Monica Buck
Total Time
1 Hour
Makes 4 servings

Flavor fresh salmon fillets with a simple glaze made from soy sauce, honey, and garlic.  Bake, drizzle with reserved glaze, and top with a sprinkling of sesame seeds for a quick and easy salmon dinner.

How to Make It

Step 1

In a 1- to 2-quart pan, mix soy sauce, honey, and garlic. Stir often over medium-high heat until glaze is reduced by about a third, 7 to 10 minutes.

Step 2

Pour 3 tablespoons glaze into a small bowl and reserve. Pour remainder into a shallow 2- to 3-quart baking dish. Set salmon pieces in dish, skin side up; let stand 15 minutes. Turn salmon pieces over.

Step 3

Bake in a 450° oven until salmon has turned opaque at the edges but is still translucent in the center (cut to test), 15 to 20 minutes. Remove from oven.

Step 4

Increase oven heat to broil. Brush salmon evenly with about half the reserved glaze and sprinkle evenly with sesame seeds. Broil 6 inches from heat until sesame seeds are toasted and salmon is opaque but still moist-looking in center of thickest part (cut to test), 2 to 3 minutes.

Step 5

Drizzle salmon with remaining reserved glaze. Use a wide spatula to transfer pieces to plates.

Chef's Notes

We like to use wild Pacific salmon. It has a richer flavor than farmed salmon, doesn't require chemical color additives and antibiotics, and is environmentally friendly. (The Alaska salmon fishery is especially well managed, and the fish are abundant.)

Ratings & Reviews


March 28, 2016
Not sure the sauce needs reducing, really, as ours was pretty salty after reduction.  This was fine, though, as we had it over rice.  Also not sure of the benefit of putting aside some sauce -- there was plenty left in the cooking pan.The family really liked it -- I thought it was delicious, and so easy!  Had with rice and broccoli.

AGOODE's Review

September 03, 2014
Made this last night and the whole family loved it! Easy to reduce the sauce and very tasty. Mine cooked a little faster than was recommended, but that's probably my oven. Will definitely put this into the regular rotation.

Mikaleena's Review

June 11, 2014
This glaze was terrible. Wouldn't serve it to my dog.

marypayne13's Review

October 02, 2013
This is a good dish for a crowd. I say that because the sauce takes a while to reduce so it won't be your quick fish for a weekday. But the flavor was great with both salty and sweet. I would say don't broil for over a minute at the end though or you risk burning the edges.

vabsnj's Review

July 27, 2013

sbwieczor96's Review

June 05, 2013
So quick and easy. This will become a weekly meal. I served with a sweet potato and mixed salad greens. Can't beat it for an easy weeknight meal!

Malthomps's Review

February 24, 2013
I tried this and it tasted really great. I had it on the side with some fried rice and veggies really goo lunch

seaside725's Review

January 27, 2013
I made this dish for my husbands birthday and I was not disappointed. This was one of the best salmon dishes I have ever had. There was not one person at my dinner table that did not rave about it. It will be my go to salmon recipe. It was easy to make. I marinated it longer then the recipe called for, but other than that I followed the recipe exactly. I served it with white rice and cauliflower.

ellemichelle's Review

October 26, 2012

RahmOrenstein's Review

September 23, 2012
I love salmon in any shape or form, but the redued soy sause - even though I used low-sodium as recommended - was just too salty for me