This easy honey sriracha salmon and rice is a quick and easy recipe that is incredibly delicious and healthy and can be on the table in no time. A savory sauce that just adds to the deliciousness of the salmon.
I love cooking fish. I’ve been doing it for as long as I can remember. Here in Texas, fishing is a huge part of our culture. We’re also close to the gulf, so we have easy access to super fresh seafood. As I’ve grown I’ve made and eaten all kinds of fish prepared in all kinds of ways. From good old southern fried catfish to pan-seared sea bass, grouper, and everything in between, I’ve cooked it, eaten it, or both.
One of my favorite fish recipes is this honey sriracha salmon. It’s so easy to make and so delicious. It’s also a departure from some of the other recipes I’ve made. I mean, you can only make recipes so many times before you start to feel “meh” about them. This recipe is anything but “meh”, and I know that you’ll feel the same when you try it.
Honey Sriracha Salmon
This recipe is such a winner. It’s easy to make, it features exotic flavors, and the salmon is always perfectly cooked. Tender, flaky salmon is covered in a honey sriracha sauce loaded with the sweetness of honey and the spiciness of sriracha and red pepper flakes. Then, it’s all served over a bed of fluffy rice. It’s the perfect family dinner, and it’s pretty darn healthy, to boot. It’s become one of my go-to recipes when I’m craving fish.
Benefits of Salmon
The great thing about this recipe is how healthy it is, and the bulk of that stems from the salmon. Salmon is an incredibly healthy fish that’s loaded with benefits for the body.
This is a cold-water fish, so it’s loaded with Omega-3 fatty acids. These are called “essential” fatty acids, and they play a key role in our health. However, our bodies don’t produce them on their own. We have to get them from other sources. Salmon is an excellent source of these fatty acids. It’s also packed with protein which is essential for muscle health. Finally, this fish is full of B12, another vitamin that plays a big role in our health, especially in the form of energy.
Tips for Cooking Salmon
This recipe is fairly straightforward, but I do have some tips. For this recipe, it’s all about how to cook your salmon perfectly, which does require a little knowledge. These are easy tips, however, so be sure to give them a read before jumping into the recipe.
Leave the Skin On
If you’re pan-searing your salmon, as you are in this recipe, leave the skin on if it comes with it. The skin provides a buffer between the flesh of the salmon and the heat of the pan. It’s also delicious when it’s all crisped up.
Don’t Overcook It
Salmon is perfectly cooked when it’s just done. It will be opaque and flaky. A lot of people make the mistake of thinking that they have to cook it like they’d cook a piece of chicken or a pork chop. Salmon should never be cooked in that way. Cook it skin side down for the majority of the cooking process, then flip it and let the other side crisp up a bit. That should make it perfect. When you’re finished, press your finger into the center of the salmon. If it flakes, it’s all done!
Spring for Good Salmon
Don’t buy the bargain basement salmon that can be so tempting. Only buy high-quality, wild-caught salmon if at all possible. Wild-caught salmon has a better flavor, texture, and far more health benefits than farm-raised salmon.
Frequently Asked Questions
If you have questions about this honey sriracha salmon, then read on. The following FAQ answers the most commonly asked questions about salmon.
What is Sriracha?
Sriracha is a type of hot sauce or chili sauce made from a paste of chili peppers, vinegar, garlic, sugar, and salt. Less spicy than hot sauce, it only has a moderate amount of heat.
Is Sriracha Sauce Sweet?
Yes. In addition to its spicy ingredients, this sauce is made with sugar to add a kick of sweet to the heat.
What is the Tastiest Part of Salmon?
The belly is considered by many to be the most delicious part of salmon. This narrow lower section of the whole filet boasts thick, white fat lines, making it incredibly flavorful with a luscious texture. It also contains the highest concentration of Omega-3 fatty acids.
Is it Okay to Eat Salmon Skin?
Absolutely! Salmon skin is totally safe and tastes very good when it’s crisped up.
Storing and Reheating
This salmon will keep well in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for 3 to 4 days. For longer storage, wrap in aluminum foil and freeze it for up to 6 months.
To reheat the salmon, place it on a rimmed baking sheet with a splash of water in the baking sheet. Heat the fish for about 15 minutes in a 275-degree oven.
Ingredients for Honey Sriracha Salmon
It only takes a few simple ingredients to make this delicious recipe. You’ll find everything you need at your local grocery store.
- Atlantic salmon filet, cut in half or to the desired size
- Soy sauce
- Cloves garlic, minced
- Red pepper flakes
- Black pepper
- Garlic salt
- White rice, or cauliflower rice, cooked
How to Make Honey Sriracha Salmon
Making this tasty fish dinner is just as easy as gathering up the ingredients for it. It only takes a few simple steps, and you’ll have a fantastic dinner that’s delicious and healthy.
Step 1: Make the Rice
Cook the rice according to package directions.
Step 2: Season the Salmon
Sprinkle both sides of the salmon with pepper, garlic salt, and 1 teaspoon of minced garlic.
Step 3: Make the Honey Sriracha Glaze
In a small bowl, combine the soy sauce, honey, sriracha sauce, red pepper flakes, and the remaining minced garlic. Stir well.
Step 4: Cook the Salmon
Melt butter over medium heat in a large pan. Add the salmon fillet, skin side down, and cook for 3-4 minutes. Then, flip the fillets and cook for an additional 2-3 minutes. Then, pour the sauce into the pan and flip the salmon skin side down again. Simmer over medium heat for 1 minute, then baste the salmon with the sauce for an additional 2-3 minutes.
Serve immediately over cooked rice. Salt and pepper to taste.
Try This Delicious Salmon Recipe Today
This honey sriracha salmon is so delicious, so healthy, and so easy to make. It’s the trifecta! With a combination like that, you owe it to yourself to give this healthy dinner recipe a try. Make this recipe just once, and I guarantee you’ll find yourself making it again and again.
Looking For A Few Side Dish Recipes?
Cajun Buttered Corn on the Cob – This corn on the cob is the perfect side dish to serve along side this salmon recipe. Just a few ingredients are needed for a delicious twist on the classic corn on the cob recipe.
BLT Avocado Pasta Salad – This is a delicious salad recipe that would be great paired up with this recipe as well. Loaded with avocado, tomatoes, bacon, pasta, cheese, and a creamy avocado cilantro ranch dressing.
- 1 lb fresh Atlantic salmon filet cut in half or to desired size
- ⅓ cup soy sauce
- ¼ cup honey
- 3 tablespoons sriracha
- 3 cloves garlic minced
- ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
- 1 teaspoon pepper
- 1 teaspoon garlic salt
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 2 cups rice cooked
- Cook rice according to package directions.
- Sprinkle both sides of salmon with pepper, garlic salt, and 1 teaspoon of minced garlic.
- In a small bowl, combine the soy sauce, honey, sriracha, red pepper flakes, and remaining minced garlic. Stir well.
- In a large pan, melt butter over medium heat. Add salmon filets, skin side down, and cook for 3-4 minutes. Flip filets and cook for an additional 2-3 minutes.
- Pour sauce into pan and flip salmon skin side down, and let simmer over medium low heat for 1 minute. Using a spoon, baste salmon with sauce for 2-3 minutes.
- Remove salmon from the pan and serve immediately over cooked rice.
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