Crazy Easy Baked Honey Garlic Salmon in Foil

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Baked Honey Garlic Salmon in Foil is the ultimate easy dinner recipe! A whole salmon coated in a sweet and tangy honey garlic sauce then baked and broiled for a delicious crispy topping. A baked salmon recipe your family will love.

If baked salmon is your jam then you need to try out my Honey Mustard Baked Salmon or my 20 Minute Garlic Butter Baked Salmon in Foil.

baked honey garlic salmon in foil with a fork

Baked Honey Garlic Salmon in Foil

Each Sunday I typically will sit down and create my menu for the week as well as plan out the recipes I intend to make and photograph for the blog. What I have realized is that I will always have one night with salmon. Baked Salmon is one of those meals I can count on when I need a healthy meal in a pinch. 

I love baked salmon because:

  1. It’s easy cleanup because I usually put foil down on the baking sheet.
  2. No fuss. I’m not hovering over a stove. 
  3. Super easy to make because you have the salmon + the sauce + throwing it in the oven and then your done with dinner.

close up photo of baked honey garlic salmon in foil topped with lemon

How do you add flavor to salmon?

There are a couple of ways to add flavor to your salmon. 

  1. Sauce: One of the main ways I like to add flavor to my salmon is by covering the salmon in a sauce. You could do a honey mustard sauce, a lemon garlic butter, teriyaki or even a sweet chili glaze.
  2. Spice Rub: Not feeling a sauce? No problem. Create an epic spice blend and rub that salmon down for added flavor in every bite.
  3. Salsa: Another great way to enhance and compliment the flavor of your salmon is to create a fresh fruit salsa or avocado salsa to put on top.
  4. Lemon: If you want to keep it super simple then bake your salmon, season with salt and pepper and finish it with a squeeze of fresh lemon juice to liven up the dish.

How do you cook salmon so it doesn’t taste fishy?

There’s nothing worse than opening your parchment wrapped salmon and having it smell like fish! The best way to get that “fishy smell” out is to wash it with cold water: If the fish has only recently started to smell, a quick rinse in cold water will remove most of the bacteria. Rinse, pat dry with a paper towel, season and cook. 

how to make baked honey garlic salmon in foil

Ingredients you’ll need for this Honey Garlic Salmon Recipe:

  • Salmon: Buy fresh salmon with the skin on from your fish monger at the grocery store and cook it same day for best results.
  • Honey: The honey is going to add a nice sweetness to your salmon and will crisp up when placed on the broiler for a few minutes. Trust me, that crispy exterior is everything!
  • Garlic: Loads of minced garlic in every bite is key to this dish.
  • Dijon Mustard: The dijon mustard is going to add a new tang to your sauce and compliment the honey perfectly. It’s just the ingredient to take this sauce over the top.
  • Rosemary & Thyme: Fresh herbs are a must in any dish!

How to make Baked Honey Garlic Salmon in foil?

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  2. Line a baking sheet with a large enough piece of foil that you could fold over and seal to create a packet later on. Place salmon in the center of the foil.
  3. In a small bowl, add garlic cloves, dijon mustard, honey, rosemary, thyme, salt and pepper. Mix everything together until combined.
  4. Pour honey garlic mixture over the salmon and rub all over. Then fold foil up around salmon to create a tent.
  5. Place in oven and bake for 10 to 14 minutes, you want it flaky. Remove salmon from oven and turn broiler on HIGH.
  6. Unfold the foil so the salmon is uncovered. Place salmon back under broiler for 2 to 3 minutes till there is slight browning over caramelization on top. Remove from oven. Garnish with chopped parsley and lemon slices. Serve.

baked honey garlic salmon in foil with lemons on top

How do you know salmon is finished?

The nice thing about salmon is it changes visually as it gets cooked. Typically salmon will change from a red or raw color to opaque (pink). After 6-8 minutes of cooking, I’d recommend checking for doneness. You can do this by taking a sharp knife or a fork to peek into the thickest part of the salmon. If the meat flakes, but still has a little translucency in the middle, it is done. This would be considered medium rare. If you want your salmon well done than the center will be opaque.

If I’m being honest one of my favorite go to recipes is my Honey Mustard Salmon. I usually don’t stray from that one because it’s a hit for everyone and super easy to make. But guys, this Baked Honey Garlic Salmon is a close second. Hands down my favorite part is the crispy exterior you get on top. That crunch is seriously everything! You’re going to love it and I KNOW the family will too because everyone in my family devoured it!

Bon Appetit!

What to serve with Baked Honey Garlic Salmon?

Baked Honey Garlic Salmon in Foil with a fork

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Baked Honey Garlic Salmon in Foil

  • Author: Krista
  • prep_time Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • cook_time Cook Time: 17 minutes
  • total_time Total Time: 22 minutes
  • yield Yield: 4 1x
  • category Category: Seafood
  • method Method: Oven
  • cuisine Cuisine: American

Description

Baked Honey Garlic Salmon in Foil is the ultimate easy dinner recipe! A whole salmon coated in a sweet and tangy honey garlic sauce then baked and broiled for a delicious crispy topping. 

Scale

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. salmon
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1/2 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme
  • salt and pepper to season
  • 1 lemon, sliced
  • optional: garnish with chopped parsley

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  2. Line a baking sheet with a large enough piece of foil that you could fold over and seal to create a packet later on. Place salmon in the center of the foil.
  3. In a small bowl, add garlic cloves, dijon mustard, honey, rosemary, thyme, salt and pepper. Mix everything together until combined.
  4. Pour honey garlic mixture over the salmon and rub all over. Then fold foil up around salmon to create a tent.
  5. Place in oven and bake for 10 to 14 minutes, you want it flaky.
  6. Remove salmon from oven and turn broiler on HIGH.
  7. Unfold the foil so the salmon is uncovered. Place salmon back under broiler for 2 to 3 minutes till there is slight browning over caramelization on top.
  8. Remove from oven. Garnish with chopped parsley and lemon slices. Serve.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 4 oz.
  • Calories: 221
  • Sugar: 9 g
  • Sodium: 138 mg
  • Fat: 9 g
  • Saturated Fat: 3 g
  • Carbohydrates: 10 g
  • Fiber: 0 g
  • Protein: 24 g
  • Cholesterol: 57 mg

Keywords: baked salmon, baked salmon recipe, honey garlic salmon, honey garlic salmon recipe

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