Honey Garlic Salmon

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Honey Garlic Salmon Recipe

Honey Garlic Salmon is a healthy and simple dish made with salmon fillets in a flavorful buttery sauce. The sauce is made with butter, oil, garlic, brown sugar, honey, soy sauce, rice vinegar, chili sauce, and lemon. This entrée is excellent to make for dinner or a family get-together where everyone will be begging for your recipe.

Salmon is a healthy fish low in saturated fat, high in protein, and boasts a variety of other vitamins like B12, omega 3 fatty acid, and potassium. This recipe gives the salmon a baked-in burst of flavors from all-natural ingredients to keep it healthy as well as scrumptious.  

The combination of garlic, honey, and brown sugar adds so much flavor to your meal, your family will be asking for seconds before they finish their firsts.

The recipe is easy and most of the work is just preparing the sauce. So, if you do that in advance, you can make this dish in just 20 minutes. All you need is salmon fillets and a few seasonings. And for the sauce, you need butter, oil, garlic, brown sugar, honey, soy sauce, rice vinegar, chili sauce, and lemon. 

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Ingredients needed:

For the exact measurements, check the recipe card below. Here is what you will need for the salmon:

  • Salmon fillets: Fresh or frozen.
  • Smoked paprika: Regular paprika is okay too.
  • Blackening seasoning: This is important.
  • Seasonings: Salt, pepper, garlic powder, and onion powder are what we used.

What you need for the sauce:

  • Butter: You can also use margarine.
  • Olive oil: Virgin or extra-virgin oil is best.
  • Garlic cloves: Mince them yourself or use minced garlic.
  • Brown sugar: We used regular brown sugar, but light brown sugar is fine too.
  • Honey: Store-bought or make your own from scratch.
  • Soy sauce: Once again, you can make your own or buy from the store.
  • Rice vinegar: White or apple cider vinegar is also acceptable.
  • Chili sauce: Store-bought or homemade are both fine.
  • Lemon juice: Freshly squeezed or premade.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings:  servings
Calories: 215kcal
Author: Catalina Castravet



  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika (or regular paprika)
  • 1/4 teaspoon blackening seasoning
  • 6 6 oz each salmon fillets
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 ⁄4 teaspoon onion powder

Honey Garlic Sauce:

  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 8 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 4 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon chili sauce
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice


Season the fish:


Pat dry salmon fillets with paper towels.
In a small bowl combine salt, pepper, paprika, blackening seasoning, garlic, and onion powder.
Gently rub the seasoning into the fillets. Set aside.
Adjust the oven rack to the middle position, and then preheat the broiler.

Make the Honey Garlic Sauce:

In the meantime, place a large skillet over medium-high heat.
Add the butter and oil, and once the butter is melted, add garlic, brown sugar, water, soy sauce, chili sauce, vinegar, honey, and lemon juice. Stir and cook 30 seconds, or until sauce is heated through.

Cook the Salmon:

Add the salmon pieces to the skillet into the sauce, skin side down if the fish has the skin, and cook 3-5 minutes.
Make sure to baste it frequently with the sauce from the pan. This means you have to spoon it over the top of the salmon.


Transfer the pan into the oven and broil for another for 5 minutes, basting with the sauce a few times. Broil until the fillets are caramelized and cooked to desired doneness.


Garnish with chopped parsley or green onions and serve.


Calories: 215kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 21mg | Sodium: 990mg | Potassium: 78mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 28g | Vitamin A: 334IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 13mg | Iron: 1mg
All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe and nutritional value will vary depending on the brands you use, measuring methods and portion sizes per household.
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