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Looking for a versatile fish to cook and have everyone gawk over? Well, salmon is your fish and this tasty Honey Soy Glazed Salmon is your game! This fish can be prepared in so many different ways, but a sweet and savory recipe is always a great way to go.
Incredible Juicy Piece of Fish
Easy Honey Soy Sauce and Other Sauce Variations
First off, nothing beats homemade honey soy sauce. Sure store-bought can save some time, but most of the sweet flavoring in those comes from glucose syrups.
You can keep it super healthy by using pure honey you might already have at home. The sauce itself is used as a pre-marinade, especially in chicken or meat dishes.
Some recipes call for the use of Chinese wine or sherry. But, if you prefer a non-alcoholic sauce, stick to my recipe! In my recipe the corn starch is optional.
Mainly the reason is that usually when cooking with chicken or meat, the sauce reduces and becomes thicker from the broth. But, with the salmon, it may not thicken as much especially if you’re not baking in the oven.
This honey-soy glaze is also called honey garlic soy sauce or honey ginger soy sauce. Sometimes, if using ginger people opt out of using garlic and vice versa.
The reason being some people don’t like such strong flavors together. But trust me, the flavors in this recipe generate a perfectly balanced meal so that the spice marries superbly with the sweet and tangy flavors.
To Marinate or NOT to Marinate?
Many people wonder if they should marinate their salmon fillets in this sauce for an extended time. The answer is NO. It’s not necessary because the marinade is usually used to tenderize the meat and help it soak in the flavor.
In this recipe, we are using salmon which is a fragile fish fillet. Also, the recipe calls for baking, so the simple five-minute marinade beforehand is enough since salmon filets will be sitting in the sauce the whole time it’s cooking.
Now, if you’re planning on air frying, pan frying, or grilling your salmon, you may want to reconsider. But, don’t marinade too long.
If the main ingredients for your marinade are acidic, then no more than half hour or your salmon fillet can become mushy or fall apart.
If the sauce isn’t acidic, you can marinate salmon fillet anywhere between 2 to 24 hours (though longer than 8 hours is not recommended).
Best Methods To Cook Honey Soy Glazed Salmon
Some salmon recipes call for a crispy skin, while others go for an extra spicy punch. Still, others prefer a tangier kick, and some want the simplest recipe available.
We all have our reasons for cooking or preparing dishes differently. We may be catering to a picky eater, a larger group of diners, a time crunch, or a variety of reasons.
Whatever it may be, this recipe can be prepared flexibly based on your needs.
Sweet and Savory Bites
Change up ingredients to get the flavors you desire. Whatever way you decide to prepare it, this baked salmon with honey garlic soy sauce will be an amazing treat!
To make a sweet salmon dish out of this recipe, add a little bit of brown sugar. Add about a quarter of a cup to your honey-soy glaze ingredients. It adds that extra sweetness and gives the final glaze a beautiful darker color.
Looking to spice up this recipe? Simple! Add some black pepper or red chili flakes to the sauce mixture. Or, simply sprinkle pepper flakes on the finished honey soy glazed salmon dish!
It’s no secret if you’re looking for a little more tanginess, then you have to go acidic. You can add a little extra lemon or lime juice or even a bit of fresh orange juice.
You can also add a quarter teaspoon of citric acid or a teaspoon of red vinegar. Some even add a squirt of mustard, Dijon, or regular!
The savory flavors of this dish come from the soy sauce. Using a dark soy sauce will ensure a more savory taste. Most Chinese soy sauces are made light or thin.
So when shopping, check the labels for dark soy sauce. Also, you can add a little chicken broth or cube into the mix for some of that umami (meaty/savory) flavor!
Luxurious Salmon Fillets
Different Cooking Methods
There are different ways to cook this salmon recipe and salmon in general. This recipe calls for oven-baking and some broiling. Others slow-roast the honey soy salmon in foil in a sheet pan with veggies.
Just as it is called, pan frying the salmon is simply put: frying the salmon in preferred oil in a shallow pan. This works two ways. First, you can use it to sear the salmon before putting it in the oven to bake, or second, you can fully cook it using this method!
To properly sear the salmon, you must be cautious. As I mentioned before, salmon is a sensitive fillet and can easily be overcooked.
First, heat a pan for about a minute on moderately high heat. Next, cover the hot pan in preferred oil thoroughly and wait a couple of minutes until it gets hot and sizzles.
Sesame oil works well in this technique; if you don’t have it in hand then it can be substituted with olive oil.
Then, place salmon in the pan and leave it untouched for about 3 to four minutes or until it gets crispy.
Finally, flip to the other side and leave for the same amount of time. This should create a crunchy crust to the glazed salmon.
You can sear on medium-high heat for one or two minutes on each side of the filet to create a crispy layer. Then place the remaining marinade over it and cover and put it in the oven to cook through on medium heat.
It will probably only need about ten to twelve minutes in the oven at about 350F. Pan-seared honey-glazed salmon is a great option to trap in flavor!
Air Fried Salmon
You can cook your honey soy ginger glazed salmon in your air fryer. You can wrap it in foil and air fry it. It would be a good idea to tightly seal the foil and turn it over halfway through the cooking process.
Grilled Honey Soy Sauce Salmon
Grilled glazed salmon is so yummy and super popular in Australia. When you plan to grill your salmon, make sure to make extra honey soy sauce for basting. You don’t want your salmon to dry out or be overcooked.
It’s essential to flip the salmon carefully from side to side every couple of minutes or so. Be sure to baste with the extra sauce (not used in the actual marinade for sanitary reasons) each time you flip it.
Perfect Honey Garlic Soy Salmon Side Dishes
Honey soy glazed salmon goes great with the following:
- Baked or sautéed mushrooms, peppers, broccoli, or any green vegetable of your choice
- roasted asparagus or any roasted veggie
- boiled white rice or brown rice
- fried rice
- mashed potatoes
- baked potato wedges
- a salad of your choice
- Pat dry the salmon fillet with a paper towel before placing it on the baking sheet.
- When cooking salmon, place salmon fillets with skin side down on the baking sheet or into a nonstick skillet.
- Fresh salmon fillets are the best option when buying them from a grocery store to make this recipe.
Frequently Asked Questions
Refrigerate the leftovers in an airtight container for about 3-5 days.
Absolutely! Freeze salmon leftovers in a sealed container for 1-2 months.
Reheat honey soy-baked salmon on low heat for about 4-6 minutes.
List of Ingredients
- salmon fillet
- fresh ginger
- lemon juice
- soy sauce or coconut aminos
- starch (optional)
- rosemary for garnish
Steps to Prep
First, in a small bowl, add the soy, minced garlic, ginger, lemon, and honey, then whisk.
Then, add the salmon filet (I used wild sockeye salmon) on a prepared baking sheet with parchment paper, then spray the whole salmon with cooking spray.
Next, pour half of the marinade on the salmon, garnish with fresh rosemary then fold in the parchment paper from left and right and allow for salmon to soak in the marinade for about 5 minutes.
After that, open parchment paper, then bake salmon at 450F for 15 minutes.
Meanwhile, pour the other half of the sauce into a small saucepan, add the cornstarch, turn the heat on high, and whisk until it comes to a boil and has sauce has thickened.
Once the salmon is finished, pour the thickened sauce all over the cooked salmon and enjoy with a side of mashed potatoes and steamed broccoli. You can also garnish some black sesame seeds, rosemary, or green onion on top of the salmon fillets.
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Honey Soy Glazed Salmon
- 1 whole salmon filet , about (1.5lbs)
- 8 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 teaspoons ginger, minced
- 3 tablespoons lemon juice
- ½ cup soy sauce or coconut aminos
- ½ cup honey
- 1 teaspoon starch, optional
- rosemary, for garnish
- In a small bowl, add the soy, minced garlic, ginger, lemon, and honey, then whisk.
- Add the salmon filet (I used wild sockeye salmon) on a prepared baking sheet with parchment paper, then spray the whole salmon with cooking spray.
- Pour half of the marinade on the salmon, garnish with fresh rosemary then fold in the parchment paper from left and right and allow for salmon to soak in the marinade for about 5 minutes.
- Open parchment paper, then bake salmon at 450F for 15 minutes.
- Pour the other half of the sauce into a small saucepan, add the cornstarch, turn the heat on high, and whisk until it comes to a boil and has sauce has thickened.
- Once the salmon is finished, pour the thickened sauce all over the cooked salmon and enjoy with a side of mashed potatoes and steamed broccoli. You can also garnish some black sesame seeds, rosemary, or green onion on top of the salmon fillets.