Honey Glazed Salmon

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Certain words on restaurant menus get me every single time. “Glazed” is one of them. Throw in one of my preferred proteins (salmon) plus sweet liquid gold (honey), and I am a shoo-in order! Happily, this Honey Glazed Salmon tastes every bit as tantalizing as its name promises.

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Tender salmon fillets bathed in a quick honey and soy glaze, then baked to flaky perfection, this healthy salmon recipe is easy to make, yet exquisite in taste! It is worthy of any restaurant menu.

Had I ordered this baked glazed salmon while dining out (which surely I would have given my aforementioned weakness for dishes involving the word “glazed”—see also Bourbon Glazed Salmon, Pineapple Glazed Salmon, and Balsamic Glazed Salmon), I would have been the envy order at the table.

(As an aside… another menu term that never fails to grab my attention: “bacon-wrapped” (see: Bacon Wrapped Brussels Sprouts; Bacon Wrapped Asparagus). Do I sense a future salmon recipe opportunity here?)

Salmon (and fish at large) has a reputation for being difficult to cook. It intimidated me for years. Don’t you dare believe it!

Honey glazed salmon fillets in a baking dish

If you are new to cooking salmon, start with my Baked Salmon in Foil, which has been viewed millions of times, has glowing reviews, and is foolproof.

I also highly HIGHLY recommend the back pocket 5 Ingredient Maple Dijon Salmon from my cookbook.

These tips for how to cook salmon will be helpful for you too. (My top tip: use an instant read thermometer to know when your salmon is done.)

In truth though, you don’t need any kind of serious cooking experience to make recipes like this honey glazed salmon with success.

This baked salmon recipe, in particular, is one of my favorites, because it tastes especially impressive.

Thanks to the sweet-meets-salty honey soy glaze, it’s also a great starter fish recipe for seafood skeptics.

How to Make Baked Honey Glazed Salmon

This recipe takes advantage of salmon’s versatility and its healthy richness by pairing it with ingredients that bring out its best qualities.

Sweet flavors (like honey), acidic ingredients (like lime juice and vinegar), and aromatics like garlic go with salmon especially well.

This recipe uses a little of each, plus a touch of saltiness and heat for balance.

TIP!

Baking salmon is one of the healthiest ways to eat it, since little added oil is needed. Salmon is already high in healthy fats along with protein and potassium. Baking takes advantage of its natural moisture, with yummy, flaky results.

The most important tip to keep in mind when making honey glazed salmon baked in the oven is to not overcook it, or your salmon will taste dry.

  • The best way to tell your salmon is done is to use an instant read thermometer. Fish is done at 145 degrees F, but I like to pull my salmon out around 140 degrees F and let it rest. The carryover cooking will allow it to reach temperature.
  • Salmon is done when it is no longer deep red in the center and flakes easily with a fork.

The Ingredients

  • Salmon. Lean, flavorful, and delicious with the honey soy glaze. The salmon becomes perfectly tender, moist, and flaky after baking.

The Best Salmon to Cook

The best salmon to cook is wild-caught (if available). Wild-caught salmon is generally lower in calories, saturated fats, and pollutants than its farm-raised counterparts. I typically purchase a coho, king, or sockeye variety of wild-caught salmon.

  • Honey. The key to our sweet and sticky glaze. Honey caramelizes beautifully in the oven and adds addictive natural sweetness.
  • Soy Sauce. The salty, umami complement to our sweet flavors.

Substitution Tip!

 If you’d like to make honey glazed salmon without soy sauce, you can swap tamari or coconut aminos instead.

  • Rice Wine Vinegar. For a mild acidity and delightful sweetness.
  • Red Pepper Flakes. I used just a pinch for a little heat.
  • Lime Juice. A finishing touch of citrus is delicious with the glaze.

The Directions

Glaze being made in a saucepan
  1. Make the honey glaze on the stove.
Four fish fillets in a baking dish
  1. Arrange the salmon in a baking dish, pat dry, and season.
Glaze being poured over salmon
  1. Pour the glaze over the salmon.
Fish fillets with sauce on top
  1. Bake at 400 degrees F for 6 minutes, then coat the fillets with the glaze from the baking dish. Continue baking for 6 to 8 minutes more.
A lime being squeezed over salmon
  1. Spoon the glaze over the salmon fillets, then finish with lime juice and cilantro. ENJOY!

Grilling Method

To try this honey glazed salmon grilled, prepare the glaze as directed, then brush it on and follow the cooking method for this Grilled Salmon in Foil. I’d suggest basting the fish a few times as it cooks.

Rice and honey glazed salmon

Wine Pairing

Pair this salmon with a Chardonnay, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, or Pinot Noir.

Storage Tips

  • To Store. Refrigerate leftover salmon in an airtight storage container for up to 2 days. 
  • To Reheat. Very gently rewarm salmon in a skillet on the stovetop over medium-low heat. 
  • To Freeze. Freeze leftovers in an airtight freezer-safe storage container for up to 2 months. Let thaw overnight in the refrigerator before reheating. You can use the thawed salmon in any recipe that you would use canned salmon. 

Meal Plan Tip

Measure and mix the glaze ingredients together up to 1 day in advance. Store the mixture in the refrigerator until you’re ready to cook.

Healthy honey glazed salmon in a baking dish

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