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Honey Garlic salmon

Honey Garlic Salmon

Honey garlic salmon is one of my favorite salmon dishes. It is really, really good and it’s super easy to make. Plus, my entire family loves this dish. Therefore, I really think this dinner recipe is a win-win-win!

The sauce for the honey garlic salmon isn’t too garlic-y or too soy sauce-y. You know those recipes that are good, but they have a little too much of one ingredient? This isn’t one of those recipes. This is sweet, but not too sweet. The honey and soy sauce really balance themselves along with the garlic. It really is a great dinner that everyone will love.

Doesn’t this dish look fabulous? It looks like it’s from a fancy restaurant, but in reality, I made it in my kitchen in less than 15 minutes! You know what’s even crazier? You can do make this too!

I almost hate telling people how to make yummy dishes that are super easy. I feel like people would be more impressed if I shared difficult recipes. Realistically though, it is better to share delicious dinner recipes that are super easy! An easy recipe is more likely to be recreated after all.

We don’t have time to be slaving in the kitchen all day. I mean, we are lucky to have 30 minutes to prep dinner. Basically, it takes 30 minutes to prep dinner, 10 minutes to eat, and then another 30 minutes to clean up. Yikes! It eating only takes 10 minutes, we need to SAVOR that 10 minutes!

Get your apron on and get this dinner moving.

First, start by taking the salmon out of the refrigerator. Then gather up the rest of your ingredients. It’s best for the salmon to be room temperature before you cook it (approx. 20 minutes after you take out of the frig) so while you are waiting for that to be temp-ready, clean up your kitchen table and get it set for dinner.

Now you are ready to get cooking. Drizzle the olive oil in your pan and heat it up for 1 minute over medium heat. Place the salmon in the pan. Add some salt & pepper to the side facing up. Cook the salmon for approx. 4 minutes (may need more or less, depending on the thickness of the salmon).

honey garlic salmon

Next, flip the salmon over carefully. Fish is very delicate even when it’s not fully cooked. Sprinkle more salt and pepper on the side facing up now, if desired. Let this side cook for approx. 3-4 more minutes.

While the salmon continues to cook, add the sauce ingredients to a medium bowl and then whisk together. This doesn’t take long and you should still have time before the salmon is cooked. Now is the perfect time to put away the ingredients and tidy up your kitchen!

honey garlic salmon sauce

When the salmon is done, add the sauce and cook for an additional 1-2 minutes more. Shut off heat and plate the salmon. Be sure to add more sauce from the pan to each piece of salmon – that sauce is too good to waste.

Take a picture of your masterpiece so that you can share it with others. Be sure to take a picture before you start eating – you will forget otherwise because this dish is so good!

Looking for side dish inspiration? This pairs really well with broccoli rabe brown rice. Check out my recipe for that here.

Enjoy : )


Honey Garlic Salmon

Honey Garlic Salmon – Easy & Delicious!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: American, Chinese
Keyword: dinner, easy, fish, salmon
Author: jenahoward


  • pan



  • 4 tbsp honey
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce I prefer the low sodium kind
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar any vinegar will do except balsamic
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic more or less, depending on your preference


  • 1 lb salmon
  • 1 tbsp olive oil



    • Bring salmon to room temp for approx 20 min before cooking
    • Pat salmon down with paper towel to remove excessive moisture
    • Sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste
    • Drizzle olive oil to pan and heat on medium heat for 1 minute
    • Place salmon in pan and cook for 4 minutes
    • Turn salmon to other side and cook approx 4 more minutes
    • While salmon is cooking, mix sauce ingredients in a bowl and whisk together
    • Pour sauce over salmon and continue to cook for 1-2 more minutes
    • Sauce will thicken a bit, if it thickens too much, add 1/2 tbsp of water
    • Plate salmon and add some additional sauce from pan on top of each piece of salmon
    • Enjoy!


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    Honey Garlic salmon

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