Make broiled salmon for a healthy fish dinner tonight. With sticky honey sesame glaze and just 2 minutes broil time, it’s delicious and SO easy to make!
Salmon is a type of fish that’s easy to make and tastes fantastic no matter how it’s prepared.
Many of the salmon recipes here on Kevin is Cooking are quick and easy to make. Needless to say, this means they’re also some of the most popular. Reader favorites include Everything Bagel Crispy Pan Seared Salmon and my tutorial on how to grill salmon in foil.
Grilled salmon with avocado salsa is also a favorite, but in the heat of summer, grilling outdoors can be grueling!
That’s where broiled salmon comes to there rescue! Seriously, it takes just two minutes to broil the fish, so the kitchen doesn’t even have time to heat up. Can’t go wrong there!
Broiled Salmon with Honey Sesame Glaze
I found this healthy broiled salmon recipe in Bon Appétit magazine several years ago. As I do with almost all recipes that aren’t my own, I tweaked it a bit.
I started by using red pepper flakes and chili peppers to add some spicy heat. I use either red fresno chiles or green jalapenos on top of the salmon filets. The spicy peppers give off a wonderful nuanced heat, and the honey and sesame are a perfect foil to that, too.
Another fantastic addition are thin slices of garlic. Under the broiler, they crisp up into little garlic chips, and the sprinkle of sesame seeds on top of the filets adds a nice crunch.
One of my favorite parts of the meal is the bed of charred green onions under the fish. Scallions take on a sweeter flavor when they caramelize under the broiler. They’re my new favorite main dish accompaniment!
After a short soak in Asian marinade, the fish goes under the broiler for 2 minutes. The filets come out slightly charred, super flaky, and the sticky honey glaze has SO much flavor.
Using a marinade for fish is completely optional. This being said, the marinade ingredients are simple pantry staples that you probably have in your kitchen already.
Best Tips for Broiling
When broiling any type of food, it’s very important to use cookware that’s safe for cooking under very high heat.
When I make make broiled salmon, I use a stoneware baking pan. A stoneware or cast iron pan are the best options to use, but an oven-proof casserole baking dish will also work.
Keep in mind that the temperature of a broiler is typically around 500°F, which is very hot.
For safety reasons, isn’t a good idea to broil food in Pyrex or glass cookware of any kind. The high heat can crack or even shatter the glass.
Not only is this a healthy fish recipe, but broiled salmon couldn’t be any easier to prepare, and it makes such a fresh-tasting, healthy meal for summer.
Serving Suggestions for Honey Glazed Salmon
To keep this meal healthy, I suggest serving the fish with side dishes that include whole grains and fresh vegetables. If you enjoy rice, make this recipe for Wild Rice Pilaf because wild rice is much more nutritious than white rice.
Because you’ll have your broiler on, add some quick cooking veggies to the pan. Broiled or fire roasted tomatoes would be fantastic!
Marinating salmon is not always necessary. More often than not, marinades are for tenderizing beef and other meats that have tough connective tissues.
Because salmon don’t have those tissues, the purpose of using a marinade on salmon filets is solely to add flavor. When you include a flavorful glaze (as in this broiled salmon recipe), marinating is completely optional.
Broiled salmon with honey sesame glaze is fantastic served with light and healthy sides such as steamed rice or vegetables. Another main dish option is to cool the broiled fish completely and serve it over a cold salad.
Broiled Salmon with Honey Sesame Glaze
- 1 1/2 lbs salmon filet
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 3 tbsp soy sauce
- 3 tbsp lemon juice 1 large lemon
- 1 tbsp honey
- 1 tsp sesame oil
- 1 tsp sesame seeds
- 1/8 tsp red pepper flakes
- 2 tsp vegetable oil
- 12 green onions (scallions)
- In a small bowl whisk together the marinade ingredients.
- Slice the salmon filet into 4 to 6 pieces (if whole) and season with salt and pepper. Place in a resealable plastic bag and pour marinade over. Press air out of bag and seal. Marinate for 30 minutes.
- Preheat broiler. Trim ends off green onions and chop in half. Toss with 2 teaspoons of oil and pinch of salt. Place in a baking dish (10" round, 9×9" square or 9×13") and broil until charred slightly for 4 minutes.
- Transfer salmon pieces on top of the charred green onions. Spoon extra marinade over salmon and top with sliced fresno or jalapeño chiles. Place under broiler for 2-3 minutes or until salmon is charred at edges and medium-rare in thickest part.
- Sprinkle with more sesame seeds on top. Serve over steamed rice and the green onions, vegetables or allow to cool and have over salad.
The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.