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This honey chipotle salmon recipe is one of our go-to weeknight meals. Made with only 6 simple ingredients, today’s recipe has the perfect balance of sweet-savory-spicy thanks to the smoky and sweet honey chipotle sauce brushed onto the salmon fillets. So delicious, so easy, and done in less than 30 minutes!
My mama would make honey chipotle salmon pretty often when I was a teen, and it ended up being one of my favorite meals. Easy to prepare, doesn't take long, and is absolutely excellent on salmon rice bowls for dinner the next day.
Now I make it for my family, who can't wait to dig in whenever it's on the meal plan. favorite ways to eat salmon, and a staple in our healthy dinners repertoire. It's such an easy recipe: stir together the honey-chipotle sauce, brush it onto the salmon, and roast for just over 15 minutes. It's a great weeknight dish that never disappoints!
Chipotle, chili powder, or red pepper flakes if you don't have chili powder or chipotle. Chipotle peppers are smoked jalapeños so they have that spice mixed with the smoky flavor.
Salmon filets. Be sure to use good quality salmon; if you're using farmed salmon, be sure to know the source it's from. Thanks to modern technology and a little intel, you can find good-for-you, sustainable, farm-raised salmon. They are grown in many indoor circulation tanks with wastewater treatment systems rather than in marine net pens (those are the ones you want to avoid!).
Honey. I've been loving using honey in basically everything lately. It's a thing.
Freshly ground black pepper and kosher salt. I love the Pepper Cannon hubs got me as a gift, this thing cranks out ALL the pepper you need in just two cranks. It's insane.
How to Buy the Best Salmon for Your Buck
Shopping at the grocery store, it's good to know how to find a piece of fish that won't make you regret buying it.
First, smell your salmon. It shouldn't stink, it definitely should not smell fishy, it shouldn't be off-putting at all.
Next, look at how moist it is. If the flesh is dry, if there is 'gaping' (meaning the flesh is sort of flaking away from itself), or it's starting to brown and curl up around the edges, don't buy it. Salmon should be very moist looking with a vibrant color, not pale. And those colors can vary -- from bright reddish-pink to coral, depending on the breed of salmon.
If you're buying those portioned salmon filets at the seafood case, choose center cut filets. These are thicker, more consistent-sized cuts while the tail ends are flatter and will cook too quickly.
How to Make this Easy Honey Chipotle Salmon
Place the salmon on a parchment paper lined baking sheet.
Season the salmon on both sides with salt and pepper.
Mix the ingredients for the honey chipotle sauce together then brush it evenly over the salmon filet.
Roast in a 375 degree oven for 15-18 minutes. The internal temperature should be at 125 degrees F for perfect medium doneness.
Side Dishes to Serve with It
Make it a healthy salmon rice bowl using cauliflower rice instead.
Add a simple salad, a little green, and a fresh mango salsa for a perfect Mexican-inspired meal!
Made your meal too spicy? I've been there! Lemon juice (or lime juice!) can cool down the spice levels in a recipe.
You can cook the salmon with the skin on, then peel it right off before serving.
More seafood dinners
- Brown Butter Lemon Salmon Sheet Pan with Herby Potatoes and Asparagus
- The Best Pasta with Lobster Cream Sauce
- Salmon en Papillote with Gremolata
- Ahi Tuna Poké Bowls
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- 1 whole fillet fresh salmon, skin off
- 1 tablespoon kosher salt
- ½ tablespoon freshly ground black pepper
- ¼ cup honey
- 2 teaspoon ground chipotle
- 2 teaspoon garlic powder
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside place the salmon filet on the parchment. Season both sides of the salmon with salt and pepper.
- In a measuring cup or microwave safe bowl, mix honey, chipotle powder, and garlic powder, then heat in the microwave for 30 seconds until loose and liquidy.
- Generously brush or spoon the honey mixture over the entire salmon fillet.
- Cook in the oven for 15-20 minutes, or until a meat thermometer inserted into the thickest part says 125 degrees F (52 degrees C).
- Cut the honey chipotle salmon into serving sizes (6 oz pieces) and serve hot.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 175Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 37mgSodium: 668mgCarbohydrates: 14gFiber: 1gSugar: 12gProtein: 14g
All nutrition facts are estimations. Please see a physician for any health-related inquiries.
Eden Westbrook is the recipe developer, writer, and photographer behind Sweet Tea and Thyme. A classically trained chef, Eden has inspired home cooks into the kitchen with cultural comfort foods, easy family-friendly eats and sweets, and glorious spreads for date night and entertaining since 2015.