Honey Garlic Sauce Salmon

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This Honey Garlic Sauce Salmon recipe makes crispy & tender salmon that’s SO DELICIOUS! This is one of my favorite ways to pan-fry salmon fillets. One pan, 20-minutes, and a handful of ingredients stand in the way of you and this incredible salmon dinner.

Looking for more salmon recipes? Try this oven baked salmon in garlic butter sauce!

Honey Garlic Salmon Fillets in a cast iron skillet.


A simple sauce prepared with honey, soy sauce, garlic and lime juice adds a ton of flavor to this simple salmon recipe. Quick, easy, and super addictive, this tasty fish is perfect for a busy weeknight, but fancy enough for an elegant dinner.  

Judging by the popularity of my Garlic Butter Baked Salmon, it is no secret that you all LOVE salmon and garlic. AMIRIGHT? I hope so because that combo is like regular food meets magazine-food meets my mouth. 

HOWEVER, there’s just something EXTRA about food that’s sweet and salty plus perfectly browned into a caramelized perfection. Examples: we have this Crock Pot Honey Garlic Chicken, Honey Garlic Baked Pork Chops, Honey Garlic Steak Bites… there’s more, but you see where I’m going with this. Honey Garlic is my JAM. 

Salmon in a cast iron skillet.


Honey Garlic Salmon is seriously easy to make, using minimal ingredients you already have in your kitchen. In addition to being awesomely sauced, this garlicky salmon and its sticky honey glaze go perfectly with brown rice or cauliflower rice.

  1. We start with seasoning our fillets; I use a mix of ground cumin, paprika, garlic powder, Italian Seasoning, salt and pepper. 
  2. Add the fillets to warm oil in a cast iron skillet. If you do not have a cast iron skillet, use any other heavy steel pan that you do have. 
  3. Cook the fillets for around 4 to 5 minutes, or until cooked three quarters of the way. Flip over. 
  4. Add butter, minced garlic, honey, soy sauce, and lime juice. Cook for 2 more minutes, or until cooked through and sauce is thickened. 
  5. Garnish with lime wedges and sliced green onions; serve.

Honey Garlic Salmon Fillets


  • To make this cooking-fish-job easier, cook 2 salmon fillets at a time. It’s much easier to flip them over when the pan isn’t crowded. 
  • When it’s time to add the sauce, just return all the fillets to the pan and continue. 

On a personal fish preference note, I love salmon because it is a perfect excuse to work up an Asian-inspired sauce. I also love my saucy, sweet and savory fish served on top of a pile of rice or next to a big green salad.

Annnnd now I’m hungry. Again. 


  • Keep cooked salmon refrigerated in airtight containers for up to 3 days. 

Pan fried salmon fillets.




5 from 14 votes
Honey Garlic Salmon Fillets in a cast iron skillet.
Honey Garlic Sauce Salmon
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
20 mins

Crispy, tender and juicy salmon fillets pan-fried in the most delicious honey garlic sauce. 

Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American, Asian
Servings: 4 serves
Calories: 317 kcal
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 4 skin-on salmon fillets, each fillet should be around 4-ounces
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoky or sweet paprika
  • 1/2 tablespoon Italian Seasoning
  • salt and fresh ground pepper, to taste
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced (about 1 tablespoon minced garlic)
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 tablespoon low sodium soy sauce (For a gluten-free option, use Tamari sauce)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • sliced green onions for serving
  • lime wedges for serving
  1. Heat olive oil and 1 tablespoon butter in a large (10 to 12 inches) cast iron skillet over medium-high heat.
  2. In a small bowl combine cumin, paprika, Italian Seasoning, salt, and pepper; mix until incorporated.
  3. Season salmon fillets with prepared seasoning and transfer to skillet, skin side down. (PLEASE SEE MY NOTES)

  4. Cook the fillets for 4 to 5 minutes, or until cooked three quarters of the way through.
  5. In the meantime, combine honey, soy sauce, and lime juice in a bowl; whisk until well combined.
  6. Flip the fish over and add 1 tablespoon butter to the skillet. (If working in batches, at this point you want to place all your fillets back in the skillet.)
  7. Wait until butter melts and add minced garlic over the fish.
  8. Pour the prepared honey soy sauce over the fish and continue to cook for 2 more minutes, or until cooked through and sauce has slightly thickened. Spoon the sauce over the fillets while cooking.
  9. Remove from heat.
  10. Garnish with sliced green onions and serve with lime wedges.
Recipe Notes




  • For best and easiest results, cook 2 salmon fillets at a time. It’s much easier to flip them over when the pan isn’t crowded. When it’s time to add the sauce, just return all the salmon fillets to the pan and continue with the recipe. 



  • Keep cooked salmon refrigerated in airtight containers for up to 3 days. 
Nutrition Facts
Honey Garlic Sauce Salmon
Amount Per Serving (1 salmon fillet + sauce)
Calories 317 Calories from Fat 144
% Daily Value*
Fat 16g25%
Saturated Fat 5g25%
Cholesterol 77mg26%
Sodium 235mg10%
Potassium 578mg17%
Carbohydrates 19g6%
Fiber 0g0%
Sugar 17g19%
Protein 23g46%
Vitamin A 220IU4%
Vitamin C 3.2mg4%
Calcium 29mg3%
Iron 1.5mg8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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19 Responses
  1. rosesarered0549

    Wow! This salmon is to die for. The sauce is so delicious I wanted to lick the plate. I’ll make this recipe often.

  2. Marie

    Sounded like a great recipe, except for the Italian seasoning. It overpowered the other flavors. I tried to eat it but ended up throwing it out. Sorry, but I didn’t like it.


    Garlic Sauce Salmon is the great idea for my children. It is delicious and nutritious. They eat them all. Thank you so much for your sharing

  4. Andy

    I made this tonight. I asked how it was while I was finishing cleaning up. My teenage son, wide-eyed and shoving food in his mouth, gave a thumbs up. He gradually got out, “This is something Gordon Ramsey should serve in his restaurant!”
    It’s a keeper. Thanks.

  5. Chrissie Baker

    so so so soooooo delicious. It’s really one more blasting recipe. I like all your recipes dear. Thay are so delicious and yummy. Thanks for sharing the recipe 🙂

  6. Michelle

    What incredible flavors you have going on in here. The cumin, paprika, honey, and garlic are amazing on these filets.

  7. Lawrence

    Wow, I always wonder how can cook one meal with plenty of flavors just with minimal ingredient for a busy weeknight? Finally, I got it Honey garlic sauce salmon. Thank you so much for sharing :).

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