Hot Honey Salmon


This hot honey salmon recipe is a sweet and hot baked salmon fillet recipe that makes the perfect dinner any night of the week. Flavorful, healthy, and easy? You can't beat that!

Closeup shot of hot honey salmon fillet on bed of rice.

I love cooking fish of all kinds. While I make a lot of white fish, I'm also a big fan of salmon, especially when it's made with interesting flavors. That's why I love this recipe. It has a wonderful sweet and hot flavor, it's easy to make, and it's so good for me.

Why You'll Love This Recipe

  • It only uses a handful of simple ingredients.
  • It's an easy recipe that's ready in a matter of minutes.
  • The sweet and spicy flavor pairs well with a variety of sides.
  • It's a healthy fish recipe that's anything but boring.

Top Tip

A silicon food brush is the easiest way to coat your fish in the hot honey sauce.

Closeup shot of hot honey salmon fillet cut in half over bed of white rice.


You'll only need 6 ingredients to make this recipe, and you probably have a few of them in your kitchen right now. Anything else is readily available at your local grocery store.

Everything you need to make this dish is listed here, but you can find the exact amounts in the recipe card at the end of the post.

  • Salmon, skin on
  • Hot sauce
  • Honey
  • Cajun seasoning
  • Salt and pepper
Overhead shot of hot honey salmon ingredients in individual containers on table.


It only takes a few minutes of stovetop work and baking to make this delicious salmon recipe. It's quick and easy, and even beginners will have no problems with it.

The recipe highlights are listed here, but you can find the exact instructions in the recipe card at the end of the post.

1: Melt the butter in a saucepan.

Overhead shot of stick of butter in saucepan.

2: Add the hot sauce, honey, and cajun seasoning and simmer until thickened.

Overhead shot of honey being poured into saucepan with other sauce ingredients.

3: Cut the salmon into 4 strips and place them on a prepared baking sheet. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.

Salmon on baking sheet with foil.

4: Brush the sauce on the salmon, reserving a bit in a separate bowl for dipping after the salmon is done.

Closeup shot of hot honey sauce being brushed on salmon.

5: Bake the salmon until it flakes with a fork.

Closeup shot of hot honey salmon on baking sheet.

6: Serve with the reserved hot honey sauce and enjoy!

Plateful of white rice topped with hot honey salmon.

Substitutions and Variations

  • You can use your favorite fish fillets for this recipe.
  • Try molasses in place of honey.
  • Cut your salmon into chunks to make hot honey salmon bites.


  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Saucepan
  • Baking sheet
  • Foil
  • Silicon food brush
Overhead shot of hot honey salmon fillet over rice


Refrigerate this salmon for up to 4 days in an air-tight container. For longer storage, wrap the fillets in plastic wrap and freeze them for up to 3 months in an air-tight, freezer-safe container or heavy-duty freezer bag.

To reheat the salmon, defrost it in the fridge if froze, then place it in a baking dish, cover, and bake at 350 until heated through.

What to Serve with Hot Honey Salmon

Serve this salmon over rice or pasta and pair it with your favorite vegetables prepared in any way you like. It's incredibly delicious and can be served in almost any side dish you can think of.

Tips for Making the Best Hot Honey Salmon

  • Line your baking sheet with foil and spray it with non-stick spray to prevent sticking.
  • Stir your hot honey frequently while simmering to prevent scorching.
  • Heat the hot honey over low heat to simmer and thicken without scorching.
Closeup shot of plateful of white rice topped with a hot honey salmon fillet.


What does salmon taste like?

Salmon has a buttery, rich, and slightly sweet flavor with a texture that can range from soft to firm depending on the species of salmon.

Is salmon healthy?

Salmon is an exceptionally healthy lean protein packed with omega fatty acids.

What can be used in place of salmon?

Any firm fish will work in place of salmon. However, some popular options include pollack, hake, halibut, and cod.

What vegetables are good with salmon?

Almost all vegetables pair well with salmon. The most popular choices tend to be sugar snap peas, green beans, broccoli, zucchini, and asparagus.

More Seafood Recipe

Yield: 4 servings

Hot Honey Salmon

Hot Honey Salmon

Hot honey salmon is sweet and spicy with honey, butter, hot sauce, and Cajun seasoning. It's a zesty, healthy fish dish you'll love.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 11 minutes
Total Time 31 minutes


  • 1 lb salmon, skin on
  • ½ cup butter
  • ½ cup hot sauce
  • ½ cup honey
  • 2 tsp cajun seasoning
  • Salt and pepper


  1. Place butter in a small saucepan over medium heat.  
  2. When butter is melted, add hot sauce, honey, and cajun seasoning.  Mix together and reduce heat to low.
  3. Allow to simmer for 15-20 minutes or until sauce thickens.  Be sure to stir often to avoid burning.
  4. Preheat oven to 400ºF.
  5. While sauce is simmering, cut salmon into 4 strips.
  6. Place them on a baking sheet lined with aluminum foil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  7. When sauce has thickened, pour some of it in a separate bowl to save for dipping after salmon is done.  Brush the remainder of the sauce over each piece of salmon.
  8. Bake for 11-14 minutes or until salmon flakes apart with a fork.
  9. Serve with additional hot honey sauce.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 574Total Fat 37gSaturated Fat 17gTrans Fat 1gUnsaturated Fat 17gCholesterol 132mgSodium 874mgCarbohydrates 37gFiber 0gSugar 36gProtein 26g

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