Honey Garlic Salmon is an easy salmon recipe where Salmon fillet strips are marinated with salt, pepper, and cayenne pepper and then pan-seared in some butter over a spicy, sauce made up of honey, garlic, soy sauce, sriracha sauce, lemon juice, and some water. Also Read: Honey Soy Salmon Recipe
This is a classic salmon recipe that can never go out of style. It has just the right amount of spice, a perfect amount of heat, and an adequate amount of sweetness.
Let’s talk taste:
Taste-wise this Salmon recipe feels so comforting. The spicy soy sauce and sriracha sauce shakes hands with garlic and honey to form a perfect balance of sweet and sour. This combination is what makes this recipe a huge hit amongst all.
A VIDEO TUTORIAL FOR THIS RECIPE 🙂
How to make Honey Garlic Salmon: An Overview
- Marinating the Salmon – While making salmon, I try to keep the marination minimal. So, for me, a simple humble combination of black pepper, salt, and smoked paprika or cayenne pepper is enough.
- Preparing the Sauce – To prepare our sauce, we mix minced garlic with soy sauce, honey, sriracha sauce, and lemon juice. We also add a hint of water just to get it smooth and runny. While making the sauce always keep in mind the number of ingredients. This recipe for me ranks on the sweeter side of the palate. Therefore, too much soy sauce is something that you should avoid. Be incredibly careful while adding soy sauce. Too much soy sauce will make it bitter.
- Pan-searing the Salmon – Cook the salmon completely on both sides. If you don’t cook through completely it will taste bad and also smell bad. So cook until you see a brown crust on both sides. Start with the skin side down on the pan. Then flip it over and sear the other side.
- Basting with Sauce: Use the Honey Garlic sauce to baste the salmon. This will ensure even cooking and also make sure that the sauce enters the fish appropriately.
What not to do while making this Salmon Recipe
- Never add too much Soy Sauce: As you can see I am stressing this point time and again. This is because I was on the other end of adding too much soy sauce and my recipe fell flat on my face. So, while making it again, I was super careful about the quantity of soy sauce and then it tasted just the way it does in restaurants.
- Honey is THE most important ingredient of this recipe: I would never compromise on honey while making Honey garlic salmon. The first thing that should stick to your taste buds while having this is the sweetness of honey.
- Do not add Lemon Wedges while cooking: I have seen many people add lemon wedges on the pan while cooking. This according to me, is a terrible idea. The skin of the lemon, when cooked at such high heat, will turn bitter and would, in turn, make my recipe incredibly bitter. So, I would never do that. BUT, I would always keep them beside the salmon at last. It would bring in a beautiful visual on the plate.
Honey Garlic Salmon
For the Sauce
- 4 tablespoon Butter
- 3 tablespoon Olive Oil
- 8-10 Cloves Garlic minced
- ¼ Cup Honey 4 US Tablespoons or 59 ml
- 4 tablespoon Water warm
- 1 teaspoon Soy Sauce dark
- 1 tablespoon Sriracha Sauce
- 2 tablespoon Lemon Juice
For the Fish
- 3 fillet strips Salmon about 8-10 oz or 250g each
- ½ teaspoon Kosher Salt
- ½ teaspoon Cayenne Pepper
- ½ teaspoon Black Pepper
- ½ Cup Parsley chopped
- 3-4 quantity Lemon wedges
- Marinate Salmon with Salt, Black Pepper, and, Cayenne pepper.
- In another bowl mix minced garlic with honey, water, soy sauce, sriracha sauce, and lemon juice.
- Add some butter and olive oil into a pan. Add the sauce you've prepared and cook it until hot and bubbling at low flame.
- Add the salmon pieces (skin side down) and sear it until brown from both sides basting the salmon fillets with sauce from the pan. Cook them at medium heat covered with a lid or any utensil for 5-6 minutes at medium heat. Flip it over and sear the other side as well.
- Serve it on a plate along with rice. Add the sauce on the fishes and decorate with some freshly chopped parsley or green onion or some sesame seeds.
- Take a look at the recipe video for a detailed step by step guideline.
- Do not add too much soy sauce.