This honey garlic salmon is salmon fillets seared to perfection and coated in a sweet and savory honey garlic sauce. The perfect easy and healthy dinner for a busy weeknight!

Tender salmon is smothered in a 5 minute sauce made from garlic, honey and soy sauce for a unique yet delicious meal that the whole family will love.

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A pan of honey garlic salmon topped with a savory sauce and garnished with parsley and lemon.

First came honey garlic chicken, which has been pinned over 900,000 times! Then came honey garlic shrimp which is just as fabulous as the chicken version. And now I’m bringing you a new version of this favorite with honey garlic salmon. The 4 ingredient sauce just makes this dish special, and is such a great way to dress up plain salmon.

How to make honey garlic salmon

This recipe starts with salmon fillets. I like to use fresh salmon, but if you don’t have access to fresh salmon, you can use frozen fillets that have been thawed and patted dry. The fish is seasoned with salt and pepper and cooked in a hot pan until golden brown.

Seared salmon fillets in a frying pan.

After the salmon is cooked through, it comes out of the pan and goes onto a plate while you make the sauce. The sauce is a simple combination of soy sauce, honey, garlic and corn starch. After the sauce has thickened, you simply add the salmon back to the pan, spoon the sauce over the top, then enjoy!

Salmon fillets drizzled with a sweet and savory honey garlic sauce.

I typically serve this honey garlic salmon over steamed rice because of all the Asian flavors going on. You could also use brown rice, or even quinoa would be nice! Add a green veggie and you’ve got a complete meal that’s fresh, healthy and totally satisfying.

Honey garlic salmon served over rice with a side of broccoli.

If you’re looking for a little bit different take on salmon, you’re going to love this recipe!

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5 from 50 votes

Honey Garlic Salmon

AuthorSara Welch
A pan of honey garlic salmon topped with a savory sauce and garnished with parsley and lemon.
This honey garlic salmon is salmon fillets seared to perfection and coated in a sweet and savory honey garlic sauce. The perfect easy and healthy dinner for a busy weeknight!
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Total Time30 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Asian
Serves 4


  • 1 1/4 pounds salmon fillets
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup low sodium soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon chopped parsley
  • lemon wedges for serving


  • Heat the olive oil in a large pan over medium high heat. Season the salmon with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Place the salmon skin side up in the pan. Cook for 4-5 minutes per side or until cooked through.
  • Remove the salmon from the pan and place on a plate. Cover with foil to keep warm.
  • Add the garlic to the pan and cook for 30 seconds.
  • Add the water, soy sauce and honey to the pan; bring to a simmer.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the cornstarch with 1 tablespoon cold water.
  • Slowly pour the cornstarch mixture into the pan and whisk to combine. Bring to a boil and cook for 1 minute or until sauce has just thickened.
  • Return the salmon to the pan and spoon the sauce over the top. Sprinkle with parsley and serve with lemon wedges if desired.


Calories: 283kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 29g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 77mg | Sodium: 395mg | Potassium: 735mg | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 55IU | Vitamin C: 0.9mg | Calcium: 25mg | Iron: 1.6mg

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  1. 5 stars
    I prepared this tonight for our son’s birthday. My deviation was that I broiled a 3.5# slab of fresh wild-caught Atlantic salmon in the oven for about 7 minutes while preparing the secret sauce. The cooked fish went directly into the skillet that we used to prepare the sauce. Smiles all around the dinner table. Thanks for a great, easy to prepare recipe.

  2. 5 stars
    I had my husband make this for me and I have never been able to choke down salmon without gagging. I want to eat salmon because it’s so good for you so I will try it every so often. I had it served over rice with steamed broccoli and I have to say I kinda liked it. This is a huge victory for me! While this isn’t something I will be begging him to make…but just for the fact I’m okay with it makes it 5 stars.

  3. 5 stars
    This was fantastic. I am not a salmon lover, but made this for my son who was visiting. We absolutely loved it. Nice slight crunch on top, not fishy, and great flavor. Served on a bed of wilted spinach and a side of roasted asparagus. delicious👍

  4. 5 stars
    My family loves this recipe for salmon! It was delicious! I Can’t wait to try this on chicken and shrimp!!

  5. Im planning to make this tonight – it says cook the salmon skin side up, but the picture has the salmon skin side down in the pan (how I would normally cook salmon). Which way is best?

  6. 5 stars
    This was excellent!! So yummy. I am not a big fan of salmon, but hubby loves it and I know it is good for me, so I fix it occasionally. This was so good that I may have been converted to the “I like it” side.

  7. I made this today with my family here in Uganda and its mouth watering also delicious in its way

  8. 5 stars
    If you’re looking for a new way to make salmon other than with the traditional lemon and garlic sauce, this it it! Quick, easy, and delicious! My husband and I both loved it!

    1. 5 stars
      Everyone is giving this recipe such too poor reviews I will have to write this recipe my Hubby & I are lovers of salmon always looking to try new recipe. Thks everyone. Be Safe👍👍👍🤗🤗

  9. 5 stars
    I made this for dinner tonight and it’s absolutely delicious. Quick and easy. Thanks for sharing this recipe.