Grilled Salmon With Honey Soy Marinade

Last Updated on November 7, 2022

This Asian-inspired dish features perfectly grilled salmon with honey soy marinade and glaze. It’s light, healthy, and delicious.

Grilled salmon with honey so marinade on a plate of rice and broccoli rabe
Grilled salmon with honey so marinade on a plate of rice and broccoli rabe

When I was a kid I refused to eat any kind of fish. I thought fish was just “yuck!”

But fast forward a few decades and now I love to eat all sorts of fish. And one of my absolute favorites is my grilled salmon with honey soy marinade.

I buy fresh salmon from the fish market and cut it into individual portions of about 6 to 8 ounces each. Then I toss it in the fridge with my homemade honey soy marinade for about 30 minutes to an hour before tossing it directly on the grill to cook.

It’s super easy to make and cooks so quickly, perfect for busy weeknights.

What You Need

  • Salmon fillets (6 to 8 ounces per person)
  • Soy sauce
  • Honey
  • Olive oil
  • Sesame oil
  • Sweet chili sauce
  • Fresh Garlic
  • Fresh Ginger

Tips For Grilling Salmon

You can grill salmon directly on the grill. Some people will say you need to wrap salmon in aluminum foil to prevent sticking, but I’ve never had a problem with it sticking to the grill grates. Just make sure the fish or grill is oiled and don’t mess with the salmon until its ready to flip.

Start your salmon with the skin side down. Once its cooked on the skin side you can flip it for the last few minutes until it finishes cooking. The supermarket often has only skinless salmon fillets, in which case it doesn’t really matter.

Don’t leave salmon on the grill unattended. Salmon cooks fast (usually about ten minutes) so don’t go far or take your eyes off it. In the time it takes you to run inside for a glass of wine, your salmon can go from perfectly moist to dry and overcooked.

The USDA recommends all fish be cooked to an internal temperature of 145 F, but many people consider that overdone. I like to take it off around 130 F to 135 F and let it rest for a few minutes. This way its cooked and flaking nicely but still juicy inside.

A piece of salmon on the grill

What To Serve With Grilled Salmon

Salmon is super versatile so you’ll have no trouble finding a side dish to pair with it. Here are a few of my favorites:

  • Jasmine rice
  • Ramen noodles
  • Vegetable stir-fry
  • Fish tacos
  • Fried rice
  • Quinoa

How Long Will Salmon Last In The Fridge?

Uncooked salmon can be stored in the refrigerator for up to two days. Grilled salmon will be safe to eat for up to four days if stored properly. Frozen salmon can stay in the fridge for about four months.

Grilled Salmon With Honey Soy Marinade Recipe

Yield: Serves 4

Grilled Salmon With Honey Soy Marinade

Grilled salmon on a bed of rice and broccoli rabe

This Asian-inspired dish features perfectly grilled salmon with honey soy marinade and glaze. It's light, healthy, and delicious.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Additional Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes


  • 2 pounds salmon fillets (about 6 to 8 ounces each)

For the Marinade

  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 4 tablespoons sweet chili sauce
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon ginger (minced or grated)
  • 6 cloves garlic (minced or pressed)


  1. Combine all the marinade ingredients in a bowl and mix until incorporated.
  2. Remove 1/4 cup of the marinade and reserve for a glaze later.
  3. Add the salmon fillets and let marinade in the fridge for at least 30 minutes.
  4. Pre-heat your grill to medium-high heat and lightly oil the grates to prevent sticking. Place each salmon fillet directly on the grill.
  5. Cook for about 5 minutes per side, or until it flakes with a fork. For the last minute of cook time, brush on the remaining marinade you had set aside.
  6. Remove from the grill and serve immediately.


If you don't have fresh salmon handy, you can use frozen salmon fillets. They are usually thinner than fresh so you might need to adjust cooking time a bit.

Add some red pepper flakes to the marinade if you want to give it a little extra kick.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 554Total Fat: 30gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 22gCholesterol: 107mgSodium: 1861mgCarbohydrates: 30gFiber: 0gSugar: 26gProtein: 41g
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