Honey Soy Sauce Glazed Salmon

An easy recipe that needs just 5 minutes of prep and 10 minutes in the oven. The salmon will turn out rich, moist, and buttery.


The thing I love about baked salmon is that it is cooked more evenly, and the texture of the fish comes out more consistent. When I cook salmon on the stove, I need to keep it medium rare to get a moist texture. But when baking, I’ve found that the fish will taste very juicy and tender even when cooked through..

The things I did differently:

  • Use plenty of mustard to add acid instead of vinegar or lime, so it thickens the sauce naturally.
  • Replace brown sugar with honey to make the recipe healthier.
  • Use fresh herbs to give the fish a richer flavor.
  • Bake the fish instead of cooking it on the stovetop, so you can prepare a side dish while cooking it.

Some baked salmon recipes recommend using the broiler all the way through, to create a crispy surface. I found this method is not very consistent. Since the honey glaze has a very high sugar content, it can easily end up burning the fish. With this glaze, you don’t need to have a crispy surface to enjoy the freshness of the salmon. The sauce will be cooked until thickened, so that it coats the salmon very well, and guarantees a satisfying mouthfeel.

Honey Soy Sauce Glazed Salmon Recipe



INGREDIENTS

  • 4 pieces salmon fillets (*see footnote 2)
  • 4 tablespoons honey (or brown sugar?)
  • 4 tablespoons soy sauce or tamari for gluten-free
  • 4 tablespoons whole-grain Dijon mustard
  • 2 teaspoons minced ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground paprika (or chili powder)

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Adjust oven rack to top third. Preheat oven to 220 degrees C (425 F). Spray a thin layer of oil onto a large baking dish.
  2. Whisk honey, soy sauce, Dijon mustard, ginger, and chili pepper in a small bowl.
  3. Honey Soy Sauce Glazed Salmon Cooking Process
  4. Place the salmon into the baking dish, skin side down. Pour marinade over each piece of salmon.
  5. Honey Soy Sauce Glazed Salmon Cooking Process Honey Soy Sauce Glazed Salmon Cooking Process
  6. Bake for 6 minutes, until the surface of the salmon is cooked, but the fish is still raw inside. Turn on broiler. Bake for another 2 to 3 minutes, until the salmon is just cooked to the preferred doneness. To check doneness, gently lift the thick end of the salmon. If the fish flakes easily along the grain, it is done. The salmon will be the tenderest if it is still a bit pink inside. If you prefer your salmon cooked through, return it to the oven and bake for another one or two minutes.
  7. Honey Soy Sauce Glazed Salmon Cooking Process
  8. Serve immediately with rice and spinach.
The nutrition facts are calculated based on 1 of the 4 servings generated by this recipe



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