This soy and honey glazed salmon comes together so fast, but tastes like a gourmet dish from a fancy seafood restaurant.
This is seriously one of the best salmon dishes that I’ve ever had! Chris, a very picky fish eater, wolfed down his entire piece (and it was a large one) and said that I can feel free to make this one any day. “Even on steak days??” I asked, “Sure!” he said, “as long as you make the steak too”.
The secret here is the soy and honey marinade / glaze, which coats the salmon with a perfect balance of sweet and salty. Garlic, green onions and sesame seeds pack some delicious flavor and the ginger gives it a nice kick.
You’ll get hooked on this soy and honey glaze! Try it on chicken thighs or even pork tenderloin. And… definitely on this salmon.
This is also a fantastic make ahead recipe. Just make the marinade, coat the fish and leave it to marinate in the fridge while you prepare everything else. Then it’s just about cooking it for 20 min or so and dinner is ready.
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- 2 salmon filets (about 1 lb for 2 people)
- 1/4 cup honey
- 3 tbs soy sauce
- 1 tbs sesame oil
- 3 tbs olive oil
- 1/2 tbs minced fresh ginger
- 1/2 tbs minced garlic (1 or 2 cloves)
- 3 chopped scallion (white parts only, save green parts to sprinkle at the end)
- 1/2 tbs sesame seeds
1) In a bowl, whisk all of the ingredients together except for the salmon. Remove any bones from the fish and cut off the skin (see instructional photos below).
2) Place the salmon in a ziplock bag, add the marinade and lightly massage it into the salmon so it is evenly coated. Marinate in the fridge for at least 20 minutes and up to 3 hours.
3) Preheat oven to 400. Layer a sheet pan with foil (don't skip this step, or clean up will take forever!), remove salmon from marinade and shake off excess. Reserve the marinade. Cook salmon in preheated oven for 15 minutes.
4) Meanwhile, place the rest of the marinade into a small saucepan and simmer on medium to medium low heat to thicken slightly into a glaze consistency, about 4 to 5 min. Watch to not burn it!
5) Remove salmon from oven, raise heat to a broil, brush salmon with the thickened glaze all over and broil for 3 to 5 minutes, until starting to brown on the edges. Again, watch closely to not burn! You just want to crisp the top slightly.
6) Remove from oven, brush with more glaze, even spoon some over. It’s delicious! Taste for salt. I like to sprinkle a little Maldon or kosher salt as soon as the fish comes out, while it’s still warm so the salt melts.
7) Serve with side of choice. Some roasted potatoes and a green salad are perfect, or try an Asian flavored slaw (will post my favorite one soon!) or some mashed potatoes and broccoli. It's delicious with anything.
This recipe is for 2 people, but the marinade as is should also enough to coat 4 filets. If cooking for more, just double the marinade ingredients.
If you want to use the marinade / glaze for chicken thighs or pork tenderloin, just follow the recipe and cook the meat until it registers 160 for the thighs or 140 for the tenderloin. Then coat with glaze and give it a broil.