This Honey Garlic Baked Salmon has a deliciously sweet and savory sauce that caramelizes in the oven and coats the salmon perfectly to make a nice and tender baked salmon. It’s the perfect healthy salmon recipe!

Salmon is one of my all-time favorite fish to eat! It’s so delicious and tender! Spruce up your salmon recipes by trying my lemon honey glazed salmon, sheet pan chili lime salmon, and brown sugar crusted salmon.

Honey Garlic Baked Salmon in a black cast iron skillet.

Why This Recipe Works

  • Perfect balance of flavor. This honey garlic salmon has the perfect balance of flavor! The saltiness from the soy sauce, paired with the sweet from the honey and the tart from the lemon is the perfect combination of flavors.
  • Broiling provides caramelization. The salmon is first seared in a pan and then moved to the oven to broil. The broiling step is important because it adds a nice caramelization to the sauce (since there is honey in the sauce).
  • Paprika adds depth of flavor. Thanks to the earthy and peppery flavor of paprika, the salmon gets a nice depth of flavor that pairs well with the honey garlic sauce.
  • Broiled uncovered. Because we broil the salmon uncovered, the top gets nice and crispy and the sauce caramelizes. We wouldn’t get that same result if we were doing baked salmon in foil.

Ingredient Notes

Honey Garlic Baked Salmon ingredients in small glass bowls on a light gray background.
  • Salmon: Make sure your salmon fillets are as similar is size and thickness as possible. This will help so the fillets cook evenly.
  • Soy Sauce: The baked salmon with soy sauce and garlic isn’t overpowered with either of those ingredients. The soy sauce merely helps add saltiness and depth of flavor to the sauce.
  • Lemon: The lemon juice adds tart to the sauce to balance out the salt from the soy sauce and the sweet from the honey.
  • Honey: The honey adds a nice sweetness to the sauce. It is also an important ingredient to get a nice caramelization in the sauce while broiling.
  • Paprika: Using paprika provides a nice chargrilled flavor since the paprika is a earthy/peppery flavor (don’t worry, paprika isn’t spicy).

Step-by-Step Instructions

  1. Prepare the oven. Place the oven shelf in the middle of the oven and preheat your oven to broil. 
  2. Season both sides of the salmon with salt, pepper and the paprika. 
  3. Make the honey garlic sauce. Melt the butter in a large cast iron skillet over medium-high heat. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute or until fragrant. Stir in the honey, water, lemon juice, and soy sauce. Stir to combine and cook for 2 minutes. The sauce will thicken a bit. 
  1. Sear the salmon. Place the salmon in the skillet, skin side down (if it has skin). Cook for 4 minutes, spooning the sauce over the top of the filets. 
  1. Cover the fish in sauce one last time and then place the skillet in the oven and broil for 5 minutes. The internal temperature of the salmon should reach 145°F.
  2. Remove from oven and serve immediately.
A spoon scooping brown juices over a cast iron Honey Garlic Baked Salmon filet.

Recipe Tips

Keep the skin on the salmon. It protects the flesh of the salmon from the hot pan.

Make sure the salmon is at room temperature and is patted dry prior to cooking. This will help get a nice crispy skin instead of a soggy skin.

Sear the salmon for 4 minutes or until the skin is a little crispy. Don’t flip the salmon. The top will bake in the oven.

Make sure any bones are removed from the salmon before baking.

Make Ahead, Storing, and Freezing

Store any salmon leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days.

Reheating salmon can dry it out. Try adding a bit of butter on top of the salmon before microwaving or warming in the oven. You can also use any leftover salmon on salads, sandwiches, etc.

You can freeze cooked salmon. However, cooked salmon can dry out once reheated. I would recommend eating the salmon the night of or using any leftover salmon in salads or sandwiches as mentioned above instead of making the salmon ahead or making extra to freeze.

FAQs

Do I need to cover the salmon in the oven?

No. Leave the salmon uncovered so the top of the salmon can get a bit crispy and the sauce can caramelize.

How do you know when salmon is done?

If you poke the flesh of the salmon and it flakes, it is done. You can also know it is done if it reaches an internal temperature of 145ºF.

Do need to take the skin off salmon before cooking it?

Leave it on! Cooking salmon with the skin on is helpful because it acts as a barrier between the heat source and the flesh of the salmon — which keeps the flesh from sticking to the pan and which helps protect the flesh from overcooking and becoming dry before the rest of the salmon can cook.

Honey Garlic Salmon filets in a cast iron skillet with slices of lemon surrounding each filet.

Suggested Sides

Did you make this recipe? I’d love to hear about it! Click here to leave a rating and review, or scroll below the recipe card and do so there. 

Stay up-to-date by following us on Instagram, Facebook, and Pinterest.

A close up photo of Honey Garlic Baked Salmon filets in a black skillet.
Print Review
5 from 1 vote

Honey Garlic Baked Salmon

This easy Honey Garlic Baked Salmon recipe is a 20 minute healthy meal! The salmon is baked in a sweet honey garlic sauce that has a hint of soy sauce for extra flavor.
Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 15 mins
Total Time: 20 mins
Servings: 4 servings

Ingredients
 

  • 4 salmon filets - skin on or off, about 8 oz each
  • salt and pepper - to season the salmon
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 3 tablespoons butter - salted or unsalted
  • 5 garlic cloves - minced
  • 5 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 tablespoon low sodium soy sauce

Instructions
 

  • Place oven shelf in the middle of the oven and preheat your oven to broil. 
  • Season both sides of the salmon with salt and pepper and the paprika. 
  • In a large cast iron skillet melt the butter over medium-high heat. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute or until fragrant. Stir in the honey, water, lemon juice, and soy sauce. Stir to combine and cook for 2 minutes, the sauce will slowly thicken. 
  • Place the salmon in the skillet, skin side down (if it has skin). Cook for 4 minutes, Spooning the sauce over the tops of the filets. 
  • Baste the fish one last time and then place the skillet in the oven and bake for 5 minutes. Internal temp of the salmon should reach 145°F.
  • Remove from oven and serve immediately. Store leftovers in airtight container for 4 days.

Notes

Keep the skin on the salmon. It protects the flesh of the salmon from the hot pan.
Make sure the salmon is at room temperature and is patted dry prior to cooking. This will help get a nice crispy skin instead of a soggy skin.
Sear the salmon for 4 minutes or until the skin is a little crispy. Don’t flip the salmon. The top will bake in the oven.
Make sure any bones are removed from the salmon before baking.
Make Ahead, Storing, and Freezing: Store any salmon leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days. You can freeze cooked salmon. However, cooked salmon can dry out once reheated. I would recommend eating the salmon the night of or using any leftover salmon in salads or sandwiches as mentioned above instead of making the salmon ahead or making extra to freeze.
Bake time may vary depending on thickness of the fish. 

Nutrition

Calories: 406kcal (20%)Carbohydrates: 23g (8%)Protein: 34g (68%)Fat: 19g (29%)Saturated Fat: 7g (35%)Polyunsaturated Fat: 5gMonounsaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 116mg (39%)Sodium: 285mg (12%)Potassium: 883mg (25%)Fiber: 1g (4%)Sugar: 22g (24%)Vitamin A: 577IU (12%)Vitamin C: 1mg (1%)Calcium: 33mg (3%)Iron: 2mg (11%)
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Did you make this recipe?snap a photo and tag @saltandbaker in your posts and stories so I can see what you’re making!