Honey Garlic Salmon


The easiest honey garlic salmon is here to elevate your dinner game! Serve it with brown rice and stir-fry veggies for the perfectly balanced meal.

Honey Garlic Salmon

Honey Garlic Salmon

One of my all time favorite dinners is this honey garlic salmon recipe. Normally, a good piece of salmon doesn’t need much aside from a couple of spices and a good quality cooking oil. But, if you’re looking to change up the flavor game, this honey garlic salmon sauce is definitely a must try.

This recipe is great for nights you want a quick, 30-minute dinner. I love to pair it with brown rice and stir fried veggies.

Honey Garlic Salmon

This sauce is so easy to throw together, and has much simpler ingredients than ones you’d find in a store bought sauce.

What you’ll need for the Honey Garlic Sauce:

  • Coconut aminos is one of my go-to condiments in place of soy sauce. It’s made of coconut sap and sea salt, and can be used as a naturally gluten-free soy sauce alternative, with way less sodium and a natural sweetness. I love it for this recipe because it requires less added sugar from the honey.
  • Tapioca flour- extracted from the roots of the cassava plant, I use this as a thickener for the sauce. You’ll see me use it a lot in my recipes, but it’s easily replaceable with arrowroot flour, rice flour or regular flour!
  • Honey
  • Garlic
  • Sesame oil
  • & red chili flakes- this ones totally optional, but I love to add some heat to my meals

For the salmon, the thicker the cut the better. My favorite cut of salmon for this recipe is the belly or top loin. It keeps the center flakey and the ends soft.

This honey garlic salmon has truly become one of our weeknight staples and pairs perfectly with a grain and veggie of choice. The sauce truly makes this dish, and you can honestly pair it with anything- tofu, chicken, summer rolls, or your favorite veggies!

What to serve with your Honey Garlic Salmon

Take-out style Sesame Noodles

Thai Salad with Peanut Sauce

Sweet & Spicy Cauliflower Poppers

Honey Garlic Salmon

5 from 4 votes
Course: Main, Dinner


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You can substitute low-sodium soy sauce or tamari for the coconut aminos, but may need to adjust the salt and the honey since coconut aminos is less salty and slightly sweeter than both options.


  • 8-12 oz 8-12 salmon fillets, skin on

  • 1 tbsp 1 olive oil, or cooking oil of choice

  • Salt & pepper

  • Honey Garlic Sauce
  • 1/3 cup 1/3 coconut aminos or low-sodium soy sauce

  • 1 tbsp 1 honey

  • 1 clove 1 garlic, crushed

  • 1 tsp 1 sesame oil

  • 1 tsp 1 red chili flakes

  • 2 tbsp 2 water

  • 1 tsp 1 tapioca flour

  • 1 tbsp 1 sesame seeds, plus more to top

  • 2 scallions 2 chopped

  • Pinch of salt

  • Serve with:
  • Brown or white rice

  • Stir fry veggie blend


  • Heat a large skillet on medium heat
  • Pat the salmon dry and season with salt and pepper. You can leave it as a whole fillet, or cut it into smaller servings
  • Add the olive oil to the pan, and place the salmon skin side up. Cook for about 2-3 minutes on medium heat.
  • In the meantime, whisk together all sauce ingredients in a small bowl and set aside.
  • Flip the salmon onto its skin and let it cook for another 2-3 minutes on medium heat.
  • Lower the heat to a low/medium and pour in the honey garlic sauce. Let the salmon finish cooking in the sauce for about 4-5 minutes, until the sauce thickens and the fish is cooked through.
  • Finish it off with chopped scallions and sesame seeds.


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Other dinner recipes you may like:

Salmon Burgers with Spicy Slaw

Spicy Peanut Tofu

Take-out Style Sesame Noodles


  1. Ahmad 2010

    Nice recipe . I tried it

  2. This is only way I make salmon now, so yummy!

  3. Lyndsey

    Can’t stop making my salmon this way! Absolutely delicious!!!

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