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Pan seared honey garlic salmon bites are flavorful yet simple enough for a healthy dinner. All you need is a few simple ingredients, a hot skillet and about 15 minutes. The salmon bite recipe is flaky, tender and sticky sweet. Honey glazed salmon is easy enough for a weeknight meal yet perfect for serving guests. Pair it with rice and steamed veggies for a complete dinner. 

Honey garlic salmon in a bowl with white rice.
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Poppable honey garlic salmon bites can be made with fresh or frozen salmon and are tossed with a flavorful honey garlic glaze. This quick honey glazed salmon is a light and healthy meal that only takes minutes to make.  It’s the perfect recipe to have on hand for busy nights and may be the easiest salmon recipe you’ve ever made. 

If you love honey and garlic, try my Honey Garlic Chicken Skewers, Grilled Honey Garlic Butter Salmon, or Honey Garlic Soy Chicken.

Why You’ll Love This Salmon Bites Recipe

  • It’s ready in a flash. Cook the salmon in a hot skillet for just a few minutes. 
  • Everything cooks evenly. Cutting the salmon into even sized cubes helps everything to cook evenly. 
  • It’s healthy. Salmon is good for you and fills you up without weighing you down. 

Honey Glazed Salmon Ingredients

Ingredients needed for honey garlic salmon bites.
  • Salmon: carefully remove the skin and cut the salmon into 1-inch cubes
  • Seasoning: Combine paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, salt and ground black pepper to season the salmon. 
  • Olive Oil: Use your favorite, light neutral-flavored oil. 
  • Aromatics: freshly minced garlic and grated ginger add flavor and aroma. 
  • Soy Sauce: Use low sodium soy sauce, gluten free tamari or liquid aminos if preferred. 
  • Rice Vinegar: Mild and sweet rice vinegar can be substituted with apple cider vinegar. 
  • Honey: Use raw, local honey for the best flavor and the most health benefits. Substitute with pure maple syrup if preferred. 
  • Sesame Seeds: Toasted sesame seeds have a nutty flavor and crunchy texture. 
  • Chives: Garnish with chopped chives. 

How To Make Salmon Bites

Marinate and sear salmon bites.
  • Prepare the salmon. Pat dry the salmon cubes with a paper towel and season them with paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and black pepper. Pour about a tablespoon of oil and massage the salmon cubes.
  • Pan sear the salmon. Heat a heavy skillet with a tablespoon of oil, add the salmon cubes in a single layer and cook for 4-5 minutes by flipping them often until crispy and golden. Transfer the cooked crispy salmon cubes to a plate and cook the remaining salmon.
How to make honey garlic sauce for salmon bites.
  • Make the honey garlic sauce. Add the remaining oil and garlic and ginger to the same skillet. Saute for a minute. Stir in the soy sauce, rice vinegar, and honey. Simmer the sauce for 3-5 minutes until it thickens.
Coat salmon bites with honey garlic sauce.
  • Toss salmon bites with sauce. Transfer the crispy salmon back to the skillet and toss it well with the sauce. Check for seasonings.
  • Serve. Serve the salmon bites over the rice and enjoy.
A spoon stirs salmon with honey garlic soy sauce in a skillet.

Tips To Make Honey Garlic Salmon

  • Dry the salmon with paper towels to get rid of any extra moisture. 
  • Cube the salmon into even pieces for even cooking. 
  • Gently toss the salmon with seasoning until all the pieces are well coated. 
  • Add cayenne pepper to the seasoning blend to give the salmon a spicy kick. 
  • Allow the salmon to marinate in the seasoning mixture for 30 minutes to an hour if you have time.
  • Use fresh garlic for the best flavor. 
  • Easily make this in the air fryer. Preheat to 390 degrees and cook for 7-9 minutes, flipping halfway through. 
  • You can also make this recipe with cubes of chicken or shrimp. Adjust the cooking times accordingly. 
Close up of glazed salmon bites with sesame seeds.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use frozen salmon for this recipe?

Frozen fish is undoubtedly convenient, and you can certainly use frozen salmon for this recipe. You will want to thaw the salmon overnight in the fridge and pat it dry with paper towels before cooking. 

Is salmon healthy?

Salmon is protein-rich and loaded with healthy Omega-3 fatty acids and B vitamins. It’s highly nutritious and makes a great addition to a balanced diet. 

How do I remove the skin from salmon?

Start at the corner and slide a sharp knife between the flesh and the skin of the salmon. Angle the blade down towards the skin, pushing away from you to cut the skin off the salmon gently. You can also ask the fishmonger to remove the skin for you.

How do I store and reheat honey glazed salmon?

Store the leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. The microwave is truly the best option for reheating salmon bites. They can also be eaten cold.

Can I freeze this salmon bite recipe?

For the best results, season and freeze the salmon before cooking. Freeze in freezer-safe bags for up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the fridge.

What to serve with Honey Garlic Salmon Bites?

Honey garlic salmon bites pair well with rice, pasta, potatoes, or your favorite vegetables. A few of our favorite pairings include Parmesan Roasted Glazed Carrots, Crispy Air Fryer Roasted Potatoes, Creamy Broccoli Mac and Cheese, Brussels Sprouts Salad or Crispy Air Fryer French Fries.

Chopsticks pick up honey garlic salmon bites.

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Honey Garlic Salmon Bites

Pan seared honey garlic salmon bites are flavorful yet simple enough for a healthy dinner. All you need is a few simple ingredients, a hot skillet and about 15 minutes.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 4 servings

Ingredients 

  • 1 ½ lb salmon, skin removed and cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 2 teaspoons garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon ginger, grated
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 2 teaspoons sesame seeds
  • 2 teaspoons chopped chives

Instructions 

  • Pat dry the salmon cubes with a paper towel and season them with paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and black pepper. Pour about a tablespoon of oil and massage the salmon cubes.
  • Heat a heavy skillet with a tablespoon of oil, add the salmon cubes in a single layer, and cook for 4-5 minutes by flipping them often until crispy and golden. Transfer the cooked crispy salmon cubes to a plate and cook the remaining salmon.
  • To the same skillet add the remaining oil and add garlic and ginger, saute for a minute.
  • Stir in the soy sauce, rice vinegar, and honey. Simmer the sauce for 3-5 minutes until it thickens.
  • Transfer the crispy salmon back to the skillet and toss it well with the sauce. Check for seasonings.
  • Serve the salmon bites over the rice and enjoy.

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Notes

  • Dry the salmon with paper towels to get rid of any extra moisture. 
  • Cube the salmon into even pieces for even cooking. 
  • Gently toss the salmon with seasoning until all the pieces are well coated. 
  • Add cayenne pepper to the seasoning blend to give the salmon a spicy kick. 
  • Allow the salmon to marinate in the seasoning mixture for 30 minutes to an hour if you have time.
  • Use fresh garlic for the best flavor. 
  • Easily make this in the air fryer. Preheat to 390 degrees and cook for 7-9 minutes, flipping halfway through. 
  • You can also make this recipe with cubes of chicken or shrimp. Adjust the cooking times accordingly. 

Nutrition

Calories: 419kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 36g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g | Monounsaturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 94mg | Sodium: 1122mg | Potassium: 903mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 18g | Vitamin A: 276IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 40mg | Iron: 2mg
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