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This honey garlic salmon recipe comes together in minutes and is the most amazing weeknight meal that will definitely go into your regular cooking rotation.
I would eat seafood for every single meal if given the chance. If you’re a little nervous when it comes to preparing seafood, definitely check out how easy it is to make my crab cakes or pan-seared scallops.
Honey Garlic Salmon
Honey garlic salmon is a very simple dish consisting of pan-seared, grilled, baked, or boiled salmon that is served with sweet honey and garlic sauce. This is the perfect last-minute weeknight meal for you and your family that is absolutely loaded with flavor.
I’m a huge fan of using fresh seafood at every stop, and in the video for this honey garlic salmon, I show you how to store the salmon or freeze it for a later date. Any salmon bread is great to use in this recipe and you can cook it with the skin on or off. I always recommend asking the fishmonger at the counter to remove the bones before purchasing.
How to Make Honey Garlic Salmon
Follow along with these easy step-by-step instructions to make this delicious honey garlic salmon recipe:
Season the salmon well with salt and pepper.
Heat some oil in a large frying pan over high heat until it begins to lightly smoke.
Once smoking, add in the salmon, add in some butter, and turn the heat down to medium-high and cook for 3-4 minutes.
Flip the salmon over and cook for a further 3-4 minutes.
Remove the salmon from the pan and then add the garlic to the pan and cook for 1 minute over low to medium heat.
Pour in the remaining ingredients and cook over medium heat for 1 to 2 minutes or until it slightly thickens. Finish with red pepper flakes and butter.
Add the salmon back to the pan, garnish and serve.
Make-Ahead and Storage
Make-Ahead: This recipe is meant to be eaten right away; however, you can make it up to 30 minutes ahead of time, just keep it warm before serving.
How to Store: Cover and keep in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. This will freeze covered for up to 3 months. Thaw in the refrigerator for 1 day before reheating.
How to Reheat: Add the desired number of salmon and sauce to a pan and cook in the oven at 350° for 4-5 minutes or until warmed. You can also heat in the microwave until warm.
Chef notes + tips
- You can also grill the salmon instead of cooking in a pan over medium to high heat for 3-4 minutes per side and then make the sauce separate in a pan.
- The oils I prefer to use are olive, safflower, canola, peanut, or grapeseed.
- Any bread of salmon is good to use in this recipe.
- You can use your favorite frying pan for this.
- It is absolutely ok to cook salmon to temperature. I enjoy serving and eating it at a medium to medium-well internal temperature.
More Salmon Recipes
Easy Honey Garlic Salmon Recipe
- 4 8- ounce skin off salmon fillets
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 4 finely minced cloves of garlic
- 2 tablespoons water
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce
- juice of ½ lemon
- ¼ cup honey
- ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
- salt and pepper to taste
- Season the salmon on both sides with salt and pepper.
- Add the olive oil to a large frying pan over high heat and wait a few minutes until it begins to lightly smoke.
- Add the salmon into the pan flesh side, not skin removed side, down in the pan.
- Place1 tablespoon of butter in the pan and turn the heat down to medium-high and cook the salmon for 3-4 minutes.
- Turn the salmon over and cook for a further 3-4 minutes or until the desired internal temperature is achieved.
- Remove the salmon from the pan and set it aside.
- Discard any oil if there seems to be too much in the pan. There should be a few tablespoons in it.
- Add the garlic to the pan and cook for 1 minute over low to medium heat.
- Pour in the water, soy sauce, lemon juice, and honey and cook over medium heat for 2 minutes or until it has slightly thickened.
- Finish with pepper flakes and the remaining 1 tablespoon of unsalted butter.
- Place the salmon back in the pan and glaze with the sauce in the pan.
- Garnish with optional finely sliced fresh chives.