Honey Soy Salmon

This honey soy salmon recipe will make a fish lover out of anyone. It's salty and sweet and a super quick way to prepare fish for dinner.

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Quick and Easy Salmon Dinner

Honestly, if you’re in a hurry for dinner, fish is often the answer. Of course you have to have fish on hand in order to cook it, but if you have fish in the fridge or even in the freezer, you can’t put dinner on the table much faster than with this simple honey soy salmon recipe. Even adding on the small task of making a delicious glaze for the fish, this recipe will take you no longer than 20 minutes so you’d better think of those side dishes before you start! 

If you have questions about buying and cooking salmon, check out the lesson in the cooking school on How to Pan Roast Fish. If you want to fill your freezer with fish so that you can make this quick dinner any time, read How to Cut a Side of Salmon and set yourself up for success!

Ingredients for honey soy salmon - chili garlic paste, soy sauce, garlic, lime juice and honey - in front of a plate of salmon.

Honey Soy Glaze

The beauty of this honey soy salmon is that the glaze has only a few ingredients and uses the same pan that you’re using to cook the fish. Once the fish has seared for just two or three minutes per side, you add the glaze ingredients to the pan and bring them to a boil. It takes just a minute or two. 

Four fillets of salmon in a non stick skillet with a pair of tongs and a hand towel.

Honey Soy Glazed Salmon

As soon as the glaze boils, return the fish to the pan and turn it a couple of times to coat it completely. It should be nicely browned from searing in the pan, but the glaze will deepen the color even more. Let the fish and glaze cook together for another 3 minutes or so and it’s done!

Salmon fillets in a non-stick skillet with a glaze on them.

What to Serve with Honey Soy Salmon

You could serve this delicious Asian flavored salmon with just some white basmati rice and a green vegetable, or break the fillet up into pieces and enjoy it in a tossed green salad. If you’d like to keep the Asian theme going, a bed of sesame noodles makes a perfect accompaniment and turns this very quick, very simple dinner into something special.

Honey soy salmon on a plate with sesame noodles and some chopsticks.

If you like the sweet glaze on this salmon, you’ll love this maple glazed salmon bites appetizer too!

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Honey Soy Glazed Salmon

  • Prep Time: 10 m
  • Cook Time: 8 m
  • Total Time: 18 m
  • Servings:


  • 4 5- to 6-ounce salmon fillets (1½ inches thick)
  • olive oil
  • salt and coarsely ground black pepper
  • cup honey
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
  • 1 teaspoon chili garlic paste
  • juice from ½ lime
  • lime wedges


  1. Pre-heat a non-stick skillet over medium-high heat and season the salmon with salt and pepper. Add a little olive oil to the skillet and then place the salmon in the pan, presentation side down. Sear for 3 minutes on each side and then transfer the salmon to a plate.
  2. Add the honey, soy sauce, ginger, chili garlic paste and lime juice to the pan. Stir together and cook for a minute or two. Return the salmon to the pan, coating both sides with the glaze. Lower the heat and simmer the salmon in the glaze for another 3 or 4 minutes, until the salmon is firm to the touch with just a little give and the glaze has thickened.
  3. Spoon more of the glaze on the salmon and serve immediately with lime wedges.
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Comments (15)Post a Reply

  1. 5 stars
    Made this tonight delicious. Placed on a bed of garlic rice, roasted Brussel sprouts on the side. So good!

  2. 5 stars
    I made this salmon last night – delicious, easy and fast. I also made the noodles with delicious results. However, Meredith, the rice noodles in the recipe photo do not resemble any of the rice noodles I’ve found. They seem to be more like the wheat based chow mien noodles in the local markets. Please comment.

    1. Hi Beth, You can use any noodle you like for the sesame noodles. I used udon noodles for the photo, but the recipe calls for rice noodles or even linguine.

    1. You could add a small clove of minced garlic and a pinch of red pepper flakes or a few drops of hot sauce. That should give you similar flavors as the chili garlic paste. You could also use chili paste and add garlic if you can find it, or Harissa sauce is a good substitute as well.

  3. 5 stars
    The reviews of this recipe were spot-on! This was easy to make and tasted amazing. My other “sweet” salmon recipes have been tossed, and this one has taken their place. DELICIOUS – and it was ready in a snap! Thank you Blue Jean Chef for this wonderful recipe!

  4. 5 stars
    I’ve made this twice now and it’s Absolutely Delicious! My husband and I don’t even like salmon and we both love this yummy recipe!

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