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
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
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.
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.
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).
Place it, skin-side down, on the grill… Close the grill, and let the salmon cook for 10 minutes.
*10 minutes later* Open the grill…
Remove the salmon from the heat…
… and set it aside.
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.
Add three generous tablespoons of honey to the skillet.
Followed by 3 tablespoons of low-sodium soy sauce.
Chop a lime in half…
… 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.
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!
Put the salmon in the pan with the honey soy glaze and start spooning glaze over the salmon.
Keep spooning until the salmon is covered in the glaze… The smell is amazing!
Place the salmon on a plate… and spoon on more glaze!
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.
*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.