Honey Garlic Salmon

This Easy Honey Garlic Salmon is healthy and so delicious! Pan-fried and served with a sweet and sticky honey lemon glaze, this recipe requires only 5 ingredients and is ready in less than 20 minutes! It’s perfect for busy weeknight dinners!

I make salmon all the time at home, I just love it! My Orange Teriyaki Salmon goes perfectly with fried rice, and if you’re firing up the grill, give my Grilled Maple Dijon Salmon a go!

honey garlic salmon in white casserole dish with lemon slices and fresh chopped parsley

Honey Garlic Salmon Recipe

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. Our family loves salmon and has it at least once a week. Salmon is a nutrient powerhouse rich in omega 3’s, potassium, and B vitamins and is a good source of protein. It makes a healthy dinner served alongside salad or a vegetable!

Now about the glaze. It is amazing! You guys will want to put this sauce on everything! I mix honey and lemon juice together and add them to the pan with the salmon and garlic. It is sweet, sticky, and tart. Everything you want a sauce to be.

How to get the most tender salmon

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 help to seal in the moisture especially when you have the skin left on the salmon. It’s my favorite way to prepare salmon!

angle shot of pan fried salmon in pan with glaze

What you’ll need to make this Honey Garlic Salmon recipe

  • Salmon: Salmon with the skin on is perfect for this recipe! Wild salmon is healthier and always preferred over farmed salmon.
  • Oil: A light-tasting oil like olive oil keeps the salmon from sticking to the pan.
  • Garlic: I recommend mincing fresh garlic rather than using garlic powder. Fresh garlic is so good for you and you can’t beat the flavor. If you love garlic, feel free to add in an extra clove or two.
  • Honey: Sweet and sticky, honey adds just the right amount of sweetness to this honey salmon recipe.
  • Lemon: Freshly squeezed lemon juice provides a zesty tart punch and balances out the other flavors.
  • Parsley: I love to add fresh herbs to just about any savory dish. It really elevates the flavor! Parsley or cilantro work well for this recipe.

How to make Honey Garlic Salmon

  • Dry salmon: With a paper towel to remove any excess moisture. This is especially important if you are using frozen salmon.
  • Season salmon: On all sides with salt and pepper.

seasoning salmon with salt and pepper

  • Cook: Add oil to a large skillet over medium-high heat. Once hot add in the salmon skin side down. Cook salmon for 5-7 minutes on the skin side (depending on size).

pan frying salmon in oil skin side down

  • Flip: 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.

flipping salmon in large silver skillet

  • Make the sauce: Add minced garlic to the pan and cook for 1 minute. Combine honey and lemon juice in a small bowl. Add the sauce to the pan. Continue cooking for 1-3 minutes or until the salmon is fully cooked and looks opaque and the sauce is thick.

making pan sauce in skillet

  • Serve: Take off of the heat. When the honey garlic salmon is cool enough to handle peel off the skin if desired. Serve immediately with a sprinkle of chopped parsley for garnish, if desired.

squeezing a lemon wedge onto a piece of cooked salmon filet on white plate

Tips for cooking salmon

  • Pick good quality salmon: I prefer to use wild-caught salmon. Eating well has a helpful guide to help you pick the best quality salmon. Make sure to look for a filet that is brightly colored without a strong “fishy” smell.
  • Don’t overcook the salmon: I like to cook my salmon to between 130-135 degrees and allow it to rest for 5 minutes before serving. The salmon will continue to cook as it rests. This is a great way to make sure the salmon doesn’t overcook.
  • Make sure to pat down the salmon: Before searing with a paper towel to remove any excess moisture. This is especially important if you are working with thawed frozen salmon. Patting the salmon down helps to get a nice crust on the outside when searing.
  • Leave the skin on the salmon during cooking. This helps the salmon stay together and not fall apart when flipping and keeps the salmon moist. Allow the salmon to cool a bit and remove the skin. It should remove very easily!
  • Don’t try to flip the salmon if it is sticking. This means it is not ready yet to be flipped. Give it a minute or two and it should release from the pan easily on its own.
  • Let the salmon come to room temperature for 15 minutes before pan-frying. This helps the fish cook evenly.

How to tell when your salmon is done cooking

The best way to tell if your salmon is done is by placing a meat thermometer in the thickest part of the salmon. Although the FDA recommends 145 degrees I find that cooking the salmon to 130-135°F and then allowing it to rest for 5 minutes provides the most tender, moist (not dry) salmon! Another way to tell if your salmon is done is if it flakes easily and is no longer pink.

close up shot of honey lemon garlic salmon in skillet

What to serve with Honey Garlic Glazed Salmon

Storage and Reheating Instructions

  • Store: Leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
  • Reheating: The best way to reheat this honey garlic salmon is by cooking it on low heat until warmed through. Heating the salmon on too high of a heat will cause it to get dried out. I recommend heating it in the oven or toaster oven at 300 degrees until warmed through, about 15 minutes. Alternatively, you can heat up the salmon in a skillet over medium heat until warmed through.

honey glazed garlic salmon on white casserole dish

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Honey Garlic Salmon

4.66 from 78 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.

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

Images:
  • Season salmon with salt and pepper.
    Add oil to a large skillet over medium high heat. Once hot add in the salmon skin side down. Cook salmon for 5-7 minutes on skin side (depending on size).
  • 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.
  • Add garlic to the pan and cook for 1 minute.
  • Combine honey and lemon juice in a small bowl. Add the sauce to the pan. Continue cooking for 1-3 minutes or until the salmon is fully cooked and looks opaque and the sauce is thick.
  • Take off of the heat. When the salmon is cool enough to handle peel off the skin. Serve immediately with a sprinkle of chopped parsley for garnish, if desired.
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: 20 Minute Meal, Easy Weeknight Dinner, Honey Garlic Salmon, Seafood

 

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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!

      Kelley

    • 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.

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