Easy Skillet-Glazed salmon comes together with the help of two simple kitchen staples: honey and soy sauce and it's ready to eat in less than 15 minutes. That's all the time it takes to create a delicious and elegant salmon meal. This recipe turns regular salmon into mouthwatering salmon. Get ready for a perfectly cooked, seafood treat that the whole family will love.
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Ingredients to have on hand
- fresh salmon
- soy sauce
- olive oil
Grab your favorite skillet, I prefer cast iron, and enjoy a fancy meal that's super easy to prepare.
Simple way to prepare salmon
Elegant yet so, so easy. Your guests will be impressed with this seafood entree. This is a recipe that takes mere minutes to prepare so it's easy enough even for a work night meal.
From kitchen to dining table it's ready in less than 15 minutes, how's that for easy.
Top Tips and FAQ
Any salmon will work great with this recipe, I made this using various types and have never been disappointed. Just be sure to buy fresh fillets.
Look for salmon that appears moist, not dried out or rubbery. The moisture content is a great indicator of freshness and how carefully the fish was handled.
Yes, in fact that's how my Dad makes it. The only adjustment, you don't need to flip the fillet. Just place it skin side down on an non-stick baking sheet, or one lined with parchment paper. Bake in a 450° F oven for about 10 minutes. The glaze isn't quite as thick using this technique, but it is still delicious.
There's no need to do that. In fact, the USDA cautions: “Washing or rinsing meat or poultry increases the risk for cross-contamination in the kitchen, which can cause foodborne illness. It’s time to leave this habit in the past."
Cast Iron Cooking
You'll want the skillet to be piping hot. I prefer using a cast iron skillet but any type will work fine. I love the way a heavy cast iron skillet holds the heat.
Place the fillets skin side down in the hot olive oil and season the fillet with a little salt and pepper. Next, top each fillet with about 1 teaspoon each of soy sauce and honey.
Prepare to Glaze the Fillet
Don't worry about the blackened skin after the first turn of the fish. I know it looks a little shocking, but don't worry. You didn't ruin anything. This is all a part of the glazing process. When you flip the fillets out of the pan they will be glazed and perfect.
After I made this for the first time my family asked "why haven't we always been cooking salmon this way?"
Adding soy sauce and honey is one of my Dad's ideas, though he usually likes to cook the salmon in the oven instead of skillet frying.
But I love to cook with cast iron and using a cast iron skillet with this recipe helps make it a winner every time.
The next time you see salmon in the store, buy it and try this recipe. If your family is like mine, everyone and I mean everyone will ask you to make it again and again.
How to Serve Skillet-Glazed Salmon
Serve the salmon with two or three wedges of lemon or plenty of fresh tarter sauce. Just like that, you'll enjoy restaurant quality glazed salmon from the comfort of your own home. As an option, garnish with chopped, fresh chives and a sprig of fresh dill.
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this salmon recipe was tasty - we used honey and it worked perfectly
Kayla DiMaggio says
This skillet salmon looks so delicious! I am loving how easy the recipe was!
This is so delicious and easy to make! Turned out perfectly! Thank you!
The Sudden Cook says
My kids absoluely LOVE salmon so bookmarking this recipe for sure:)
I sub honey with maple syrup and still turn out great! Thanks for the recipe.
This recipe was the worst! I had to though $20.00 worth of salmon in the garbage! No one in my family would eat it! It was terrible!
I followed the instructions to the T.
Gross, disgusting, never again!
Melinda O'Malley Keckler says
Shoot, I'm sorry to hear this. So many folks have told me how much they’ve enjoyed this recipe. Please feel free to email me directly Tami. I’m happy to troubleshoot with you to figure out what went wrong.
This Easy Skillet-Glazed salmon looks so delish! I'm hungry already. Can't wait to cook this tonight. Thanks!
Cheryl Sandoval says
Tried this Salmon recipe for Mother's Day. So easy and such great flavor. Everyone loved it!
Melinda O'Malley Keckler says
I'm glad to hear you enjoyed the salmon recipe Cheryl!! Thank you!! Hugs to you and the family. 🙂