This Honey Soy Glazed Salmon is simple, yet so delicious. Fresh grilled, pan seared, or baked salmon fillets are topped with a flavorful glaze that you’ll want to eat on repeat this summer.
What are the health benefits of salmon?
Salmon is an incredible source of healthy fats, specifically a type called omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3 fats have been proven to be heart healthy as they can help reduce risk for heart disease and stroke.
Salmon is also a great source of lean protein and vitamin D–which can be hard to find in food sources. Overall, we should aim to eat fish at least twice a week.
How do I cook salmon fillets?
For this recipe, you can cook the salmon fillets several different ways. Buying salmon fillets pre-cut makes for easy portions and plating. Alternatively, you can also buy one pound of salmon whole.
Cooking salmon in a pan
First, add olive oil to a large skillet over medium-high heat. Then, add your salmon fillets, skin side down. Cook for about 4-5 minutes, depending on the thickness of the fillet, then flip. Cook for another 4-5 minutes until salmon flakes easily with a fork.
Cooking salmon on the grill
First, make sure your salmon is well oiled. Then, add your salmon fillets skinless side over the grill. This ensures you get those delicious grill marks. Cook for about 4-5 minutes, depending on the thickness of the fillet, then flip. Cook for another 4-5 minutes until salmon flakes easily with a fork. You can also simply wrap the salmon in foil and cook for 10-12 minutes until done.
Cooking salmon in the oven
You can bake salmon too. Cook salmon fillets or whole salmon in the oven at 425 degrees. I usually bake salmon for about 8-12 minutes depending on the thickness on your fillet. You’ll know it’s done when the salmon flakes easily with a fork.
How do I make the honey soy glaze?
The honey soy glaze comes together in no time. Simply add all glaze ingredients to a small saucepan and stir over medium heat for 5-7 minutes until glaze is slightly thickened. Don’t leave the glaze on the heat for too long or it will become overly thick.
The key to this glaze is the fresh ginger and fresh garlic which add that savory, umami flavor. You want to make sure the ginger and garlic are very finely grated. They should be almost into a paste-like consistency so they mix easily with the other liquid ingredients. To save time, you can buy pre-made ginger and garlic paste in the produce section.
For extra flavor, you can also marinate your salmon in the glaze ingredients for 15 minutes before transferring any leftover marinade to the small saucepan to heat and make your thickened glaze.
What else should I serve with this honey soy glazed salmon?
Serve with jasmine rice and grilled or sautéed vegetables of your choice to create a balanced meal. Vegetables that pair well with this dish are bok choy, broccoli, asparagus, or summer squash. You can also try different protein options like chicken, tofu, or edamame.
Check out these other healthy salmon recipes:
- Nut Crusted Salmon
- Black Sesame Seed Encrusted Salmon
- Grilled Mediterranean Bruschetta Salmon
- Salmon with Pineapple Salsa
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1/4 cup low sodium soy sauce or tamari if gluten-free
- 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
- 2 teaspoons grated fresh ginger
- 2 teaspoons grated fresh garlic, about 2 cloves
- 4 - 4 ounce salmon fillets or 1 pound salmon whole
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- Cooked jasmine rice, for serving
- To prepare the glaze, in a small saucepan, whisk together the honey, soy sauce, rice vinegar, ginger, and garlic until well combined. (*see note for optional marinating instructions)
- Stirring often, cook over medium heat until glaze is slightly thickened and reduced, about 5-7 minutes.
- To cook salmon on a pan: Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Season the salmon with pepper, then, add the salmon to the pan, skin-side down. Cook 4-5 minutes each side or until fish flakes easily with a fork. To cook salmon on the grill: Season salmon with pepper and then rub olive oil over the fillets, making sure they are well oiled. Then, add your salmon fillets skinless side over the grill. This ensures you get those delicious grill marks. Cook for about 4-5 minutes each side or until fish flakes easily with a fork. Alternatively, you can wrap the salmon in foil and cook for 10-12 minutes until done. To cook salmon in the oven: Place salmon on a baking sheet and cook for 8-12 minutes, depending on the thickness and size of your fillet, until fish flakes easily with a fork.
- Spoon soy glaze over cooked salmon fillets and serve over jasmine rice, if desired.
*For extra flavor, you can also marinate your salmon in the glaze ingredients for 15 minutes before transferring any leftover marinade to a small saucepan to heat and make your thickened glaze.