YUM!! I absolutely love this recipe. My mouth is watering just thinking about it. The combination of honey, garlic, tamari, and a bit of cayenne for that extra boost in flavor is just amazing on top of a nice piece of salmon.
This recipe is great for a date night or a weeknight meal because it is impressive, yet super easy to make. And you don’t even need to marinate the salmon ahead of time! The recipe just has two steps: bake the salmon and make the glaze. And in just 25 mins or less you have a delicious, healthy main dish. Serve alongside a some roasted asparagus, broccolini, or a nice salad for a complete meal.
My honey garlic glazed salmon is gluten free, of course, but can also be easily made paleo by subbing coconut aminos for the tamari. Just make sure to add a bit of sea salt to the glaze if you decide to use coconut aminos, as it is less salty than tamari.
- 2 6-oz salmon fillets, sustainably sourced
- 1 Tbsp grass-fed butter or ghee, melted
- ¼ tsp sea salt
- 1/16 tsp freshly ground black pepper
- ¼ cup honey
- 2 Tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 2 Tbsp tamari or coconut aminos*
- 1 clove garlic, finely minced
- 1 pinch cayenne pepper
- 1 green onion, thinly sliced
- 1 tsp sesame seeds
- *If using coconut aminos, add a bit of sea salt to the glaze
- Preheat oven to 400ºF/205ºC.
- Grease baking dish with butter or ghee.
- Place salmon salmon fillets in the dish and brush on the rest of the butter or ghee using a pastry brush.
- Sprinkle on sea salt and pepper.
- Set the baking dish aside and prepare the glaze.
- To make the glaze, add honey, lemon juice, tamari, minced garlic, and cayenne pepper to a small saucepan.
- Bring the mixture to a boil over medium heat, stirring with a flat-headed wooden spoon or heat-resistant rubber spatula.
- After it reaches a boil, reduce the heat and simmer for approximately 5-6 minutes or until you have a thickened syrupy glaze that coats the back of a metal spoon. Stir and scrape the bottom of the pan about once per minute during the reduction process. Be careful not to let it simmer too long because the mixture will become too thick and harden once it cools. If it bubbles up a lot during cooking and you can’t tell how thickened it is, briefly remove from heat and stir to allow bubbles to subside enough to check consistency.
- While the glaze is reducing you can bake the salmon.
- Once the oven is hot, place the salmon in the oven on the center rack and bake for about 12-14 minutes for fillets around 1” thick in the center. Adjust cooking time based on the thickness of your fillets. The flesh should be opaque and flake easily with a fork when cooked through. Take care not to overcook the salmon.
- Remove the fillets to plates and spoon the glaze over the fillets.
- Top the salmon with green onion slices and sesame seeds.
- Serve immediately and enjoy!
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