Honey Garlic Salmon


Last Updated on December 11, 2023

The easiest honey garlic salmon is here to elevate your dinner game! Serve it with brown rice and stir-fry veggies for a 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 where you want a quick, 30-minute dinner on the table. I love to serve it over rice with stir-fried veggies, or a sesame cucumber salad.

This sauce is so easy to throw together and is made with just a few simple pantry ingredients. It’s easily modifiable and has less sugar than store bought sauces.


What you’ll need to make honey garlic salmon:

  • 3-4 salmon fillets, about 4-6 oz each. I love thicker cuts of salmon that stay flakey and tender when cooked
  • 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 & ginger
  • Sesame seeds
  • Scallions
  • Red chili flakes- this ones optional, but I love to add some heat to my meals
  1. Start by seasoning the salmon lightly with salt, pepper and smoked paprika. Sear both sides of the salmon in oil for 2-3 minutes per side
  2. Once the salmon is browned, drain any excess oil from the pan using a paper towel.
  3. Pour the sauce ingredients into the pan and let the sauce cook on a low flame until it thickens.
  4. Add a few thinly sliced lemon slices into the sauce and place the salmon back into the pan. Finish cooking the fish for another 5-6 minutes on a low flame.
  5. Garnish with extra scallions and sesame seeds

The sauce is so delicious, it can even be used as a marinade for tofu, chicken or your favorite protein. Serve the salmon over rice with your favorite veggies for a hearty weeknight dinner.

This honey garlic salmon has truly become one of our weeknight staples. You guys are going to love it!

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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  • 3 3 -4 salmon fillets, about 4-6 oz each

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

  • 1/4 tsp smoked paprika

  • Salt & pepper

  • 3-4 thin lemon slices

  • Honey Garlic Sauce
  • 1/3 cup 1/3 coconut aminos or 1/4 cup low-sodium soy sauce

  • 1 tbsp 1 honey

  • 2 clove 2 garlics, crushed

  • 1 tsp 1 grated ginger

  • 1 tsp 1 red chili flakes

  • 2 tbsp 2 water mixed with 1 tsp tapioca flour or cornstarch

  • 1 tbsp 1 sesame seeds

  • 2 2 scallions chopped

  • Pinch salt, if using coconut aminos

  • Serve with:
  • Brown or white rice

  • Stir fry veggies


  • Heat a large skillet on medium heat and add in the olive oil
  • Pat the salmon dry and season with the paprika and a pinch of salt & pepper
  • Place the salmon skin side down and cook for about 2 minutes. Flip the salmon fillets over and sear for another 2-3 minutes until browned. Remove the salmon from the pan and drain any excess oil using a paper towel.
  • While that cooks, whisk together all sauce ingredients in a small bowl. Once you remove the salmon from the pan and wipe away the excess oil, pour the sauce into the pan and lower the heat to a medium/low.
  • Once the sauce begins to thicken, place the salmon back into the pan with 3-4 lemon slices. Spoon the sauce over each fish fillet and finish cooking for another 5-6 minutes.
  • Top it off with extra chopped scallions and sesame seeds.


Did you make this recipe?

Tag @somethingnutritious on Instagram- I’d love to see your creations!

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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