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Thanks to this 5-star, menu-quality Honey Garlic Salmon, you can never order salmon from a restaurant again. When you can achieve sweet, savory, sticky baked salmon perfection at home, why would you ever need to go out? Bonus: This easy weeknight recipe is done in just 20 minutes!

Roasted honey garlic salmon with lemon and green beans on a plate

Why You’ll Love This Honey Garlic Baked Salmon Recipe

  • Restaurant Quality at Home. Crispy on top, succulent inside, and bathed in a smoky-sweet honey garlic sauce, this baked salmon recipe outshines much of the salmon you’ve ordered at restaurants. Once you taste it, I bet you’ll think twice about ordering salmon from someone else’s menu too!
  • 20-Minute Dinner. Even if you’ve never cooked salmon before, I promise you can make this recipe—and my Pesto Salmon—with rip-roaring success. (For an excellent overview of baking salmon, check out my How to Cook Salmon). This dish comes together in just 20 minutes, so it is 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 (as is this Salmon Wellington).
  • That Glaze, Though. While I rarely repeat meals—with salmon variations ranging from Teriyaki Salmon to Broiled Salmon, we have plenty to choose from—this honey garlic glaze has become a regular. The glaze is deep and sassy with smoked paprika, honey, and a heap of fresh garlic, and this recipe makes plenty of it.
A plate of honey garlic salmon without soy sauce on a plate with lemon and green beans

5 Star Review

“Just made this salmon tonight, and it was delicious! Very tasty, quick and easy. Will definitely make it often!”

— Danielle —

How to Make Honey Garlic Salmon

The Ingredients

  • Salmon. With a tender, flaky texture and delicious flavor, salmon fillets are an excellent lean, low-carb protein option. Plus, the glaze will make them appealing to the fish skeptics at your table (sway them with this Bourbon Glazed Salmon or Garlic Salmon next).
  • Honey. Honey adds scrumptious natural sweetness to the glaze and helps it caramelize to perfection. (I also love it in both this Miso Glazed Salmon and this Honey Glazed Salmon with soy sauce.)
  • Lemon Juice. For acidity and brightness.
  • Minced Garlic + Spices. Minced cloves of garlic, smoked paprika, cayenne pepper, and salt add wonderful flavor to the glaze. The smoked paprika adds a nice smokiness (it’s also a key ingredient in my Salmon Seasoning!), and the cayenne brings just a touch of heat. For an extra kick, add red pepper flakes or sriracha to the sauce. If you enjoy spicy salmon, try this Blackened Salmon, too.
  • Parsley or Green Onion. I love to finish off this salmon dish with a shower of freshness. Both parsley and green onion are tasty choices.

The Directions

  1. Prepare. Let the salmon fillets come to room temperature, and pat dry.
Garlic honey salmon glaze in a bowl
  1. Make the Glaze. Whisk the honey garlic glaze ingredients together in a small bowl.
Four raw salmons fillets on butcher paper
  1. Sear. Season the salmon with salt and pepper. Heat an oven-proof skillet on the stovetop over medium-high heat to high heat. Start cooking the salmon skin side up.
Four salmon fillets in a skillet
  1. Flip. Once browned, flip each fillet over (so it’s now skin side down). Turn off the heat.
salmon with honey garlic sauce being poured over it in a skillet
  1. Bake. Baste the salmon fillets with the honey-garlic mixture. Move the skillet to a 450 degree F oven, and bake for 4 to 5 minutes. Serve with parsley or green onion and lemon. ENJOY!
Four fillets of easy honey garlic salmon baked

Storage Tips

  • To Store. Refrigerate leftovers in an airtight 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 (like this Ramen Salad) or over Vegetable Lo Mein or Cauliflower Fried Rice.

Easy salmon with honey garlic in a skillet

What to Serve with Honey Garlic Salmon

Recipe Tips and Tricks

  • Salmon 101. If you are new to the salmon game, you might want to start with this million-dollar Baked Salmon and use my Salmon Temperature Guide for extra tips and tricks. From there, move onto Baked Spicy Salmon, Broiled Salmon, Cedar Plank Salmon, Grilled Salmon in Foil, and Poached Salmon.
  • Thaw Frozen Salmon First. While frozen salmon fillets are excellent for Air Fryer Salmon, for this salmon recipe, where you will sear and glaze the fish, you need to thaw it first so the glaze adheres and the outside can crisp.
  • Get the Perfect Sear. The secrets to the perfect salmon sear are two-fold: 1. Get that skillet nice and HOT (don’t rush it and add the salmon when the skillet’s only at medium heat), and 2. Don’t disturb the fish while it cooks. See this Pan Seared Salmon for more tips, and watch the recipe video below for an easy visual.
  • Put the Extra Glaze to Use. Extra glaze? Spoon it over the fish before serving or enjoy it over Instant Pot Brown Rice or cauliflower rice (my favorite).
The BEST Honey garlic salmon fillets with lemon

Honey Garlic Salmon

5 from 28 votes
The BEST honey garlic salmon recipe. Ready in 20 minutes, this easy, healthy baked glazed salmon is a favorite for busy weeknights. So good!

Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Total: 20 minutes

Servings: 4 servings


  • 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


  • Place a rack in the center of your oven and preheat the oven to 450 degrees F.
  • Let the salmon rest at room temperature for 10 minutes. With paper towels, pat it dry on both sides.
  • In a small mixing bowl or liquid measuring cup, whisk together the honey, hot water, lemon juice, garlic, smoked paprika, ¼ teaspoon salt, and cayenne pepper. Keep near the stove.
  • Heat an ovenproof skillet (cast iron is ideal) just large enough to hold the salmon comfortably over medium high—you don't want the salmon to overlap, but you also don't want there to be too much extra room around the salmon or the sauce may burn.
  • Sprinkle the salmon with 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon black pepper (wait to season the fish until just before adding it to the pan).
  • Once the skillet is hot, add the olive oil. Swirl to coat the pan, then add the salmon, skin-side up/flesh side down. When lowering the fish into the pan, move it in a direction away from you so that you aren’t splattered with oil. Sprinkle the skin side of the fish with a generous pinch of additional salt.
  • Cook the salmon for 4 minutes without disturbing it, until it is browned and releases easily from the pan. With a thin spatula (a fish spatula is perfect), carefully turn over each fillet. Turn off the heat.
  • Pour the honey mixture over the salmon fillets. With a spoon, baste the top of the fish with the sauce for 1 minute.
  • 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; if your salmon is thicker or thinner, you will need to adjust the cooking time accordingly. Salmon is done when it reaches 145 degrees F on an instant read thermometer and flakes easily with a fork. Do not overcook or the salmon will be dry (once I get close to 145 degrees F, I remove the salmon to a plate then cover it and let it rest a few minutes so the carryover cooking finishes the job).
  • 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.



  • INGREDIENT NOTE: If your honey starts to get very dark, don’t panic! It is just the sugar caramelizing, and your fish should not taste burned. If this happens, it may be that your skillet is too large (so the honey cooks more quickly) or too hot. Take it as a learning for next time and enjoy your salmon.
  • 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.


Serving: 1(of 4)Calories: 379kcalCarbohydrates: 20gProtein: 34gFat: 18gSaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 94mgPotassium: 889mgFiber: 1gSugar: 18gVitamin A: 404IUVitamin C: 6mgCalcium: 32mgIron: 2mg

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  1. Such an incredibly easy and delicious recipe! We had it for dinner tonight. I ended up transferring it to a roasting tin lined with foil, since I wasn’t sure I could put my pan in the oven. I had preheated the tin with the oven, so that no heat would be lost in the transfer. My husband and 2 year old really liked it! Thanks for a great one that we will definitely make again!5 stars

  2. Way easier to prepare than I thought it would be. Super tasty and it made me look like a star cook! ? Thank you, Erin!5 stars

  3. WOW this recipe is so good! Even my toddler loved it. The sauce is the PERFECT amount of sweetness with a teensy bit of spice and it was seriously so yummy. It was also incredibly easy!5 stars

  4. Delicious and simple. I’d recommend this to anybody. Perfect week night dinner but tastes like something you’d get at a fancy restaurant. Amazing!5 stars

  5. Absolutely amazing! I’m new to eating Salmon and when I saw this recipe with honey & garlic I had to try it. The flavors of the sauce are so delicious and cooking it in the cast iron skillet first gave it a nice sear. Definitely a keeper! So good!5 stars

  6. Erin this recipe is incredible. I made it for a date and she raves to everyone we meet about how good of a cook I am and brings up this dish in particular!

    One thing I wanted to ask: is there a way to turn extra honey glaze into a dipping sauce? Sometimes my salmon is a little dry (pulled mine at 130 and let it rest) and I thought a dipping sauce on the side might be a good addition.

    If not, no worries, I’ll be making this recipe for the rest of my life anyway.5 stars

    1. I’m SO happy that you enjoyed it, Kent! I think you could make a little extra glaze and turn it into a dipping sauce if you’d like.

  7. Absolutely love this recipe! I’ve been using Well-Plated for a while now and still have not found a recipe I don’t like! Thank you for creating these great and easy dishes! The only problematic issue I have is now my girlfriend thinks I can cook haha5 stars

  8. Excellent recipe! I doubled the sauce the second time making it since the sauce is so good. Served with Brussels sprouts and brown rice which were also great to top the sauce with. Thanks, Erin! And go Irish!!5 stars

  9. This was my first time making salmon and this recipe made it so easy!!! Not to mention it turned out AMAZING. I will definitely be adding this meal to the dinner rotation!5 stars

  10. Hi. I don’t have a cast iron frying pan. Can I use a frying pan and transfer it to another pan for the oven? Will it still taste as good?

    1. Hi Tracy! I’m sorry I have only tested this recipe as written so it would be hard for me to say. If you decide to experiment, let me know how it goes!

  11. My fiancé and I made this over the weekend together and it was honestly one of the best salmon meals we’ve made together in a while. It was so easy and so delicious that I ended up making it again the next day. Highly recommend it!5 stars

  12. I made this with hopes that the honey taste wouldn’t be overwhelming and it wasn’t!! It was perfect. I served it with the Spinach and Apple salad.5 stars

  13. I’m obsessed with this recipe. It was so quick and easy. The flavors were amazing. I made this dish for my family and they were in love with it. I’m still thinking about how good it was days after. I can’t wait to make it again.5 stars

  14. Been eating a lot of salmon during my pregnancy since it’s so nutrient dense and have tried several variations of this recipe. This one’s definitely the best . So delicious and easy!5 stars

  15. Came across this recipe while looking for a different way to prepare salmon. It was truly as good as everyone says. It will now be my go-to salmon recipe. The sauce is so good! Salmon cooked perfectly. I served with sautéed corn, red pepper, shallot and green onion.5 stars

  16. I tripled this recipe for my family and cut one large salmon into smaller filets. This is one of the best meals we’ve had. This recipe is divine.5 stars

  17. Excellent recipe. I just retired so I’m trying my hand at cooking so I need something simple. This recipe was very simple, but resulted in a flavorful sauce that enhanced the salmon rather than covering it up.5 stars

  18. I made this for my roommate and I earlier and it was so GOOD! So easy to make but still packs so much flavor, I was pleasantly surprised.5 stars

  19. This has to be the best salmon recipe I have ever had. And so easy to make. My husband loved it too! ..He ate every bite. Now that’s something to brag about! 😁5 stars

  20. Trying to find healthier options for dinner. My family is not a fan of any type of fish. Made this for dinner tonight, and it came out really good! I’m so glad I found this and tried it. Incredible flavors – sweet and tangy. I will definitely make this again soon. Thanks5 stars

  21. I am obsessed with the flavors in this dish! Easy and delicious. I served it with green veggies and steam rice, so very simple and genuinely done in about 12 mins. Thank you so much!5 stars

  22. I really enjoyed this recipe. Been trying to eat more salmon for health benefits and this is so flavorful! Simple ingredients you already have at home. Easy to prepare and delicious. We serve it on a bed of rice and veggies.5 stars

  23. SO delicious!!! And like all other Erin Clarke recipes, so easy to follow! Going into our regular meal rotation for sure!5 stars

  24. Delicious and easy! We had skinless salmon and it still turned out great. A perfect weeknight dinner.5 stars