This Honey Sriracha Salmon recipe is fresh, fabulous and bursting with flavor! Featuring oven-baked salmon brushed with a sticky, sweet and spicy hot honey glaze; then topped with fresh pineapple salsa. Ultra-tender, moist and totally delicious, you only need 9 ingredients and 25 minutes for this sriracha honey glaze salmon.
Featured comment: LOVE this dish! And I just made a pineapple salsa and it’s just so refreshing!” – Mary Anne
Update: This post was originally published in February 2015. I’ve updated the post below to include more information about baked spicy salmon. Plus, I added step-by-step photos to show you how easy this honey sriracha salmon recipe is to make!
Hi, friends! Today I’m sharing a super simple recipe that is so delicious it’s going to rock your world! It’s a sticky, spicy, sweet and tropical treat for your tastebuds! And, this recipe is the perfect easy weeknight meal for any and every salmon lover!
About this honey sriracha salmon recipe
This ultra flavorful baked glazed salmon is a perfect combination of sweet, spice and everything nice!!
Thick, center cut salmon is generously drizzled with a scrumptiously sticky, sweet and spicy glaze, and then foil baked. The finished salmon has deliciously caramelized edges and a perfectly cooked, meltingly tender interior!
Essentially, this spicy salmon is phenomenal! The glaze is ever-so sweet with the perfect spicy heat and it packs tons of umami flavor. Seriously, the glaze is so gosh darn good you could slurp it up on its own!
The accompanying salsa perfectly complements hot honey salmon. Featuring fresh pineapple chunks, minced jalapeños, ginger and scallions, the pineapple salsa enhances the sweet and spicy glaze to create a dish that simply explodes with flavor! However, it’s worth noting that the salsa is absolutely divine on its own or as a dip for salty chips. (Just in case you want to make a double batch.)
Why you’ll love this baked salmon
Aside from this dish being exceptionally delicious, it’s also a total cinch to prepare. Here’s why you and your family will love this recipe:
- Simple ingredients! Only 9 basic ingredients stand between you and this scrumptious salmon with spicy sauce!
- Stupid easy! You’ll need just about 25 minutes total – from prep to finish – to get this hot honey salmon on the table.
- SO Delicious! With the ideal mix of sweet, spicy and savory flavors, this salmon with sriracha and honey will always hit the spot!
- Economical! Don’t over-spend at restaurants and make the best sweet and spicy salmon right at home. You can feed the entire family for a fraction of the cost.
What’s in sriracha honey salmon?
This easy hot honey salmon recipe only requires nine easy to find ingredients!
- Salmon: I typically use one pound of center-cut salmon for this recipe. However, you can also use 4-ounce salmon fillets if you prefer.
- Citrus Juice: Pineapple juice provides the perfect amount of tropical sweetness! Make sure you use a good-quality of fresh pineapple juice for the best flavor.
- Honey: Honey balances out the heat and adds the perfect touch of slightly floral sweetness. Use 2-3 tablespoons depending on personal taste.
- Sriracha: A generous squeeze of sriracha hot sauce adds a delicious tangy, spicy flavor that just can’t be beat!
- Soy Sauce: Low-sodium soy sauce provides a bit of umami and earthy flavor to the glaze.
- Mirin: A touch of mirin provides a touch of tangy-sweet taste and nicely balances out all the flavors in the glaze. You can substitute plain rice vinegar if needed.
- Garlic: Two small cloves of garlic give the glaze a mellow pungent kick.
- Ginger: Fresh grated ginger adds a slightly peppery, warm flavor.
- Sesame Oil: A little bit of sesame oil goes a very long way!! One teaspoon adds a delicious touch of nutty taste.
What is sriracha sauce?
Sriracha, pronounced ‘see-rah-jah‘, is a type of hot chili sauce made of chili peppers, vinegar, garlic, sugar and salt.
The sauce originated 80 years ago in the city of Si Racha, on the eastern coast of Thailand. It was first created by Ms. Thanom Chakkapak who originally made it exclusively for her friends and family. Later Chakkapak began manufacturing the Thai hot sauce and it quickly became the top selling sauce across Thailand.
Sriracha didn’t make an appearance in the United States until 1980, when David Tran, the founder of Huy Fong Foods, created his own version of the popular sauce. The Huy Fong Sriracha sauce, also referred to as ‘rooster sauce’ is now found on grocery stores everywhere. It can be easily recognized by its lime green cap and iconic rooster logo.
Is sriracha spicy?
Sriracha is a type of chili hot sauce with a considerable amount of spicy heat and a subtle kick of garlic. However, exact taste of Sriracha sauce can vary considerably from brand to brand. The original sauce from Thailand is smoky and sweet, while the Huy Fong brand is tangy, sweet and hot.
FAQs: sriracha salmon
What does sriracha honey glaze taste like?
Honey sriracha sauce is a fiery, sweet glaze perfect for fish, chicken, pork and tofu!
This simple honey sriracha sauce recipe so easy to prepare and only requires 8 ingredients! However, it’s so finger-licking good it tastes like you spent hours slaving away in the kitchen to prepare it! The sauce is sticky in texture and sweet, slightly spicy, tangy, tropical and mildly garlicky in flavor.
Can I make spicy salmon sauce in advance?
Yes! If you are looking to save time you can make the honey sriracha glaze up to two days in advance.
To make the glaze ahead of time:
- Prepare the glaze according to recipe instructions.
- Allow it to cool completely on the counter.
- Store the glaze in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.
- When ready to use, remove the hot sriracha honey glaze from the refrigerator 15 minutes in advance so it can come to room temperature. Brush it on salmon and proceed with the recipe for baked spicy salmon!
Is salmon sriracha healthy?
Salmon is not just incredibly easy to prepare, but it’s also a wonderful addition to a healthy diet! There are a wide variety of health benefits you reap when consuming salmon.
- Salmon is an excellent source of high-quality protein, vitamins and minerals. Plus it is rich in healthy omega-3s!
- Both honey and salmon are loaded with antioxidants.
- Garlic and ginger contain incredible anti-inflammatory compounds. They can also help aid digestion and relieve gastrointestinal irritation.
How to make honey sriracha salmon?
This recipe is incredibly easy and only requires 25 minutes prepare! It’s perfect for busy weeknights when you need to get dinner on the table in a flash!
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a large baking sheet with aluminum foil or parchment paper before spraying lightly with non-stick cooking spray.
Make the glaze: In a small saucepan whisk together all the ingredients for the sauce. Place the pan over medium-high heat and bring to a simmer, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat to maintain a rapid simmer and cook until the sauce is reduced by half.
Season the salmon: Place the salmon on a clean work surface and pat dry with paper towels. Season salmon with salt and pepper. Transfer the salmon to the prepared baking sheet. Crimp the sides of the aluminum foil around the salmon to catch any sauce that drips off the salmon. Slowly pour the sauce over the salmon, using a pastry brush generously coat the salmon.
Bake the salmon: Bake the salmon for 6-8 minutes, then switch the oven to boil and cook for an additional 4-5 minutes, or until the salmon is golden and cooked through.
- Prepare the salsa: Combine all the produce ingredients for the pineapple salsa in a medium sized mixing bowl. Combine the liquid ingredients in a small bowl and whisk together. Pour the sauce over the salsa and gently stir to combine.
Garnish and serve: Remove salmon from the oven and garnish squeeze with fresh lime juice. Top with optional garnishes and pineapple salsa. Serve baked spicy salmon immediately and enjoy!
Tips for the best sriracha salmon
- Remove the chill. Allow your salmon to come to room temperature on the counter for 15 minutes before you cook it. This will help your fish cook evenly throughout.
- Pat your salmon dry before seasoning. This ensures that the hot honey sriracha glaze properly stick to the fish and become nicely caramelized around edges. To do this, just use paper towels to gently pat the salmon until it’s completely dry to the touch.
- Create a foil packet! Aluminum foil helps locks in moisture and ensures that your beautiful baked salmon turns out flakey, moist, and tender every single time. Plus, it makes cleaning up a breeze!
- Do not overcook your fish. Salmon cooks incredibly fast! It really only needs about 10 minutes, depending on the thickness of the fish.
Step-by-step photos: Making hot honey salmon at home
(Scroll down for the detailed measurements and instructions in the printable recipe card at the bottom of the page.)
Serving honey garlic sriracha salmon
What to serve with sweet and spicy salmon?
This honey sriracha salmon recipe is packed with bold flavor and finished with a tropical pineapple salsa. Since the dish is assertive in flavor I like to pair it with either a milder side, or a dish that enhances the sweet and spicy flavors.
Best sides to serve with sriracha salmon recipe
- Asian salad with ginger dressing
- Crab Rangoon dip and chips
- Stir-fried cabbage
- Asian brussels sprouts
- Chow mein noodles
- Lo mein
- Rice: Coconut rice, white rice, sushi rice, brown rice, cauliflower rice, or even broccoli rice!
- Fried rice or Udon Noodle Stir-Fry
Storing hot honey salmon
Cold leftover salmon is the perfect addition to salads and grain bowls for grab-and-go lunches. Or it reheats beautifully in the oven.
To store, allow the sweet and spicy glazed salmon to cool completely to room temperature before wrapping in aluminum foil. Place the wrapped salmon in an airtight container and store in the refrigerator for up to three days.
You absolutely must give this hot honey sriracha salmon recipe a try! It’s so darn delicious you won’t be able to stop yourself from devouring it! And, I pinkie promise this is a sweet and spicy salmon recipe you’ll want to make again and again!
Until next time, friends, cheers!
More easy salmon recipes!
If you love this baked spicy salmon, try one of these quick and easy recipes next:
- Baked Lemon Salmon recipe
- Salmon Quinoa Fried Rice
- Salmon with Salsa Verde recipe
- Basil Butter Salmon in Foil
More recipes using sriracha!
- Honey Sriracha Little Smokies
- Grilled Corn with Avocado Sriracha Butter
- Peach Sriracha BBQ Sauce Baby Back Ribs
How to make the best Honey Sriracha Spicy Salmon recipe👇
Honey Sriracha Spicy Salmon
- Large Baking Sheet
- Small Saucepan
- Small Bowl (optional for salsa)
- 1 pound Center-Cut Salmon - or 4 (4 ounce) filets
- Flakey Sea Salt and Ground Black Pepper - to taste
Sweet and Spicy Glaze
- 1/3 Cup Pineapple Juice
- 3 TBS Honey - or more to taste
- 2 TBS Sriracha - or more to taste
- 2 TBS Low-Sodium Soy Sauce
- 1 TBS Mirin
- 1 TBS Minced Garlic (about 2 cloves)
- 2 tsp Fresh Grated Ginger
- 1 tsp Light Sesame Oil
- Optional Garnishes: Lime Wedges, Sliced Scallions (green onions), Sesame Seeds, Chopped Cilantro Crushed Red Pepper Flakes
- Optional for Serving: Pineapple Salsa (recipe below), Noodles or Rice
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil. Spray foil lightly with non-stick cooking spray.
- Make the honey sriracha glaze: In a small saucepan whisk together all the sauce ingredients – pineapple juice, honey, Sriracha, soy sauce, mirin, garlic, ginger and sesame oil. Place the pan over medium-high heat and bring to a simmer, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat to maintain a rapid simmer and cook until the sauce is reduced by half and forms a glaze, about 12-15 minutes.
- Season the salmon: Place the salmon on a clean work surface and pat dry with paper towels. Season salmon with salt and pepper. Transfer the salmon to the prepared baking sheet. Crimp the sides of the aluminum foil around the salmon to catch any sauce that drips off the salmon. Slowly pour the sauce over the salmon, using a pastry brush generously coat the salmon.
- Cook the salmon: Bake the salmon for 6-8 minutes, then switch the oven to boil and cook for an additional 4-5 minutes, or until the salmon is golden and just cooked through.
- Garnish and serve: Remove salmon from the oven and garnish squeeze with fresh lime juice. Top with optional garnishes and pineapple salsa. Serve hot sriracha honey salmon immediately and enjoy!
- Hot Honey Sriracha Glaze: The sauce can be made up to 2 days in advance. Allow the sauce to cool and transfer to an airtight container before transferring to the refrigerator. When ready to use, just brush it on the salmon and proceed with recipe!
- Adjust to taste! I highly recommend tasting the sriracha sauce and adjusting it to suit your specific taste. The recipe as written will yield salmon with medium heat. You can easily adjust the spice level by adding more or less sriracha or honey. And don't forget kosher salt, especially if you feel as though its a little bland. Salt enhances flavor!
- Storage: Allow leftover salmon to cool completely. Then, wrap with aluminum foil and store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to three days.
- In a small bowl, whisk together lime juice, mirin, honey and ginger. Season with a pinch of salt
- In a medium mixing bowl, combine pineapple, scallions, jalapeno and red onion.
- Pour sauce over pineapple mixture. Toss gently to thoroughly combine.
- Taste and adjust for seasoning with salt, pepper, more lime juice or honey.
- Cover and place in the refrigerator for 30+ minutes to allow the flavors to meld and develop.
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