This recipe for Honey Glazed Salmon is tender and juicy and bursting with sweet and savory flavors. Ready in just 20 minutes, this easy salmon recipe is the ultimate busy weeknight dinner.
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Easy Honey Glazed Salmon Recipe
This honey-glazed salmon recipe is a total game-changer for busy evenings. Tender salmon filets are coated in a sweet and savory sauce that’s made with two simple ingredients: honey and ketchup. The salmon bakes to perfection as the sauce turns into a glistening, sticky glaze that bathes each filet.
Whether you’re cooking for yourself or entertaining guests, this simple yet flavorful salmon recipe is always a hit. It’s so quick and easy, too! Simply serve it with a fluffy bed of rice or your favorite green veggies, like this Easy Broccoli Salad or these Zucchini Fritters, and you’ll have dinner on the table in 20 minutes.
Why We Love This Recipe
- Bursting with flavor – The savory glaze is made with a combination of tangy ketchup and sweet honey, creating the most delightful flavors.
- Easy recipe – The best part about this recipe is that it only requires three simple ingredients from the grocery store and a few minutes of bake time.
- Great for guests – Because its prepared on the sheet pan, this recipe allows you to be able to cook a good many filets at once. It’s perfect for feeding a crowd.
Ingredients for Easy Glazed Salmon
- Fresh salmon filets – Wild-caught salmon with the skin on is a top choice for the best flavor, but use whichever kind you can find at the grocery store.
- Honey and ketchup – This is all it takes to make the savory, sweet, and sticky glaze.
- Green onion and fresh lime – Used for an optional garnish.
Scroll down to the recipe card for the full list of ingredients and instructions.
Step One: Make Sauce
- Preheat the oven to 450°F.
- Line the baking sheet with parchment paper or aluminum foil. Spray with non-stick cooking spray. Place the salmon skin-side down on foil.
Step Two: Bake
- Stir together the honey and ketchup in a small bowl.
- Spread the honey glaze on top of each salmon filet using the back of a spoon or pastry brush.
- Bake for 12 to 18 minutes in the preheated oven.
- Optionally, you can garnish the filets with sliced green onions and a squeeze of fresh lime juice.
- Serve the cooked salmon over fluffy rice. It’s great with brown rice, white rice, this Jasmine Rice, or cauliflower rice.
Suggestions and Alternatives
- Citrus – Add a burst of citrus flavor by adding fresh lime juice or lemon juice to the honey and ketchup mixture.
- Honey garlic glaze – Add even more flavor to the glaze by adding freshly minced garlic.
- Asian twist- Add more Asian flavors by including a dash or two of soy sauce and a few drops of sesame oil in the glaze ingredients.
- Fresh herbs – Sprinkle chopped fresh herbs such as parsley, cilantro, or dill over the glazed salmon before or after baking.
- Sesame seeds – Toasted sesame seeds can add a nutty crunch to the baked salmon.
- Red pepper flakes – For a hint of heat, mix a pinch of red pepper flakes into the honey and ketchup sauce or sprinkle them on the salmon before baking.
- Maple glaze – Substitute honey with maple syrup for a different sweetness profile. You can also make the sauce a little sweeter by adding a little brown sugar to the maple or honey mixture.
How Do I Store Leftover Salmon?
- Fridge- Allow to cool, then place the salmon in an airtight container. Store in the refrigerator for up to 2-3 days.
- Freezer- While it’s best to serve it freshly prepared, you can freeze it for later. Wrap the filets in a freezer-safe bag or container, removing as much air as possible. Label it with the date and store it in the freezer for up to a couple of months.
- Reheating- To reheat, preheat the oven to 275°F. Place the thawed filets in a baking dish and warm for about 10-15 minutes, or just until warmed through.
How Do I Know When Salmon is Done
Cooking salmon is much faster than you would think. For the best results, the internal temperature with an instant-read thermometer should read 145°F. Properly cooked salmon should be opaque and easily flake apart with a fork.
Why Should I Leave the Skin On?
Cooking the salmon skin side down acts as a barrier between the pan and the flesh of the fish. This helps ensure your fish turns out tender and juicy every time.
Can I Use Other Types of Fish?
If you’re not a big salmon fan, feel free to use another type of fish like cod, mahi mahi, trout, or talipia.
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Honey Glazed Salmon
- Baking sheet
- 16 ounces salmon filet 2- 8 ounce filets, cut into 4 pieces
- 2 teaspoons honey
- 2 teaspoons ketchup
- Preheat oven to 450° F.
- Line baking sheet with parchment paper or aluminum foil. Spray with on-stick cooking spray. Place salmon filets (skin side down) on foil,16 ounces salmon filet
- In small mixing bowl, stir together honey and ketchup. Using the back of a spoon or a pastry brush, spread mixture on top of salmon filets.2 teaspoons honey, 2 teaspoons ketchup
- Bake 12 to 18 minutes. Salmon will be ready when the filets are flaky.
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