This honey garlic salmon recipe is so good your entire family will be coming back for more. Enjoy this honey garlic salmon with a side of rice and your favorite vegetables for the perfect weeknight meal. The entire dish comes together in under 30 minutes and is jam packed with flavor.  Trust me guys, you’re going to love this easy salmon recipe.

Honey Garlic Salmon – Healthyish Foods

Ingredients Needed for Honey Garlic Salmon

Salmon – You will need one pound of salmon for this recipe. You can cut it into two eight-ounce filets or leave it whole. I prefer a fattier salmon for this dish, but you can use whatever you enjoy most.

Avocado Oil – For this recipe you will need avocado oil or olive oil. I like the avocado oil because it has a high smoke point which means it can get very hot without burning. You will use two tablespoons of avocado oil to pan sear the salmon. The third tablespoon will be used to sauté the garlic when making the sauce.

Salt / Pepper – Be sure to pat the salmon dry with a paper towel. This will allow you to achieve a crispy sear on the outside of the fish. Option to leave the skin on. Only season the fish directly before you add it to the pan. Letting the salt rest on the fish for too long will draw moisture to the surface of the fish, which prevents you from getting a crispy sear.

Sauce – Combine soy sauce, light brown sugar, honey, lemon juice and red pepper flakes in a small bowl.

Garlic – You will need minced garlic for this recipe.

Garnishes – Garnish this salmon with toasted sesame seeds and chopped green onions. Serve hot.

Honey Garlic Salmon – Healthyish Foods

Tips and Tricks for Perfect Pan Seared Salmon

Be sure to pat the salmon dry with a paper towel. Removing excess moistures from the surface of the fish promotes a crispy sear.

Season the fish with salt and pepper directly before you add it to the pan. If you allow the salt to rest on the fish too long it will draw moisture to the surface of the fish, preventing a crispy sear.

Option to leave the skin on. Leaving the skin on promotes a moister, tender filet.

Cooking times will vary based on the thickness of your filets. You’ll want the internal temperature to reach 125-130 for medium doneness.

Fattier salmon like Ora King, Scottish, or Atlantic work well in this recipe. Leaner salmon, like Sockeye will work too but has less fat.

Pan sear the salmon with an oil that has a high smoke point. Avocado oil or Grapeseed oil work best. However, olive oil works well too.

Honey Garlic Salmon – Healthyish Foods

How to Make Honey Garlic Salmon

Combine low sodium soy sauce, light brown sugar, fresh squeezed lemon juice, honey and red pepper flakes in a small mixing bowl. Set it aside.

Pat your salmon dry with a paper towel. Option to leave the skin on.

Heat 2 tablespoons of avocado oil in a non-stick skillet.

Season the salmon filets with salt and pepper directly before you add them to the hot pan.

Add the salmon to the hot pan meat side down.

Sear for 3ish minutes. Do not touch the salmon.

Gently flip the salmon and sear for an additional 3ish minutes on the skin side.

Remove the salmon from the pan.

Wipe out any excess oil with a paper towel.

Add the remaining tablespoon of avocado oil and sauté the minced garlic.

Once the garlic is fragrant and lightly browned, pour in the sauce.

Add the salmon back into the pan, and gently spoon the sauce over the salmon.

Once the sauce reduces to your liking, remove the salmon from the pan.

Top it with toasted sesame seeds and chopped green onions.

Serve it with rice and vegetables.

Honey Garlic Salmon – Healthyish Foods

Storage

Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for three to four days. Reheat in the microwave. Looking for more recipes?

Honey Garlic Salmon – Healthyish Foods

Honey Garlic Salmon

This honey garlic salmon recipe is so good your entire family will be coming back for more. Enjoy this honey garlic salmon with a side of rice and your favorite vegetables for the perfect weeknight meal.
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Ingredients

  • 1 lb. salmon, skin on
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons avocado oil, or olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons garlic , minced, about 2-3 cloves
  • ¼ cup soy sauce, low sodium
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 2 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice, fresh squeezed
  • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon toasted sesame seeds
  • 1 tablespoon green onions, chopped

Equipment

  • 1 non-stick skillet
  • 1 small mixing bowl

Instructions 

  • Combine low sodium soy sauce, light brown sugar, fresh squeezed lemon juice, honey and red pepper flakes in a small mixing bowl. Set it aside.
  • Pat the salmon dry with a paper towel. Option to leave the skin on.
  • Heat 2 tablespoons of avocado oil in a non-stick skillet.
  • Season the salmon filets with salt and pepper directly before you add them to the hot pan.
  • Add the salmon to the hot pan meat side down.
  • Sear for 3ish minutes. Do not move the salmon.
  • Gently flip the salmon and sear it for an additional 3ish minutes, skin side down.
  • Remove the salmon from the pan.
  • Wipe out any excess oil with a paper towel.
  • Add the remaining tablespoon of avocado oil and sauté the minced garlic.
  • Once the garlic is fragrant and lightly browned, pour in the sauce.
  • Add the salmon back into the pan, and gently spoon the sauce over the salmon.
  • Once the sauce reduces to your liking, remove the salmon from the pan.
  • Top it with toasted sesame seeds and chopped green onions.
  • Serve it with rice and vegetables.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving, Calories: 412kcal, Carbohydrates: 17g, Protein: 32g, Fat: 24g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g, Monounsaturated Fat: 13g, Cholesterol: 83mg, Sodium: 1346mg, Potassium: 829mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 14g, Vitamin A: 132IU, Vitamin C: 5mg, Calcium: 43mg, Iron: 2mg