I have a habit of falling into long, energetic discussions about cooking (surprised?). One topic that especially gets me gabbing is go-to ideas. Fast and easy baked salmon recipes like this Soy Ginger Salmon are at the top of my list!

Baked Soy Ginger Salmon – the best, easiest recipe for PERFECT cooked salmon! Moist and flavorful, with a delicious honey soy ginger glaze. Fast enough for busy weeknight dinners, but special enough for company. Recipe at wellplated.com | @wellplated

My most recent cooking-themed conversation was with my hairstylist. Mid-cut, she asked if I ever found myself cooking the same thing over and over again. (Apparently she was having an interlude with all things sesame/ginger and was curious if I’d gone through similar phases.) Guess which recipe I couldn’t wait to tell her about…

SOY GINGER SALMON!

Salmon is my answer whenever anyone asks about my go-to weeknight meals. We eat some iteration of it almost once a week. (This extensive list of healthy salmon recipes on my site is proof.)

I realize that describing salmon recipes (like Honey Glazed Salmon) as my go-to dinner sounds a bit pinkies-up, but I promise the only thing fancy about this salmon recipe is how accomplished you’ll feel after you make it.

Salmon is healthy and versatile, and the fact that I spent the majority of my adult life being terrified to cook a piece of fish yet managed to nail baked salmon on my first attempt should tell you that anyone (and I mean anyone) can cook this Soy Ginger Salmon recipe with success!

Easy Soy Ginger Salmon – a quick and easy recipe for busy weeknight dinners. Simple baked salmon, topped with a honey soy ginger glaze. Recipe at wellplated.com | @wellplated

Soy Ginger Salmon—An Easy Recipe Everyone Loves (and Anyone Can Make!)

Aside from the few of my mother’s unsuccessful attempts to persuade us to eat tuna noodle casserole or fish sticks, we ate very little fish growing up. Even if you had told me as recently as two years ago that I’d start making salmon for dinner at least once a week, I probably would not have believed you.

Fast forward to today: Baked Salmon in Foil and Grilled Salmon in Foil make regular appearances in our home, especially if I’m hosting a party or want yummy, healthy leftovers. Ben loves these particular salmon dishes (and this Buffalo Baked Salmon) so much that when I told him I was going to make a new salmon recipe with an Asian spin, I thought there might be mutiny.

Guess which version is his favorite now?

Soy Ginger Salmon – Easy baked salmon, topped with a honey soy ginger glaze. Perfect every time! Recipe at wellplated.com | @wellplated

When I’m looking to cook smaller portions of fish (this Spicy Baked Salmon, for example, is fabulous, but it yields a larger amount than I sometimes need) or if I’m craving a fresh twist, today’s Soy Ginger Salmon is my pick.

It’s filling, lively, and the chili soy garlic sauce will dance on your taste buds.

You can use this recipe to cook as many or as few fillets as you like, so it’s simple to scale to suit one, two, or a few. (For another scalable salmon recipe, check out my Salmon Meuniere or Whole30 Salmon.)

Making Soy Ginger Salmon

The method I describe in this recipe is for a seared then baked honey ginger salmon. If you have a skillet, a stove, and an oven, you can make it!

  • First, the salmon is seared on one side. Make sure your pan is screamin’ hot or the salmon will stick. This creates a super satisfying crust on the outside. You’ll love sinking your fork into it!
  • Next, you brush an easy soy ginger glaze all over the fish. It’s like a soy ginger marinade but WAY faster, because the fish doesn’t need to rest in it in advance. (For another salmon recipe with ginger flavor, try these tasty Salmon Burgers.)
  • Last, the salmon goes into the oven to bake for a few minutes, until it’s tender and flaky.

{If you prefer a grilled soy ginger salmon, you could use the same soy ginger glaze recipe but cook the fish on the grill instead.}

This Soy Ginger Salmon takes fewer than 20 minutes and tastes like it came from a restaurant (just like this Blackened Salmon). Your salmon will be crisp on the outside and moist on the inside, and you’ll have only one pan to wash in the end!

Soy Ginger Salmon – a quick and easy honey soy ginger glazed salmon, topped with spring onions. Simple and DELICIOUS! Recipe at wellplated.com | @wellplated

Serving Soy Ginger Salmon

We garnished our Soy Ginger Salmon with spring onions and sesame seeds, but if you are particularly pressed for time or ingredients, it tastes lovely without them too. For a complete meal, try this Soy Ginger Salmon with rice (this brown rice is my go-to) and simply steamed or sautéed veggies.

I also like to make extra Soy Ginger Salmon and use the leftovers to top a salad the next day for lunch (I do the same with this Teriyaki Salmon and this Bourbon Glazed Salmon.)

This Soy Ginger Salmon topped the charts in our kitchen, and I hope it becomes a greatest hit for you too!

Recommended Tools to Make Soy Ginger Salmon

  • Cast-iron skillet: If you don’t own one yet, this recipe is the perfect excuse! You can use a different sturdy skillet, but cast iron really will give you the best sear.
  • Fish spatula: I use this for EVERYTHING (veggies, pancakes, eggs), and yes, I use it for fish like this soy ginger salmon too.
Easy Soy Ginger Salmon – a quick and easy recipe for busy weeknight dinners. Simple baked salmon, topped with a honey soy ginger glaze. Recipe at wellplated.com | @wellplated

Soy Ginger Salmon

4.85 from 65 votes
Baked Soy Ginger Salmon—An easy, foolproof recipe for moist and flavorful baked salmon with honey soy ginger glaze. Simple, healthy, and delicious!

Prep: 5 mins
Cook: 15 mins
Total: 20 mins

Servings: 2 servings

Ingredients
  

  • 3 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 2 cloves garlic minced (about 2 teaspoons)
  • 2 teaspoons grated fresh ginger
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • ½ teaspoon garlic-chili paste sriracha, or ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 pound skin-on salmon fillet* at room temperature, cut into 3–4 portions
  • 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • Chopped green onions for serving
  • Toasted sesame seeds for serving

Instructions
 

  • Place a rack in the center of your oven and preheat to 425 degrees F. Place a large cast-iron skillet or other sturdy, ovenproof skillet on a burner set to high and heat for at least 10 minutes. You want the pan screaming hot or the salmon will stick to it.
  • In a small saucepan, stir together the soy sauce, rice vinegar, garlic, and ginger. Bring to a simmer over medium high, then remove from heat and stir in the honey and chili paste. Remove a few spoonfuls of the cooked glaze in a separate bowl for serving.
  • Drizzle the salmon with the olive oil and brush so that it is evenly coated. Place the salmon skin-side up on the hot skillet. Let cook for about 3 minutes, totally undisturbed, until the salmon forms a nice crust. When the salmon turns opaque on the sides and starts to turn opaque on top, use a flexible spatula to flip the salmon so that it is skin-side down. Brush or spoon the remaining glaze in the saucepan all over the top. Place the skillet immediately into the oven and let cook for 6 minutes (the salmon will appear a little undercooked in the center but will finish cooking as it rests). Remove from the oven and cover with foil. Let rest 4 to 5 minutes. Serve immediately, topped with reserved glaze, chopped green onion, and sesame seeds.

Notes

  • *You can also use salmon portions (smaller fillets), but be aware that they will bake more quickly. If you use sockeye salmon, please be aware that the fillets are thinner than Atlantic or farm-raised salmon, so it will both sear more quickly and bake more quickly.
  • Serving a crowd? Feel free to scale up this recipe to suite as many fillets as you need—just don’t crowd them in the skillet or they will not sear properly.
  • This recipe is best enjoyed the day it is made. If you have leftovers, try letting them come to room temperature for about 10 minutes, then adding them to a salad or even scrambled eggs or scrambled tofu.

Nutrition

Serving: 1(of 2)Calories: 338kcalCarbohydrates: 9gProtein: 45gFat: 13gSaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 150mgSodium: 1213mgSugar: 7g

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  1. Fantastic! Did recipe exactly as stated
    – had to cook a little longer and skin still stuck to pan however it was fabulous. Made this with well Plated’s Asian Ramen Salad- will absolutely make again so yummy!5 stars

  2. The recipe was delicious. The problem was that I have a small galley kitchen in Manhattan. The place filled with smoke, my exhaust fans were inadequate to handle the smoke. Perhaps only those with a strong exhaust fan over their stove should make this recipe. I had to open the kitchen window and front door to air the apartment out.5 stars

    1. Thomas, thank you for posting this comment! We have a super sensitive smoke alarm and set it off every time we do something like this. Your comment alerted me to open the windows before we got started. ;)

  3. OMG! This is crazy good! I have made other Asian salmon recipes, but this one blows them all away and it’s easier to prepare. I’ve had a cast iron skillet for a while now, but barely use it because it intimidates me for some reason. I will be making this again and putting my cast iron skillet to good use. The sear is wonderful! Thank you for this great recipe. I put in an extra clove of garlic, used dry ginger instead of fresh and increased the sauce by 1/3, but otherwise followed the recipe exactly…lol.5 stars

  4. This was easy and delicious! The sauce compliments the salmon perfectly! This will be a new regular in our house!5 stars

  5. I really like this recipe.
    The only thing I would like to make a point of is the glaze.
    To achieve the glaze, we need to make sure it’s gotten to a thickened consistency.
    When I merely bring it to a simmer it’s still pretty watery.
    It really needs to boil.

    And for those who are using a stove top iron griddle, I chose not place that in the oven.
    I put a baking dish in the oven while it’s preheating and take the dish out when it’s time to flip the salmon over, and at the time I put the salmon in the baking dish and cook for only 4 min.
    Used this method 3 times, and it worked perfectly.5 stars

  6. This is our favorite salmon recipe and the only way my kids like salmon. So simple and quick. We usually make it with jasmin rice or lo mein noodles.5 stars

      1. While this recipe was tasty, its not worth a house filled with smoke an hour later. I preheated my cast iron pan for 10 minutes as suggested and I’ve never seen more smoke come out of a pan when the fish hit it! Great flavors not so great method (unless you have a commercial good fan)4 stars

  7. Delicious! I followed the recipe to the letter. My family and I loved it. Served on a bed of rice with an extra drizzle of glaze, topped with green onion garnish and a sprinkle of sesame seeds really made this dish perfect.5 stars

  8. Delicious. I love every fish I can think of except salmon unless it’s a salmon cake. Tried this recipe and even my husband who doesn’t like salmon asked me to make it again. I did however; add more honey5 stars

  9. I tried this recipe out on a whim and it was a little intimidating at first- but my god it turned out perfect!! I was so impressed with myself thank u!!!5 stars

  10. My first attempt was a disaster. In my kitchen, when i get a pan screaming hot and put a piece of fish in it, it catches on fire. I mean, black charred, fire alarm wailing, smoke billowing fire. This flavor combo sounds delicious, so I will be trying it again. Maybe I need a heavier pan.2 stars

    1. I’m sorry you had trouble with this, Cherie. I would suggest trying a different pan next time. It’s important that it has a thick bottom. I hope that helps for next time!

  11. Made this recipe last night for dinner and it was a hit! my in-laws loved it too. I also made double the amount of rice and used that today to go along with the Instant Pot beef and broccoli recipe! Both are delicious. Thanks again, Erin!5 stars

  12. I usually dread salmon night but this was amazing!!!! Best salmon I’ve ever had. My fire alarm did go off, much like some of the other reviewers, but it’s still 5 stars cause it’s that good. Thanks for sharing!5 stars

  13. Made it just how you told me to! We LOVED IT! Made 1 & 1/2 of your sauce recipe because my husband is a dipper😀 This recipe will replace any other Asian salmon we ever tried.
    Thank you❤️5 stars

  14. Loved this recipe – so easy, so tasty and so fast. This is the second winning salmon recipe that I’ve tried from your blog. Tried the blackened salmon a few weeks ago and it was also delicious! Maybe salmon burger next? Thanks.5 stars

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