Honey Garlic Salmon

20 Minute Honey Garlic Salmon. Pan fried and served with a sweet and sticky honey lemon glaze.

Honey Garlic Salmon

I’ve got the perfect dinner idea for a busy weeknight: Honey Garlic Salmon. It’s super easy, only takes 20 minutes and requires only 5 ingredients which you probably already have in your pantry.

Searing the salmon in a hot pan keeps the salmon crispy on the outside and moist on the inside. The high heat and quick cooking helps to seal in the moisture especially when you have the skin left on the salmon.


Now about the glaze. It is amazing! I mix honey and lemon juice together and add it to the pan with the salmon and garlic. It is sweet, sticky and tart. Everything you want a sauce to be.


To make this Honey Garlic Salmon simply add oil to a large skillet and pan fry the salmon skin side down for 5-7 minutes on each side. The salmon should start to turn opaque. Take off of the heat. When the salmon is cool enough to handle peel off the skin.

Serve the salmon with rice and veggies to make it a meal.


Honey Garlic Salmon

4.67 from 62 votes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4
20 Minute Honey Garlic Salmon. Pan fried and served with a sweet and sticky honey lemon glaze.


  • 4 salmon filets skin on
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • chopped parsley for garnish if desired


  1. Season salmon with salt and pepper.
  2. Add oil to a large skillet over medium high heat.
  3. Once hot add in the salmon skin side down.
  4. Cook salmon for 5-7 minutes on skin side (depending on size).
  5. Very carefully flip salmon. If the skin is sticking to the pan give it more time to cook. It should release easily from the pan.
  6. Add garlic to the pan and cook for 1 minute.
  7. Combine honey and lemon juice in a small bowl. Add the sauce to the pan.
  8. Continue cooking for 1-3 minutes or until the salmon is fully cooked and looks opaque and the sauce is thick.
  9. Take off of the heat. When the salmon is cool enough to handle peel off the skin.
  10. Serve immediately with a sprinkle of chopped parsley for garnish, if desired.

Recipe Notes

Original recipe from chefsavvy.com. Please do not publish my recipe or pictures without linking back to the original post. Thank you!

Nutrition Facts
Honey Garlic Salmon
Amount Per Serving
Calories 325 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Fat 14g22%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 94mg31%
Sodium 76mg3%
Potassium 842mg24%
Carbohydrates 14g5%
Sugar 13g14%
Protein 34g68%
Vitamin A 70IU1%
Vitamin C 3.6mg4%
Calcium 24mg2%
Iron 1.4mg8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Honey Garlic Salmon



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  • Tricia Gustafson-Mitchelli

    Huge salmon fan, but always been afraid to try it on my own, until NOW! This was easy, and fun. I always use my cast iron skillets and this recipe made me love it even more. Your directions were spot on, what to expect and when. Love love love this recipe!!!! So yummy everyone in my house loved it. Even my two picky eaters (hubby and step-daughter) lol

    • Hi Gwen,

      I flip the salmon over to the skin side down and add the sauce. I also like to brush it on top.

      Thanks & Enjoy!


      • John

        You say you flip salmon over to “skin side down” but your instructions say to start cooking with the skin side down?

        • Nathan

          I like to start it off on the skin side and then flip it over after 5-7 minutes and cook the other side (not the skin side) for a couple minutes longer. Hope that helps, thank you!

  • Katrina

    This recipe is super yummy! Thanks for sharing…I’ve made it several times already!!

  • ROUSHINE Thomas

    Substituted lemon juice for orange juice instead and man oh man! Full of flavor! Will make this again!

  • Dee

    I made this tonight and it was really easy and very good. This will definitely get added to my regular rotation.

  • Chante

    This was my first time making salmon and it was absolutely delicious! I will add this recipe to my book. My 3 year old loved it as well! Extremely easy to make!

  • Michelle

    my husband loved it! Thank you so much 😀 great recipe and so easy to do.

  • Allan

    Love Salmon, have since I lined in Alaska, this recipe was fantastic!
    Salmon came out nice and flaky just like I like it!
    Very easy to make after a hard day at work.
    Thanks a bunch!!

  • I want to cook this for friends. Since I don’t want to be cooking once they arrive, can I cook then pop in oven to keep warm? Will this spoil the dish?

    • Hi Sylvia,

      The only thing I would worry about is the salmon drying out. I would slightly under cook it and then leave it in a low temp oven until they get there.



  • Kathy

    Very good and so easy to make. Husband not a fan of Salmon but he liked this. Thanks for the recipe

  • Sophia Alvernaz

    I made this and my family of four absolutely loved it. I didn’t have lemon so I added a lemon herb seasoning. 100 percent this is a keeper recipe.

  • Sandra

    A nice easy and quick salmon dish. I didn’t have any lemon so I used balsamic instead and it still gave the salmon that sweet/savoury flavour. I served it with a side of quinoa. Delicious.

  • Yoshira Castillo

    Let me explain how delicious and simple this was recipe is. Follow the instructions to a T and you will be fine. My family loved it.

  • Priscilla

    Great recipe! I’ve tried it last week and my bf loves it :D. I’m wondering if I could make the chicken breast with the same recipe?