Honey Chipotle Salmon
Slightly spicy, slightly sweet and absolutely delicious, this Honey Chipotle Salmon is making the weeknight rounds over here. This ridiculously easy salmon recipe will even get non-salmon lovers INTO it. It’s that good.
This recipe is sponsored by the Sioux Honey Association Co-op; however, all thoughts and opinions are my own.♡
Tender and juicy on the inside and crispy on the outside. This whole meal is ready-to-go in just about 30 minutes and it’s seriously one of the easiest, most flavorful seafood recipes. And that honey chipotle sauce is to die for!
You guys know I’m all about the Aunt Sue’s Honey from Sioux Honey Association Co-op! Aunt Sue’s Honey is wonderful in baked goods, used as a marinade like in this recipe and my Honey Garlic Shrimp, or simply spread over a piece of toast. I especially LOVE a drizzle of it on one of my favorite indulgences – a peanut butter and honey sandwich. Yum!
Aunt Sue’s Honey is my go to because it’s pure and minimally processed, and is strained and not filtered, meaning the natural pollen (and antioxidants) remain in the honey. It is sourced from their co-op of over 250 beekeepers across the U.S. You can conveniently find it in most major grocery stores, or purchase it online! Be sure to check out the website to meet some of the beekeepers and hear their stories. Many of the beekeepers come from multiple generations of beekeeping! So cool!
HOW TO BAKE HONEY CHIPOTLE SALMON
The meal comes together really quick and easy. Start by mixing the honey and spices in a small bowl. Place the salmon on a plate, in a container or in a zipped-top bag and use half of the glaze to either brush over the salmon or pour over the salmon. Let the salmon marinate for about 15 minutes. No worries if you’re short on time, the salmon will still be plenty flavorful.
Line a baking sheet with foil or parchment paper and bake salmon at 350ºF. for about 10 minutes. I was able to cook my asparagus and salmon on the same sheet pan, which made for a really easy dinner.
Once the salmon is fully cooked to your liking, brush with the other half of the honey glaze and enjoy immediately.
HOW LONG TO BAKE SALMON?
When baking salmon, the standard rule is about 10 minutes for a fillet that’s about 1-inch thick. Mine was slightly less than 1-inch thick, so I baked it for about 9 minutes.
This will yield a salmon that is perfectly cooked to medium rare – so the flesh flakes when you cut into it, it’s beautifully moist and coral inside rather than a pale pink / white.
Salmon is a fatty fish so it’s more forgiving if overcooked slightly. But when perfectly cooked, it’s a thing of beauty!!
WHAT TO SERVE WITH BAKED SALMON
The salmon turned out moist, juicy, with the perfect balance of sweetness and heat. My whole family gave this dish two thumbs up!
For a quick and easy meal, serve it with a side of roasted or steamed vegetables, like broccolini or asparagus shown in the photos. Add some bread, mashed potatoes or rice, and you’ve got a quick dinner on the table in less than 30 minutes!
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Slightly spicy, slightly sweet and absolutely delicious, this Honey Chipotle Salmon is making the weeknight rounds over here. So easy and so quick!
- 1/4 cup (90g) Sue Bee's Honey
- 1 teaspoon ground chipotle chili pepper*
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- 4 individual salmon fillets (or a large 2 lb. fillet)
In a small bowl, whisk together honey, chipotle chili pepper, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Place the salmon in a container, baking dish, or zipped-top bag. Brush or pour half of the marinade on top. Ensure that the glaze covers the entire pink surface of the salmon. Reserve the other half for brushing on the cooked salmon. I recommend marinating for at least 15 minutes or up to 8 hours.
Meanwhile, preheat oven to 350ºF. and place salmon on a lined baking sheet. Bake for about 15 minutes, depending on thickness (about 10 minutes per 1-inch thickness, measured from the thickest part of the fillet).**
Once salmon is cooked, brush the warm salmon with remaining marinade before serving. Leftovers keep well in the refrigerator for a few days. Reheat to your liking.
*If you don't have chipotle chili pepper on hand, you can also use regular chili powder. **To grill salmon, fire up the grill to medium-high heat. You can grill the salmon on foil or on a cedar plank. Grill the salmon skin side down for 15 minutes (about 10 minutes per 1-inch inch thickness measured from the thickest part of the fillet) or until 145°F internal heat.