Honey Garlic Salmon: Ready in 30 Minutes

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • Restaurant-Quality at Home: Crispy on top, succulent inside, and bathed in a smoky-sweet honey garlic sauce, this baked salmon recipe outshines many of the salmon you’ve ordered at restaurants.
  • 20-Minute Dinner: Even if you’ve never cooked salmon before, you can make this recipe with rip-roaring success. It comes together in just 20 minutes, making it a great weeknight recipe.
  • Seared and Baked:

    Best of both worlds! Seared on the stove, then finished in the oven, the presentation of this healthy and easy salmon recipe is spectacular.
  • That Glaze, Though: The glaze is deep and sassy with smoked paprika, honey, and a heap of fresh garlic.


  • 4 (6-ounce) skin-on salmon fillets
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 3 tablespoons hot water
  • 3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 6 cloves minced garlic (about 2 tablespoons)
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons smoked paprika

  • 3/4 to 1 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • Chopped fresh parsley or green onion for serving
  • Lemon wedges (optional) for serving


  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
  2. Let the salmon rest at room temperature for 10 minutes. Pat dry on both sides.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together the honey, hot water, lemon juice, garlic, smoked paprika, ¼ teaspoon salt, and cayenne pepper.
  4. Heat an ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat. Add the olive oil and swirl to coat the pan.
  5. Season the salmon with 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon black pepper. Add the salmon to the pan, skin-side up.
  6. Cook the salmon for 4 minutes without disturbing it, until it is browned and releases easily from the pan.
  7. Carefully turn over each fillet. Turn off the heat.
  8. Pour the honey mixture over the salmon fillets. Baste the top of the fish with the sauce for 1 minute.
  9. Transfer the skillet to the oven. Bake until the salmon flakes easily with a fork, about 4 to 5 more minutes for 1-inch fillets.
  10. Sprinkle the salmon with parsley or green onion and squeeze additional lemon over the top if you like. Enjoy hot with more pan sauce spooned over the top.

Storage Tips

  • To Store: Refrigerate leftover salmon in an airtight storage container for up to 2 days.
  • To Reheat: Honey garlic salmon can be very gently reheated in a skillet over medium-low heat.

Meal Plan Tip

  • Whisk the glaze ingredients together up to 1 day in advance, storing the mixture in the refrigerator until you’re ready to cook.

Leftover Ideas

  • Leftover salmon is tasty served on a salad or over Vegetable Lo Mein or Cauliflower Fried Rice.

What to Serve with Honey Garlic Salmon

  • Vegetable Sides: Keep it simple with easy sides like Grilled Broccoli, Sautéed Green Beans, or Roasted Eggplant.

  • Salads: Pair your honey garlic salmon with Asian Cucumber Salad on the side, or serve the fillets atop Asian Cabbage Salad.
  • Grains: White Rice and Brown Rice will soak up all that delectable glaze, or make a pan of Egg Fried Rice.
  • Asian-Inspired Dishes: I love this salmon with Cabbage Stir Fry or Zucchini Stir Fry, too.


Hi! I’m Debbi!

I am no chef, I am just a mom who loves to eat good food. I enjoy making healthy, low calorie meals without compromising taste. It’s not all healthy here but I do try!


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