My husband and I went to Paris for part of our honeymoon and ate the greatest salmon we’ve ever had. It was unforgettable. It was cooked to perfection with a hint of honey, a touch of soy, and a glaze that coated the fish so harmoniously it was as if that’s how mother nature intended it. We will never forget that meal. Before I could even take my last bite, I was already imagining how I would recreate this recipe. We needed to know we could have this back in New York whenever we wanted. And, after several attempts at making it, I finally got it — all the while putting my own little spin on it. I can’t wait for you to try this honey glazed salmon recipe. You’re about to fall in love.
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Why this is my favorite salmon recipe
When making this honey glazed salmon recipe, it’s rare that I can get it from the cast iron pan to the dinner table without someone sneaking a bite (ahem, that someone is usually me). The salmon starts stovetop in an oven proof skillet (I prefer using my cast iron like this one here ) so it gets nice and seared on the outside. If you don’t already own one, I really can’t recommend one enough. They are built to last; like a Ford 150. They are durable, resilient, and, could outlast generations if maintained correctly.
Then, after searing on the stovetop, the salmon finishes up in the oven to cook all the way through. I should also mention, it cooks in a thick honey and soy glaze so all the flavors are absorbed by the salmon. From start to finish, the dish comes together in under 20 minutes so it’s the perfect midweek meal. But, is also worthy enough to serve when you’re wanting to impress your future in-laws.
How to cook salmon
Anytime you’re preparing salmon, you want to bring it to room temperature about 15 minutes before cooking. Pat it dry with a clean paper towel to make sure you get as much moisture out as you can. Salt and pepper both sides to start it off with a nice coat of seasoning. While you’re bringing your salmon to room temperature, it’s a good time to start making the honey soy glaze.
Once you’ve assembled the glaze, you can start on your salmon. As mentioned earlier, we start by krisp-ing both sides of the salmon in a cast iron pan. Krisp the skin side first, then the other side. It’s okay if the middle is not cooked through at this stage, we’ll get to that later. When you have a nice sear on both sides, remove the salmon from the pan and pour in your glaze. This is where the magic happens.
The glaze won’t look like nearly enough to cover the salmon, but go ahead and pour it into the pan anyway. You’ll soon cut it with flavorful chicken broth to balance out the flavor. Let the glaze cook down for about 5 minutes before adding the salmon back in.
Once the glaze reduces, add in the salmon back in the pan (skin side up!) and finish cooking it inside the oven for about 3-5 minutes depending on how thick your salmon is. Watch it carefully, salmon can turn from undercooked to overcooked very quickly.
And there you have it, my favorite salmon recipe! When you make this recipe, let me know how you liked it by sharing it on Instagram and tagging me @KrispxKristin. You can also visit me on Pinterest for more good recipes.
Hope you enjoy!
- 2 lbs salmon
- 2 tbsp honey
- 4 tbsp soy sauce
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 2 tsp worchestershire
- 1/4 tsp garlic powder
- 1/4 tsp ground ginger
- 1/2 cup of chicken broth
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- Make the glaze: In a small to medium sized bowl, mix together the honey, soy sauce, olive oil, worchestershire, garlic powder, and ground ginger. Whisk until fully combined. Set aside.
- Heat up an oven proof skillet over medium heat. Add 1 tbsp of olive oil to coat the pan.
- Cut salmon into 4 filets. Salt and pepper both sides of salmon and add to heated pan - cook skin side first. Cook for about 2 minutes on each side until each side has a nice sear.
- Remove salmon from pan and set aside.
- Add honey glaze mixture to the pan.
- Pour in chicken broth and let mixture reduce for about 5 minutes.
- Place your salmon back into the oven proof skillet (skin side up!) and carefully put skillet in the oven to finish cooking for about 3-5 minutes. Cooking time will depend on the thickness of your salmon, so watch closely.
2 lbs of salmon should be enough for 4 servings.
If you're only serving 2 people, the salmon is perfect for leftovers the following day - just save extra sauce!
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Nutrition Information:Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 570Total Fat: 35gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 26gCholesterol: 144mgSodium: 1133mgCarbohydrates: 10gFiber: 0gSugar: 9gProtein: 52g