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20-Minute Roasted Honey Sriracha Salmon

on March 12, 2024
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This quick and easy Honey Sriracha Salmon boasts bold sweet, spicy, and salty flavor with just 7 simple ingredients and in less than 30 minutes.
Two dinner plates with rice, broccoli, and honey sriracha salmon.

Looking for a quick and easy salmon dinner? This Roasted Honey Sriracha Salmon requires just 20 minutes and 7 ingredients to make!

Boasting the perfect balance of savory, sweet, and spicy, the simple honey sriracha sauce brings your salmon to the next level! Plus, this easy salmon dinner brings enough bold flavor to carry any dish, and pairs easily with any side you’re craving!

In this 20-minute salmon recipe, you’ll learn how to prep your salmon for roasting, how to whip up a delicious honey sriracha sauce, and how to cook it to the perfect temperature to enjoy.

Honey sriracha salmon served with broccoli over a bed of rice.

Honey Sriracha Salmon Ingredients


Here’s everything you need:

  • Salmon. You can use fresh or frozen salmon, just make sure to thaw the salmon completely before starting to make this recipe. You can do so by transferring it from the freezer to the refrigerator at least 12 hours before or adding it to a sealed storage bag and submerging it in lukewarm water for about 45 minutes.
  • Lemon juice.
  • Salt & pepper.
  • Honey.
  • Sriracha.
  • Soy sauce. Or Tamari.
all ingredients for honey sriracha salmon - pepper, salt, salmon, sriracha, lemon juice, honey, soy sauce

Sustainable Salmon

As an environmental scientist who follows a pescatarian lifestyle, I’ve spent a lot of time learning about responsible ways to source my seafood.

The majority of salmon that we buy as consumers is farmed salmon, which can be harmful to the environment if not done with care. For one, antibiotics given to farmed fish often end up polluting surrounding waterways.

Additionally, over-catching smaller fish to meet the unnaturally high demand to feed farmed salmon can be harmful to those smaller fish populations.

Alternatively, catching wild salmon has its own set of drawbacks. Bycatch (the accidental catching of other sea animals and species of fish when fishing for wild salmon) is a big one.

Plus, for the consumer, it can be hard to find wild-caught salmon to purchase and out of price range.

So, what options do we have? In the U.S., it’s best to buy wild-caught Alaskan salmon or sustainably farmed salmon.

Green tip: Look for Marine Stewardship Council and Friend of the Sea labels on your fish to ensure they were harvested sustainably.

Sriracha Honey Salmon Tips and Tricks


Prep Your Salmon for Roasting

For the best textured salmon, pat both sides dry with a paper towel (consider these bamboo paper towels for a more sustainable option). This helps to remove excess moisture and avoid any kind of mushy texture.

This simple salmon recipe requires just a quick seasoning of lemon juice, salt, and pepper. I like to use fresh lemon, so a citrus squeezer comes in handy here!

Most of the flavor comes later when we add our honey sriracha sauce.

Using a paper towel to pat dry salmon and reduce excess moisture.
Adding lemon juice, salt, and pepper to salmon to give it a simple seasoning before adding sriracha honey.

Roast the Salmon

The salmon will roast twice. Once with just the lemon juice, salt, and pepper, and again after adding the sriracha honey sauce.

For this first round of roasting, place the salmon on the top rack and roast for 8 minutes, so the top of the salmon has a chance to firm up a little bit before adding the sauce.

Salmon on a baking sheet with lemon juice, salt, and pepper ready to roast in the oven.

Make the Sriracha Honey Sauce

While the salmon is roasting, grab a bowl to mix up your sauce. Add the honey, sriracha, and soy sauce. Use a fork or a whisk to combine until its smooth.

Mixing together honey, sriracha, and soy sauce to make a quick marinade for salmon.

Sauce the Salmon Up

After 8 minutes, remove the salmon from the oven. Use a spoon or basting brush to add a generous layer of your homemade honey sriracha sauce on top.

Spread it out evenly, so that the salmon is fully coated in it.

Then, add it back to the oven for 2-4 more minutes, or until the internal temperature of the salmon reaches 125-145°F.

Roasted salmon with lemon juice, salt, and pepper.
Generously adding honey sriracha on top of half-cooked salmon.

Serving Your Sriracha Salmon with Honey

This salmon is brimming with flavor, with notes of sweet, spicy, and savory. It pairs really well with simple roasted vegetables and a rice or grain.

Here are some of my favorite sides to serve with this sriracha honey salmon:

Sriracha honey salmon with a bite on a fork served with broccoli and rice.

How to Properly Store and Reheat Leftovers

This Roasted Honey Sriracha Salmon will last up to 4 days in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

To reheat leftover salmon, add the salmon to a baking dish and preheat your oven to 400°F. Cover the dish with aluminum foil and roast for about 15-20 minutes until the internal temperature of the salmon reaches 145°F.

In order to last the longest, you can freeze cooked salmon for up to 6 months. For more details, check out these instructions for re-freezing cooked salmon. 

From frozen, thaw the sweet and spicy salmon in the refrigerator overnight and reheat in the oven as instructed above.

Green tip: Of the billions of tons of food wasted annually, 50% of food waste happens at home. Reduce your contribution to food waste by properly storing and consuming leftovers.

Why This Sriracha Honey Salmon is My Go-To


  • It’s super quick. The whole thing comes together in less than 30 minutes.
  • It’s easy. Simple techniques and only 7 ingredients required.
  • It’s bursting with flavor! The best of sweet, spicy, and salty.

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If you’re loving this Honey Sriracha Salmon and want more quick and easy salmon recipes, check out this Pistachio Crusted Salmon and Sheet Pan Salmon with Asparagus and Potatoes.

Two dinner plates with rice, broccoli, and honey sriracha salmon.

20-Minute Roasted Honey Sriracha Salmon

5 from 3 votes
Marley Goldin
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This quick and easy Honey Sriracha Salmon boasts bold sweet, spicy, and salty flavor with just 7 simple ingredients and in less than 30 minutes.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 2 servings

Equipment

Ingredients
  

  • 10 ounces salmon
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 2 tablespoons sriracha
  • ½ teaspoon soy sauce
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Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 475°F.
  • Pat the salmon dry with a paper towel (consider these bamboo paper towels for a more sustainable option!).
  • Place the salmon skin-side down on a baking sheet, and squeeze lemon juice on top. Season with salt and pepper.
    Salmon with lemon juice, salt, and pepper on a baking sheet.
  • Roast the salmon on the top rack for 8 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, to a small bowl, add the Sriracha, honey, and soy sauce and use a fork to whisk to combine.
    Sriracha, honey, and soy sauce in a small bowl to make an easy and flavorful salmon marinade.
  • Spread the sauce over the salmon in a generous layer and roast again for an additional 2-4 minutes, or until the internal temperature of the salmon reaches 125-145°F. Serve hot.
    Salmon with a generous layer of honey sriracha sauce on top.

Pro Tips

  • The best way to get your salmon cooked perfectly is by monitoring its temperature with a kitchen thermometer, but if you don’t have one, the color of the salmon is a good indicator. When fully cooked, it will change from almost translucent and bright pink to an opaque pastel pink. 
  • For more quick and easy fish dinners, check out this list of 30 Minute or Less Fish Recipes

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Course Dinner
Cuisine American, Asian
Keyword 30 Minutes or Less, Honey, Honey Sriracha Salmon, Roasted Salmon, Salmon, Salmon Dinner, Salmon Recipes
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2 thoughts on “20-Minute Roasted Honey Sriracha Salmon”

  1. 5 stars
    We really enjoyed this tasty salmon dish although I did cut back on the amount of sriracha for us! Will certainly be making this again … and …again

    1. That’s so great to hear! I love that you made this to your preferred spice level, I always encourage homecooks to tailor things to their paritcular taste. Thank you for your continued support!

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