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Honey Garlic Salmon

Tender salmon coated in an irresistible, 4-ingredient, sweet and savory sauce.


  • 3-4 salmon filets
  • 3/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 10-12 cranks fresh-ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce low-sodium preferred
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1-2 garlic cloves minced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • parsley fresh or dried, for an optional garnish


  • Pat salmon dry and sprinkle on one side with paprika, salt, and pepper. (If the salmon has skin, season the skinless side.)
  • Whisk together honey, soy sauce, vinegar, and garlic in a small bowl or liquid measuring cup; set aside.
  • Warm olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. When hot, add salmon to the pan, with the unseasoned side down, and cook for 3-4 minutes. Test the salmon; when the bottoms release fairly easily from the pan, it’s ready to flip. Turn each filet over, and cook for an additional 1-2 minutes.
  • When salmon is nearly done, pour sauce evenly on top. Let the sauce bubble for about 1 minute, while drizzling spoonfuls from the bottom of the skillet over the salmon. Remove from the heat, sprinkle with parsley, if desired, and serve right away.


  • If possible, it’s helpful to remove salmon from the fridge and let it rest at room temperature for 15-20 minutes prior to cooking. This helps it cook more evenly and release more easily from the pan after cooking on the first side.
  • There are several ways to tell when salmon is done: the color will change from translucent, raw red, to a more opaque pink, and it will flake easily when pressed gently with a fork or your finger—this means that it separates easily along the white lines that criss-cross the filet, which are strips of fat. The FDA recommends cooking salmon to an internal temperature of 145 degrees F.
  • Keep in mind that the salmon may continue to cook briefly after you remove it from the heat, particularly if using a cast-iron skillet or other cookware that holds heat very well.

Nutrition Estimate

Calories: 315kcal, Carbohydrates: 19g, Protein: 26g, Fat: 15g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Cholesterol: 70mg, Sodium: 760mg, Potassium: 665mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 18g, Vitamin A: 236IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 21mg, Iron: 1mg
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