This Baked Honey Salmon is the perfect weekday recipe. It can be made in less than 30 minutes, but is still incredibly flavorful. The salmon filet is steamed inside of a foil packet, which makes clean-up a breeze! Serve the salmon alongside a rice pilaf or roasted asparagus for a complete meal.
I have a bit of a problem when I wander around the seafood and meat department in the grocery store. When I see a gorgeous filet of meat or fish, I forget to look at the price tag until it is already wrapped up and in my basket. There have been a few times lately that I’ve said “oops!” after seeing the receipt. However, I usually can justify the purchase by arguing that the filet is cheaper than going out to eat anyway.
This salmon filet definitely fell into the “oops!” category. It must have been fed a foie gras dinner every night off the coast of some remote island. However, this salmon filet fed us for several days. I even used part of the salmon to make my teriyaki salmon recipe that I recently posted.
I have to admit, it was one of the best salmon filets that I’ve had in a long time and this recipe definitely did it justice. The honey makes the salmon sweet, while the thyme and garlic add a great fresh flavor. Many honey salmon recipes call for a touch of dijon mustard, but I decided to omit the mustard in this recipe. I wanted to keep it fresh and simple. Both variations are great though.
This salmon can be served hot or cold. If you bought a gigantic filet like I did, you can refrigerate any leftover salmon to put in a salad for lunch the next day.
That’s what I did.
I also think I may have gone a little overboard on pictures for this recipe. I just couldn’t pick which ones I liked best.
If you’re in the mood for something a bit more spicy (but still sweet!), head over to my teriyaki salmon recipe. It’s one of my all-time favorites.
- ¼ cup honey
- 1 tbsp white wine vinegar
- 1½ tbsp garlic, minced
- 1 tbsp fresh thyme leaves
- 1½ lbs salmon
- 1 tbsp dijon mustard (optional)
- ¼ tsp crush red pepper flakes (optional)
- salt and pepper, to taste
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Combine all of the ingredients together in a small bowl. Set aside.
- Place the salmon onto a sheet of aluminum foil in a baking dish. Fold up the edges of the foil around the salmon to keep the honey mixture from spreading out. Pour the mixture over the salmon, then seal the foil, completely covering the salmon.
- Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, until the salmon is cook through and flaky. Serve immediately.