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Honey Garlic Salmon Recipe

Honey Garlic Salmon is a healthy and simple dish made with salmon fillets in a flavorful buttery sauce. The sauce is made with butter, oil, garlic, brown sugar, honey, soy sauce, rice vinegar, chili sauce, and lemon. 
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword Honey Garlic Salmon
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 215kcal
Author Catalina Castravet



  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika or regular paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon blackening seasoning
  • 6 6 oz each salmon fillets
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 ⁄4 teaspoon onion powder

Honey Garlic Sauce:

  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 8 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 4 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon chili sauce
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice


Season the fish:

  • Pat dry salmon fillets with paper towels.
  • In a small bowl combine salt, pepper, paprika, blackening seasoning, garlic, and onion powder.
  • Gently rub the seasoning into the fillets. Set aside.
  • Adjust the oven rack to the middle position, and then preheat the broiler.

Make the Honey Garlic Sauce::

  • In the meantime, place a large skillet over medium-high heat.
  • Add the butter and oil, and once the butter is melted, add garlic, brown sugar, water, soy sauce, chili sauce, vinegar, honey, and lemon juice. Stir and cook 30 seconds, or until sauce is heated through.

Cook the Salmon:

  • Add the salmon pieces to the skillet into the sauce, skin side down if the fish has the skin, and cook 3-5 minutes.
  • Make sure to baste it frequently with the sauce from the pan. This means you have to spoon it over the top of the salmon.


  • Transfer the pan into the oven and broil for another for 5 minutes, basting with the sauce a few times. Broil until the fillets are caramelized and cooked to desired doneness.


  • Garnish with chopped parsley or green onions and serve.



Calories: 215kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 21mg | Sodium: 990mg | Potassium: 78mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 28g | Vitamin A: 334IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 13mg | Iron: 1mg