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Honey Garlic Salmon

by Olena

How to cook fresh salmon fillets with easy honey garlic sauce until skin is crispy. This is the best pan fried salmon recipe for busy weeknights.

Easy Pan Fried Honey Garlic Salmon

This easy honey garlic salmon is the best stove top salmon recipe for busy weeknights and rave reviews in comments do not lie! Juicy salmon fillets with caramelized honey crust with a hint of garlic, then topped with green onion. It goes well with salad, roasted veggies or iconic mashed potatoes.

What Is the Best Way to Season Salmon

I personally think garlic makes everything taste better. Therefore, for seasoning just whisk honey, garlic, lemon juice, salt and pepper in a small bowl and marinate with fresh salmon fillets for 15 minutes. That’s all there is to a healthy salmon marinade!

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What Is Best Type of Salmon to Use

We live on West Coast, the homeland for salmon. So, I know a thing or two about salmon.:) I understand it’s pricey, so I will share a few tips below.

  1. Wild salmon is more healthy than farmed.
  2. Eat salmon less often but rather quality to save on cost (frankly, it’s us).
  3. Types of wild salmon good for pan searing: sockeye, coho, spring, king.
  4. Trout or more affordable variety of salmon, pink salmon, work too.

How to Fillet a Whole Fresh Salmon

You can save about $5/lb if you buy whole fresh salmon and fillet it yourself. Which is SUPER easy. I do it all the time!

  1. Using fillet knife, cut whole salmon as close to main bone as possible.How to cook fresh salmon fillets with easy honey garlic sauce until skin is crispy. This is the best pan fried salmon recipe for busy weeknights.
  2. Then using fillet knife again, remove main bone from the other fillet as close to the flesh as possible. Cut into smaller fillets. That’s it!!!
    How to cook fresh salmon fillets with easy honey garlic sauce until skin is crispy. This is the best pan fried salmon recipe for busy weeknights.

Should I Remove Salmon Skin

Since making this recipe, my new favourite salmon cooking method is to pan sear it in a skillet. You are guaranteed to get that crispy caramelized salmon skin that is often available at high end restaurants that costs an arm and a leg. So, the answer is “no, do not remove skin”, just wash it and pat dry.

Can I Use Frozen Salmon

Of course. Just fully thaw it in the fridge overnight. I break the rules and thaw it on the counter during the day.

How to Cook Honey Garlic Salmon in a Pan

  1. In a small bowl, whisk together honey, lemon/lime juice, garlic, salt and pepper.
  2. Place salmon fillets in a large resealable Ziploc bag and pour marinade over. Squeeze as much air out as possible and seal the bag. Gently move fillets around inside the bag to make sure they are all evenly coated. Place flesh side down and let marinate 15 minutes. How to cook fresh salmon fillets with easy honey garlic sauce until skin is crispy. This is the best pan fried salmon recipe for busy weeknights.
  3. Preheat large non-stick skillet on low – medium heat and add oil, making sure it coats the bottom of the skillet evenly. Place salmon fillets flesh side down leaving enough space in between them. Cover with a lid and cook for 3 minutes. How to cook fresh salmon fillets with easy honey garlic sauce until skin is crispy. This is the best pan fried salmon recipe for busy weeknights.
  4. Remove the lid, cook another minute and flip over. Repeat: cover, cook for 3 minutes, remove the lid and cook for another minute. If your skillet is not large enough, I recommend cooking in two batches. If you over crowd the skillet, cooking time increases by a few minutes for each step.
  5. Serve hot garnished with green onions, alongside quinoa and steamed broccoli – my favourite.

How to Make Salmon Meal Prep

  1. While salmon is marinating, cook quinoa as per package instructions.
  2. To cook broccoli, in a medium pot bring water to a boil, add a pinch of salt along with broccoli, and cook for 3-4 minutes. Drain and place ice on top to stop the cooking process. How to cook fresh salmon fillets with easy honey garlic sauce until skin is crispy. This is the best pan fried salmon recipe for busy weeknights.
  3. Drain and divide honey garlic salmon, broccoli and quinoa among 4 meal prep containers.How to cook fresh salmon fillets with easy honey garlic sauce until skin is crispy. This is the best pan fried salmon recipe for busy weeknights.

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Honey Garlic Salmon

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How to cook fresh salmon fillets with easy honey garlic sauce until skin is crispy. This is the best pan fried salmon recipe for busy weeknights.

  • Author: ifoodreal.com
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 6 minutes
  • Total Time: 26 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1 tbsp lemon (lime) juice
  • 2 – 3 large garlic cloves, grated
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 6 x 3 oz each salmon fillets, skin on/off
  • 1 – 2 tsp avocado oil
  • 2 green onions, finely chopped

Instructions

  1. In a small bowl, whisk together honey, lemon/lime juice, garlic, salt and pepper.
  2. Place salmon fillets in a large resealable Ziploc bag and pour marinade over. Squeeze as much air out as possible and seal the bag. Gently move fillets around inside the bag to make sure they are all evenly coated. Place flesh side down and let marinate 15 minutes.
  3. Preheat large non-stick skillet on low – medium heat and add oil, making sure it coats the bottom of the skillet evenly. Place salmon fillets flesh side down leaving enough space in between them. Cover with a lid and cook for 3 minutes.
  4. Remove the lid, cook another minute and flip over. Repeat: cover, cook for 3 minutes, remove the lid and cook for another minute. If your skillet is not large enough, I recommend cooking in two batches. If you over crowd the skillet, cooking time increases by a few minutes for each step.
  5. Serve hot garnished with green onions, alongside quinoa and steamed broccoli – my favourite.

Store: Refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 5 days.

Notes

To make a full meal (optional): While salmon is marinating, cook quinoa per package instructions. To cook broccoli, in a medium pot bring water to a boil, add a pinch of salt along with broccoli, and cook for 3-4 minutes. Drain and place ice on top to stop the cooking process. Drain and serve.

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How to cook fresh salmon fillets with easy honey garlic sauce until skin is crispy. This is the best pan fried salmon recipe for busy weeknights.

About Olena

Hi, I’m Olena and this is my healthy family recipes blog. Originally from Ukraine, I now live on magic Vancouver Island in British Columbia. I’m here to help you with “What’s for dinner?”.

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  1. I never make salmon because husband says it’s too fishy so I bought one for myself since it is supposed to be one of the best fish for you and this recipe was amazing! Love

  2. I don’t have any avocado oil or coconut oil & want to make this tonight without going to the market. Can I use olive or or anyother kind of oil?

  3. I made this for dinner tonight. It was so delicious and easy to make! Possibly the best salmon I’ve ever had. My whole family loved it! Thanks for sharing ?

  4. I made this recipe for dinner this evening and it is absolutely delicious! I will definitely be making it again! I do have one question though, can the individual pieces be marinaded overnight?

    1. Hm, on a cedar plank it might if you cook it untouched. If you grill it directly on the grill it might be just grilled without the caramelization.

  5. We visited a friend recently and she made your recipe, it was SO good! I’m doing it for a family gathering tomorrow. My question is, I am picking up a large piece of salmon thats not cut into individual pieces – just one large piece. Do you think I can marinade and bake? Maybe broil towards the end for that crispy top? I am not very experienced with salmon and I don’t want to screw it up!

    1. Hi Nora. Yes, you can cook the whole fillet at once. Check out my baked Thai salmon recipe for a broil method. Check the middle with a fork carefully to make sure it is done and if necessary broil a bit longer. Salmon cooks really fast. Also since it is one piece I recommend to marinade for about 24 hours. Good luck!:)

  6. I’m wanting to prepare this earlier in the day so I can just throw it in the pan when the evening is crazy! Will it hurt to marinade longer than the 15 min?

  7. I made this tonight and it wasn’t too bad. I do have a question. When you begin the cooking phase, do you pour the marinade sauce into the pan and cook it with the fish, or just take the fish out of the marinade and put into pan to cook? I like a lot of “sauce” with my foods, and the fish I cooked didn’t seem to have enough carmelization on each piece of fish with me NOT cooking the marinade in the pan with the fish. Hopefully that made sense. Thanks.

    1. I understand. If you are “a saucy” person, you can make extra marinade, cook it in the pan separately and pour over prepared fish. I do not pour marinade over the fish, just take out fish from marinade and cook it.

  8. I have made this dish several times and everyone loves it! I am on vacation and in a rental unit that does not have a pan with a lid that will work. Can I wrap the fish in foil and cook it in the oven?

  9. Coming from the Pacific Northwest, I know Sockeye is the best Salmon around. I buy it every chance I get and fix it a lot. I will definitely try this recipe. I’ll even send it to my sisters in California!

    1. I absolutely agree! We stock up for a few years when it is allowed to be fished every 4 years. We are out now and are eating white king salmon which is great, but can’t compare to sockeye. I can’t eat chum anymore although we used to when we first moved to PNW. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  10. Hi, I was just wondering if the recipe is calling for 1 tablespoon lemon and 1 tablespoon lime juice or just 1 tablespoon of either? Thank you for clarifying!

  11. Thank you for this very easy, delicious salmon recipe! Everyone loved it! The cook timing is perfect! This one was written in my recipe book tonight!?

    1. Hmm, probably some mild tasting fish like halibut maybe…We honestly don’t eat any other fish because of the price or because it is farmed. So, I haven’t cooked it forever…What fish you had in mind?

  12. The lime juice will cut the fishy taste. Lemon and lime juice added when cooking any type of fish will get rid of the “fishy” taste if that is big concern for you.

  13. A suggestion for a different side dish to prepare with this salmon…try cooking farro instead of the quinoa for a change. My doctor recommends farro as an even healthier grain than quinoa and it is delicious!

  14. Do you find that all the “fishiness” has left when you prepare it this way? My doctor really wants me to start eating fish but I have a hard time with the strong flavor. This looks delicious and I’m gong to give it a go!

    1. Hm, I honestly don’t know how to answer this question… Plus I don’t know how fish cannot have a fishy taste. It’s fish.:) Maybe take good quality fish oil?!