I figured since I make this every few weeks that it was high time I posted the recipe. This is one of my easiest weeknight dinners and a delicious way to enjoy salmon. I love baking salmon because it’s easy and practically foolproof, and this marinade gives it a light, flavorful glaze.
Honey and Soy Glazed Baked Salmon Recipe
- 1 lb. salmon fillet
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce or tamari
- 1 teaspoon sesame oil
- 2 teaspoons honey
- 1 scallion, thinly sliced
- Pat salmon dry and place on a foil-lined roasting pan or baking sheet
- Brush with soy sauce and sesame oil
- Let marinate about 20 minutes
- Brush salmon again with any marinade that’s run off
- Brush with honey
- Bake in preheated 400º oven for about 11 minutes (if you can remember to brush with the marinade that’s run off again about 1/2 way through the baking time, it helps add to the flavor. If not, not a big deal. :))
- Sprinkle with sliced scallions
- Bake about 4-5 minutes more or until thickest part of salmon easily flakes with a fork
Isn’t that crazy simple?
Here are some easy additions:
- Add minced ginger and garlic before baking
- Sprinkle with sesame seeds when you add the sliced scallions
- For a darker glaze and a more intense roasted flavor, pop under the broiler for the last few minutes
With this easy baked salmon and a steamed vegetable alongside it, you’ve got a delicious and healthy meal in no time. I also love serving this with black or wild rice or black lentils. If you haven’t tried my braised black lentils recipe, you should give it a try! It’s one of my husband’s favorite sides.
Of course, if you’re not a fan of soy or sesame, you can customize this baked salmon however you’d like. Here are a few ways I’ve done my baked salmon:
- Olive oil (or butter) and minced dill or basil
- Olive oil with minced garlic and scallions
- Butter, white wine, and chopped tarragon
- Bake salmon and then top with finely chopped tomato, red onion, and cilantro
Salmon is a heart-healthy meal and hopefully, if you’ve not tried this easy baking method before, you now have a simple way to add it to your menu. This recipe is perfect proof that eating well doesn’t have to be complicated or involve a bunch of ingredients.
You can also just bake the salmon with a little olive oil, salt and pepper and then enjoy it as it or with some fresh greens. If you want to get really creative, shred the cooked salmon and make salmon cakes out of it! (another favorite in my house)