Honey Garlic Pan-Seared Salmon in Hexclad

Enjoy Honey Garlic Pan-Seared Salmon using my easy and fool-proof method in a cast iron frying pan or Hexclad Hybrid Frying Pan (my fave!). The golden brown salmon is crispy on the outside but soft and buttery on the inside. It’s basted with a sweet and savory honey garlic sauce with a hint of fresh lemon for the perfect special occasion or 10-minute weeknight meal.

Honey Garlic Pan-Seared Salmon in Hexclad Hybrid Frying Pan.

Enjoy Honey Garlic Pan-Seared Salmon in a Hexclad Hybrid frying pan using my easy and fool-proof method. All you need is a high-heat-friendly frying pan, such as cast iron and a lid. Then we’re pan-searing salmon that is golden brown and crispy on the outside and soft and buttery inside. This easy salmon recipe is topped with a sweet and savory honey garlic sauce with a hint of fresh lemon. 

This is my family’s favorite of all our salmon recipes, and I love knowing we’re eating clean, natural ingredients. It’s the perfect dish for a special occasion, Christmas dinner, birthday, or a hassle-free dinner on a busy weeknight. You will be so impressed with yourself for making a restaurant-quality dish in your kitchen that takes less than 10 minutes to cook. And we can make Gordon Ramsey proud by using his revolution in cookware.

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Why You’ll Love This Easy Pan-Seared Salmon in Hexclad Recipe

  • You only need a few simple ingredients.
  • It is super easy to make for an impressive result.
  • The flavor-rich ingredients make it taste amazing!
  • All the ingredients are easily digestible for a gentle tummy.
Honey Garlic Pan-Seared Salmon in Hexclad Hybrid Frying Pan.

Ingredients & Substitutions

Here is everything you need to make the best pan-seared salmon with honey and garlic:

Salmon Fillets: You can substitute salmon for other fish fillets, such as trout, tilapia, or cod. Adjust cooking times based on the thickness of the fillets.

Light Olive Oil: Substitute with vegetable oil, canola oil, or grapeseed oil for a neutral flavor.

Lemon Juice: Freshly squeezed lime juice or orange juice can be used as alternatives for a citrusy flavor.

Lemon Zest: You can omit or replace with orange zest.

Honey: Maple syrup, agave nectar, or brown rice syrup can be used as sweeteners instead of honey.

Butter: Replace butter with ghee, margarine, or a plant-based butter alternative for a dairy-free version.

Garlic Cloves: Instead of fresh garlic, you can use garlic powder or garlic paste. Adjust quantities to taste.

Soy Sauce (gluten-free): Tamari or coconut aminos can be used as gluten-free alternatives to soy sauce. Regular soy sauce can also be used if gluten is not a concern.

Black Pepper: White pepper or red pepper flakes can be used as alternatives. Adjust the quantity to your preferred level of spiciness.

Coarse Sea Salt: Replace with regular table salt or kosher salt. Adjust the quantity based on your taste preferences.

Mashed potatoes, asparagus and salmon on a plate.

How to Make Easy Pan-Seared Honey Garlic Butter Salmon in a Hexclad Hybrid Pan

Step 1: Make the Honey Garlic Sauce

In a small bowl, mix together lemon juice, honey, soy sauce, crushed garlic, salt and black pepper.

Adding salt to the honey garlic butter sauce.

Step 2: Cook the Salmon

Pat the salmon fillets dry with paper towels to remove excess moisture. Season salmon by sprinkling flaky sea salt and pepper on the flesh side of the salmon fillets.

Heat a large cast-iron skillet, large frying pan, or a Hexclad Hybrid frying pan (my favorite) over medium-high heat and add 2 tablespoons of light olive oil.

Place the salmon fillets in the heated pan, salmon skin side up, and sear for 3-4 minutes until a golden crust forms.

Carefully transfer the salmon from the pan to a plate, skin side up.

Seasoning salmon with salt and pepper.
Placing salmon skin side up in a frying pan.
Resting salmon on a plate.

​Slowly pour in the sauce and stir with a spatula about every minute for 3-4 minutes until it thickens.

Reduce the heat to medium-low and add the salmon back into the pan, skin side down. Gently spoon the glaze over the salmon to coat it evenly.

Place a lid on top of the pan and allow the salmon to cook for another 2-3 minutes.

Sprinkle chopped fresh parsley, green onion, and lemon zest over the salmon for added flavor.

Serve with your favorite side dishes, and enjoy!

Thickening the honey garlic butter sauce in a frying pan.
Basting salmon with the honey garlic butter sauce.
Salmon cooking in a frying pan with a lid.
Mashed potatoes, asparagus and salmon on a plate.

The Best Pan-Seared Salmon with Honey Garlic Butter Recipe Notes

Salmon Thickness: Adjust the cooking time based on the thickness of your salmon fillets. Thicker fillets may require slightly longer cooking times to ensure they are cooked through.

Preheating the Pan: Allow the Hexclad pan to preheat appropriately before adding the salmon. This helps in achieving a nice sear on the fillets.

Temperature Check: Use a meat thermometer to check the internal temperature of the salmon. The FDA recommends a minimum internal temperature of 145°F (63°C) in the thickest part of the salmon.

Serving Suggestions:

Experiment with garnishes like chopped fresh herbs (parsley, cilantro, or dill) or a sprinkle of sesame seeds for added flavor and presentation.

Side Dish Pairings: Serve the salmon with your favorite side dishes such as steamed vegetables, green beans, sweet potatoes, asparagus, rice, quinoa, or a fresh salad.

Seasonings: Feel free to add more spice with a dash of red pepper flakes, crushed red pepper, chili flakes, cayenne pepper, onion powder or Italian seasoning.

Reusing in Recipes: Use leftover salmon in recipes like salads, wraps, or pasta dishes. Flake the salmon and incorporate it into new dishes for an easy and flavorful meal.

Refrigeration: If you have leftover salmon, store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator. For the best quality, consume it within 1-2 days.

Reheating: To maintain the salmon’s texture and flavors, reheat it gently. Use methods like a low-temperature oven, a steamer, or a microwave with short intervals, checking for doneness after each interval.

Avoid Overcooking: When reheating, be cautious not to overcook the salmon, as it can lead to dryness. Aim to warm it through without additional cooking time.

Salmon Skin: If your salmon has skin, store it with the skin on to help retain moisture. When reheating, you can choose to crisp up the skin separately for added texture.

Freezing: While fish can be frozen, the texture may change upon thawing. If you intend to freeze the salmon, do so before cooking, as cooked salmon tends to have a different texture after freezing.

Can I use frozen salmon for this recipe?
While fresh salmon is preferred, you can use frozen salmon. Thaw it thoroughly in the refrigerator before marinating and cooking.

How do I prevent the salmon from sticking to the Hexclad pan?
Ensure the Hexclad pan is properly preheated, and use a thin layer of oil before adding the salmon to prevent sticking.

Is it necessary to use a Hexclad pan, or can I use another type of cookware?
While the Hexclad pan is recommended for its even heat distribution and non-stick properties, you can use any cast iron frying pan, or non-stick skillet that can handle high heat.

Can I prepare the honey garlic glaze in advance?
Yes, you can prepare the glaze ahead of time and store it in the refrigerator. Warm it slightly before using to achieve a smoother consistency.

How can I tell if the salmon is cooked through?
Use a meat thermometer to check the internal temperature. Salmon is safe to eat at 145°F (63°C). The flesh should easily flake with a fork when done.

Can I use skinless salmon for this recipe?
Yes, skinless salmon can be used. Adjust the cooking time, starting with the presentation side down.

Can I customize the level of sweetness in the glaze?
Absolutely! Adjust the amount of honey or try alternative sweeteners to achieve the desired level of sweetness.

Honey Garlic Pan-Seared Salmon in Hexclad Hybrid Frying Pan.

Honey Garlic Pan-Seared Salmon in Hexclad

Gluten-Free diet-friendly recipe
Enjoy Honey Garlic Pan-Seared Salmon using my easy and fool-proof method in a cast iron frying pan or Hexclad Hybrid Frying Pan (my fave!). The golden brown salmon is crispy on the outside but soft and buttery on the inside. It's basted with a sweet and savory honey garlic sauce with a hint of fresh lemon for the perfect special occasion or 10-minute weeknight meal.
5 from 8 votes
Servings 4
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes

Ingredients
  

  • 4 cuts of salmon
  • 2 tablespoons light olive oil
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce (gluten-free)
  • dash black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons coarse sea salt

Instructions
 

  • In a small bowl, mix together lemon juice, honey, soy sauce, crushed garlic, salt and black pepper.
  • Pat the salmon fillets dry with paper towels to remove excess moisture. Season salmon by sprinkling flaky sea salt and pepper on the flesh side of the salmon fillets.
    Heat a large cast-iron skillet, large frying pan, or a Hexclad Hybrid frying pan (my favorite) over medium-high heat and add 2 tablespoons of light olive oil.
    Place the salmon fillets in the heated pan, salmon skin side up, and sear for 3-4 minutes until a golden crust forms.
    Carefully transfer the salmon from the pan to a plate, skin side up.
  • ​Slowly pour in the sauce and stir with a spatula about every minute for 3-4 minutes until it thickens.
    Reduce the heat to medium-low and add the salmon back into the pan, skin side down. Gently spoon the glaze over the salmon to coat it evenly.
    Place a lid on top of the pan and allow the salmon to cook for another 2-3 minutes.
  • Sprinkle chopped fresh parsley, green onion, and lemon zest over the salmon for added flavor.
    Serve with your favorite side dishes, and enjoy!

Video

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Notes

Salmon Thickness: Adjust the cooking time based on the thickness of your salmon fillets. Thicker fillets may require slightly longer cooking times to ensure they are cooked through.
Preheating the Pan: Allow the Hexclad pan to preheat appropriately before adding the salmon. This helps in achieving a nice sear on the fillets.
Temperature Check: Use a meat thermometer to check the internal temperature of the salmon. The FDA recommends a minimum internal temperature of 145°F (63°C) in the thickest part of the salmon.

Nutrition

Calories: 405kcalCarbohydrates: 13gProtein: 35gFat: 24gSaturated Fat: 6gPolyunsaturated Fat: 5gMonounsaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 0.2gCholesterol: 109mgSodium: 1787mgPotassium: 888mgFiber: 0.2gSugar: 11gVitamin A: 244IUVitamin C: 7mgCalcium: 32mgIron: 2mg
Keyword garlic, gordon ramsey, Hexclad Hybrid Pan, honey, pan seared, salmon
Did you make this recipe?Please let me know in the comments below how it turned out 🙂

10 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    I cannot even begin to understand how good that was!!! I don’t like salmon!!!! My husband, doesn’t like salmon!!!! My daughter and us, ate all of it. Had left overs and excitedly ate those as well. 😂
    We can only eat it at night though, because salmon always makes me tired. 😃
    But thank you for this recipe!

    1. Hi Tafa, thank you so much for sharing this with me!!! I’m so excited you like salmon now 🙂

  2. I will always love salmon and this recipe has been added to my favorite ways to cook salmon! The flavor is incredible and the salmon flakes off so nicely!

    1. Hi Aubrie, thank you so much for the review! And thank you for adding this recipe to your favorites 🙂

  3. AMAZING. Normally I am a little iffy when it comes to fish but this was the BOMB. Mine came out so juicy and tender, and the flavor was unreal. this changed my outlook on fish forever.

  4. 5 stars
    THIS RECIPE RIGHT HERE!!! I haven’t had my Hexclad pan for very long and I’ve been nervous to try cooking salmon. This sauce is to die for and the salmon came out perfectly! I even impressed my wife!

5 from 8 votes (5 ratings without comment)

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