Sweet and spicy, baked honey sriracha lime salmon in foil is tender and flaky and has the most incredible sweet and spicy flavors. A healthy and easy 30 minute meal for salmon lovers.
This just might be one of my favorite dishes to ever grace my kitchen table. Maybe in the top five. And do you know how many recipes have come through this kitchen?? I did a rough estimate and I’m pretty sure it’s floating somewhere around 950. So to say that this is one of the top 5-10? That’s sayin’ something.
But I am a sweet heat lover. Really I’m an all-things-hot-n-spicy lover if we’re getting down to it, but when you bring the sweetness into play with the spicy, it’s my personal heaven. As long as it’s not too sweet. And this honey sriracha is the perfect balance of sweet, savory, and spicy, with a bit of tang from that lime.
This baked salmon is so flaky and tender, it just melts in your mouth. And the best part is that this only requires about 30 minutes start to finish. Whip up a quick sauce on the stove, then pour it over your salmon and bake for about 20 ish minutes. Top it will a little extra sauce and some chopped cilantro and you’re set. Easily one of the best (if not THE best) salmon dishes you have ever tasted.
- 1 large salmon or 4-6 individual (4-6 ounce) fillets
- salt and pepper, to taste (for me this was about 1 teaspoon salt, ¼ teaspoon pepper)
- 2 tablespoons butter
- ⅓ cup honey
- ⅓ cup sriracha sauce
- 2 limes (one juiced, one for slicing)
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce (I used low sodium)
- 1 teaspoon minced garlic
- 1 tablespoon freshly chopped cilantro
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with foil, grease lightly, and lay salmon on top. Season salmon with salt and pepper to taste. Slice one lime thinly, and slice the slices under the edges of the salmon.
- In a medium sauce pan over medium-high heat, melt butter. Stir in honey, sriracha sauce, juice of one lime (about 1 tablespoon), soy sauce, and garlic. Bring to a boil, then reduct to medium heat and cook for 3-4 minutes longer.
- Pour ⅔ of the sauce over the salmon (reserve remaining sauce for later) and use a spoon or spatula to make sure the sauce covers all of the salmon (you just don't want any "dry" spots). Fold the edges of the foil up around the salmon so the sauce doesn't spill out everywhere (the foil doesn't need to completely cover the salmon).
- Bake for 15 minutes, then switch to broil and cook another 4-5 minutes until the very edges of the salmon begin to char slightly - watch carefully so the whole salmon doesn't burn.
- Top salmon with reserved sauce and chopped cilantro and serve.