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Quick & Elegant Honey-Garlic Salmon Recipe For Weeknight Ease

Indulge in the exquisite allure of our honey-garlic salmon, a culinary masterpiece that not only earned its stripes as one of the top recipes of 2022 but also captivated the taste buds of our cherished Delish readers.

This savory-sweet salmon dish effortlessly straddles the line between a quick weeknight delight (ready in under 30 minutes) and a sophisticated option for special occasions, like an impromptu Father’s Day celebration.

Even if you’re a seafood novice, fear not—the art of searing fish may seem daunting, but armed with our expert tips, you’ll soon wield the skillet like a seasoned pro. Here’s your guide to mastering this salmon sensation:

YIELDS: 4 servings
PREP TIME: 5 mins
TOTAL TIME: 20 mins

Table of Contents


  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup low-sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 4 6-ounce salmon fillets, patted dry
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 lemon, sliced into rounds


Step 1: Sauce Alchemy In a medium bowl, whisk together honey, soy sauce, lemon juice, and red pepper flakes.

Step 2: Pan Symphony In a large skillet over medium-high heat, heat two tablespoons of oil. Place salmon skin-side up, seasoning with salt and pepper. Achieve a deep golden hue (approximately 6 minutes) before flipping and adding the remaining oil.

Step 3: Flavor Infusion Introduce garlic to the skillet, letting its fragrance bloom for 1 minute. Pour in the honey mixture and add sliced lemons. Cook until the sauce reduces by about a third. Baste the salmon luxuriously with the sauce.

Step 4: Culinary Finale Garnish with sliced lemon and serve your masterpiece.

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Pro Tips For Cooking Perfect Salmon:

  1. Inspect Your Salmon: While most supermarket salmon portions are bone-free, it’s wise to double-check. Run your fingers across the fish’s surface, detecting any pin bones. Use kitchen tweezers to deftly remove any found bones.
  2. Hot Pan Magic: Ensure your pan is scorching hot and generously coated with oil. A sizzling sound upon introducing the fish indicates the perfect temperature. Pro tip: To prevent oil splatter, place fillets gently away from you.
  3. Patience is a Virtue: Let the fillets cook undisturbed for a few minutes. This, combined with high heat, imparts that coveted crust. After 3 minutes, check readiness by lifting a corner with a spatula. If it releases easily, you’re good to go.

The Sauce & Variations:

Craft our signature honey-garlic sauce using pantry staples: honey, low-sodium soy sauce, lemon juice, and a dash of red pepper flakes for that hint of heat. This versatile sauce can be personalized—swap lemon for lime, add a kick with sriracha, omit red pepper flakes, or introduce grated ginger for a flavor twist.

Serving Ideas:

Pair this delectable salmon with an array of sides, from roasted asparagus to bok choy. Yet, it finds a perfect companion in coconut rice, ideal for savoring every drop of the luscious honey-garlic sauce.

For any remnants, refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

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