Make a quick and delicious dinner with these Spicy Honey Garlic Salmon fillets! Nutrient packed salmon are seasoned, pan seared, and cooked in a sweet and spicy glaze for an unforgettable dinner you can make any night of the week.
WHAT IS SPICY HONEY GARLIC SALMON?
This sweet and spicy salmon recipe with a honey garlic glaze packs all the flavor you want in a healthy recipe! This pan seared salmon cooks quickly with a spicy honey garlic cause perfect for a fast weeknight meal that can be served with a number of different sides.
WHY WE LOVE THIS RECIPE
Your week days are busy and the last thing you want to do at the end of the day is make a dinner that takes forever to cook and leaves you with lots of dirty dishes. This honey garlic salmon takes about 20 minutes to make and uses one pan to cook everything up. Nothing beats that!
This spicy salmon makes an excellent meal prep recipe! Quickly make lunches for the week with these salmon. Pack them with a side of rice and veggies for a complete meal perfect for keeping you full and focused at work.
IS SALMON GOOD FOR YOU?
Salmon is a nutrient dense food. Loaded with antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals this fish offers many nutritional benefits to your diet. Salmon contains B vitamins, is high in Omega-3 fatty acids, and is also considered low calorie with low saturated fat.
HOW DO YOU MAKE SALMON TASTE BETTER?
Most people who do not like salmon complain about a fishy taste. There are a few ways to make your salmon taste better. For starters you can make a sauce or a glaze, like in these Spicy Honey Garlic Salmon fillets. Another way to enhance the flavor of salmon is to use fresh herbs such as parsley, basil, or cilantro. Additionally you can make a breadcrumb topping for your salmon to give it a different flavor.
HOW TO MAKE SPICY HONEY GARLIC SALMON
Salmon Fillets– Four fresh 8 oz pieces of salmon are the base of this recipe.
Seasoning– Smoked paprika, garlic powder, ground black pepper, and cayenne pepper season the salmon fillets.
Sauce– A spicy honey glaze with honey, garlic, water soy sauce, chili flakes, and olive oil finish these salmon fillets off.
To begin, slice the salmon into 4, 8 oz fillets. Pat the fillets down to try them off. In a small bowl mix together smoked paprika, garlic powder, fresh ground black pepper, and cayenne powder. Season both sides of the salmon fillets with the seasoning and set aside.
In a small cup or bowl, mix together honey, garlic, water, soy sauce, chili flakes, and olive oil. Set aside to have ready while cooking.
Heat a 12 inch skillet, or cat iron pan, over medium heat. Add 1 tbsp of olive oil. Pan sear the salmon for 5 minutes without moving them. Then flip the salmon and pan sear the other side for 5 minutes.
Pour the sauce over the salmon. Cook for another 2-3 minutes until the sauce thickens up.
Remove the salmon from the pan and garnish with sesame seeds, chopped green onions, and lemon wedges.
WHAT GOES WELL WITH SALMON?
Many different sides pair well with these salmon fillets. Some of my favorite veggies to serve salmon with are asparagus, broccoli, or a fresh side salad. You can also serve salmon with roasted Brussel sprouts or oven roasted carrots.
Salmon also compliments grains such as rice, quinoa, and farro. If you are looking to make your recipe Whole 30 or low carb try using a cauliflower rice instead. For a more carb heavy side, serve the salmon with a pasta such as a lemon garlic pasta.
HOW TO KNOW YOUR SALMON IS WELL COOKED?
There are a few ways to know your salmon is cooked through. The USDA recommends an internal temperature of 145°F. Use a meat thermometer to check your salmon during cooking to see if the thickest part has reached this temperature. Another way to tell if the salmon is fully cooked is by testing how well the salmon will ‘give’. This means when you put a fork to it, will the salmon flake off? If it flakes off it’s ready.
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SIDES TO SERVE WITH SPICY HONEY GARLIC SALMON
- Smashed Sweet Potatoes with Herbs and Garlic
- Avocado Corn Salad
- Oven Roasted Parmesan Herbed Potatoes
- Avocado Mango Salad
Spicy Honey Garlic Salmon
- 4 8 oz Salmon Fillets skin off
- 1 tsp. Olive Oil
- 1 Tbsp. Smoked Paprika
- 1 tsp. Garlic Powder
- 2 tsp. Fresh Ground Black Pepper
- 1 tsp. Cayenne Pepper
- 2 Tbsp. Honey
- 4 cloves Garlic minced or chopped
- 2 Tbsp. Water
- ½ c. Soy Sauce Low-sodium
- 1 tsp. Chili Flakes
- 1 Tbsp. Olive Oil
- 1 tsp. corn starch
- Green Onion optional
- Toasted Sesame Seeds optional
- Lemon wedges optional
- Remove the skin from the salmon. Slice them into 8 oz pieces and pat them dry.
- In a small bowl stir together paprika, garlic powder, fresh ground pepper, and cayenne pepper. Season both sides of the salmon with this seasoning.
- In small bowl or cup mix together honey, garlic, water, soy sauce, chili flakes, and olive oil to make the sauce. Set aside for cooking.
- Heat a 12 inch skillet or cast iron pan over medium heat. Add 1 Tbsp of olive oil. Place the salmon in the pan and sear for 5 minutes without moving. Flip and cook on the other side for 5 minutes.
- After 5 minutes, pour the sauce into the pan and let the sauce and salmon cook together 2-3 minutes, or until the sauce thickens.
- Remove from the heat and serve the salmon. Garnish with sesame seeds, chopped green onion, and lemon wedges.