This honey glazed salmon recipe is baked in the oven and done in 30 minutes. The glaze is made with soy sauce (or coconut aminos), garlic, lime juice, and honey and coated in the salmon before baking to flaky perfection. My favorite sides to go with this flaky salmon are rice, quinoa, and roasted veggies.
Two weeks ago I posted the first ever seafood recipe on What Molly Made! I can't believe it's taken me 3 years to share some seafood with you! Everyone was so excited about the honey garlic shrimp, I thought I better make a honey glazed salmon recipe too.
Are you a salmon lover? My family is split. My mom hates it but my dad loves it. We didn't have it often growing up but I like to order it whenever it's on the menu, especially when it has an asian flare like this honey glazed salmon with coconut aminos.
Love cooking salmon? Next time try easy teriyaki salmon. If you don't make salmon often, I want to share a few top tips for buying salmon and how to prep it to get it ready for your dinner menu.
Why this Honey Glazed Salmon Recipe Works
The whole family will enjoy: The entire family will love this tender salmon recipe with thick glaze.
Easy salmon recipe: It's an easy recipe with a short prep and cooking time, so it makes for an easy dinner even on busy weeknights.
Savory glaze: Your taste buds will love the delicious honey glaze. It's an addictive savory-sweet sauce.
Healthy: Good quality salmon is chock-full of B vitamins and omega-3 fatty acids.
What kind of salmon should I buy?
I recommend getting salmon from the seafood counter. Look for keywords like "wild caught" to get the best quality salmon. They may not say the specific species of salmon it is, but it's always a great and healthy option to use.
Note the Sockeye salmon is usually deeper in salmon color and a little stronger in flavor. It usually means its farm raised if says "Atlantic salmon." It's not the worst to eat this, but if you have the option between wild caught and Atlantic go with wild caught!
You can also include salmon/seafood as part of your Butcher Box order. All of their salmon is wild caught and shipped straight to your door each month!
Why is salmon good for you?
Salmon is great for you because it's full of nutrients including potassium, selenium, vitamin B12 and lots of omega-3 fatty acids. Not to mention it's a great source of high-quality protein!
Do you take the skin off salmon?
Deciding to take the skin off salmon is totally up to you! Some people just don't like it on because it's easier to eat if it's off. However, I find that salmon stays juicier after cooking if you leave the skin on so I opt to do that. You'll just cook it skin-side down in the oven!
Grab These Ingredients
Here are the simple ingredients for this honey-glazed salmon recipe. Most are pantry staples and easy (and affordable) to find it the grocery store. Jump down to the recipe card for exact measurements and nutritional information.
- Fresh salmon filets: Boneless with skin on. If the salmon has any gray blemishes or brown areas, that's a good indication it's not that fresh.
- Sea salt: Kosher salt is best for cooking.
- Black pepper: For seasoning.
- Raw honey: For natural sweetness.
- Coconut aminos: You can use soy sauce (or low sodium soy sauce) if you’re not gluten-free.
- Garlic: Fresh, minced garlic is best.
- Lime: Fresh squeezed lime juice. Substitute with lemon juice if needed.
- Green onion: Optional to garnish.
- Rice, quinoa, or roasted veggies: For serving.
How To Make Honey Glazed Salmon In The Oven
Start by prepping your salmon. Allow it to sit out at room temp for 10-15 minutes then pat it dry. Next, place it on your baking pan or cast iron skillet skin-side down and sprinkle with salt and pepper on the salmon skin-side.
Make the sauce mixture and glaze the salmon. In a small bowl, whisk together the honey, coconut aminos, lime juice and garlic. Coat each salmon filet with the sauce, leaving some leftover to top after cooking.
Bake and serve. Bake in the preheated oven at 450°F for 15-18 minutes or until the internal temperature of the salmon reads 135-140°F with a meat thermometer. Finally, remove from the oven and serve with your favorite veggies and rice!
Is honey glazed salmon healthy?
This honey glazed salmon recipe is very healthy! It's naturally gluten-free and dairy-free and it fits well into a vegetarian diet and gives you lots of healthy protein and fatty acids.
What is a good side dish with salmon?
I love to pair my salmon with a healthy carb and veggies. Here are a few of my favorites:
Carbs: On a bed of rice like white rice, brown rice, or quinoa.
Other veggies: Roasted broccoli, roasted asparagus, cauliflower rice, and pretty much any roasted green veggie!
Storage and Reheating
- To store: Store leftover salmon in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 days. It's great to top salads or put in tacos the next day.
- To reheat: The best way to reheat is in a medium skillet over medium-high heat. Add a little olive oil to the pan and cook until the salmon and honey garlic glaze is warm all the way through. You can also microwave it on high in 30 second increments until warmed through.
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More Seafood Recipes You'll Love
Nothing beats a healthy salmon recipe for a busy weeknight. Some of our best salmon recipes that have become weeknight go-to's are this blackened salmon and Tahini ginger salmon with sesame asparagus (sheet pan).
One of our favorite ways to have salmon is in salmon bowls. Next time try our honey garlic salmon rice bowl with a fresh cucumber avocado salad.
Honey glazed salmon
- 4 6 oz salmon filets boneless with skin on
- ½ teaspoon sea salt
- ⅛ teaspoon black pepper
- 4 tablespoons raw honey
- 3 tablespoons coconut aminos can use soy sauce if you’re not gluten free
- 3 cloves garlic minced
- Juice from ½ a lime
- 2-3 tablespoons green onion to garnish optional
- Serve with rice, quinoa or roasted veggies
- Let salmon rest at room temperature for 15-20 minutes. While they’re resting, preheat oven to 450°F and line a medium baking pan with foil or prep an oven safe cast iron pan and set aside.
- Next, prep the marinade. In a small bowl, whisk together the honey, coconut aminos (or soy sauce), garlic and lime juice. Set aside.
- After resting, pat salmon dry with a paper towel and place skin-side down on prepared baking sheet or pan and season with salt and pepper. Coat each salmon filet with the prepared glaze, leaving some left to drizzle after baking.
- Bake in the pre-heated oven for 15-18 minutes or until the center of the thickest filet reads 135-140°F. Turn the oven to broil and broil for 2-3 minutes or until the salmon gets a little crispy on top.
- Remove from the oven and serve warm. Drizzle salmon with additional sauce and sprinkle with green onion if desired. Serve with veggies and rice.