Asian Honey Glazed Ginger Garlic Salmon - it's light, incredibly delicious, and will melt in your mouth.
This Honey Glazed Ginger Garlic Salmon is one of my husband's favorite recipes. When I was trying to perfect this recipe, he was eating it every single week for a while. Before I share the recipe, I want to share a cute love story about How I met my husband?
How I met my husband?
That's a question I often get asked on Instagram DM. It’s a pretty good story and one that will have you believing in fate and destiny.
It was back in August 2005 when I was single and ready to mingle, I attended a 3-night NETIP Annual Conference held in Atlanta with a friend. NETIP is the Network of Indian Professionals and a good opportunity to meet people with similar Indian backgrounds.
One evening at an event, this tall, dark, and handsome man came and sat directly across from me. We exchanged glances, but we didn’t speak. There was an instant connection that both of us felt and I remember it like it was just yesterday.
Later that evening I ran into him again, but this time we spoke. He was charismatic, outgoing, and full of life, I, on the other hand, was shy, introverted, and reserved. It was a whirlwind romance in the making and we were inseparable for most of the conference.
After the 3-day event was over, our connection was obvious, but we both had reservations about the distance. He was from Orange County, California, and I was from New Jersey. I didn’t know how I was going to pull off a long-distance relationship when I needed to get permission from my mom to do ANYTHING at that time!
Once I returned home to NJ, I told my closest friends about him and we already started imagining the wedding and my life in Laguna Beach with him. By this point, you may be wondering why Laguna Beach? Well, back then I was obsessed with the MTV reality show Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County. Clearly, I jumped the gun there even though we never really even dated.
Distance and timing kept us from moving forward at that time. My life took a completely different turn... but fate and love would lead me back to him exactly 10 years later.
How we ended up together is beyond anything I ever imagined. How things turned out the way they did puzzles me to this day. More on part 2 of this story.
Now I’m leaving you with this delicious Honey Glazed Ginger Garlic Salmon that my husband loves. Salmon is our favorite dish so naturally, I had to share this recipe while sharing our love story.
What is Honey Glazed Ginger Garlic Salmon?
An Asian salmon dish that's marinated in honey, ginger, garlic, soy sauce, lime juice, Siracha marinade and then baked in the oven to perfection. The combo is sweet, spicy, and salty.
This healthy salmon dish is so delicious, light, quick & easy, and makes the perfect weeknight meal.
Ingredients you'll need for Honey Glazed Ginger Garlic Salmon:
Salmon: I always prefer eating wild salmon, but that can be hard to find so try and use a good quality farmed salmon.
Ginger & Garlic: The flavor lies in the ginger and garlic and I used a good amount. Don't skimp on these two key flavors.
Honey: Honey adds a touch of sweetness which is needed in this dish.
Sesame Oil: A little bit of sesame oil goes a long way, you just need a touch. You don't need any other oil in this dish as salmon has enough good fat.
Soy Sauce & Hoisin Sauce: You'll get that saltiness, color, and Asian flavors from these two ingredients.
Siracha: Siracha is important as it adds spice which is needed with all the sweetness and saltiness.
Vinegar & Lime Juice: Both these flavors cut through the richness of this dish. I love citrus in my fish.
Scallions: Simply top with chopped scallions which serve as a nice garnish.
Honey Glazed Ginger Garlic Salmon is:
The Number #1 recipe of 2018
Easy - only 30 minutes to make
Flavorful, slightly sweet & spicy
How to make Honey Glazed Ginger Garlic Salmon step by step?
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Wash the salmon and pat dry. Place the salmon on a foiled baking tray.
2. For the marinade, in a bowl combine the lite soy sauce, hoisin sauce, honey, sesame oil, siracha, vinegar, and lime juice. Stir well.
3. Grate the ginger and chop the garlic.
4. Add the ginger and garlic to the marinade.
5. Top the salmon with 2 spoonfuls of the marinade like so.
6. Just like that.
7. This is what you should have once done.
8. Place the salmon into the oven for 19-20 minutes until the salmon is no longer red inside, but rather pink.
9. In the meantime chop the scallions and set aside for garnish.
10. Once the salmon is done, garnish with scallions and serve immediately with brown rice or quinoa, and a side of vegetables.
I love salmon paired with brown rice and some kind of veggies. I love using brown rice as it's healthier than white.
For veggies, I love green beans, asparagus, broccolini, or brussels sprouts, basically something with substance.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I make this dish dairy-free and gluten-free?
This dish is already dairy-free.
For a gluten-free option, make sure to use gluten-free soy sauce or tamari. Both work for this dish. Additionally, make sure you use a gluten-free hoisin sauce as well.
Can I make this Asian Salmon healthier?
For the fish itself, this is as healthy as it gets.
For the grain, you can use quinoa instead of brown or white rice. Quinoa is healthier than brown rice.
What other fish can I use for this dish?
If you don't want to use salmon, this dish would work well with shrimp, mahi-mahi, or halibut. You need a fish that is rich enough to handle this sauce.
I'm vegetarian, what can I use instead of fish?
Swap salmon for tofu. Marinate the tofu with the marinade and cook on the stove.
I would also add a bunch of veggies, such as asparagus, carrots, zucchini, broccoli, and whatever else you like. Top the veggies and tofu with the marinade, then bake.
More Salmon Recipes!
- Salmon Tikka Masala
- Salmon Panang Curry
- Blackened Salmon Tacos
- Hariyali Salmon
- Baked Chipotle Lime Salmon
Honey Glazed Ginger Garlic Salmon (gluten-free, dairy-free, healthyish)Healthy-ish, Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free
- 1.25 pounds fresh salmon
- 2 inch ginger, grated
- 6 cloves garlic, chopped
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1 ½ tablespoon soy sauce, preferably light & gluten-free
- 1 teaspoon sesame oil
- ½ tablespoon hoisin sauce, preferably gluten-free
- 1 tablespoon siracha
- 1 tablespoon vinegar or rice vinegar
- juice of ½ a lime
- 2-3 stalks of scallions, chopped
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Wash the salmon and pat dry. Place the salmon on a foiled tray.
- For the marinade, in a bowl combine the lite soy sauce, hoisin sauce, honey, sesame oil, siracha, vinegar, and lime juice. Stir well.
- Grate the ginger and chop the garlic.
- Add the ginger and garlic to the marinade.
- Top the salmon with 2 spoonfuls of the marinade like so.
- Just like that.
- This is what you should have once done.
- Place the salmon into the oven for 19-20 minutes until the salmon is no longer red inside, but rather pink.
- In the meantime chop the scallions and set aside for garnish.
- Once the salmon is done, garnish with scallions and serve immediately with brown rice or quinoa, and a side of vegetables.
Pin & Enjoy!
I pinned this to try later! And omg, how long do i have to wait for part 2?!!!
hi Salma. You're so sweet. Part 2 is next week... working on it. 🙂
Aysha Tayab-Ratsep says
Wow! I love how you weaved in the story with the recipe! I'm definitely going to try this!
Awww thanks Aysha. Love that name. Hope you love it, let me know. 🙂
oh my god this looks amazing. i have to try this recipe. also, what an absolutely cute love story. i do believe things happen for a reason.
Hi Erin.. thanks so much. Hope you love it, let me know how it goes for you. Yes, I believe things happen for a reason too! 🙂
This recipe was amazing Thank you for sharing this! I don't usually like seafood and this is now one of my favorite dishes!
Hi Shivu. That's so sweet of you to say. I have a few more salmon recipes on the way.. I love seafood, but the fishy flavor has to be masked. So happy you enjoyed it. 🙂
I love this story so romantic. This recipe looks great ??, can’t wait to try it . I’m trying to incorporate more salmon into my diet
Thanks Jhiane. This recipe is amazing.. hope you try it, salmon is so good for you. 🙂
I tried this recipe twice. It is absolutely delicious. Thank you for sharing this recipe and lovely story.
Thanks so much Asha. Greatly appreciate it. xoxo
This is one of my favorite ways to cook salmon! What a fantastic recipe. The only changes I made was adding a bit more sriracha (spicy lover over here;) and marinating the salmon in the fridge for a few hours prior to cooking. I think this intensifies the flavor and would highly recommend taking this extra step if you have the time! Thanks Honey Whats Cooking!!
Hi Emel. Thanks for the compliment. I'm so glad you enjoyed it. Yes, I too have marinated this dish 3-4 hours before and it's very juicy. You are absolutely right! Most of the time tho I just cook it right away since I am impatient. 🙂
Made this last night. The family all loved it. Love the story can't wait to read part 2.
So great. I'm so glad your family enjoyed it, so did mine! Awww. part 2 of the story is linked on here. 🙂
I am a little confused. I am looking for a gluten free recipe. How is this recipe gluten free when it has soy sauce in it??!!
In the recipe card, this indicates using gluten-free soy sauce. I love the SANJ brand, you can find their products at Whole Foods. Also, if you go to any Asian grocery store, you should have no trouble finding gluten-free soy sauce or tamari. Hope that clears it up.
I tried this marinade/recipe with chicken because I didn't have any salmon and was too lazy to go get some lol. But it was amazing!! It turned really well and I just added some stirfry veggies and quinoa on the side. It was great and I'm excited to try it with salmon next time!
Tried this a few days ago and have to say this is my favorite salmon recipe that I’ve tried so far! The flavors came together so well! I air fried the salmon with parchment paper instead of baking it, and i think that kept the flavors in really well too. Thanks Nisha for an amazing recipe!!
Made this tonight and it was delicious! I may have been a bit heavy handed with the ginger and garlic (it's the desi in me, lol) but it was still yummy! Even my picky kids approved!
Very yummy and easy to make recipe. Topped the marinade on some vegetables along with the salmon and it turned out great! Going to be a go to recipe.
Thanks Sarika. I'm so glad you liked it. Yes, marinade works well for veggies too. xoxo
OMG, this looks so good. I picked up the salmon I will let you know how this t out
Sure. Can't wait to hear what you think. 🙂
Great hit with my guests. Should have taken it out of the oven after 8minutes . It was a little over cooked at 10
Hi. I'm so sorry about that. I like my salmon a little more cooked so it's not red on the inside... but I know many prefer it just perfect. Sorry! 🙂
Very simple to make, and really delish. My guest loved it!