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This honey garlic salmon recipe is fast, simple, and the honey garlic sauce is addictive! Your whole family will love this easy weeknight dinner.

four pieces of easy honey garlic salmon in a skillet

You can’t go wrong with honey glazed salmon. With this recipe, you can have dinner on the table in under 20 minutes. Perfect for busy weeknights.

I wanted to make this pan-seared salmon recipe as easy and fuss-free as possible. I thought of adding cornstarch to thicken the sauce, but I didn’t find that it needed it. There’s a ton of similar recipes on the internet, so I wanted to ensure my version is one that I’d keep coming back to.

This honey salmon recipe only has a handful of everyday ingredients:

  • Salmon
  • Olive oil
  • Soy sauce
  • Lemon Juice
  • Honey
  • Garlic

four pieces of pan-fried glazed honey garlic salmon in a cast iron skillet

How to make honey garlic salmon

  • Season the salmon pieces. Sear them over medium-high heat for 4-5 minutes/side or until the salmon is just cooked through.
  • You then take the fish out of the pan and add the sauce ingredients into the pan (lemon juice, soy sauce, honey, garlic). Cook until it’s thickened, add the fish back in, and voila!

Pro tip: It’s totally up to you if you eat the skin. You could make this with skinless salmon or just peel the skin off once it’s cooked.

close-up of a piece of honey garlic salmon in a white bowl with a fork

What to serve with honey garlic salmon

I love serving this with rice and a veggie (broccoli or carrots work great!) or salad.

I sprinkled a little parsley on top of this dish for the photos. This step adds a bit of freshness, but you can skip it if you wish. I also like to squeeze some lemon over top. Lemon and salmon are a match made in heaven, and the sauce is really sweet, so I like that sweet-tangy balance.

honey garlic glazed salmon pieces in a cast iron pan

This honey garlic glazed salmon is also great for picky eaters. Slap a sweet sauce on salmon and it suddenly becomes even more appealing. 😉

I’m pretty excited about this recipe, and I hope you will enjoy it!

More easy salmon recipes to try:

close-up of a piece of honey garlic salmon in a skillet

Will you give this easy honey garlic salmon recipe a try?

Questions? Ask me in the comments below.

This easy honey garlic salmon recipe is made right in your skillet in less than 20 minutes. The salmon is pan-fried to perfection, and the honey glaze is totally delicious!
5 from 17 votes

Honey Garlic Salmon Recipe

This honey garlic salmon recipe is fast, simple, and the honey garlic sauce is addictive! Your whole family will love this easy weeknight dinner.
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 12 minutes
Total: 17 minutes
Servings: 4


  • 1 pound fresh salmon cut into 4 pieces
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 3 cloves garlic minced


  • Season the salmon with salt & pepper.
  • Add the oil to a skillet over medium-high heat, and when it's hot, add the salmon skin side up. Cook it for 4-5 minutes/side or until it's just cooked through. If the oil is splattering everywhere, turn the heat down a bit.
  • Meanwhile, add the lemon juice, soy sauce, honey, and garlic to a bowl and stir until it's mixed.
  • Take the fish out of the pan and set aside.
  • Pour the sauce mixture into the pan and let it bubble for a couple of minutes to thicken up. Add the fish back in the pan and spoon the sauce over it. Serve fish with a squeeze of lemon if desired. 


  • This recipe is delicious served with rice.
  • The sauce is really sweet, so I like to squeeze some lemon over top before I eat it. 
  • I used wild sockeye salmon.
  • This is the Lodge 10.25" cast iron pan pictured in the post.
  • Nutritional information is provided as a courtesy only and should be construed as an estimate rather than a guarantee. Ingredients can vary and Salt & Lavender makes no guarantees to the accuracy of this information.


Calories: 263kcal, Carbohydrates: 19g, Protein: 23g, Fat: 11g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Cholesterol: 62mg, Sodium: 303mg, Potassium: 589mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 18g, Vitamin A: 46IU, Vitamin C: 2mg, Calcium: 20mg, Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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  1. Adele says:

    5 stars
    Yowza!!! Couldn’t be easier! Btw, I’m from Midwest. We don’t often use fish as much as meat. I’ve had many different types of salmon and I’m unfamiliar w/all the varieties. Thanks Natasha for the clarity. Wild Sockeye. So thats the one that I’ve had and not given up in my search of a great tasting “unfishy taste” of salmon. Move over Portillo’s Hotdogs…😂 this recipe will go viral in my house!

    1. Natasha says:

      Hahaha I’m so glad you enjoyed it, Adele!! 🙂

  2. Andrea says:

    5 stars
    WOW! I loved this recipe!! I didn’t think I could pull something like this off, but the recipe was so easy to follow and it was DELICIOUS!! Thank you!!

    1. Natasha says:

      Aww that makes me happy!! Thank you!!

  3. Marj says:

    5 stars
    Very tasty and quick to prepare!

    1. Natasha says:

      Great! So glad you liked it, Marj!

  4. Amy L. says:

    5 stars
    Natasha, this was another winner and we really enjoyed this salmon recipe! And yes, that sauce is addicting! I’ll be making your Honey Garlic Soy Sauce Chicken and Tomato Spinach Shrimp Pasta to carry us through the weekend. Thank you for making our dinners great!

    1. Natasha says:

      I’m so happy that you enjoyed it, Amy!! So glad you like my recipes. XO

  5. Elaine says:

    We love salmon but have only enjoyed it grilled. We’ve tried a few cooktop & oven recipes but this is the first one that we both have said it’s a keeper! Will definitely be making this again. So easy, yet delicious. Thank you!

    . Thank You

    1. Natasha says:

      Oh wow that’s awesome! Thanks for letting me know!

  6. Natasha says:

    Oh wow… sorry to hear that. I wonder what went wrong? Others seem to like the recipe.

  7. Brian T Lowe says:

    I’ve baked salmon once and it was great. I’m gonna trust you with this recipe and hope for the best. Based on the reviews I’ll love it. Although, I don’t understand how anyone can say so much about salmon. Lol.

    1. Natasha says:

      Haha hope you enjoyed it, Brian!

  8. sue sawa says:

    I made this for dinner tonight and it was excellent. I used a coated fry pan instead of a cast iron pan. Clean-up was easy. I served it on a bed of arugula with roasted carrots and brussel sprouts as our sides. Will be making this again and again and again.
    Thank you. Five stars for me.

    1. Natasha says:

      So happy you enjoyed it, Sue! 🙂

  9. Mar-Yun B Whittaker says:

    5 stars
    ❤ great instruction

    1. Natasha says:

      Thank you!!

  10. Sarah says:

    When you initially put the salmon in do you cook with for 4-5 minute per side? I know you start with the skin side up.

    1. Natasha says:

      You put it in the pan, cook it for 4-5 minutes, flip it, and then cook it another 4-5 minutes. If the salmon is especially thin, you may be able to cook it a little less, though. Hope this helps! 🙂