on the prepared baking dish in a single layer.

    four raw salmon filets in a casserole dish

    3. Lightly coat the salmon filets with avocado oil or olive oil so that all of the flesh has a nice coat of coil.

    Oil being drizzled over the raw salmon

    4. Sprinkle salmon with sea salt, garlic powder, and paprika.

    Salmon sprinkled with seasonings in a casserole dish.

    5. Bake salmon on one of the shelves that’s near the bottom (I do the second closest to the bottom) for 10 minutes (this ensures the salmon skin side gets crispy).

    6. Move one of the oven racks to the second to the top (if there isn’t one there already) and change the oven to the High Broil setting. Broil for 4 to 6 minutes, or until the salmon is nice and crispy on top. 

    7. Remove the salmon from the oven and drizzle with half of the glaze. Broil for another 1 to 2 minutes, or until the glaze is slightly bubbly.

    Cooked salmon with glaze being poured over it.

    8. Allow the salmon to cool for at least 5 minutes before serving. Drizzle the remaining glaze on top of the salmon. Sprinkle with chopped green onion and sesame seeds if desired. Serve with fresh lemon slices or lemon wedges so that you may drizzle the honey garlic salmon with lemon juice if you'd like.

    Finished Soy Honey Salmon in a casserole dish fresh out of the oven.

    9. Serve Soy Honey Salmon with your choice of side dishes for a complete meal, and enjoy.

Notes

Salmon is considered fully cooked when it reaches an internal temperature of 145 degrees Fahrenheit. To check the temperature, insert a meat thermometer into the thickest part of the salmon and wait until the numbers stop moving to get your accurate read. The total bake time will vary depending on the thickness of the fish and the temperature of the salmon before it goes into the oven.

Nutrition Information
Serving Size 1 Filet
Amount Per Serving Calories 365Total Fat 18gCarbohydrates 17gSugar 17gProtein 35g

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