Honey Soy Salmon Summertime Bliss

I like to plan meals a week in advance, and last night’s dinner was suppose to be an extravagant multi-course meal… but at the last minute I decided to do something fun, quick, and simple instead! So, I tried a Honey Soy Salmon recipe from Ree Drummond’s blog, and it was absolutely perfect; quick, easy, and delicious. Seriously, even my husband (who is a self-proclaimed salmon hater) loved it!

This recipe yields an excellent Honey Soy Glaze that will knock your boots off! The salmon can be pan-seared or grilled, and I will explain both methods in my step-by-step blog below;

Prep Time: 5 minutes, Cook Time: 15 minutes, Servings: 2, Difficulty: Easy

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INGREDIENTS:
2 Salmon Fillets
Salt and Pepper, to taste
Olive Oil, for cooking
2 tablespoons Unsalted Butter
3 tablespoons Honey
3 tablespoons Low-Sodium Soy Sauce
Juice of 1 Lime
Cilantro, for serving

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INSTRUCTIONS:
Start by sprinkling a little salt and pepper on both sides of the salmon… Also, ignore the tiny third piece of salmon in my photos! It was so small and looked so yummy, I couldn’t leave it out.

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Keeping the skin on is purely a matter of personal preference; I cooked my salmon on the grill, so I left the skin on for stability purposes… Plus, I’m a skin-on gal. However, my husband is a skin-off guy. Marital differences, oh well.

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I’m gonna give you two options here; (1) Pan-sear the salmon, or (2) Grill the salmon. I grilled because it was a gloriously beautiful day out, but I’ll explain both.

Pan-Seared Salmon: Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil and 1 tablespoon butter in a non-stick skillet over medium heat. Add the salmon, skin side down (if you took the skin off just pick a side), and cook for approximately 5 minutes; allowing the salmon to get crisp. Carefully flip the salmon, and allow it to cook for a couple more minutes, then remove it from the heat and set aside… don’t clean the pan.

Grilled: Bring a grill to 375 degrees. Oil the skin side of the salmon (this will help keep it from sticking).

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Place it, skin-side down, on the grill… Close the grill, and let the salmon cook for 10 minutes.

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*10 minutes later* Open the grill…

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Remove the salmon from the heat…

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… and set it aside.

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Now, on to the Honey Soy Glaze!

Note: If you pan-seared the salmon there will already be some olive oil and butter in the skillet, therefore you won’t need to add as much at this step.

So, add 2 tablespoons of olive oil and 2 tablespoons of butter to a non-stick skillet over medium heat.

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Add three generous tablespoons of honey to the skillet.

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Followed by 3 tablespoons of low-sodium soy sauce.

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Chop a lime in half…

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… and squeeze all of the juice from the lime into the skillet. Note: This lime was pretty small, I probably got about 2 tablespoons of juice out of it.

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Stir the mixture together, and allow it to bubble and thicken for several minutes. Give it a taste test and adjust ingredients accordingly; add more honey, soy sauce, or lime as you see fit. The flavor of the sweet honey, savory soy sauce, and acid in the lime balance out well!

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Put the salmon in the pan with the honey soy glaze and start spooning glaze over the salmon.

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Keep spooning until the salmon is covered in the glaze… The smell is amazing!

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Place the salmon on a plate… and spoon on more glaze!

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Garnish the salmon with some fresh chopped cilantro, and a few lime wedges… I also added a Parmesan Caesar Salad to the side of the plate.

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And…

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Enjoy!

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*This is a Pioneer Woman original recipe; Ree pan-seared her salmon, for the full recipe visit her blog; Honey Soy Salmon – The Pioneer Woman.

And, If you want to cook your salmon in the oven then I have the perfect recipe for you; Perfect Parchment-Baked Salmon – The Uncustomary Housewife. It’s another simple and delicious salmon recipe!

Cook Long and Prosper. Love, the Uncustomary Housewife.

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