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Honey Garlic Glazed Salmon: Sweet, Savory and Always Delicious

Total time: 25 Min
Difficulty: Low
Serves: 4 people
By Cookist
Extra-virgin olive oil
1 tablespoons
¼ cup
Soy sauce
¼ cup low-sodium
1, juiced
Garlic cloves
4, minced
Red pepper flakes
1 teaspoon
Canola oil
2 tablespoons
salmon fillets
4- 6 oz.
Kosher Salt
Ground black pepper

Honey Garlic Glazed Salmon is a little sweet, a little savory and always satisfying for an easy weeknight dinner. To make this fish dinner recipe, you’ll whip up a quick and easy honey and soy sauce-based sauce. Then, quickly sear salmon fillets until golden. Layer on the sticky sauce and garlic and continue to cook until the fish is perfectly tender and coated in your homemade sauce.

How do you make a honey glaze for salmon?

For this sticky-sweet honey garlic salmon, the glaze is a simple mixture of honey, soy sauce, lemon juice, and crushed chili flakes. The result is a  sauce that caramelizes on the fish beautifully and packs a little heat into the dish.

What to serve with honey glazed salmon


This is a highly versatile dinner recipe. While the soy sauce in the honey glaze gives the dish a bit of an Asian flair, you can just as well pair the salmon with Italian, Greek or South American flavors.

Here are some tasty side dish suggestions to round out your dinner of honey glazed salmon:

Stir-fried zucchini, onions, and garlic Roasted broccoli rabe with ginger and soy sauce Homemade dinner rolls or biscuits A fresh and crunchy Greek salad Creamy, cheesy mashed potatoes or polenta

What wine pairs best with honey glazed salmon

As a general rule of thumb, white wine is a friend of fish dishes. Because this recipe is a bit sweet, thanks to the honey, balance it out with a dry wine. Dry Pinot Grigio would be light enough to not compete with the bold flavors of the salmon.

Recipe Tips

When making Honey Garlic Glazed Salmon, follow these tips for best results:

Be sure to whisk together the honey glaze until totally smooth before adding it to your fish in the pan. Let the oil and pan get nice and hot before you place the fish inside. It shouldn’t be smoking, however, which could burn your protein. Likewise, garlic burns easily, so reduce the heat as necessary and keep the garlic moving after you add it to the hot pan. The fish is done cooking when it flakes easily. It should register 145°F on an instant-read thermometer.


In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, honey, soy sauce, juice from one lemon, garlic and red pepper flakes.

Heat a large skillet over medium heat with the canola oil. When the pan is hot, gently place the salmon fillets in, skin side up. Sear for 5-6 minutes, until the top is golden brown.

Flip the salmon fillets and add the honey glaze to the skillet, using a spoon to pour the sauce over the salmon. Cook for another 1-2 minutes, until the fish is cooked through.

Remove from the skillet and serve.

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